Questions for Book Lovers

0A8A4739-BE56-4A79-8132-714AACBA06E0A blogger I follow, The Bag Lady, posted a series of questions yesterday for those who like to read books and I thought I’d take a shot at answering the posted questions. The original post, along with where she came upon these questions, can be found here.

Okay, here goes.

  1. Do you have a specific place for reading? Either on the living room sofa or in bed.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper. I read all my books on the Kindle app on my iPhone, so I use electronic bookmarks.
  3. Do you eat or drink while reading? Not usually, although I will sometime sip coffee while reading on the sofa.
  4. Music or TV while reading? Not while watching TV, but sometimes while listening to music with the volume down low.
  5. One book at a time or several? One at a time.
  6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere? At home.
  7. Read out loud or silently? Silently. 
  8. Do you read ahead or skip pages? No, I always start at the beginning and read to the end. No reading ahead or skipping pages.
  9. Break the spine or keep it new? Since I mostly read on my iPhone, there’s no spine to break…without breaking the iPhone.
  10. Do you write in books? One more time: iPhone. So no.
  11. What books are you reading now? The Handmaid’s Tale.
  12. What is your favorite childhood book? Would you believe The Hardy Boys mystery series? (I suppose I’m showing my age with that answer.)
  13. What is your all-time favorite book and why do you love it? Almost any book that transports me to another time and place. James Clavell’s Shogun comes to mind, as does Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and, of course, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Also, most of  Stephen King’s books.

Anyone else care to answer these questions?

A Rant on Riff

When I first saw today’s one-word prompt, “riff,” the term “riffraff” popped into my head. But riff and riffraff are not even close in meaning. Riffraff are people regarded as disreputable or worthless; members of the lowest classes. Or as Trump and his billionaire cronies might say, the hoi polloi.

Then I thought of the word “rift,” which can either be an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc., or a break in friendly relations, as in a rift between two old friends. Nope, a riff and a rift are not the same thing.

That got me to the word “tiff.” A tiff is a slight or petty quarrel or a word used to react someone who may be in a bad mood, as in he’s in a tiff about the rain on his parade. I guess a tiff can result in a rift, but not in a riff.

Since none of these other words is what a “riff” is, I knew I had to think harder. So I got out of bed, took a leak, and started brushing my teeth when it finally hit me.

Riff, as in guitar riff. Like what Eric Clapton, one of my all time favorite rock guitarists, does so incredibly well.

But the word riff is actually more versatile than just a musical solo improvisation on a guitar or other musical instrument. It can also be a rapid, energetic, often improvised verbal outpouring such as one might hear as part of a comic performance.

I would probably choose the word “rant,” rather than “riff,” to describe such a comic outpouring, but that’s just me.

Okay, this is the end of my rant on the word riff.

#MicroMondays — Stockholm Syndrome

E0E95B64-8E42-4724-8A2E-420016E29C80It was just four months since Debbie had been abducted. She knew that her family and friends would be searching for her and, at first, she hoped they’d be successful. But now that she realized that she loved the man who snatched her away from the life she knew before, she secretly hoped they wouldn’t find them.


Written for this week’s #MicroMondays prompt. The challenge: write a 50 word post excluding the prompt line, “She secretly hoped they wouldn’t find them.”