Literary Junkies May 2014 Edition

May 21, 2014 | No comments


Literary Junkies is an online book club that once a month meet to chat about bookish things.

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I’m currently reading Come Home by Lisa Scottoline. It’s a drama/thriller about a woman named Jill whose ex-stepdaughter Abby shows up one night and tell her that her father (Jill’s exhusband) has been murdered. I’m only a couple of chapters in and haven’t quite made up my mind about this book yet. It has a bit of a slow start, but maybe it will get better? I’m also rereading the entire Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m still only on the second book (Dragonfly in Amber) but the love story of Claire and Jamie is just as good as previous times I read it.

2. Do you judge a book by its cover? What cover elements make you not want to pick up a book?
Yes, totally. I refuse to buy a book with an ugly cover, but I might borrow it from the library if it sounds really good (or if it is a Kindle freebie – I never say no to free books). I can never quite explain why a cover is not aesthetically pleasing to me. Examples of covers I do like can be found here and here.

3. Do you participate in any other bookish link-ups? Tell us about them so we can join next time!
Yes, I do. Bookish link-ups are the best. My favourites are Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, and the fairly new book meme 6 Degrees of Separation hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman.

4. Have you ever watched a movie that was better than its book version? Explain yourself!
I used to argue that the books is always better than the movie version, but I think it depends on if I read the book before or after watching the movie (and obviously on how good the movie was in general). Some recent examples were I preferred the movie over the book are One Day and Beastly.

5. Summer is here! Do you read more often during any particular season?
When I was younger, I used to read a lot more during summer and Christmas (because I had time off from school and could spend all my time reading). Now my reading is more evenly distributed over the year, but I usually read a bit more whenever I travel. Living in Hawaii means that there are long flights to get anywhere. I cannot get any work done on an airplane, so it’s the perfect excuse to read a couple of books.

6. What is the worst book you’ve read this year? Why?
The worst book I’ve read this year is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster is a close second. Wicked was just weird and completely outside my comfort zone. Sisters in Love was so painfully generic with uninteresting characters and an extremely predictable story line.

Link up with the hosts Christine and Taylor, or this month’s co-host Megan.

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