Literary Junkies: March

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I missed last month's Literary Junkies link-up with Pink Heels Pink Truck and Life With a Side of Coffee,  but I managed to remember it's the third Tuesday of the month and not the fourth, so I'm back on track for March.  Maybe I should start using a calendar.  So far, I'm ahead of schedule for my 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge at 5 of 16 books, although I feel myself slowing down for now.  It's tough to fit everything into my days!

This month's questions are:

  1. What are you reading right now?  Tell us about it.
  2. What was your favorite series to read when you were a kid?
  3. The world is ending:  What 3 books do you save from your collection in hopes to contribute to whatever new society forms?
  4. What is your favorite genre to read?  Why?
  5. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
  6. What's next on your "to-read" list?  Tell us about it.
My answers:
  1. What are you reading right now?  Tell us about it.  I am reading The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  It's the first of three companion novels that go with Life As We Knew It, a book about a family surviving in apocalyptic conditions after the moon is knocked out of orbit by an asteroid  It's told through one year's worth of diary entries and I found it to be absolutely riveting.  The Dead & The Gone tells the story of a different family struggling to survive after the same event, only this time it's told in third person.  I have to admit that I'm struggling to get through this one.  I'm not nearly as captivated with The Dead & The Gone as I was with Life As We Knew It.  I think I was more connected to the characters in the first story because it was told through first person diary entries; I just don't find myself caring much about the characters in the second book, but I will still give at least the third book in the series a try.
  2. What was your favorite series to read when you were a kid?  This is a hard question to answer.  My Mom and I read so many series of books together it's hard to choose!  The Little House On the Prairie books have always been some of my favorites; I remember my Mom reading all of them out loud to me while I would do my homework at the kitchen table.  We also enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, the Bunnicula series, and The Lord of the Rings.  I also remember reading a series of books about a girls baseball team, but can't remember the name of them to save my life.  And I read everything by Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine.  It's too hard to pick a favorite!
  3. The world is ending:  What 3 books do you save from your collection in hopes to contribute to whatever new society forms?  Definitely not The Hunger Games Trilogy, although they are some of my favorite books; we just don't need a society based on them.  As much as I would want to save a novel, I think I would have to stick with non-fiction in order to contribute to a newly forming society.  I think I'd have to go with How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dali Lama, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, and The Art of Blacksmithing by Alex W. Bealer (okay, technically this is one of Den's books, but I guess I'm assuming a loss of technology in this end of the world scenario and being able to make and fix things would come in pretty handy).
  4. What is your favorite genre to read?  Why?  I love to read post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels, especially if they're set in the near future.  Most novels in this genre are so believably possible that it's easy to identify with the world of the characters.  It also shows how quickly and simply things could go wrong; we're never more than a few degrees away from the worlds in those stories.
  5. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?  Red Hot Mess:  Adventures in Mayhem
  6. What's next on your "to-read" list?  Tell us about it.  I'm not actually sure what's next on my to-read list.  I got so many books for Christmas (along with all the ones I haven't read from my birthday) that I have plenty to choose from.  The short list would include The Fault in Our Stars (although I'm not thrilled with the casting choices for the film), The Book Thief, or The Silver Linings Playbook.  But who knows what I'll be in the mood for when I finish my current book.
I'd love to see the answers to your questions, too!  There's still time to join the link-up; just click the image at the top of this post!  Happy reading!

2 comments

  1. I don't think I've ever heard of those books as a kid, maybe I'm really old... I think TFiOS was amazing story and I cried like a baby and I never do that. Such a well written story, the casting choice doesn't bother me at all. Knowing the John Green had a say in it, gives me the hope that it's going to turn out just right. Also Silver Linings Playbook was one of our monthly books, wasn't bad either as well as the movie.

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  2. In all fairness I've never actually seen the actress from TFiOS "act", I've only ever seen the absolutely AWFUL commercials for The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and as someone who has studied acting, my delicate sensibilities were definitely offended by her extreme dramatic overacting....buy maybe she's matured, and if the author gave the casting a thumbs up, it's gets harder to argue against it!

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