Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Literary Junkies: March 2013

I know, I know. Another bookish link-up? This might as well be a book blog. I promise I have some non-book posts in store soon, and I hope to catch up on my European adventures by the end of the month. If you didn't see my photo post of Vienna this weekend, you should definitely check it out. There's more where that came from! But until then ...

Today, I'm participating in my first Literary Junkies link-up, hosted by By the Porchlight and Pink Heels Pink Truck. I've been active in the Facebook group for a while, but this is the first time I've actually sat down and written out my answers to the monthly link-up. Enjoy!
1. What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.

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Nothing! I know, what an embarrassment, especially on the first week I've actually participated in this fun link-up. I recently opened up my copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on my Kindle, but I haven't read a word. I also bought The White Queen by Philippa Gregory for only $5.99 on my Kindle yesterday, so I'm hoping to break into that one soon.

2. Recommend a book that has changed your perspective on life.

This is kind of cheating, because it's a book about different perspectives on life, but Applying Ethics is the best textbook I have ever read. I learned so much about myself and my personal and political beliefs from reading that book and discussing the issues in a philosophy class at Mizzou. If you want to really learn something about yourself, I suggest you read this.

3. What book do you recommend the most to people?

The Pact by Jodi Picoult. Or the Harry Potter series, in the rare event I find a non-reader. Other top recommendations from me include Peony in Love, Angels and Demons and, most recently, Thirteen Reasons Why. My recommendations vary greatly based on who's asking, though!

4. What are the top 3 books on your "to-read" list?

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1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
2. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
*I recently wrote a post about the top 10 books on my to-read list for spring. The full list can be found here.

5. What do you "do" while reading? (i.e. listen to music, eat) Any weird reading habits?

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When I read, I'm usually always focusing just on the book. I can definitely eat, drink and sunbathe while reading, and I like to listen to music when I'm in a distracting environment, but I typically just read.

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I'm also looking forward to the #literaryjunkies Twitter chat this evening! I can't wait to discuss Gone Girl; it was one of my favorite reads from last year. Plus, this is the first time I've actually finished a book in time to participate, and that's only because I had already read it. :)

Are any of my readers in an online book club? Or an "actual" book club? Tell me about it!


elle at wishingoodluck said...

I fell in love with the Fault in Our Stars. I read it a few weeks back and was in tears at the end - the good kind of tears no less, and I don't cry! I just finished The Shadow of the Wind too and thought it was ehh, but I'm still glad I did. Excellent recommendations too!

Autumn @ The Unreal Life said...

My sorority alumnae club has a "book club with a wine problem." It's been a lot of fun joining, and getting introduced to books I normally would just pass by =)

Anonymous said...

I loved The Fault in Our Stars.... but I hated Thirteen Reasons Why! :(


Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

The Fault in Our Stars is so good!

What a fun link up! I'm going to have to do this next week =)

Anonymous said...

I used to recommend Harry Potter too but now it's hard to find someone who hasn't read at least one. Except Jessica (SGT)- don't tell her I said that ;)

Megan said...

I usually take a few days off in between books. Usually when I finish reading a book that I really got into, I have to kind of break before diving into the next book. Yay for Harry Potter! I read The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, but I haven't read that 3rd Dan Brown book. I should add it to my "to-read" list.

Kaitlyn's Life and Blogs said...

in love with the Fault in Our Stars

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Kate @ Daffodils said...

Looks like I need to get Fault in Our Stars!

Anonymous said...

The Fault in our Stars sounds like a good one to read! I haven't read Gone Girl yet but everyone raves about it so I should get on that, soon! :)

Thanks for stopping by, too and admiring my elephant header. :)

Fran said...

The Fault in our stars is so so good! I read it in 7 hrs haha

Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck said...

Oh...Love Dan Brown!! I can't remember if I've read The Lost Symbol..I remember The Davinci Code and one other but don't remember if that was it. You're the second person I've seen with either a recommendation for The Fault in Our Stars or it's on their TBR list. :) Thanks for linking up!! I hope you'll link up again next month and read The Paris Wife with us!!