Literary Junkies: May 2013

Whoa!  Two book related posts in one week?  Yes, that is correct!  I logged into my Goodreads the other day and remembered that I had set a goal to read 15 books this year.  I've read 4.  I need to get crackin'! The next day, I stumbled across this:

Pink Heels Pink Truck

And I suddenly decided that if I had to post this link up monthly, then I would have to read monthly.  If I had to read monthly, I may just hit my goal of 15 books by the end of the year!  So, on the third Tuesday of every month, I will be joining up with Taylor and Leslie for the Literary Junkies Book Chat.  I can't wait!  

So, here we go!

What are you currently reading?  Tell us about it!
Right now, I am in-between books.  I just finished A Fault in our Stars (you can read my review of that here) and I am gearing up to read Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates.  I love JCO!  I even got the chance to meet her when I was six months pregnant with L!

What are your top three summer reads?
Ohh, this is a toughy!  I usually don't re-read books, but there are some that stick out in my mind that I have read in the past!  Those would have to be:  Watermelon by Marian KeysSing You Home by Jodi Picoult, and White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Great, great books!  Make you laugh, make you cry, make you think....great stuff!

What are your top three summer "to-reads"?
The three books that I would like to get through this summer (after Daddy Love) are The Rules of Inheritance by Clair Bidwell SmithThe Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates, and Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield.  Those three have been on the list for a bit, so it is time to knock them out.

What book do you wish they would make into a movie?
This is where I have to confess something:  I don't particularly care for books being made into movies. Nine times out of ten, the producers end up leaving out some of the best parts of books (IMO) when they turn them into films.  I usually prefer the books over the movies.  That's just me! 

Has your favorite author published a new book lately, or is going to publish one soon?
Yes she has! Joyce Carol Oates released The Accursed in March of this year.  That is one that I cannot wait to get my hands on.  It is supposedly pretty lengthy, but I am up for the challenge!  This is actually the fifth book in The Gothic Saga.  (Before you ask, no, I haven't read the four before it.  Should I?  Probably.  Do I always do things in order?  Not so much.)

Synopsis from Goodreads: This eerie tale of psychological horror sees the real inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Princeton fall under the influence of a supernatural power. New Jersey, 1905: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University. On a nearby farm, Socialist author Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of his novel 'The Jungle', has taken up residence with his family. This is a quiet, bookish community - elite, intellectual and indisputably privileged. But when a savage lynching in a nearby town is hushed up, a horrifying chain of events is initiated - until it becomes apparent that the families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse. The Devil has come to this little town and not a soul will be spared. 'The Accursed' marks new territory for the masterful Joyce Carol Oates - narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling fantastical elements to stunning effect.

And there you have it! Leave me a comment and tell me what you are currently reading!  I love seeing and hearing about what others are reading!

Until next time,
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  1. i really enjoyed fault in our stars and sing you home... glad you did too!

    1. My mom read Sing You Home first. I was pregnant at the time and my mom didn't want me to read it until after our daughter had been born. After I read the book, I knew why my mom kept it from me throughout my pregnancy. Great, great book though! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the weekend!

  2. Just finished The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (our June Literary Junkies book club read). Loved it! I've got a few Marion Keyes books sitting on my to-read bookcase but haven't read anything by her yet (that I can recall). Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. Keyes makes me laugh out loud-that's why I love her books! They are quick reads, but they are really good! I will have to check out The Silver Linings Playbook-I've heard many things about it! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the weekend!

  3. Ohhh I'm going to have to check out Sing You Home! I've loved everything that I've read so far by Piccoult! Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Piccoult is great! I have read a lot by her and am never disappointed. She's a great author! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the weekend!


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