January Literary Junkies

It’s time for another round of Literary Junkies. For those who may new around here, Literary Junkies is the literary themed linkup that I try to participate in once a month. The linkup was created by Taylor from Pink Heels, Pink Truck and is now co-ran with Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee. Each month the ladies also have a rotating co-host spot which this month is being filled by Katrina from Kakers in Wonderland. Lets jump on in with the questions for this month:

Literary Junkies on southeastbymidwest.com

What are you reading right now? Tell us about it:

Right now I’m OBSESSED with the Caster Series by Kami Garcia. The series currently contains four books; Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, Beautiful Redemption. I’ve just started Beautiful Chaos:

Beautiful Chaos on southeastbymidwest.com

“Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected — and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena — and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

Out of these book to movie adaptations, which are you most looking forward to:

I’m gong to start out by saying that I’ve actually never read any of the books on the list, however, out of the ones on the list the one I’m most looking forward to is Gone Girl featuring Ben Affleck.

What was the worst book you’ve ever read?

The Red Badge of Courage on southeastbymidwest.com

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane was assigned to my high school sophomore advanced English class to read. It was and still is one of the worst books I have ever read in my life. It was soooo hard to get through because not only was it just a difficult read but it was also a BORING read. I would never ever EVER force this on someone to read…although I do have some ideas for how this book could be used in prison sentences and prisoners wanting to be paroled…

What food/beverage have you spilled on a book before?

I have actually never spilled a food or beverage item on a book. That being said, my mother has spilled a Diet Coke over one of my textbooks before. Thanks Mom!

Do you picture characters as popular film/tv actors? Or do you create a whole new person in your head?

Actually I don’t picture the characters at all when I’m reading a book UNLESS it’s already been made into a movie and THEN I picture the person. For example, for the character Barty Crouch Jr. in the Harry Potter series I didn’t have a picture in my head of him. However, now when I go back and reread that particular book or he’s mentioned later I ALWAYS picture David Tennant. All that being said, while I don’t have a specific picture of what a character will look like I do have opinions on what they should NOT look like when it comes to casting!

Out of all the author’s you’ve read, whose brain would you most want to pick?

Lauren Conrad Beauty on southeastbymidwest.com

I’m not a huge fan of The Hills or of Lauren Conrad, however, for what she did getting the show picked up and morphing that fame into a clothing line and cosmetics line. I would love to have a conversation with her about how she was able to do that and tips she may have for others wanting to start their own lines.

What are you currently reading?


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  1. says

    I’d love to sit down with Lauren Conrad as well & just pick her brain apart! I bet she has some amazing tips!

    And based on the cover alone, the red badge of courage does not look that interesting at all!

  2. says

    I’m excited to see Gone Girl too. That was such a CRAZY book! I never read The Red Badge of courage but we read Moby Dick in 11th grade and to this day it’s the worst book I’ve ever read!

  3. says

    I remember reading red badge of courage too. The Divergent series is next on my list. I have the first one on my kindle, just have to find the time to read it.

  4. says

    I feel like we are kindred spirits with your hate for the Red Badge of Courage! I also had to read this in my 10th grade Honors English class and thought I was going to poke my eyeballs out!

  5. says

    I am currently in between books. However, checking out the link for the book to movie adaptations, I found several I need to read before I see the movie: namely Labor Day and The Fault in Our Stars.

  6. says

    I”m actually exactly like you about picturing the characters. I don’t come up with a picture at all. More like an essence of personality. I love seeing books made into pictures because it really cements the characters into my mind.

  7. Jamie says

    I am correctly reading Stress Free Kids, I’m only on the first chapter but I can tell this will help myself long with the kids!

  8. says

    I just finished Stephen King’s new novel, Dr Sleep, which is the follow up to The Shining. I loved it, it was amazing for King to actually write a sequel to one of his novels! Next up on my reading list is Joyland, also by Stephen King. He’s my favorite Modern Author!

  9. says

    Currently I’m mostly reading toddler books, as I don’t have much time for reading other than when I read to my daughter. Though I did get a couple of books read with my phone’s Kindle app on the airplane last year. The Red Badge of Courage must have been a very traumatic event for you lol. I remember reading it in HS but I don’t remember it being as painful as that 😀

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