Musings From A Bookmammal


Musing Mondays–Why We Still Love “REAL BOOKS”

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for this week:

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that although I do own and use a kindle, my first love is still for “real” books. I found the following infographic on Pinterest the other day and thought it offered some interesting responses to the question “Why do some people still prefer physical books over ebooks?” You can click on the image to find the original source.


I’m definitely in the FEELING, SHARING, SEEING, and COLLECTING camps, and most of the other choices aren’t too far behind. However, I have to admit that I’ve never really been a person who is addicted to the smell of books, so that response is the only one that doesn’t fit me at all.

How about you? If you’re a “real book” lover, which of the responses would you choose? If you’re heavily into ebooks, do any of the reasons listed above still resonate with you—even just a little bit? Please share!



The Most Famous Author From Every State!

Last month I featured the infographic “The Most Famous Book From Every State” from Business Insider. Today, the same source provides their take on the most famous author from each state. Click on the image to see the original article–which includes how they made their selections. How many state’s authors have you read? My tally is below the graphic.


I’ve read books written by 14 of the authors featured here:

Alabama–Harper Lee

Arkansas–John Grisham

California–John Steinbeck

Illinois–Ernest Hemingway

Indiana–Kurt Vonnegut

Maine–Stephen King

Michigan–Jeffrey Eugenides

Minnesota–F Scott Fitsgerald

Missouri-Mark Twain

Oklahoma–Ralph Ellison

Oregon–Beverly Cleary

South Carolina–Peggy Parish

Wisconsin–Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wyoming–Patricia MacLachlan

Who is your favorite author on this list? (I have to go with Hemingway and Cleary–which is quite an interesting pairing!) For my friends in the US–Are there other authors from your state who you feel should be included on the map? Please share!


Read Your Way Across The USA!

I found this infographic (original source is Business Insider) on Pinterest recently–it shows one person’s idea of the most well-known book set in each of the fifty United States. How many states have you “read”? My tally is below the graphic.


Here are the states I’ve “read”:

Alabama–To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Alaska–Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

California–East Of Eden by John Steinbeck (I can still remember the summer that I read this book–what an epic story!)

Georgia–Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Iowa-A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Michigan-The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Missouri-The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

Nebraska-My Antonia by Willa Cather (I didn’t like this when I read it in HS, but I think  it was  because I didn’t care for my English teacher that year. I should give Willa Cather another try one of these days!)

New York-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pennsylvania-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Rhode Island-My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult I (loved this book until the very end–I HATED the ending!)

Tennessee-The Firm/The Client by John Grisham

Wisconsin-Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

How about you? Have you read the book that represents your state? How many of the others have you read? Do you agree that the book shown for your state is the best representation for your state? Please share!


Book Buying Trends–Where Do YOU Fit in?

random house infographic biggerI ran across this infographic the other day–it shows the results of a market research report from June, 2013–and I was curious to see how my book buying patterns stack up. 

Here’s how I compare:

1. What types of books are purchased? I’m in the majority on this one–most of my books are paperbacks. In second place is hardcovers–I’ll buy a hardback if it’s by an author  I adore, or if it’s a book with gorgeous photos or illustrations–or if I just simply can’t wait for my name to get to the top of the library wait list. Bringing up the rear for me is ebooks–I buy MAYBE 5-6 in a year, and usually only if they’re on special. I listen to audiobooks from the library very rarely–it’s probably been a couple of years since I listened to a book–and I’ve never purchased one. (What on earth do you think the “other” category is?)

2. Where are books bought? Once again, I’m with the majority here–probably 75% of the books I buy (new and used)  are purchased online, and the remaining 25% are bought from brick and mortar stores. I belonged to Book of the Month Club and Literay Guild for years, but I let my memberships lapse long ago.

3. What are Americans reading? Here’s where I start to diverge a bit. I read MUCH more nonfiction than fiction, and I purchase more nonfiction, too.

4. Who is purchasing books? Female here–in the majority again.

5. EBook consumers are younger, more affluent, and more educated. I’m a little all over the board on this one. I definitely don’t consider myself an EBook consumer–I simply don’t buy enough of them. I’m over the average age of both print and eBook buyers according to this study. I don’t know if I’d call myself affluent, but I’m certainly earning enough to pay my bills and support my book buying habits. I have a Masters degree.

6. How do consumers learn about books? I’m a little off from the results on this last question. These days I usually hear about books I want to read from online sources –whether it’s online newsletters, blogs, or bookstore websites. Next would come suggestions from friends and family, then TV and/or radio interviews  (not mentioned on this infographic), and then  would come reading about new titles in actual print magazines or journals (again, not mentioned). Last would come in-store displays–which isn’t surprising since I’m not in actual bookstores that often. I rarely look at bestseller lists.

You can click on the graphic to read a brief written summary of the results on the Random House site.

What about you? Where do you fit in? Does anything about this infographic surprise you? Please share!


Which Reading Species Are YOU???

Image credit: Laura E. Kelly

Image credit: Laura E. Kelly

We’re all READERS—but what species of reader are YOU? This wonderfully creative infographic is Laura E. Kelly’s take on the classic charts of plants and other living things that we all remember from high school. She’s cleverly adapted that theme to the classification of close to 50 (!) reader species—from people who view their books as precious display objects to readers who don’t really like to read!

Where do YOU fit in? You’ll definitely find yourself somewhere! Click on the image to link to the original site and view the chart at full size. If you wish, please leave a comment here to share which reading species matches up to your reading habits. It might be more than one–I think I’m a combo-pack of many! Enjoy!