Musing Mondays ~ April 13th, 2009

Musing Mondays (BIG)Today’s MUSING MONDAYSpost is about blog comments.

How do you respond to the comments on your blog? Do you try to email individually or comment on post yourself answering the comments above? What do you think is the best way to respond to comments and do you respond to all of them? Do you feel slighted if you don’t receive a response back from the blog owner? (question courtesy of Jenn)

This is a question I ask myself all the time.  I have made an effort to acknowledge the comments left on this blog as well as leave more comments on the others blogs.  I either leave a comment for each comment left or I leave a comment covering a few comments at once.  I wish I knew what the commenter preferred though.  Also, do they expect a response or not?

Sometimes I leave a ton of comments on other blogs and I have forget where I was the day before.  I would like to know if my comments were commented on by the blog owner but sometimes I just have to know that I put something out into the universe and a response is not needed. 

Musing Mondays ~ April 6th, 2009

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your to be read list…

As a follow up to last week’s question, Josephasked how you keep track of your tbr list. Do you have a paper list or on your computer? Do you take it with you when you go shopping? How do you decide what gets added to it?
I use a little paper and some computer/Internet to keep track of my TBR list.  For my Kindle want list I use a notebook since you can’t make a wish list of Kindle books on  For “real” books I want to buy I do use the wish list option on  When I go to the book store while I’m home in the states and after we move back to DC in May, I don’t use my list.  I take that time to discover new books that fall through the cracks when on-line window shopping.  Seeing the books on the shelves is such a rush and I love falling in love with a book by how it feels and discovering the story by reading the description on the cover or inside the jacket.

Musing Mondays ~ March 30th, 2009

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about recording your reading…

Do you keep track of what and/or how many books you read? How long have you been doing this? What’s your favorite tracking method, and why?If you don’t keep track, why not? (question courtesy of MizB)

Before blogging, I didn’t really keep track of the books I read except for the list in my head.  Now that I do blog about books, the tracking of what I read just happens naturaly as I review everything I read.  I like how it keeps me going and I like seeing the names of the books I read in one place.  It gives me a sense of pride when I post my review and know that I finished another book. 

Monday Musings ~ March 23rd, 2009

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about bookstores…

How many bookstores do you frequent? Do you have a favourite? If so, which one and what makes it so?


Living overseas has caused me to rely on for buying books but when I’m at home in the MD/DC/VA area, I am a loyal customer of the White Flint Borders Books, Music and Cafe in Rockville, MD.  I used to work at this store from 1997 to 1998 and due to the fond memories from this job, I never hesitate to go peruse this particular stores shelves.  Over a decade later, I am still close friends with some of the people I met while working there.   I will admit though that over the years, I find that I like the Barnes & Noble at Tyson’s Corner Mall in Tyson’s Corner, VA though.  Maybe it’s because when we go home to visit, we stay my in-law’s house which isn’t far from that mall. 

When in downtown DC, I love to visit Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle.  They offer a good variety of titles and I love the fact that it’s open (I think) twenty-four hours and also has a restaurant in the back called Afterwards.  Another local book store which is has a few locations in the DC Metro area is Olsson’s Books.  Their CD section used to be wonderful as well but I haven’t visited one since iTunes became a way of life. 

*I just  went to the Olsson’s website to make sure I was spelling their name correctly and I sadly discovered that they have closed all their stores and are filing for bankruptcy!!  OMG!  I just checked Kramerbooks to make sure the same hasn’t happened to them, and they are still up and running.  The independent bookstore is definitely facing problems in these tough times.