Welcome to Bookish Pursuits!

My name is Joyce and this is my humble playground in cyberspace where my insanity runs amok. I created this book blog with the intention of using it for my thoughts,opinions, and reviews on the books I've read and the books I want to read. This is also where I'll keep a tab of all the reading challenges I decide to participate in, and interesting excerpts from the books I'm reading, as well as any odds and ends related to books and reading.

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I’m a voracious reader and I enjoy a variety of genres including young-adult, romance, classics, mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction.

I would love to hear book recommendations from fellow booklovers. So if you want to share a recommendation or two, you can check out my Never-ending Reading List and leave me any suggestions in any of the comments section below.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox
is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren . In My Mailbox explores the books that have been delivered to our mailbox on a weekly basis. Since I rarely receive books for review, unlike many other book bloggers, my In My Mailbox post will mostly contain books that I purchased, books I looted from the library and books I traded with friends.

It's been a long time since I last updated my blog with an In My Mailbox post and I apologize to my readers. I haven't been online recently with all the work that needs to be done especially during the last week of November. If you're into my line of work, you'll know why month-ends are always dreadful for us. But I'm so glad it's done. Anyway, after this, I still have two book reviews on my plate to finish (Catching Fire and Graceling). And I can't decide whether to start reading Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling or The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. What do you think, guys?

Since I wasn't able to post an In My Mailbox post last week, I have compiled all the books I got from the past two weeks so this week's list will be huge. *laughs* All in all, I got twelve books. Half of which, I won in a contest at Book Splurge. Thanks CeeCee!♥

Books Won From Book Splurge (CeeCee):

From L-R: (Top Row) It's All About Us, The Fruit of my Lipstick and Be Strong and Curvaceous. All the these three books are written by Shelley Adina. (Bottom Row) The Spring of Candy Apples by Debbie Viguie, The Captain's Bride by Lisa Tawn Bergren and The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguie

I actually only won the three books by Shelley Adina but CeeCee had been very gracious and added three more books. Thank you very much! I'll be posting my review of the aforementioned books once I'm done reading them.

Books Purchased from a Bookstore:

One of my favorite bookstores had a sale last week so I bought six books! I had a blast! But choosing only six books was a pain. I had to mull over which books I really wanted to read. It was really a tough decision but I ended up with these six wonderful books. I've been on a YA kick so most of these books are from the YA genre.

1) The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
2) Fire by Kristin Cashore
3) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Satterfield
4) The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
5) Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
6) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

So what books are in your mailbox for this week? Please leave a comment with either the link to your own In My Mailbox post, or share your In My Mailbox in a comment here if you don’t have a blog. Thank you.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Book News: The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins's Third Book in the Hunger Games Trilogy to Be Published by Scholastic on August 24, 2010

I saw this link from the Publisher's Weekly website. I can't contain my excitement so I decided to share it with you guys for those who are not aware of this wonderful news. Mark your Calendars! The much anticipated final installment in The Hunger Games trilogy will be released on August 24, 2010 worldwide! Isn't that wonderful news? And there's also a simultaneous release of the yet untitled third book in Audio Book format from Scholastic Audio. That's not all! Come July 6, 2010, the trade paperback edition of the New York Times bestselling first book, "The Hunger Games," is scheduled for U.S. publication. There's still no announcement when the trade paperback will be available for non-US residents but still, I'm giddy with excitement. ♥

I'm a big fan of Suzanne Collins and the first two books in The Hunger Games Trilogy. I know August is still a long wait but it's only eight months guys! Time flies when you have good books to curl up to.

And for those who haven't read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I really recommend that you read these books. You guys don't know what you're missing. ^_^