Literary Junkies Book Chat (Lit Lovers Link Party)

I’m part of the online book club Literary Junkies, which meets virtually on Facebook. Each month, we have question challenges that help us get to know each other better! Today, this book chat is all about current reads and our thoughts on Harper Lee.
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Literary Junkies Book Chat

Join in the fun and answer these book chat questions on your own blog or in the comments!

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
Right now, I’m taking a break from fiction. The most recent book I’ve been reading is a collection of short stories called Dangerous Women, which has tales of strong women from some of the current popular writers in several genres. There is something for everyone in this collection.
2. Have you ever read a book that made you want to immediately travel to that destination?
I love the setting for Howl’s Moving Castle. I would love to visit that universe.
3. What is your ideal reading spot?
I used to love reading in trees. Now, I  would probably find it highly uncomfortable. I’d love to read on a beach (if the sunlight wasn’t too strong) or in a cozy home library. I hope one day to have a home with a library with a big window seat.
4. If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be?
I can’t imagine I would ever write a memoir. I don’t really like reading them either. I prefer biographies. Memoirs seem a little self-centered, I guess?
5. One of our great literary giants has recently passed, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. Did you read the book? Thoughts/opinions. What about Go Set a Watchman? 
I’ve read both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. I read To Kill a Mockingbird before I was old enough to understand it, so I didn’t really care for it. But although many people hated Go Set a Watchman, I liked it. I thought it gave an interesting prospective to why Atticus made the decisions that he did in his career. I know it isn’t politically correct now, but society is changing for the better, so it makes sense to me that a person from that generation would make choices in the way he did.
If you want to join in the Literary Junkies group for more book chat fun, visit the link below. We have a lot of fun in our virtual book club!

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Lit Lovers Link Party

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Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to take a look at these series like Game of Thrones that are already completed.

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

This Weeks Lit Lover Features

Love books? Love talking about books? Don't miss this edition of the Daily Mayo Book Chat and thoughts on Harper Lee.

Last week, I found two posts that really made me happy. First, I loved this list of books based on mythology from Editing Everything. And over at Growing Book by Book, there is a lovely collection of pinnable quotes about reading and writing!

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Why Having Books You Didn’t Like is a Good Thing

What happens when “good books” are the books you didn’t like?

As followers in the book world, we run across a lot of good books. We read reviews, follow new book releases, and keep up with the latest reading trends. I usually plan what I will be reading for the year several months in advance.
But sometimes, a hyped book or “good” book lets you down when you read it.

There are some good books you didn’t like. These books are the ones everyone else seems to adore and recommend the heck out of, but when you get to them, you are just left scratching your head.

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.
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Why Having Books You Didn’t Like is a Good Thing

Sometimes the book world tends to be snobbish.

We love the books we love so much that we throw shade at people who didn’t love our beloved stories. However, not all books are written for all people. If you have books you didn’t like that other people did, it is simply a sign that you know your own taste.

I don’t agree that there is such a thing as a book that will be enjoyed by everyone. Certain books try new things which is always positive, and certain books appeal to different audiences. For example, I never plan to read any books about child molestation, although some people might say writing about that content would make a “good” book.

For me, what makes a good book is something that is enjoyable to read, makes you think a bit (either about life or the story itself), and presents a story in a new way. This will obviously mean drastically different things to different people. That is how my favorite book can be Les Miserables but another person’s favorite can be Captain Underpants.

Here are some good books I didn’t like:

All of these books I felt were over-hyped and lacking in some way. If you feel differently, share why you loved these stories in the comments! I’m always up for debating the pros and cons of certain books.

We Are Pirates

When I read We Are Pirates, I really wanted to like it because I love Daniel Handler so much. His stories are full of humor and perception, but I felt that this particular book was missing those elements (although they were there in a muted way). I almost felt like he wrote the book just to break away from what he was famous for (Lemony Snicket books), but it sort of read like someone trying to be something they were not.

The Girl on the Train

I am actually sad that this book is becoming a movie when there are so many excellent books that could have been made into movies. The Girl on the Train (the girl herself) was a terrible person and I hated her. I realize not all main characters have to be good, but I felt depressed after reading the book. Nothing stuck out as clever or unusual about the story. I wasn’t impressed and I am not sure why it was named one of the best books from last year.

Outlander

While not a big fan of romance novels in general, the time travel angle made me read this one. However, the wife abuse, rape, and extreme violence made me dislike Outlander. Even if such things were “period” as the author claimed, the events were presented in a way that gave me the sense that these were supposed to be the “good old days,” which I cannot get on board with.

Paper Towns

Before I knew John Green was John Green from the Internet, I read Paper Towns. I was not impressed. It is boring and his teens are ridiculously philosophical, naive, and impossibly cool at the same time.

I really liked The Fault in Our Stars, however, probably because of where I was in life when I read it. It may also be a better book.

Later Game of Thrones Books

I was all on board with the first three Game of Thrones books (I do know they are Song of Ice and Fire books, GoT is catchier, though). Since then, I feel like the plot has been totally derailed and some serious editing has been ignored. We do not need to read multiple pages on food or random conversations or thoughts. I highly doubt at this point that GRRM is making each scene that necessary for the greater plot as a whole. The story is now lost in the vast sea of individual scenes.

The Goldfinch

In short, I thought The Goldfinch was much too long. It felt like two unrelated books tied together with thin twine. The link was not strong enough to hold my interest.

What are some good books you didn’t like? 

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.

Lit Lovers Link Party

Where book bloggers are loved!

Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to check out and laugh at my Anne of Green Gables Breaking Bad mashup. I had a lot of fun making it.

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

This Weeks Lit Lover Features

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.

Last week, we had some wonderful bloggers link up with some great posts! My favorite from last week was the announcement that Chapter Break is doing a read-along in February!  Check it out and join the fun!


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