How many books did you buy this month?

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It’s already the end of June, 2011. I asked this question before back in 2008 so I thought I’d ask it again. :) Sadly, I didn’t buy any new books this month but I have downloaded some cool e-books such as Miss Timmins’ School for Girls, The Maid from Houghton, Spellbound and Never Eighteen and more from Netgalley. I love Netgalley! That will be a separate post.

So, how many books have you bought this month? :)

Winners! (Updated June 15)

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the announcement of winners of two of my recent book giveaways!

Okay, for the Eric Van Lustbader books giveaway:

Mollie Westcamp won a copy of First Daughter


Jeannette Famoso won a copy of Blood Trust.

For the book giveaway for Everlasting by Alyson Noel, the winner is:

Beverly @ The Wormhole

ETA: For my contest on the book Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, the winner is:

Anita Yancey

Tara from Zeitghost Media will have the books mailed out to all of you. Thank you everyone for entering the contests and congratulations to the winners.

[If you have not entered yet, do join my latest book giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada and it ends tomorrow, June 14, 2011. Hurry and good luck! – This giveaway is now closed. Thank you.]

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Taylor Lily Markham was abandoned by her mother at a 7-11 outlet six years ago. She was found by a young woman named Hannah who then becomes her guardian. Taylor has little memory of her father.

Now at the age of 17, Taylor is a house leader in her boarding house at Jellicoe School on Jellicoe Road. She is also in charge of all the boarders in the territory wars with the Townies (kids from town) and Cadets who are Sydney boys who come to Jellicoe for training. The leader of the Cadets also happens to be Jonah Griggs, who Taylor ran away with a few years ago to go search for her mother. However, the attempt was not successful and Taylor never wanted to see Jonah again.

Now, not only does she have to face Jonah after all these years, Taylor has to stand up to other house leaders who are unhappy with her leadership in the wars. To top it all off, Hannah disappears without an explanation and Taylor can only look for clues in some of Hannah’s manuscripts that tell a story about five kids.

I was lost when reading the first few chapters of Jellicoe Road. There was the boy in the tree in Taylor’s dreams, the Hermit and then in came the five kids named Webb, Narnie, Tate, Jude and Fitz from Hannah’s manuscripts which ran as a parallel story. I went like, ‘Who are all these people???’

There were so many names that I could not keep track of who was who and what were their roles in the story. I almost gave up after a few chapters but I kept on reading as I’ve come across many reviews that praised this book to the skies. I loved Marchetta’s Looking For Alibrandi so I felt that there should be something mind-blowing in this book as well. True enough, there was.

I was not disappointed. If you feel like quitting the story halfway, I suggest that you don’t but to continue reading. Whatever that you did not understand in the earlier part of the book will all be answered in the coming chapters. After that, you will want to keep on reading till the end! That’s how it was for me. When I finished the story, I went back to the first chapter and read it again, with a better understanding the second time around.

In a nutshell, the story is mainly about Taylor trying to find her own identity, to know why her mother left her as well as to understand her relationships with Hannah and Jonah.

It is not all depressing though as there are a few funny parts that you will laugh at. I tell you, this is one book that I will be thinking about for a while. I’m also definitely going to get my hands on a copy of another book by Marchetta! Maybe either Saving Francesca or Finnikin of the Rock or her latest one, The Piper’s Son!

Free e-books from Sourcebooks!

For this week only beginning June 7, Sourcebooks is offering the following e-books for FREE at wherever e-books are sold.

1. The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennett

3. Dating Mr December by Phillipa Ashley

4. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

as well as:
5. Seduced by the Wolf by Terry Spear (FREE during the first week of publication of Heart of the Highland Wolf)
6. Outcast by Cheryl Brooks (FREE during the first week of publication of Virgin, June 07, 2011 – June 13, 2011 only)