Goodreads Giveaways and Krissie’s Bookshelf

I joined GoodReads in March 2008 and have been VERY active on the Website since that time.  I love GoodReads and spend way to much time on their site.  Having said that I still have an one issue with GoodReads —the first reads giveaways!

Since March 2008, I have entered giveaways for approximately 330 books and have won books for four of those giveaways.  I enjoyed those books and was very happy to have gotten them.  I read at least three books that I probably would not have otherwise.  Krissie, another goodreads.com member, that frequently enters the same giveaways that I do has won 72 books since joining in March 2008.  Recent additions to Krissie’s first-reads bookshelf include:

I Curse the River of Time: A Novel by Per Petersen
Horns by Joe Hill
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Translyvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

I entered for each of these books and didn’t win any of them.  Krissie has great luck!  The GoodReads Giveaways page says that “Winners are picked randomly at the end of the giveaway” and I received a recent e-mail from ENC Press after a recent giveaway that advises that “GoodReads does the random picking,” however, I am beginning to wonder…

I did read 100% of the books that I won and rated all four of them.  I actually reviewed two of them or 50%.  I noted that Krissie has rated only 16.7% of the books that she has won from the GoodReads giveaways, but shows a review for 100% of the 72 books on her First Reads bookshelf.  Her typical review is as follows:

“First it has to arrive in the mail, and then I have to find the time and motivation to read the Others, and then I can read this one. I have a new plan for the Others. I’m not sure it’ll work out very well, though.”

Can someone explain what is going on with GoodReads giveaways?  How do so many First Reads end up on Krissie’s bookshelf?  Are the books given away randomly or is some other method used to give away the First Reads books?

One last thought, I sure hope that Krissie doesn’t enter for Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, because I really want to win a copy of that book!

Ten for 2010

For the New Year, I’ve compiled a list of ten books I’m looking forward too.  Here they are, along with the publication date:

Impact by Douglas Preston (January 5, 2010)

The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett (January 12, 2010)

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (January 12, 2010)

Point Omega by Don Delillo (February 1, 2010)

A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (February 9, 2010)

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell (February 16, 2010)

Caught by Harlan Coben (March 23, 2010)

A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin (April 1, 2010)

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson (May 25, 2010)

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (August 31, 2010)

What books are you looking forward to in 2010?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

The Next J. K. Rowling?

A world-wide bidding war is going on for the rights to Australian writer Rebecca James debut novel.  The novel is entitled Beautiful Malice. It’s a psychological thriller for teenagers upward and has become a publishing phenomenom.

C&W, a leading literary agency, took Beautiful Malice to the Frankfurt Book Fair last week and was struggling to keep up with offers from publishers that had received the manuscript.

Dalya Alberge of The Wall Street Journal reported that C&W agents have yet to meet Ms. James, yet the novel is set to be translated into at least 30 languages.  C&W expects a series of similar “sexy, psychological thrillers” from the author.

Bantam USA was so determined to acquire the rights, it bid up to $600,000 for two books.  Ms. James second book is titled Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead.  Nothing more is known at this time about that book.

In Germany the rights were snapped up by Rowohlt Verlag for €252,000.  There were similarly high figures in other countries such as Italy, the Netherlands and Brazil. Beautiful Malice has gone to Faber & Faber in the U.K. and to Allen & Unwin in Australia for an undisclosed five figures. All the hype about the new Austrailian author prompted a Romanian publisher to make a blind offer — without reading the manuscript.

Dalya Alberge quoted Julia Heydon-Wells, publishing direct for Faber as saying, “It kept me riveted in a way that no book has done for years.”

The Booklover has already added this one to her “to-read” list!  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts….