Literary Junkies: January

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For someone who loves reading as much as I do, I'm really surprised I'm just now getting around to joining GoodReads. I signed up for the 2014 Reading Challenge and set my goal at 16 books for this year.  I know that's not as many as most people who are taking the challenge, but Jack takes up a lot of my time, so I think 16 books is a respectable goal!  And who knows, I might just be able to blow that number out of the water!

So it's perfect timing that I stumbled onto the Literary Junkies Link-up yesterday!  The link-up is hosted by Life With a Side of Coffee and Pink Heels Pink Truck and happens on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (I know, I came into the game a little late) and they also have a Twitter party on the same day.  Fun!!!

This month's questions are:
  1. What are you reading right now?  Tell us about it.
  2. Out of the 16 books that will be turned into a movie adaptation, which one are you most looking forward to seeing?  (article link)
  3. What was the worst book you have ever read?
  4. What foods or beverages have you spilled on a book while reading?  Anything good?
  5. Do you picture characters as popular film or tv actors?  Or do you create a whole new person in your head?
  6. Out of all the authors you've read books by, who's brain would you want to pick the most? 
My answers:
  1. What are you reading right now?  Tells us about it.  I just started Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent series.  I love post-apocalyptic dystopian novels and Divergent is right up that alley.  It was a fast read and definitely kept me interested (but it was no Hunger Games).  I can't say much about Insurgent yet because I'm only on page 3, but I really hope it lives up to the first book.
  2. Out of the 16 books that will be turned into a movie adaptation, which one are you looking most forward to seeing? (article link)  You would think I would be looking forward to Divergent, but they got the casting of Tris all wrong (seriously, so wrong, so very, very wrong) so I might just skip it entirely.  They couldn't have picked a worse, more lightweight joke of an actress.  Speaking of actresses, I'm a little worried about Taylor Swift in The Giver, but since she's not the lead, I'm not as concerned.  Labor Day looks a-maz-ing, and with such a stellar cast, I don't think you can go wrong with The Monuments Men.  I've read The is Where I Leave You and Gone Girl, loved both books, and think they'll make great movies.  Dark Places was filmed in my hometown and I know someone in it and that makes me want to see it.  But if I had to see just one of these movies, I'd have to pick Serena, so great is my love for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  But ask me again tomorrow, or even later today, and I might just pick another because there are too many good choices!!!
  3. What was the worst book you have ever read?  The only book I have never been able to finish was Vampire$ by John Steakley.  It read like a bad treatment for a horrible, cliched movie, and then it was turned into a horrible, cliched movie...that I saw in the theatres....on the worst "date" of my life.  Maybe I'll tell that story some day.  It was bad.  So very bad.
  4. What foods or beverages have you spilled on a book while reading?  Anything good?  I usually try to be very careful when reading and eating or drinking.  Aside from the rare splatter, I don't think I've ever actually spilled anything on a book.  I think I would die!  It wasn't uncommon in my house to read books over dinner, so I've had a lifetime of practice keeping food off my books.
  5. Do you picture characters as popular film or tv actors?  Or do you create a whole new person in your head?  Unless I've seen the movie first (or seen a movie trailer), I usually create whole new people in my head.  Some books make me create incredibly detailed visions of characters (like The Hunger Games; President Snow looked nothing like Donald Sutherland, and Peeta looked nothing like Josh Hutcherson in my mind).  Other books make me have a feeling for the person and I never have a detailed picture of them.  More often than not, I think I end up feeling and knowing a character instead of being able to see them in my mind.  After I've read a book I do like to pretend cast the movie, though.
  6. Out of all the authors you've read books by, who's brain would you want to pick the most?  Either Stephen King or Anne Rice.  Stephen King seems like such a cool guy that I bet he'd be fun to hang out and be friends with.  I've read just about everything by Anne Rice, and my inner teenage goth girl just wants to roam around the French Quarter with her pretending to be an ultra cool vampire, listening to Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting on repeat.

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5 comments

  1. 16 is totally a respectable number! In years past, I've blown my reading goals out of the water because I get competitive with myself. You'll do great, and welcome to Goodreads!

    Sarah

    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  2. I really agree about the choice of the actress for Tris! She is also starring in The Fault In Our Stars and it just bothers me that the same actress who I can only picture as Amy Jurgens is both of those characters!

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  3. Thank you! I Before the baby, I would've set that number much higher, but I had to remind myself to be realistic.

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  4. .....and now I can't get the picture of her out of my head while I'm reading Insurgent. Grrrrrrr........

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  5. Thanks so much for coming over to see me, I am returning the lovely favour and loved reading your answers, I couldn't pick just one movie either. It is hard to find time to read! There should be extra hours in the day just for it when everything else stops. I love that you have 'post apocalyptic dystopia' as one of your favourite genres - isn't it good that there are now so many novels to satisfy your love!

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