Sunday, April 19, 2009

The older you get the more that you muse....and other Monday Musings

Well, it is Sunday evening, so here I am, trying to get an early jump on my Musing Monday, so lets check out this week's question, courtesy of Just One More Page.

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about 2009 favorites…
Coming towards the end of April, we’re a third of the way through the way through the year. What’s the favorite book you’ve read so far in 2009? What about your least favorite?

Oh my! We are a third of the way through the year? How can that know, one of the truest things my grandmother ever told me, when I was just a wee Caite, was that the older you get, the faster time goes by. At this rate, the next few decades...God willing that I have a few decades left...will be gone in a flash.
But that, of course, has nothing to do with my favorite books of the year. Just an extra bit of musing...and I will give it to you totally free!

So, my favorite and least favorite books so far. First, I must say that I am happy that I have this blog thing here, because I already forgotten half the books that I read so far this year and had to go back and look at my reviews. I think my grandmother may have also mentioned something about ones memory going as you get older...but I forget. ;-)

The favorite is hard to pick, because, as I look back, there are a number that I was quite fond of so far. And to a degree it is like picking between an apple and an orange, your red headed child or your brown hair child with the big ears, or a day off work with pay or a good lab result on that latest blood work.
Sometimes you want a serious book, sometimes a lighter, funny one, sometimes a thriller, sometimes something of a more literary nature...and I have had ones I liked in each group, and maybe a few more. But if I had to pick just one I would say..hmmmm...The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The School of Essential Ingredient by Erica Bauermeister.

Yes, I know that is two. Very clever of you to catch that, but hey, it was hard enough getting it down to those two, so get over it.
But those are the two I would be most eager to give to a friend, a fellow book lover looking for a good book to read. Those are two that I right re-read again some day, just as soon as I get all the books in my TBR pile finished. {{watch out Kitty!! Oh no, poor kitty...}}

Now, my least favorite. Oddly, that is just as hard, mostly because none of the books that I have read so far have I really hated. A few annoyed me, maybe were not my cup of tea and if you read my reviews you will have noticed a few that I would not recommend but none were awful. Not since January anyhoo, unlike a few books that I could have mentioned from last year.
Because...and here is the secret...there were a couple that I did really disliked and did not finish reading. Yes, I have assumed the advice that I read on some fellow blogger's site, that life is too short to waste time reading a book you hate. So if by page 50 or 75, I really disliked a book, I did not finish it. And if I did not finish it, I did not review it and if I did not review it, I am not sure it is really fair to mention it now. Maybe at page 76 it would have turned around and become a wonderful book. You never know.

Also, because I am a very hopefully person {{really I am, sort of...stop laughing!}} and I assume that some day, I might pick them up again and then, for some reason,I will just love them. Or not hate them as much.
In reality, I will most likely very be that desperate, but you never know!
But just in case this question comes up again by the end of the year, I promise that I will finish and review at least one book that I really hate. Just you you all, my dear readers.


  1. Yay! I'm glad someone else broke the rule and named a couple of books.


  2. I loved The School of Essential Ingredients but haven't read The Help yet. I'm anxious to though.

  3. I've not read The Help, though I intend to. But I LOVED The School of Essential Ingredients...that would have been on my list. Also The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society, and one that I'm reading currently, The Thirteenth Tale.

  4. I named a couple of favorites too! I couldn't just pick one.

  5. oh, we are all such rule

  6. Like you, I don't keep reading a book I'm not enjoying - and I also know that at another time, it might just hit the spot! I like this "Monday Musing" thing -- I think I'll post one, too!

  7. you should Gwendolyn, the more the merrier!
    BTW, checked out your nice blog...but then I have a weakness for people that live be the sea...

  8. Hi!
    I haven't read either books, but they both sound very good. I will have to put them both on my TBR list!! Have a great day!!


  9. mom has only found time to read a few books because of all of this INCESSANT schoolwork.

    book liked best so far: the no. 1 ladies' detective agency

    book HATED (contrary to Nancy Ann): SUNDAY AT TIFFANYS by patterson.

  10. I think I have mentioned my dislike of Mr.Patterson...and the fact that he is not actually writing the books anymore!Sorry...did I shout? ;-)

  11. I've read some really wonderful books that I rated as 5 star so far this year but the book I finished yesterday I just loved and would rate it 6 stars. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Her debut novel last year was The House at Riverton and was featured in the 1st look book club. I really liked that book but it pales with this new one. Excellent story that kept me enthralled to the end.

  12. I haven't read either of your favorites yet, but they're both on my to-read list.

  13. I've seen your favorites floating on a couple of other blog sites

    kaye’s musings

  14. Kaye, I had to go to Amazon and check that book sounds very interesting. Darn, these things are so bad for my TBR pile!!

    Carol and kaye...they are books I can recommend and truly think most people will like them a great deal.

  15. I read The School of Essential Ingredients last weekend and loved it! It's definitely on my best of 2009 list so far. I also can't believe that we're a third of the way through the year. It's insane how quickly time goes by.

  16. I'm going to have check these out then if you like them ... I trust you, you know. And thanks for my extra musings! I very much enjoyed it! :)

  17. You can always have more than one favorite. And why finish a book you don't like, unless you have a commitment to fulfill. There are too many books out there waiting to be discovered :)

  18. I didn't get to read Ingredients, which was on my vacation list. I will get to it soon. The help is a treat that I save myself for later, when school is wrapping up. :)


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