Monday, December 21, 2009

A Move

After much thought and deliberation I have decided that I am moving Confessions of a Book Junkie to wordpress (I've already imported all of my posts but this one from this blog into the new address.) I've been thinking about doing this for a while now...There are just a few things that I like a little bit better about wordpress than I do Blogger and I am in dire need of a 3-column layout and I've managed to screw up my blog when I've tried to make it 3-columns here.

I hope that anyone who is following me or has me in their reader will update with the new link!

The new home of Confessions of a Book Junkie can be found at:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

For Review:
There will be more exciting information/tidbits available in the near future about this book including a giveaway of a signed copy.

Synopsis (Available Feb. 16 2010): In this anemic medical thriller from bestseller Palmer (The Second Opinion), former trauma surgeon Dr. Nick Garrity, who suffers from PTSD as the result of a suicide attack on his field hospital in Afghanistan, is now in charge of the Helping Hands RV, a mobile clinic that plies the streets of Baltimore offering medical aid to the homeless. Meanwhile, a high-priced hit man starts to commit a series of murders, his first victim being Belle Coates, a nurse in Charlotte, N.C. When Belle's sister, Jillian, who lives in Virginia, searches for her sister's killer, she finds a connection to Nick. Several missing homeless men lead everyone to a massive plot involving high-level politicians and a secret CIA program. The action is all fairly predictable, the characters off-the-shelf, and the writing, if not exactly purple, at least mauve: “A guttural, primal scream exploded from Nick's throat as he crouched by the body.” 250,000 first printing. (Feb.)


Synopsis: There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.At least, that's what I thought.Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.There was a curse.There was a girl.And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Synopsis: There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Synopsis: The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron. He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly... or more fun.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I feel like such a weiney!

I've been awarded a couple of awards since I've started my blog and I've been neglecting to get them posted. I will remedy this problem shortly. I aplogize to those who awarded them to me for neglecting to recognize you.

Oh my Google Reader!

I got smart this morning and decided that I was going to add all the book blogs that I follow (the ones that aren't already in there anyway) to my Google Reader. An hour and almost 600 posts later y'all are in there. Have a great weekend everyone! Less than a week until Christmas! I can hardly wait!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Good Reads Book Swap and some other stuff!

I just found this feature on Good Reads! I didn't even know it was there! How weird is that?!

In other news I've been working on finalizing my lists for all the challenges I've joined....Ok so I've just started to finalize my lists. Here's what I've finalized (for now anyway):

~ Book Blogger Recommendation
~ 2010 Debut Author Challenge
~ 2010 YA Challenge
~ Romance Reading Challenge 2010

2010 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge

Hosted by Reading With Tequila

The following information I borrowed from Tequila's blog:

The Top 25
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Graceling - Kristin Cashore
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
11 Minutes - Paulo Coelho
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer

Click here to see the entire 2009 Book Blogger Recommendation List.

The Levels:

Level I - Read 5 books from the 2009 Book Blogger Recommendation List

Level II - Read 10 books

Level III - Read 15 books

Level IV - Read 20 books

Level V - Read 20+ books

The Rules:
~ Challenge will run January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. Participants can join anytime throughout the challenge.
~ Create an intro post, linking back to this post.
~ Sign up with the MckLinky below. Please link to your challenge intro post, not your blog home page.
~ Chose your own books from the list. You can decide to read books only on the Top 25 list or from the entire recommendation list. You do not have to make a list of books before the challenge begins.
~ All forms of books acceptable (audiobooks, eBooks, etc.)
~ Rereads do not count towards the completion of the challenge. The challenge is about discovering books that are new to you.
~ You don't need a blog to participate.
~ Reviews, while always appreciated, are not mandatory.

MY LIST (For Now):

1. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

2. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

3. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

5. The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks

6. Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

7. This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen

8. The Green Mile - Stephen King

9. A River Runs Through It - Norman McLean

10. Persuasion - Jane Austen

11. Acheron - Sherrilyn Kenyon

12. Rhett Butler's People - Donald McCraig

13. The Help - Kathryn Stockett

14. Holes - Louis Sachar

15. Lamb - Christopher Moore

16. Manfield Park - Jane Austen

17. Teen Idol - Meg Cabot

18. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

19. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

20. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote

2010 Chunkster Reading Challenge

2010 Chunkster Challenge

February 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011
Definition of a Chunkster:
~ A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ... A chunkster should be a challenge.
~ If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
The Rules:
~No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
~No e-Books allowed - we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge.
~Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
~Books may crossover with other challenges
~Anyone may join. If you don't have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing)
~You don't need to list your books ahead of time.
~Once you pick a level, that's're committed to that level!You must pick a level of participation (thanks again to Dana for the humor in these categories!):
The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.