Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Literary Junkies

When I was a kid, probably in first grade or so, I was in an elite (read: two kids) group in my class that were reading chapter books. Because of this, I got to read in a little house my teacher had set up. I would read  The Magic Treehouse books. I think that I might have read them all!

Since then, my love for reading and books has never stopped growing. So when I saw the opportunity to join the Literary Junkies book club, you can bet that I jumped on it! The group was created by Lesley and Taylor. I am having so much fun reading The Night Circus, which is our first book! It is absolutely wonderful so far. Very intriguing. 
Before they started the book club, they started a link up for everyone to show their love of books!
Since my BFF Abigail doesn't have a blog of her own (I am trying to convince her!), she will be answering these questions here with me.
I always love to have her!

What book are you currently reading? Give us a little synopsis and your review.


I am currently reading a few books. The Night Circus, for Literary Junkies, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and The Five Love Languages: The Secret of Love That Lasts. The Night Circus is very intriguing so far. So far it has been about a magician who has been given custody of his daughter and is putting her in some kind of competition with a man in a grey suit. I love Bridget Jones. She is hilarious. I just love british humor. And The Five Love Languages is a great read, it really shows you how people understand and give love differently. They really are like different languages.


I'm reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is about a magical competition in the midst of a circus. The circus is having some strange effect on all the people connected to it. The two magicians have been training for this competition, which they know almost nothing about, since they were children. It is a story about love, loss, and the unknown. So far it is captivating and I jump at every chance I get to pick it back up. Even if you are not apart of the book club, you should read this book. 

What are your three favorite books of all time?


Oh geez. This is hard. My favorite books of all time would have to be.... The Lovely Bones, which is so tragically beautiful. It made me cry. Like, full on cry. In bad ways, and good ways. That sounds completely crazy. But read it.

Another would have to be The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It makes you realize that no matter how small you consider your actions, they can have an effect on someone else's life in a major way.  
This is really, really hard. I'm going to cheat and actually say four books, because I really can't decide. And even in limiting it to four books is incredibly hard. Every book I have ever read has left an imprint on me that I won't ever be able to shake. But I am going to say The Silence of the Lambs and The Green Mile. Both are incredibly amazing books. I was shocked by how much I loved The Silence of the Lambs. I couldn't put it down. The movie wasn't something I would normally watch, (because I'm a sissy) but after reading the book, I had to watch it. That is a series I hope to someday start here. Movies vs. Books.  
Anyways. I digress. 
The Green Mile. Stephen King is a terrific writer. I haven't yet been able to make it through Carrie, or IT, or Pet Cemetary, but The Green Mile. It is a very, very long book. But since I wasn't able to put it down, I finished it very quickly. And again, HAD to watch the movie. Because I hadn't seen it, and apparently that is some sort of crime and I was about to go to jail or something. Read. Watch. And then help me find Percy and hurt him. 
Ok so To Kill a Mocking Bird, the Stephanie Plum series, and The Monster of Florence. Well those are my favorites at this moment lol. They change constantly. 


What is your "approach" upon entering a bookstore? Where do you immediately head after entering through the front door?


Well, it really depends. Before our Borders went out of business, I would head to the YA section. But I would also head to the literary classics section, the craft section. (Long story short: I go everywhere in search of a good book.)

But what I really love? Used bookstores. There's one nearby that is a tiny little store, probably smaller than my tiny house. It is amazing. There are stacks upon stacks of books EVERYWHERE. It has sections, but the stacks of books are often a few books deep on the bookshelves. I love having to dig for a good book. That's how I found The Lovely Bones, actually. It was right before the movie came out, but I had never heard of it. (One of the perils of not having cable, I guess.) And, the best part? Books are 50% of the cover price. Awesome, right? And you can trade in books. I LOVE used bookstores. Plus, you can always tell a good book by how it is loved. Just saying.


When walking into a bookstore, I usually go to the New Books. That's the best place to find books that I haven't read. Then I just move around the store from there. I'm not usually in very large book stores so its not hard to just start in one corner and work my way around. I can spend hours in a bookstore. I just wish I had the time and the money I would like to spend on books. 

Goings on in Texas


  1. Jessica and Abigail, thank you so much for linking up with us! I need to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. It was one of those books that I read as a Junior in High School because it was "required" reading and when you "require" me to read something well sometimes it just goes in one ear and out the other. LOL I'd also like to re-read the Bridget Jones books. Loved them! :)

  2. I was totally in the elite group in first grade, too! I don't remember actually learning anything in class. I just sat up in the "treehouse" and read Boxcar Children all day! I'm hoping my memory is exaggerated!

    1. Boxcar Children were some of my favorites back in the day, whoa did I just date myself with that statement lol. I have actually gone back and reread the first one recently and I was so afraid it was going to be horrible. Kind of like that favorite food you had when you were a kid then you go back and reeat it and realize that it wasn't that good and then you're all sad panda. Well I was afraid it was going to be like that but it totally wasn't! I was so happy lol.

  3. Your friend should totally start her own blog, I'm sure she would get tons of support just from us other Literary Junkies lol. Aside from that some of your choices for favorites are books that I have "seen" once they were made into movies but have never gotten the chance to read even though I have wanted to. For sure on my to do list.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book that I felt should have been assigned before it was. We actually weren't required to read it until Junior year of high school but I felt it should have been assigned around middle school because by the time I got to it in Junior high I flew through it so fast it was initially lost on me. But once I went back and reread it I realized it was hands down a great book!

  4. So many good choices! To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book ever! The 5 Love Languages was super interesting, and I never read The 5 People You Meet in Heaven but have had it on my list forever because the movie was incredible!

    Visiting from the linkup! :)

  5. Girls! This is great! I love this post. Thanks so much for linking up! I can't wait to start Night Circus now even more! :)

  6. I read The Lovely Bones in high school and had wanted to reread it a few years ago but I forgot about it - thanks for the reminder! :)


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