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.

If you're interested, feel free to follow me and I will probably return the favour.

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, June 13, 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

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 was payday last Thursday so I went on a book shopping spree at Fully Booked and Powerbooks, my two favorite bookstores in town.

Books Purchased

1) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
2) Beastly by Alex Flinn
3) Ain't Too Proud to Beg by Susan Donovan
4) Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas
5) Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: The Lightning Thief

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

(1) Grab your current read.
(2) Open to a random page.
(3) Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page and BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To-Be-Read Lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser:

"Detention?" Grover asked.

"Nah," I said. "Not from Brunner. I just wish he'd lay off me sometimes. I mean--- I'm not a genius."

Grover didn't say anything for a while. Then, when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better, he said, "Can I have your apple?"

~pp. 8 of The Lightning Thief

That's my Teaser Tuesday for this week. Do you have any wonderful teasers you can share? Don't hesitate to share them with me! I'll be more than happy to read it and if I like it, I might even include that book on my TBR list. So keep those teasers coming!

Have fun reading everyone!

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's Monday! What are you Reading?

It's Monday, What are you Reading is a weekly Meme run by Sheila @ One Persons Journey through a world of Books. This meme spotlights the books we completed last week, the books we are currently reading, and the books we hope to finish this week.

This is the very first time that I'll be doing this meme and I'm very excited. I found a lot of fellow bloggers doing It's Monday, What are you Reading? so I decided to join in the bandwagon.

I just got back from a long reading slump but I'm happy to find myself slowly worming my way back into reading.

What I Finished This Week?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - Such a fantastic book! The first book by Sarah Dessen that I've read. My full review can be found here.

What’s Coming Up This Week?

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - I'm currently on the second chapter and I'm really enjoying it so far. Percy Jackson is very funny.
One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake - I haven't read any contemporary romance this year so I'm excited to read this book.
Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen I loved Garden Spells so I'm very excited to read another novel from this author.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - Have read so many good reviews about this book.

Those books are what I plan to finish this week. I'll also be posting my reviews of each book once I'm done reading. So, what books will you be reading this week?