musing mondays

Musing Mondays (Dec.17)

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This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing – courtesy of http://www.kwizgiver.com – asks…

Is there a particular book that is your nemesis–the book you’re determined to one day finish?

That would be The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy. I have read the book on and off for almost two years now but couldn’t finish it. I’ve read Hardy’s works before. They don’t exactly fill me with joy for they are rather melancholy. But I don’t hate them either. I appreciate Hardy’s words and the quality of his work. I am determined to one day finish The Woodlanders. I just don’t know when that day will come.

Musing Mondays (Dec.10)

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This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing, courtesy of  “iamciska.tumbler.com“,asks…

What was the last book you could not finish and why?”

I usually finish any book I start, no matter how appalling the book is.

On the rare occasions when I do give up on a book, I mainly give it up if it is longwinded, if the story goes nowhere and I fail to see the purpose of it all.

The last time I gave up on a book was about a year ago. It was The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. The story even after 113 pages was going nowhere. The narrative was way too full of maritime details for my understanding. Descriptions of tides and sand banks and what not! It was supposed to be a spy thriller in the vein of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps, one of my all time favourites, but sadly it turned out to be a dud. It was so boring! Nothing at all like The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Musing Mondays (Aug.27)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you’ve read?”

Well actually two books come to my mind. The first one is London Lavender by E. V. Lucas. I expected the book to be a short story collection of some sort. But when I started reading it I was considerably taken aback. What was this? Shall I call it slice of life? Or is this another one of Lucas’ essay collections with a touch of fiction? I’m not even sure whether to call this fiction or non-fiction. But even though the book didn’t turn out to be exactly as I thought it would, I loved it! It was weird but very enjoyable.

The other one is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The narrative is sprawling, multi-layered and complicated which demanded my undivided attention. I at times struggled with its length but the experience was enjoyable.

Musing Mondays (Aug.20)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?

It has happened to me on more than one occasion. But right now two of  George Bernard Shaw’s plays, Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell, come to mind. As a precocious pre-teen, I managed to get my hands on all of my dad’s books and read them repeatedly. I still love Shaw’s Candida and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. But Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell, I have grown less and less fond of over the years.

Arms and the Man is entertaining but all of the characters are so insincere that after a while it gets really, really trying.

I don’t like romance and You Never Can Tell has quite a bit of that. Shaw’s idea of romance frankly irritates me. All that flirting and trying to gain advantage over each other as if they were enemies makes me really annoyed.  The character of Dr. Valentine annoyed me. Falling in love at first sight with the beautiful but utterly unsuitable Miss Clandon and then being afraid at the prospect of actually getting married to her exasperated me to no end. Something about You Never Can Tell makes me uncomfortable. Perhaps it is Mr. Crampton’s rough aggressiveness and bitter loneliness or perhaps it is the rather inhuman way all of his children behave.

Musing Mondays (Aug.6)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?”

I’m attracted to book blogs that reflect my interests. Blogs focusing on classic books or vintage mysteries will always be my first choice.

By the same token, I don’t bother with blogs that are about genres I care nothing about. For example, blogs that focus mostly on YA lit or on paranormal romance.

No, I don’t share personal stuff on my book blog. I am a rather private person. Even in real life I rarely share anything with anyone. My book blog is no exception.