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Literary Junkies November 2013 Edition

November 22, 2013 | 2 comments


 

Better late to the party than staying at home. (Except when home means curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and the company of a good book of course.) I was just introduced to the Literary Junkies, an online book club that once a month meet to chat about bookish things. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

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The topic/questions for November were just posted a few days ago, and I want to join in, albeit a little bit late.

1. What are you currently reading?
I just started Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass. It is a prequel to the Body Farm series (which I love). I’m only a couple of chapters in, but so far it does not disappoint. I’m also reading Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag, and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.

2. How many books have you read this year? Do you set reading goals for yourself?
So far, I have read 259 books this year, which is 9 books over my goal for 2013. I normally set a goal around 100 books to read, and usually I read about 100-125 books per year. This year I set a higher goal because I participated in a group reading challenge through one of the Goodreads groups. I read a lot of shorter, easier reads for that. Most of the books I read this year weren’t actually that good. This year has definitely been quantity over quality. My goal for next year is to strive for the opposite.

3. What do you think is the best and worst book-to-movie/TV-show adaptions?
The best book-to-movie adaptions are definitely the Harry Potter movies, which I think manages to capture the essence of the books even though they’ve had to omit some things. All the actors are also very close to how I imagined the characters when reading the books. Other successful book-to-movie adaptions are A Walk to Remember, which is my favourite Nicholas Sparks novel and a beautiful movie, and Stardust, based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman.

The worst book-to-movie adaptions are The Lucky One (book by Nicholas Sparks) and Charlie St. Cloud (based on the book The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood), both starring Zac Efron as the main character. Both of these are good movies, and if I hadn’t read the books beforehand, I’d probably hadn’t had any objections. For both of them, Efron is pretty much as far as possible from how I imagined the character. It just didn’t work for me.

4. What is the first line of your favourite book?
It’s impossible for me to narrow it down to one favourite book. There are so many to choose from. I do have a soft spot for Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn (I’ve raved about this book before). The opening lines are “The difference from a person and an angel is easy. Most of an angel is in the inside and most of a person is on the outside”. How can you not love a book that starts out like that?

5. What’s your favourite quote from a book?
Mister God, This is Anna is pretty much filled with amazing quotes. One of my favourites is:

“A fact was the hard outer cover of meaning, and meaning was the soft living stuff inside a fact. Fact and meaning were the driving cogs of living. If the gear of fact drove the gear of meaning, then they revolved in opposite directions, but put the gear of fantasy between the two and they both revolved in the same direction. Fantasy was and is important; it leads to heaven knows where, but follow it and see. Sometimes it pays off.”

Another quote I really like is:

“It has occasionally been remarked upon that it is as easy to overlook something large and obvious as it is to overlook something small and niggling, and that the large things one overlooks often cause problems.” (Neil Gaiman, Stardust)

And then, of course, there’s Harry Potter:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided” (JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

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