Literary Junkies – July 2014

Wow I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last Literary Junkies post! Where has the time gone?

This month the group will be reading Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult and it will be discussed during the monthly meet up on the 3rd Tuesday of next month. Looking at the synopsis on Goodreads this book looks like it will be very good. I used to read a lot of Jodi Picoult books and so it will be nice to read one of her books again.

As usual there are some questions for my post and here are my answers:

1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Alice is 29, married and pregnant with her first child or so she thinks! She wakes up on the floor of her gym, unsure how she got there as she hates the gym and discovers that she is actually 39 and her life has completely changed and not always for the better. The story details Alice’s attempts to piece together what happened during the last 10 years and also fix what has gone wrong.

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?

I tend to read the same genres all year round, but sometimes find that I need a more lighthearted book every so often especially after reading a book that’s very involved so that will determine which book I read next.

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)

I love the character Vlad in the Night Huntress series which I have mentioned before but is about a half vampire half human called Cat and her vampire husband Bones. He’s a modern version of the Vlad the Impaler and is always there winding up the character Bones because Bones wife Cat considers him to be one of her closest friends whilst Bones hates him. I love how he interacts with both Cat and Bones and Bones reaction is always very funny!

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?

The ability to write a book at all really! I really admire people who can write books and be creative it must be so difficult choosing the characters, story line, how it develops and see it through to the end.

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?

I have about 4 books on my currently reading list on Goodreads but in reality I am just reading What Alice Forgot as I find it to much to focus on multiple story lines at the same time. The other 3 books are ones I have started but lost interest in a bit.

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?

I loved the Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman and Jeff Gulvin – it accompanied a tv series which is one of my favourite tv shows and was all about their trip around the world on motorbikes. It’s such a cool and interesting story it really inspires you to see the world!

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Literary Junkies – June 2014

Last month I took part in the Literary Junkies link up for the first time. It was fun answering the questions so when I received notification of this month’s questions I started planning my post for June.

I’ve also joined the Literary Junkies group on Facebook and joined the group on Goodreads to keep up with the discussions during the month.

The group will also be reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton next and you can join in with the discussions about the book once read on Twitter during the book reading party on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm CST. This Tuesday they will be discussing the current book which is called Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters.

Here are this month’s questions:
1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!

I am reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson for the Summer Reading Challenge.

The title basically explains the storyline but it also tells the stories of the adventures that he gets up to following his escape including finding a suitcase full of money and his attempts to avoid the owners of the suitcase. It’s a good book but I’m finding it slightly far fetched in places which is making it a slow read.

2. Library or bookstore?

Bookstore – all those brand new books waiting to be discovered!

3. What book(s) have you read and re-read several times?

I’ve read the Hunger Games series a couple of times. I also re-read the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost about once a year since discovering it. This is a series of books about a half human half vampire assassin called Cat who hunts vampires but meets a vampire assassin called Bones which changes her whole life. Jeaniene has also published mini stories as well as full novels based upon some of the other characters who pop up in the book which are a good read and I always look forward to the next release in the series.

4. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

Oooh this is tricky as I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. The book that always sticks with me and is probably my favourite is The Time Traveller’s Wife – it took me ages to get into it because of the way the story jumps around but once I got used to that I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a beautiful story.

5. Who’s your favorite author? Tell us so we can binge-read!

So hard to choose one as I read lots of different genres! Mmmmm I really enjoy Karin Slaughter’s books, Jeaniene Frost, Lauren Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Nicci French, George RR Martin, Liane Moriarty, Gillian Flynn, Cecilia Aherne, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare – looking through my Goodreads “read” list did not help!

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Literary Junkies: May 2014

Well this is my first month participating in the Literary Junkies event but I saw a post about it by Megan on Semi Charmed Kind of Life which seemed perfect for me as I work my way through my ever growing list of books on my iPad.

They also have suggested reading and you can join the discussion on Twitter each month to discuss the books if you join in. I probably won’t do that for now as I am trying to complete the Summer Reading challenge but it’s a perfect way to meet other bloggers and discover new books.

Here are my answers for May! I’m hoping I manage to remember to join in next month as well as it was fun answering the questions.

1. What are you currently reading? Tell us about it!

I literally finished reading A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby this evening between cooking dinner. The book starts on the roof of a building in London which has been nicknamed “Toppers” because people have jumped from the roof before. We meet the four characters of the book here on New Years Eve, Maureen, Martin, Jess and JJ and all have gone with the intention of jumping. The book then tells their stories and why they have reached that point and also how this odd ball bunch of strangers become connected.

I have started a book called The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and quite looking forward to seeing what this story has in store for me.

2. Do you judge a book by its cover? What cover elements make you not want to pick up a book?

I think so, if the cover grabs your attention and the title is really interesting sounding I definitely want to know more. I think a dull cover or one that doesn’t really work with the title would put me off a book, although I would probably still read the back just in case!

3. Do you participate in any other bookish link-ups? Tell us about them so we can join next time!
I am trying to participate in the Summer 2014 Reading Challenge that Megan of Semi-Charmed Kind of Life is running. I’m up to 35 points so far and book 3 from my list so I’m pretty hopeful to get through them all.

I am also doing the Goodreads reading challenge for 2014 which isn’t a link up but you set yourself a challenge of how many books you’ll read this year and then use the website/app to keep track. I’ve challenged myself to 45 and am upto 15 so it’s not looking hopeful!

4. Have you ever watched a movie that was better than its book version? Explain yourself!
Aaaah I am notorious for thinking that the book is better than the film! I hate when things get changed so it’s not like the book at all (Beautiful Creatures is an example and I was so so disappointed as I loved the book). I think maybe the Monuments Men might be better than the book as I loved the film but cannot get in to the book!

5. Summer is here! Do you read more often during any particular season?
I think I probably read the same amount all year around because I work full time so enjoy reading in my down time. If I’m on holiday though I would read more than normal and plan of having a stack of books to get through on my flights to and from the UK later this year.

6. What is the worst book you’ve read this year? Why?
Well I read all 3 books in the series, mainly because I wanted to know what the heck was going on but The Game trilogy by Anders de la Motte is probably my least favourite book(s) so far this year. It’s all very conspiracy theory which I don’t mind but it was very very far fetched and also seemed to be an attempt at mimicking the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which I loved so was disappointing.

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