Wednesday 30 November 2011

Winner of the November Book Giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D  I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winner of the Chocolate Chunky Munkie November Book Giveaway.  Drumroll please.............
The winner is:
Anjana Vasan from Kindle And Me 

Congratulations Anjana on winning, I hope you enjoy your copy of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater!!

International Book Giveaway - December!!

December is here!!  Time for winter fun and festive frolics.  Also a great time to grab your book, a hot mug of chocolate and a warm blanket. This time last year here in the UK we had lots and lots of snow, no sign of it yet though.

So another month is upon us and this means a new monthly giveaway :D As it's the time of year for giving gifts I will have two winners instead of my usual one. 
This one is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

So here are the details:
  • There will be 2 winners - The winners will choose a book from those I've listed
  • Open to International Followers (only those that the Book Depository ships to)
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • The more entries you put in, the more likely you are to win
  • Giveaway will end December 31st
Books on offer:

~ Touch by Jus Accardo
~ Wither by Lauren DeStefano
~ Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
~ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
~ Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Wishlist Wednesday #12

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
Another Faust (Another #1) by Daniel & Dina Nayeri 

Goodreads Synopsis:
A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption

I was given the third book in the series (Another Jekyll, Another Hyde) to review by Netgalley. Another Faust is the first book.  I like the look of this series, it sounds brilliant.  I want to read book two as well.  So far there are three books in the Another series, hopefully there will be more.  I hope I get a copy soon!!

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #8

Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish  hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a meme in which a new and different top ten list appears. 

This weeks Top Ten list is:

Top Ten Books on my TBR List for Winter

It's nice to have some books to save up for the cold winter months.  Time to grab a blanket, a nice hot cup of tea and a good book :D

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder - This has been sat on my tbr for a while now.  I have finished the Opal Cowan series - which I really enjoyed - so I need to move on to this series.  I've been saving this one up.

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris - This looks such a cool book, jam packed full of information and stories all related to the series.  This book will be read in snippets, I'm going to savour this one :)

The Golden Compass  by Phillip Pullman - The cover has a polar bear on it.  It looks like a winter scene, therefore it would be ideal as a winter read.  I did see the film a long time ago, I've left it long enough now to read the book.  I don't know about you, but I much prefer to read the book first before I see the film.

The Island by Victoria Hislop- set in Greece, this conjures a picture of a warm sun filled Greek setting.  Perfect for getting away from the cold wintery weather.

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse- This was my Read it Swap It book challenge for this year.  I've had a whole year to read it but I haven't...... ooops.  I still have a few weeks to go.  Maybe I can squeeze it in and read it before the end of the year.  Mind you it is a thick book, so wish me luck!!

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde - I need a book by this author to bring me out of my winter blues.  His books are brilliant and I haven't read this series yet.  One to savour in the cold months.

Around The World in 80 Days by Michael Palin - I can travel the world with Michael Palin and not leave the comfort of my armchair.  His books are full of travel information and his superb personality.  

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine -  Book one in the Weather Warden series.  I tend to be aware of the weather a bit more in winter.  So the Weather Warden series seems quite a good series to read.

The Winter Ghosts - This is another book by Kate Mosse.  But seeing as though this book has a wintery name and cover, then I will add this to my list.  It's been on my tbr for a while now, I must get it read soon and moved onto my read pile.

Wolfsbane & Mistletoe by Charlaine Harris et al - This is a festive anthology with different authors including Charlaine Harris.  I think this is about the only book I have on my TBR pile with a festive theme.  I bought this book when I was on holiday in the US, so it's a very special keeper copy.

What books do you have on your TBR pile for Winter???

Monday 28 November 2011

Winner of the Gratitude Giveaway!!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D  I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winner of the Chocolate Chunky Munkie Gratitude Giveaway.  Drumroll please.............
The winner is:
 Congratulations Bea on winning, I hope you enjoy your copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Sunday 27 November 2011

Mail Box Sunday (IMM) - Weekly Round Up #10

Hi guys!!  It’s Sunday again :D time for another Mail Box Sunday.  I’m going to share with you what goodies I’ve had through the post this week.  again I’m not going to do a video blog post because I didn't have a single paperback come through; all of my books this week are e-books. 

In My Mailbox (IMM) is hosted by The Story Siren -what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailbox over the week!

What I got this week:
 Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel & Nina Nayeri - This is one I had from Netgalley to review.  I couldn't find a book cover though....

 Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott - This is another review book from Netgalley.

Fezarius's Epiphany by David M Brown - I got this one from Smashwords.

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davies - I was sent this ebook from the author to review.

Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross - I was given a copy of this to review from the author.

Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub - I bought a copy of this from Amazon.

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender - I also bought this one from Amazon this week.

So these are all my ebooks this week.  Thank you for taking time to read my IMM.  What goodies did you get this week?? Leave a link and I will stop by and have a look:D

Friday 25 November 2011

Books, Biscuits & Tea: Guest post Friday Meet & Greet

Come and see my guest post – Friday Meet & Greet – over at  Books, Biscuits & Tea.  Thank you for having me Vicky!!!

To see the guest post click HERE

Jen xx

Friday Recommends #2

Friday Recommends is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Pen To Paper.  This is where we list a book we would highly recommend. 

I'm quite excited about this new feature as one of the things I love is being able to share the news about a great book.  We've all been there!  After reading a fab book you want to shout out to the world how great it is.

The rules for Friday Recommends are:
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post after posting your blog post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!
My choice this week is:

 Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets; Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station; and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gifts. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself.

 I read this book a very long time ago, I thought it was brilliant.  This is the only book I have read by this author. I should really read more of his books, I definetly think I will have to read it again.  It was very haunting and I was enthralled by the story.  Just when mankind is at the end, there is a glimmer of hope...........  It does get a bit creepy and scarey in places, well for a wimp like me lol. 

Thursday 24 November 2011

Booking Through Thursday #2

Booking Through Thursday -this weeks question:
What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered?
Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them?
Why do you appreciate them so much?

 Well the author I'm most thankful for would have to be Bill Bryson.  I have had a tour of the world, but haven't left my armchair.  A brilliant and funny travel writer, who's whit and humour has had me in stitches.  I still remember when he went to Sweden and was having problems eating an open sandwich with meatballs on, they were rolling around the train carriage.  I was hooting with laughter over that!

I have read nearly all of his books with the exception of three.  I'm due to re-read the rest;  I could do with a good laugh.  Seriously, if you haven't read one of his books, please do!!!

What author or book are you most thankful for???

Blog Design By Sweet Dreams Design using the Sweet Summer kit by Kay Miller Designs.