Literary Junkies

I’ve joined the Literary Junkies! Aptly named, it is a Link Up for book lovers like myself. Each month, the hosts post questions for the fellow bookworms to answer. They also have a nifty online book club! This is my first month (and first of several Link Ups I’m joining this week, so keep your eyes peeled!). Without further ado, here are this month’s questions!

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

I am currently reading “Won’t Last Long” by Heidi Joy Trethaway. I’m loving it! I’ll be reviewing it in more detail this Thursday for Chick Lit Plus, so for now, I’ll just tell you that I loved it and devoured most of it in one sitting. I love chick lit that deviates from the tested (and somewhat tired) model that many chick lit books are based on; this one was written in part from the perspective of the male protagonist, which was an interesting change. Also, it kept me guessing right up until the end, which I love. I definitely recommend it!

2) How many books have you read this year? Do you set reading goals for yourself?

I have read 19 books this year… which isn’t quite keeping up with my goal of reading 50 books in 2013! Last year was a much more productive reading year. I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading. According to them, I am 51% behind schedule for this year, which is mildly depressing. But the year isn’t over yet! If I get to 25, I’ll be able to live with myself.

3) What do you think are the best and worst book-to-movie/TV show adaptations?

This is a tough one… on principle, books are usually better than movies. I stand by that, even though I can’t remember an example off the top of my head! That said, I thought the “Hunger Games” movie was an excellent adaptation of the book; all of the important parts were in there, the actors were reasonable approximations of the images that I had in my head (apart from Josh Hutchinson, but I am working on reconciling that… he’s shorter than Katniss! It just isn’t right!). I also thought that the “Confessions of a Shopaholic” movie was infinitely better than the book, which was lacklustre.

4) What is the first line of your favourite book?

My favourite book is “Saving Francesca” by Melina Marchetta. It’s so relatable and the characters are incredibly well written. I read it in high school, but still find comfort re-reading it. The first line is “This morning, my mother didn’t get out of bed.” – it’s a bit depressing, perhaps, but read on, I promise it’s worth it!

5) Whatโ€™s your favourite quote from a book?

โ€œWhy, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.โ€ Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.

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  • Dana

    That’s a fabulous quote, Annabel, and quite appropriate given your blog name. You are right; it is mildly depressing to be chastised by GoodReads for being behind on your reading goal. I’m 17% behind schedule, but since I set the goal, I’m ignoring it too.

    • Annabel Krantz

      Glad you like it! You’re doing better than me this year on Goodreads, don’t worry! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck

    Last year Goodreads chastised me the whole year for not coming anywhere close to my reading goal. LOL I was a bit overzealous in setting it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This year I tamed it down and now I’ve surpassed it. I don’t think I can win. LOL Thanks for linking up with us! Hope to see you next month!

    • Annabel Krantz

      That’s exactly how I feel when I’m behind in my goal! Next year I’ll set it really low, so I can surpass it and feel better :p See you next month!

  • Cat – On the Wall

    I love these questions – book questions are so fun! Does Goodreads get mad at you when you are behind? I have been using Shelfari for a few years (had never heard of Goodreads, which is apparently way more popular – oops) and it has my goal on the side just with percentage completed. I have to go to a whole ‘nother page to see if I’m behind or not, hehe. I just completed my goal of 25 books this year! Pretty proud. 19 is awesome – I think 50 is VERY ambitious.

    • Annabel Krantz

      Not mad perse, but they remind you of how far behind you are (“you’re 50% behind your goal!). I think I managed 50 last year – I’m a fast reader! Congrats on reaching your goal! I’ve never heard of Shelfari, but I’m sure it’s the same as Goodreads. I do like that there are competitions on Goodreads to win free books though!