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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts, Oct. 7

Canada geese flying in a V-formation. Credit: Ted (bobosh_t)
Just a little of this and a little of that...

1. Today I paused for a moment to watch a formation of geese flying over the parking lot where I stood. At first the formation was in disarray but as I watched the geese in the messy middle got themselves organized into the famous v-formation. I was struck that there was a life lesson for me here...it is possible and preferable to get my act together when I am in the messy middle of some project!

2. I've been re-reading my book reviews lately. Some of them are so inspired it is really obvious that I loved the book and did my homework and took my time to get things right. Other reviews are so uninspired. It is pretty obvious that I just knocked the review off without too much thought. Then I started noticing something. many of my uninspired book reviews are for audiobooks I listened to. Whether I liked the book or not it was just more difficult to write the review if I didn't have a print edition of the book in front of me to inspire me with quotes or for review purposes.

3. Speaking of audiobooks, I am listening to the book Being Mortal by Atul Gwande. It is about end-of-life decisions we make about health care that frankly may actually shorten our lives and definitely lowers the quality of that life in the end days. This book is dominating my thoughts these days.

4. My dog is on the mend. I came home from work today and was shocked to find her in the closet. She must have scooted in there because she can still barely walk. I took it as a sign she is feeling better.

5. I got into a tiff today with a colleague over miscommunication. Why is it that I am willing to give someone the power to make me feel bad? I hate that.

Thanks to Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous for hosting Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts.


  1. I am also reading Complications by Atul Gawande. I've owned it for years and am finally reading for a challenge.
    I found you via the bookish linkup and am going follow you now. I hope you'll check out my blog and social media too. I love making new blog friends.

  2. #2. I find this is the case for me too. I read old reviews and think, "Wow. That's pretty good. Just the way I felt. Helpful." And others are, "Just what were you trying to say here?" It's not audiobooks for me, but mostly I think it's books that are sort of in the middle. Not a lot to love, not much to hate. Don't have much to say....?? I don't know...

  3. I've been noticing differences with my reviews too. Lately I've been putting them off until the last minute and those are the reviews that aren't very good. I need to get back into the habit of writing them right after I finish a book.

    I'm glad your dog is feeling better!

  4. Ugh, I wish I liked audio books! I can only listen to them for a minute or two before I get too distracted, then I have to backtrack because I wasn't listening well enough to know what happened!

  5. I love to go back and read my old reviews. It is pretty obvious when it feels like a chore to write one. I'm trying to get back into blogging without requesting ARCs or joining tours. I just want to take the time to write about the stuff I love and want to read.

  6. Nothing makes me feel worse than a miscommunication; I tend to take on too much of the blame when really it's a two way street. Glad Muffy is better! Whew. You know how I feel about #3, although when you're in the midst of it, it's agonizing because you do want just a bit more time with the loved one. A complex topic.

  7. Being Mortal seems like a good audio. Does the author read it? And is it a grim or uplifting view?

  8. Hi Anne! Not sure if you saw that I responded to your post on my blog, but if not...thanks for visiting...I am originally from Michigan, but now live in TN-still a Tigers fan though. :) I have read YOU BEFORE ME which I loved and therefore had to get the sequel ASAP...though I've not had much reading time the past few days.


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