Monthly Archives: April 2011

What are your reading and book buying habits?

How’s your reading coming along?

I have been slowly making my way through the large and varied collection of books I have accumulated over the years. I got into the habit of obtaining a book and not taking the time to read it yet, so now I have a great amount of catching up to do. To make matters ‘worse’ – or rather, more complicated – I keep gaining books. I am either buying them or winning them, but either way my bookcase is getting stuffed with new books. And I love it! (You can see most of my books listed on Library Thing – link in right sidebar, if you want to take a peek.)

Want to know what my newest classic addition is?

War and Peace.

Yes, you read that right. I bought a copy of the newly revised War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. You may ask, why did you do that, Lynn? Wellll .. I’m not really sure except that it is on the BBC’s 2009 list of 100 books that people should read – and I hadn’t read it yet. War and Peace is number 24 on that list, as you will see in my January 13’10 post: Also, I had heard people talk about this book that is long to read, but not much about it otherwise. Curiosity got the best of me, I want to be able to say I read it, so now I have eliminated one excuse. 🙂

Have you read War and Peace? 

If you check the above link you will find that number 18 is Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. Such a little book which I bought last year and have yet to read. I’ve heard mixed reviews of that one so I’m interested in finding out if it makes any sense to me.

So much to devour, so little time free to do it! But I am trying to read, read, read, while not totally forgetting the writing. Not that I’ve been doing any writing, what with all the changes happening in our lives right now, but I haven’t forgotten about it. 😉

So, what are your reading habits? And what are your book buying habits? 

Do you buy and read one book at a time? Or do you buy the book when it comes out and then file it away to read at a later date? Or do you have another method? I’m very interested in hearing from you on this.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

This post has been scheduled, so I look forward to early next week, if not before, when I can enjoy your comments and reply to them.

Surprises, sacrifices and schedules

This is Holy Week in the Christian faith, the week of remembering Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is coming into a weekend of special services and celebrations, family dinners and reunions. I hope it is also a time of reflection for all God has provided for us through the Cross and His unfathomable Love, much more than is realized or that we can even understand.

This weekend is especially wonderful for me because last Sunday we were surprised by the arrival of our daughter who lives in Alberta. She showed up for a three-week visit, which is a blessing to this mother’s heart. For the first time in a few years we have all four of our girls home for a few occasions – one daughter’s birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day. I love it! And tomorrow morning we – and some other family members – are all going to the Good Friday service where I fellowship. That means a lot to me.

On another topic — Now that I have access to my computer only half the time, my posts are having to be scheduled when I can manage to prepare them – which explains why I got two posts up last week when I was not online, in case anyone was wondering about that. A Twitter pal noticed.  🙂  WordPress has this great feature where a blog entry can be scheduled to be posted whenever you want it to be seen. Gotta love that! The only problem is that I can’t reply to comments unless I am here. But don’t let that stop you! 🙂

I plan to soon get another book review up followed by an interview, and another one is already planned for early May as part of a blog tour. So, if you enjoy those then please keep checking back.

I’m trying to keep up between times spent with my dad, but not doing as well as I would like in the other things. Hopefully, I will improve. My time management skills are severely lacking.

So, how are you spending the Easter weekend?

And on the topic of time management, how do you pull it all together?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Announcing the winner of Snow Day!

We have confirmation of our winner of a copy of Snow Day by Billy Coffey! (My apologies for not posting this earlier but I did not have access to my computer last week. )

Thank you to all who visited my blog and left comments at

Shortly after 9:00 PM on April 8 my husband pulled a name out of the basket and I was pleased to send CONGRATULATIONS TO CATHY GRAHAM.  Cathy, your book is on its way to you directly from the publisher, Faith Words.

In her reply to my email, Cathy wrote, “What fun to get your message about winning the book Snow Day. That’s great! Thanks so much! I’m all excited now!”

Thanks again, everyone.  It was fun, and I know Billy enjoyed your comments.

There will be another review and interview as soon as I can manage it.

Thanks for reading and participating, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Black Dog Dream Dog by Michelle Superle

This is a book I received from Library Thing in exchange for a review.

Book: Black Dog Dream Dog
Author: Michelle Superle, illustrated by Millie Ballance
Genre: children’s fiction
Pages: 32 (Paperback)
Price: $12.95 CDN
Released: December 14, 2010
Publisher: Tradewind Books
My rating: Even though this book was written for children, it is a wonderful heart-warming story that put a lump in my throat a couple of times. Easy to read and its characters come across as very real.

Eleven-year-old Samantha wants a dog. Well, a bigger dog. She has a little West Highland terrier, but she wants a BIG dog. Do dreams really come true? In her backyard one afternoon there appears a very big, very friendly, black dog that Sam thinks is magic because he makes her feel peaceful inside. The problem is that Sam knows her mother does not like large dogs and will not let her keep it. What is she going to do? She can’t hide him forever.

In the meantime there is Stella, an elderly lady who wakes one morning in a nursing home. She is missing her much loved dog but cannot speak to tell anyone. Also, living in the nursing home means not taking pets along.

Samantha and her mother visit the nursing home with their small pet where they find the residents love dogs. Maybe this is where the big one will belong, Samantha thinks. Her best friend helps her scheme and plan about what to do with the loveable stray before her mother finds out, but things start going all wrong. Through it all there is a surprise waiting for Sam.

This is a ‘can’t-put-it-down-until-having-read-the-whole-thing’ book. A very wonderful, captivating read written for young readers but anyone could enjoy it. I did!

Have you read this book yet? Would you like to read it or not, and why?

You can find Black Dog Dream Dog on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Flourish – by Catherine Hart Weber, PhD

This is a book I received from Library Thing in exchange for a review.

Book:  Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living
Author: Catherine Hart Weber, PhD
Genre: Christian living, “self-help”
Pages: 299 (paperback)
Price: $14.99 US; $16.99 CDN
Released:  October 1, 2010
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: Not an easy book to read; clinical, has some good points when you can finally get to them, but not a book I would recommend for anyone truly wanting to live in God’s steps.

I obtained this book as an advance reading copy from Library Thing. I thought it would be a good read to encourage someone who may sometimes grow weary and lack enthusiasm in life, but I found it very hard to get interested in this book. Catherine Weber came across in a clinical manner much of the time, which made parts of the book rather boring and hard to get through. Also, I was disappointed in how much she stressed the finding of joy to be so much work. Missing was the ingredient of the fact that a Christian should be walking in the spirit and less in the soul – meaning letting God lead rather than focusing on what “I” can do. Even though she does mention living in the Spirit, she then makes it dependent upon human effort. Although she made good points, she kept moving away from our Source of joy, and I was not impressed with the frequent name dropping and her repetitive use of the word languish. Even though it was not all disappointing, I would not urge anyone to purchase this book as I’m sure there are more Christian focused volumes out there than this one, and ones that are easier to read.

Have you read this book yet? If not, why do you want or not want to read it? If so, what do you think of it?

You can find Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

We have a winner! (Snow Day)

Tonight one of you became a winner of  a copy of Snow Day by Billy Coffey.  You were entered into the contest if you left a comment on this post:

Shortly after 9:00 this evening, that’s 8:00 EST, my dear husband drew a name out of the basket and I have sent the winner an email requesting her mailing address.   When she has replied then I will post her name so that everyone knows who won and the book will be mailed to her.
So, check your emails, everyone!  Is it you?

Thanks for participating, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Reminder of book giveaway April 8

This is a quick reminder of the book I am giving away to someone this month.

If you have not already read my book review of Snow Day by Billy Coffey – posted on March 22, or the interview I did with Billy – posted on March 25, then I urge you to read those. If you have not entered the draw for a copy of his book, what are you waiting for? At the end of the interview you have a chance to leave a comment to enter the contest, so please do so if you would like your name put into the running. I won’t be posting any further reminders. Then on Friday, April 8, my husband will be drawing a name out of the basket and I will contact the winner of a copy of Snow Day.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂