Friday, Friday!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.
Gain New Blog FollowersWhat are you reading right now? How do you like it?

Yaay, I love this question! I finally got a new Kindle which means I have dreadfully neglected my family. I have read 'Pushing the Limits' (review will be up soon) which I really liked because I thought out of all the YA novels I've read so far, it seemed the most realistic.  I just really liked Echo and felt I could relate to her. I should probably really stop reading romances baout damaged people, but I find I can identify with them much easier and their happy endings are always so hopeful. I also read the first 3 'The Mortal Instruments' books. They're enjoyable, but I felt that things were seriously lacking in plot development, character development and context development. After 3 books, I really expected to know more about...everything really, not just Clary's feelings. I don't really like her either. I'm not going to review these.

Next to that I have started on some classics like 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac, 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' by Oscar Wilde and 'If On a Winter's Night' by Italo Calvino. I am really enjoying all of them.

This week I am using 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac for Book Beginnings (hosted by Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (hosted by Freda's Voice).  I just started reading it and I quite like it. Hopefully I can finish it before someone forces me to go see the movie with them.

'I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead.'
That's some disease if it makes you feel everything is dead. Also, the linguist within me notes that the character mentions Dean  before his wife, which shows how important Dean will be in his life. I really need to get back to school.


'I fished up a dollar and moved into it. There were a bed, a stove, and a cracked mirror hanging from a pole; it was delightful. I had to stoop to get in, and when I did there was my baby and my baby boy.'
I love it that the character is happy despite living in a tent because he's got his 'baby and my baby boy' there. That's a really sweet description by the way.

So, how's you Friday shaping up? I'm going to the Athletics at the Paralympics tonight, so I'm buzzing!


  1. " feeling that everything was dead."
    A powerful comment that would urge me to seek more! Fascinating!

  2. I still need to get to Pushing the Limits but I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :) I hear you loud and clear about the satisfaction of seeing people who have suffered finally get some type of peace, joy or closure. Happy people need to be a part of fiction, but that does not mean they always *make* the best fiction, if you get what I mean. Happy reading!

  3. I read Pushing The Limits and it was amazing! I hope you liked it too. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! It's good that you're enjoying all your current reads. Happy reading! :)
    It would be great if you could stop by our F&FF post. :)


  4. I really want to read Pushing the Limits! On the Road is one of those books that I've been meaning to read for a long time but always never seem to get around to it.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog
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    Sarah @ That Teenage Feeling

  5. Ooh yay to the new Kindle! I love my Kindle, but I still read about 95% real books more than ebooks. My kindle has several books on it that need to be read, but it's so hard choosing reads these days! Perfect for e-arcs though!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  6. On the Road is a book I must read! My eldest son loved it, and I am curious about it.


  7. I am adding that book to my TBR list. Thanks for posting.

  8. It's driving me nuts why I know Jack Kerouac's name.... but why I don't remember. He's obviously famous for something.. lol

  9. Love that a dollar would get him a room...and that was for than a night too.

    Here are my Friday Memes.

  10. Juli! thanks, as always for stopping by! I also have Dorian Grey waiting to be read.. if only I hadn't made the decision to pick up Siddhartha, we would have been reading the same book. :p Enjoy the paralympics!


    ps. i did enjoy life of Pi.. probably all except for that last part with the interview.. what did you think about that??

  11. Congrats on the new kindle! I don't know how I could live without one anymore.

    New follower via GFC
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  12. ON THE ROAD is one of those classics that I keep meaning to read. Thanks for the reminder to order it for my Kindle.
    One of the greatest things about the Kindle (to me) is that so many classic books are free. Can't beat that! It's also great to be able to carry hundreds of books around at the same time on one little device.
    My book beginning today is from SEASON OF SISTERS.

  13. I am adding it to my TBR! Congrats on the new kindle.

  14. i really have to get my hands on a copy of On The Road. i'm still thinking whether to get one on Kindle or in print or both!
    thanks for sharing Juli and have a great weekend!

  15. I agree with Sandy, above - I need to read On the Road asap!
    The Kindle is super fun to read, so glad to hear you are enjoying it!!
    I interview bloggers with e-readers on my blog, email or reply via my blog if interested :)
    You can easily find the previous interviews there too, to give you an idea!

  16. Kindle kindle -- i have a feeling you'll be doing so much more reading, Juli! Btw, how were the Paralympics?

  17. Hi,
    I'm a new follower, via Feature and Follow. My FF post can be found here: =)
    I need to read both On the Road and The Picture of Dorian Grey - in fact I did start Dorian Grey, but got distracted by other books halfway =(

  18. I didn't like On The Road. I got the impression it was one of those books that spoke to a specific generation at a specific time but did not resonate beyond. I dunno. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I read it. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to reading what you thought.

  19. I haven't read any of these before - but interesting choices!

    Newest GFC follower

    Would love for you to check out my FF at Between the Bind. :)

  20. I really need to read the Mortal Instruments series. -_-

    New follower!


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