Literary Junkies June 2014 Edition

June 18, 2014 | No comments


Literary Junkies is an online book club that once a month meet to chat about bookish things. I always miss/forget about the twitter chat because of the time difference, but I do enjoy answering book related questions every month…


1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
I’m still rereading the entire Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m 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. The pre-order of the eight book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, has now been delivered, so I’m very motivated to finish the old books so I can finally read the new one. Luckely, I have several long flights coming up so I should be able to get lots of reading done then.

2. Library or bookstore?
Both. I love buying books (who doesn’t?) but my wallet appreciates the weekly trips to the library. I suffer from serious no-impulse-control-in-presence-of-books. I simply cannot exit a bookstore or library without at least 10 books.

3. What book(s) have you read and re-read several times?
The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

4. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?
It was probably the collected works by Astrid Lindgren that my parents used to read for me when I was a kid. I wanted to be Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, live with The Children of Noisy Village and travel the world with Pippi Longstocking. The Brother’s Lionheart and Mio My Son made me cry, and Madicken (Mischievous Meg) and Emil of Lönneberga served as inspiration for countless adventures for me and my sister.

The first books that really got me hooked on reading was the double volume of Briggen Tre Liljor (The Brig Three Lilies) and Mickel Sjöfarare (Mickel, seafarer) by Olle Mattson. It is the first book I remember reading completely on my own and when I got to the end, I immediately started over again. Every time I read it, I found it as scary, funny, surprising and appealing as the previous time.

5. Who’s your favorite author? Tell us so we can binge-read!
It’s impossible to pick one favourite author. There are so many (just like I have so many favourite books) but some of my favourites are Astrid Lindgren (pretty much everything she ever wrote), Jeffrey Archer (Kane and Abel is a masterpiece), Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy is a must read), JM Coetzee (such beautiful language), Agatha Christie (all her Miss Marple mysteries), Theodor Kallifatides (a true wordsmith), and Selma Lagerlöf (because she was an awesome lady).

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

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