Literary Junkie

16 Apr

I have always been a reader. I used to read constantly. In fact, I read in the car so often that when I got my driver’s license, I didn’t remember how to get home from the mall! So, when the Literary Junkies group was brought to my attention, I couldn’t help but join their bandwagon. Nothing makes me feel more at ease than being lost in a book.

I am currently reading The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer. I started a book club in my office and my boss chose this book. It is a fairly dry memoir which a lot of my coworkers found difficult to read, but she is the boss so nobody would disagree. Essentially, it is the story of a man who grew up without his father so he turned to a local bar and the men who were regulars there for guidance. While it is definitely not a book that has you itching to get home so you can read some more, it doesn’t have me giving up on finishing it altogether.

Two books that recently did have my hooked from start to finish were Defending Jacob by William Landay and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. If you haven’t read these yet, please go pick them up. You won’t regret it!


Thank goodness for my Kindle or I would have nowhere to keep them all!

Reading Habits
Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon- they closed the book store near my office, otherwise I would be spending most lunch breaks there.
Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store? Whatever is most convenient
Bookmark or dog-ear? Dog-ear
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? I try to group by author, but I have so many it would be a project to alphabetize.
Keep, throw away, or sell? Give away. I give to my friends or leave in my building lobby for my neighbors to take old books.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep
Read with dust jacket or remove it? Remove
Short story or novel? Novel
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Collection
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I sometimes will keep reading until I finish!
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Once upon a time…
Buy or borrow? Buy, should be better about borrowing though. Kindle makes it so easy to spend money without thinking. I’ve also given away a couple hundred every time I have moved. Books are not fun to move!
New or used? New- old books creep me out. Someone read that while picking their nose or sitting on the toilet.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Reviews and recommendations
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending
Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading? All of the above!
Single volume or series? Series
Favorite series? I can’t pick one!
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge- it is a children’s book 🙂

What are you reading now? What should I read next? The next Literary Junkies choice is Diamond in the Rough by Shawn Colvin. Have you read it?

Kate sig

57 Responses to “Literary Junkie”

  1. lisanewlin April 16, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I’ve always been a reader too! It used to infuriate my parents because although I have an outgoing personality, I become such an introvert with books. I used to watch TV with my family and then read a book during commercials. I also used to take a book with me in the car everywhere and would read up until we got there. I would always get in trouble because after church I wouldn’t mingle or chat, but would go to the car to read.

    You really should try used books! They’re so much fun and you can tell a lot from a book by how it’s treated by its previous owner. Plus, used book stores are so fun!

    I’ve become more of a non-fiction reader. I find a lot of fiction just annoys me. I read “Fefending Jacob” and it was too forced for me and I saw the ending coming. I was also irritated with it for the same reason I get irritated with Jodi Piccoult novels. They talk about law and trials but they’re not even close to accurate as to how it would really be and it bugs me and takes me out of it. I sound like a total snob!

    I recently read a nonfiction book about the women who inspired the musical “Chicago.” it read like a novel and I loved it!

    Ok. I will stop rambling in your comments now!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      I will have to check out Chicago. I always like to get book recommendations. Thank you!

      I think we were the same person when we were younger. My mom used to make me sit outside and read on the stoop so at least I was getting fresh air!

      Love your rambling comments!

      • lisanewlin April 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

        I wrote that comment on my phone and looking at it now on a computer screen I’m even more embarrassed! Um, shut up Lisa Newlin! 🙂

      • Another Clean Slate April 17, 2013 at 7:20 am #

        No way! It’s like we are comment pen pals 😉

  2. Alice in EW{The Owl's Skull} April 16, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    I heard an interview with the author of -The Tender Bar- on NPR and he sounded very interesting. I’ll be eager to hear what you found valuable about the book:).

  3. Shay April 16, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I love to read, too. I read anywhere I can–in the car while the hubs drives, on the treadmill while I run (thank God I can do that; I’ve kept a steady workout habit alive for over 15 years because of it), outside while watching my kids play (don’t worry; I spend tons of time playing along with them, too). My husband will always tease me: “There she is with her nose in a book again,” which is a joke on another level, too, b/c we love to make fun of my beautiful monstrosity of a nose. 🙂 I can’t wait to check out The Literary Junkies. In the meantime, here’s an awesome one that I recently read and my book club is going to be reading for next month: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It’s such a cool concept, and it’s a quick read because you can’t put it down. Thanks for the post and the site suggestion!!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      I read constantly like you! Thank goodness for books!

      I loved What Alice Forgot- you are right- totally had me hooked.

      Definitely check out Literary Junkies!!!

  4. Amanda @ Eloquent English April 16, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I just got a Kindle Paperwhite – best thing ever!!!!

    Most Recent Post: Evy’s Tree Giveaway


    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Ohhh I need to check out the Kindle Paperweight- I’m still using the very first version!

  5. Dana April 16, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I was going to join this link this month, but it’s too stressful for me to write a post this quickly! I enjoyed reading yours though. Right now I am reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I’m enjoying it. My taste is so varied, so I love getting recommendations from lots of different people.

    Maybe I’ll try Literary Junkies again next month 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      I will have to check out that book- I am making a list of everyone’s recommendations that I will share!

      You should definitely try it next month- even if your post doesn’t go up right on the Tuesday. 🙂

    • pnkheelspnktrk April 16, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Dana…the linky stays open for 7 days!! So you still have time to get your post written!! 🙂 We would love to have you!!

  6. Ghadeer April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I’m a big bookworm myself. I’m currently reading Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” and “Ella Minnow Pea” which is my book club’s choice this month. 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Oh, I haven’t read Ella Minnow Pea- I will add it to my list! Thanks!!

  7. School of Smock April 16, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I’m a huge reader too! I read every night, sometimes for hours. (And, yes, it sometimes cuts down on my sleep totals, but it’s worth it to me. I need reading to keep me sane!) I’ve read Jodi Picoult’s latest and Defending Jacob. I loved Defending Jacob, but for some reason, I couldn’t get into The Storyteller as much as most of her books. For some reason, the story felt forced to me. Right now I’m reading Jennifer Close’s latest, The Smart One, and I love it!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      100% keeps me sane too- it is my escape!

      Interesting perspective on The Storyteller- I can see where you are coming from. Her books do tend to follow a formula.

      I enjoyed The Smart One too! Glad you love it!

  8. Words for Worms April 16, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Bookworm love!

  9. pnkheelspnktrk April 16, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    My Kindle Paperwhite is arriving today!! eeekkkk so excited!! Although it will not deter me from my book hoarding status…LOL I still love a good “real” book! I have an entire book case full of books that are on my TBR list. Did you read that correctly?? I have an entire book case full of books I haven’t read yet. Yes I am a book hoarder! LOL 😉 I have 7 books with me at the hotel that are waiting to be started or finished. And 3 on my nightstand at home. 😉 hahaha Today I will begin our new read for the Literary Junkies Book Club. I like to get it started so I know I’ll finish it before I have to actually be the leader of the questions in the book club chat. 😉

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      I am still using the original Kindle! Will need to look into the Paperweight 🙂

      I have A LOT of books to be read, but definitely not a whole bookcase. I keep giving away old books to make room- thank goodness for our Kindles!

      Starting our new book this weekend 🙂

  10. Ellie April 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    You have officially ruined used books for me! Lol! Ewwww.

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      I know! My mind works in awful ways 😉

    • JulieYouJest April 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      I was thinking the same thing! I love used books and now I’ll think about boogers and toilet…yuck! I’ll get over it the next time I’m in a used book shop – maybe. I do love my kindle. I think I have the second generation Kindle – it’s old but it still works.

      • Another Clean Slate April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

        My old original Kindle still works too. That’s all I need right now! Sorry for temporarily ruining used books for you!

  11. Daliene's Alamo Adventures April 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    To be honest I’m skipping Diamond in the Rough as I wasn’t in the mood for a biography the day I went shopping. lol Now I’m reading a different biography. Thanks for linking up!!!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      You’ll have to let me know if what you’re reading is any good! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. mrkelly2u April 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Great post – I love to read! Just read a couple of Neal Gaiman – American Gods and Neverwhere – both of which were good, but American Gods was excellent. I’m kind of late to the whole Gaiman thing, but I’m definitely a convert.

    Currently on non-fiction book, but a great read for writers or anyone interested in how Hollywood works – Adventures in The Screen Trade, by William Goldman. Excellent.

  13. Jen H (@twsrblog) April 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    sounds like we have tons in common! great list, so glad i found your blog through the literary junkies!

  14. Jen Pace April 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    lol @ your comment about old books!

  15. Mina B. April 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m with you on the tidy ending. I need closure…the good kind. 🙂

  16. Andi April 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I just started The Art of Racing in the Rain and I love it so far! It’s a Literary Junkies pick for later this year, but I couldn’t wait.

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      I have that sitting on my bookshelf- might need to pick it up sooner also 🙂

  17. southmainmuse April 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I smiled all the way through this. So many great images. First off you really do get “lost” in a book if you didn’t know how to get to the mall. And what great questions about Reading Habits. Though I have been trying to be fiscally responsible and check out book from library. Your whole nose-picking and toilet-reading scenarios have now got me questioning that.

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Sorry to ruin library books for you! I am sure you could read them while wearing gloves 😉

  18. Tami April 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I love to read as well, but my habits are the exact opposite of yours! I toss the dust jacket immediately. Always borrow rather than buy. Don’t mind a good cliffhanger. Haha. But I bet I would love some of your recommendations!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      It takes all kinds to make the world go round 😉 definitely would love to share recommendations!

  19. Sandy April 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I really don’t know what’s like to get lost in a book. I rarely read, have never really gotten into it. Can’t imagine reading so much you couldn’t find your way home. A-Z

  20. Jean Heff April 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Seriously? Picking their nose or on the toilet? You just ruined all the romance I thought visiting used bookstores held when I was in college. Psh. Who am I kidding? I teach. All my books at school probably have the same grossness in them too.
    Girl, you are all over the internet, how are you keeping up with it all? I’m impressed!

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      Oh man! I don’t even want to think about school books!

      Haha I am barely keeping up but my boyfriend and I bought a Macbook Air and I’ve been monopolizing it- my new toy 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Yikes- am I posting too much?

  21. Heather (@mylittlehea) April 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I wish I could read in the car and I’m with you girl about the old books…though I did buy a used book I couldn’t buy new and it ended up being a friends’ she sold at a second hand bookstore, lol.

  22. allison @ TIME OUT April 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    ohhh, love Jodi Picoult!

  23. The Dose of Reality April 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m a reader, too. I am never without my Kindle. If I leave the house it is in my purse. No exceptions. You just never know when you might be caught and you have time to read!(and the light on the Paperwhite…*swoon*)
    Defending Jacob really captivated me, too!
    I’ll have to look in to The Literary Junkies. They sound right up my alley!
    (and is the Shawn Colvin of the next book the singer, Shawn Colvin? I’m going to have to investigate!) –Lisa

    • Another Clean Slate April 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Ill have to see if its the same Shawn Colvin- downloaded the book but still need to start it!

      I downloaded the Kindle app on my phone too so I am never without something to read 🙂

      You should definitely check out Literary Junkies!

  24. Kimberly April 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks so much for visiting! I love to find fellow readers…and I love Jodi Picoult but I haven’t read that one. Thanks for the recommendation!

  25. classywithakick April 17, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Old books have always grossed me out because I know people read the in the bathroom. Yuck! But nose picking…ewww. 🙂

    I have the Paperwhite and I love it. I just download too many samples, I have a hard time picking what I want to read next!

    Classy with a Kick

    • Another Clean Slate April 17, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Everyone keeps mentioning that! I still have the original Kindle- it might be time for an upgrade!

  26. Lisa April 17, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    I had my children write down what books they’d like to read this year and my 8 year old added “What Katy Did” and “What Katy did next”. I love that they are reading books that are mine from my childhood, although it is odd re-reading them with them as some are not quite how I remembered them and a few beloved characters now really get on my nerves.

    • Another Clean Slate April 17, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      This is such a great idea! When I have kids I’ll have to remember to ask them to make their own reading lists. Get their buy in 🙂

  27. Paula J April 17, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I just finished The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. Borrowed it from the library. It’s been a few days and I haven’t come down with anything yet.

    • Another Clean Slate April 17, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      I loved that book! And I know, I totally need to get over my phobia… it is not good!

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