Monday, January 7, 2013

Musing Monday...Same Old, Same Old


Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

Wasn't it just last week I was complaining about e-readers..and yet here is my e-reader, once again, at the heart of my current reading. I was reading a book on the Nook app of my -Pad, here at work in the middle of the night. And I was enjoying it. The book was Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters...very good book, hopefully one I will write a review of in the near future. Don't hold your breath though. A week into the new year and I am already 3 or 4 books behind in my reviews..

Anyhoo, things were slow and before I knew it, I had finished the book.
What to do?!
I guess I could have sat down and written the review.
And yes, I also had several...many...unread books on the Nook, anyone of which I could have started. But I made the mistake of taking a few minutes to check out my Zite app...LOVE that app...and one of the topics I have 'liked' on there is Maine. Look at that, and article about a mystery, a good sounding mystery, set in Orchard Beach, Maine.
As I am sure  many regular readers here in CaiteLand know, I am a sucker for a good mystery and I am a sucker for books set in Maine. Put them together and I am reaching for my credit card
In a few minutes..and a handful of dollars later...it was mine, due to those evil e-books.
It is just too easy!
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It's called Strangers on the Beach by Josh Pahigian.
I am about 50 pages in so far and it is...hmmm...a bit strange. But we will see.
Now, if I had looked it up on Amazon and saw the eleven 5 stars reviews, every review there a 5 star review, the warning bells would have gone off. Yes, 11 reviews by people who have never written a review before.  Josh says, "Thanks Mom, Uncle Joe and Sis!"
Writers, if all your friends are going to write reviews, really, someone has to only give it 4 stars.


16 comments:

  1. "Evil ebooks" - yes I can relate - so so easy to buy! Always tempting me ...
    One of my reading habits: http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/musing-mondays-3/

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  2. I find it very heartwarming that you have embraced your e-reader! Although it was fun all those years I razzed you about it. See, with e-readers you can hoard! Instant gratification too. So glad you liked Beautiful Ruins, and I can't wait to hear what you think!

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    1. just what I need, more books to hoard....

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  3. LOL about "evil e-books" - oh yes, I know about those. That's what I love about my e-reader - I can hoard books like Sandy mentioned and nobody cares, plus I want it - I buy it instantly. No ordering online and waiting for the book to get here or finding time to run to the store. I want it, I get it. Of course that doesn't mean I read it any sooner. LOL

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    1. yes, that is the problem. I read about a book, get all excited, buy it..and then it sits there so long I forget why I bought it.

      at least these two I read right away.

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  4. i am in the middle of a terrific eBook ... The Leopard written by jō Nesbo translated by Don Bartlett .. its the second book featuring Harry Hole ...

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  5. Oh, yes, I've fallen under the spell of the ease of downloading onto Sparky, my Kindle. In the beginning, I went nuts. Now I'm doing better. And I try to check those reviews!

    The three-liners that rave about the book without giving any reasons why it's great...definitely friends and relatives...lol

    Here's MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

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  6. I'm hooked on my e-reader. :-)

    And I've got Beautiful Ruins on it, just haven't gotten to it yet. I might have to make more effort to read it.

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  7. It sounds like you and your e-reader are getting along swimmingly well! I still haven't embraced mine. I haven't caught up on reviews either.

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  8. I'm with you - 11 5* reviews? Who are they trying to kid? Puhleeze! Even the best books out there get a 3 or 4 star on occasion. Beautiful Ruins sounds interesting though.

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  9. I think I need to look into this Zite app. And all those 5 star reviews is a big warning sign!

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  10. i have read a few of those evil e-books too:)

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  11. I love e-books, and yes, it's hard to say no.

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  12. "11 reviews by people who have never written a review before" LOL That's the system I use to ignore the 5 star reviews! I got a Nexus Table for Christmas and put the e-reader apps on it but I'm still not comfortable with it yet. Which is probably a good thing as it does seem way too easy to buy books that way.

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