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New Books! #47



I am so stupidly excited about everything in this haul. Also, update on what I have now named The TBR Problem: I have taken to stacking to-read books on other bookshelves, as I cannot fit any more into the TBR wardrobe. I know. I should stop buying things. But, I blame Waterstones sales and pretty covers and things!

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon & X MEN: No More Humans by Mike Carey: I received The Bone Season and bought the X Men graphic novel at two fantastic events over the last two days. There’ll be a very fangirly post up about these soon, I promise! Both, I managed to get signed- and X Men: No More Humans isn’t actually meant to be out yet- I’m totally honoured to have gotten a pre-release, and to have it be the second ever copy the author has signed! *fangirly scream*

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson: I really loved Jonas Jonasson’s début of an equally-long and crazy title a couple of months ago! I was so excited to see his new book out, and there were posters and adverts and displays everywhere in London… I couldn’t not pick up a copy in Waterstones yesterday. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed: Jonasson’s writing is witty and genius and I loved it when I read The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers: I am in love with Oliver Jeffers’s drawings, and I’m a massive Skellig fan… and this was in a buy-one-get-one-half-price sale. I’ve been really interested in reading it, and you can have a look at more pics of the book on my Tumblr, here, because I literally took a billion pictures of this… I’m not obsessive at all. Nope. Definitely not.

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueery: I was walking through Foyles today, and this cover was the first one to catch my eye out of all the YA titles on display. I had to pick it up and have a look at the blurb… And I was so, so intrigued! It looks like a fantastic steampunk read- I’m hoping I can get around to it really soon, because I feel like something steampunk-y.

Fierce Resistance by Fiona Beddow: I was offered a copy of this from the author, and as soon as I’d watched the book trailer online, I was really excited about it. Fierce Resistance seems so action packed and epic, and a little like The Fearless- thank you so much to Fiona for mailing me a copy. I’m very excited about it!

Various Kids’ comics: I got these from the lovely Forbidden Planet in London today, because, it’s Free Comic Book Day! :3 This day is like Christmas. Except nerdier. I love it. I was given the Forbidden Planet Kiddy pack, though of course, I’ll be stealing borrowing some of the other comics like Guardians of the Galaxy from my dad’s adult pack 😉

Huge thank yous also, to Hot Key Books, Templar Books, and Piccadilly Press for the other books sent! What books have you bought this week- or what have you thought of any of the titles above? (: I’d love to know!



New Books! #46

NewBooksMemeBanner1I haven’t posted a book haul in a while, so this is a bit bigger than normal! Also, the whole wardrobe holding my TBR pile can actually take no more books. I’ve taken to piling newly-bought/received books on other bookshelves. I need to read faster… or get a bigger wardrobe. Umm. In other words, I’m finally able to use a proper camera instead of a cruddy phone camera for book pictures, so these snaps look sliiiightly prettier (though, rainy day, hardly any light, ugh)!

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton & Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price Waterstones offers, you are evil. I’ve been meaning to read both of these for a while now; with the Luminaries winning the Man Booker prize and with Rooftoppers being shortlisted for so many things and for winning the Waterstones prize. Couldn’t not pick copies up when I saw them! The Luminaries is dauntingly big at over 800 pages. I don’t think I’ve read a bigger book than the Order of the Phoenix D: I’ll have to find a long weekend or a holiday in the future where I can read it!

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman: This has already been reviewed on my blog, as I just realised as I was taking the pictures… so click here for my review-graphic.

These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I have only heard good things, but I was out-of-region on Netgalley so I was declined for a proof, and I didn’t realise it was available in the UK! I spotted it at Waterstones Piccadilly, the American edition, and I had to buy it. Such a pretty cover, and an exciting-sounding premise.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle: The Graphic Novel: Walking past the gorgeous (and evil, tempting) second hand book stores near Leicester Square, just after being at the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street, my brother and I noticed this in a window, and we just had to buy it after a very Sherlock-y day! I didn’t realise there were graphic novel adaptations of Sherlock Holmes novels, so I’m seriously excited about it. 

Forgotten by Cat Patrick and Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young: These two both look amazing, and really thrilling! Big thank you to Cicely for Forgotten, and to Debbie for Just Like Fate (:

Sooo, that’s the book haul! What books have you received recently- or have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you thought of them, I’m hoping to re-order the TBR soon… (:


New Books! #44


Yay for this week’s haul! A huge thank you to Andersen Press for three of the titles (:


Seven Second Delay by Tom Easton: I’m so excited about this book! I really loved Easton’s Boy’s Don’t Knit but this is in a very different genre, and it looks great. Thank you to Andersen Press for offering me a copy of this, and sending me two extra books with it, from the Sorrowline series! They look just as awesome, too.

Fevre Dream by George R R Martin: This looks so good! R R Martin is probably more well known for his Game of Thrones series, but I spotted this on dad’s bookshelf last night. And totally stole borrowed it. If I like this I think I’ll definitely hunt down George R R Martin’s other books.

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookshop: I saw Ruby from Feed Me Books Now! talking about this on Twitter a lot, and I ordered it, because it sounds amazing and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. A book about books…. Just yes 😀 Ruby’s review of the book was a glowing one, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as she did!

Have you read any of these books, or what ones are on your wishlist? Leave a comment! (:

New Books! #43… and a blogger’s event!


I’m seriously excited about all of the books I got this week- and I’m also seriously worried about the wardrobe I keep my TBR pile in because IT CAN LITERALLY TAKE NO MORE BOOKS (though obviously, that won’t stop me… :D). I went to a blogger’s lunch/event today, which is where this massive haul came from… Thank you so much to Hot Key Books, Templar Books, and Piccadilly Press for teaming up and organising another great event! I really enjoyed it, though I couldn’t talk very loudly and not many people could hear me, because for some reason I lost hearing in one ear on the train up there… xD I met up with Nina from Death, Books and Tea beforehand, and I got to say hello to lots more bloggers, too! It was nice to say hello to Lucy, Debbie, Cicely, Daphne and other nice people. Simon Packham, Sophie Hamilton, James Dawson and Elon Dann, YA authors, were also there. I also had the chance to talk to publicists about working in publishing, including Sara O’Conner, who was lovely. It was very cool. Thanks, you guys!

From the publishers:


I won’t go over all of them, just a few I’m most excited for!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart: THIS BOOK. I’ve already started it, I’m not even past page fifteen, I’M ADDICTED. I understand what Hot Key meant now… I literally had to drag myself out of it to write this book haul post! I’m a little scared for the ending. It’s said to be a very unexpected one, so I’m just going to go and curl up with this book now, and hope I don’t end up crying or screaming or something.

SAY HER NAME by James Dawson: I’ve been eager to read this for months, now! I was lucky enough to get to meet James and talk to him today. He did a reading from this, too, and whoa. I have a feeling this is going to be a terrifying read, so I’m not planning on reading it before I go to sleep! Thanks to James for signing my copy. Picture below.

American Savage by Matt Whyman: I had to restrain myself from doing a little happy jig when I picked this up! 😀  Excited doesn’t cover it. I loved the first book, The Savages, and so I can’t wait to see what happens.

Heap House by Edward Carey: I’m so glad I finally have a copy of this! Whenever I’ve seen it in a store (especially when I saw the lovely Heap House display in Mr B’s Emporium in October!), I’ve never had enough money to buy it. The hardback, illustrated edition is absolutely gorgeous. Also, this copy is signed. Yay!

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From bloggers & bookswaps:

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Thank you so much to Lucy for Wither, Cicely for Invisibility, and Debbie for Twinmaker! They all look so good. I’m going to try and get to all of them asap, as they look great.



So I came home from London and I was all “Yay, so many books this week, I’m not going to buy any more whatsoever.” THEN, THESE. they were on a sale for £1.99 each in my local supermarket, I couldn’t not…

Ta-da! Book haul for the week, over. *breathes out* Huge thank yous again to all of the lovely publicists behind the blogger’s event today, and to the lovely bloggers who swapped books with me! Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these- I would love to know what you thought of them (:

New books! #42… plus a book launch!

(Just adding here that this book haul post is the answer to life, the universe and everything.)

(42, guys… 😀 Hitchhiker’s reference.)


This week was cool! I only bought (well, mum bought for me…) one book, and I received one in the post too. But, this week I also went to the book launch for Liz de Jager’s BANISHED. More of that at the end of this post!

Book Haul:


Goose by Dawn O’Porter: I really loved Dawn’s first book, Paper Aeroplanes, and I fell in love with the two main characters, Flo and Renee. I’m so excited to read more about them in Goose! It looks brilliant, and I think I’m going to re-read Paper Aeroplanes before starting Goose. Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy!

Banished by Liz de Jager: This was actually bought last week and it was in my last book haul, but it ended up in my photo as I had it signed at the book launch on Thursday. 

Phoenix by SF Said: I’ve read this and d have a copy, though only a Netgalley edition! Though Phoenix got a five-heart rating in my review last year, I think I couldv’e enjoyed it even more if I had a physical copy- the illustrations didn’t come out right on my kindle. I’m hoping to reread this very soon! I spotted it in Foyles after Liz’s book launch… and, eeeeeee! Foyles had signed copies!

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Banished Book Launch: This happened on Thursday in London! You can see the review-graphic of Banished I posted on Wednesday, here, by the way (: . Though I didn’t know many people there, I did get to speak to Kendra Leighton, who wrote GLIMPSE, which is out in June- and also a few bloggers! It was nice to meet you people! There were cool cookies too. Seriously cool cookies. Quick night-in-pictures thing:

Top left- me (unable to look at a camera…) & Liz. Other pictures are of the Blackhart cookies and the Banished display window- which is at Foyles: Charing Cross Road- definitely worth going to see!

Thanks to Liz for being awesome and signing my book for me, too, which is why Banished is in my book haul above again!


So that’s the awesomeness for the week. Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts if you’ve read any of the books! If you’re a blogger, link back to your own hauls too! 😀

New Books! #41… Also, Nerdfighter stuff :)


S0, this week’s haul is exciting 😀 There was a lot of squealing. Also, I’m taking photos of my books now instead of using the book jackets from Goodreads, because Hawwa’s book photography tutorial is awesome and even though my photos are awful compared to hers, especially the last one I took in a rush this morning, they look nicer than my rushed Picmonkey collages (Or, so I’m hoping)!


The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris: *dances* I’ve been looking forward to finding a copy of this for a couple of months now! I was in the lovely London Forbidden Planet on Monday, looking at the Sci-Fi/Fantasy charts, and saw it was number one. The hardback was so pretty, so I picked a copy off the shelves, then looked closer and saw it was signed. There was much squealing and jumping up and down and people-looking-at-me-weirdly. But I don’t care, I have a copy now! Yay! I’m so excited.


Daughters of Time by the History Girls: This came through the letterbox on Thursday… and the copy is so gorgeous! I’m looking forward to starting it; Daughters of Time is all about the women in History who’ve shaped today’s world. I’ll also be participating in the blog tour, very soon, so keep an eye out! thanks to Templar for sending this to me.

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: This looks and sounds amazing. I’ve definitely seen the cover around, but I’ve never actually had a proper look at the book before. After hearing and reading about its Costa book awards win, I decided I’d buy a copy, to see what it’s like. I read the blurb in the store and was just… wow-ed. I think this is going to be amazing.


The Blackhart Legacy, #1: Banished by Liz de Jager: I can’t even put into words how excited I am for this! I’ve been waiting for ages to be able to read it; pretty much since I found out the lovely Liz had gotten a book deal, months ago. The cover’s absolutely stunning, and the first two chapters are too- they’re on Tor’s blog. I’m completely ditching the TBR pile for this: I’ve already started it, and I’m loving it. Definitely worth the waiting for!

RUN by Gregg Olsen: I received this from the lovely people at Newbooks magazine, so thanks, you lovely people! I love the magazine, which comes out every month, and I’m really excited to get the chance to review in it, starting with Run… and hopefully getting to review future titles for them, too! 😀 Run sounds brilliant; like a really gritty, thrilling crime book, so I’m positive I’ll enjoy it. It’s from Hot Key, and I don’t think they’ve released any/many crime books yet, so I’m eager to see what this one’s about.

Extra thing I’m going to randomly add onto the end of this post: A lot of you probably know I’m an avid nerdfighter, a lot of book bloggers are! Especially Lucy, who’s the blogger and booktuber behind Queen of Contemporary. She’s hosting a Nerdfighter Month very soon, with lots of videos and a readathon of John Green’s books, and loads more awesomeness! Get the word out, people of the internet, this is going to be awesome. Dftba, of course. 😀 Here’s the introductory announcement video, which doesn’t seen to embed into this post, for some reason:

New Books! #37


A large book haul this week (Well, from only today!) and it caused much fangirling (: I had one book I’ve been excited about for months come through the post, and I also went to the RHCP Goes To The Movies! Blogger’s brunch today. It was really awesome. I got to talk to loads of lovely bloggers, and see some exciting info about upcoming Random House releases and trailers for movies like The Book Thief. Matt Haig was also the guest author and he was awesome; his talk about his debut YA book was great, and he signed a copy of his upcoming Echo Boy for me (!!!). Thank you so much to RHCP for having me- if was really great.

RHCP event titles:


Echo Boy by Matt Haig: Echo Boy looks amazing. I love Sci-Fi novels, and I loved Matt Haig’s The Humans- I read it earlier this week. I’m looking forward to starting it. Thank you Matt for giving a great talk about it today, and for signing my copy!

Running Girl by Simon Mason: I love this cover a lot. I also love crime fiction a lot. So, this seems awesome 😀 I’m excited to read it as the concept is really interesting. The hardback is really, really pretty. I’m definitely not judging a book by its cover here. Ahem.

From bloggers-and-bookswaps:


Thank you to Faye from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, Michelle from Much Loved Books, and Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa for passing these onto me! You’re all seriously awesome and so *bloggy hugs* *virtual cake* 😀 These are all titles I’ve been seeing a lot about around the blogosphere, so I’m excited to start them all. Thank you, lovely people, it was so nice of you!

Received in Post:


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Far From You by Tess Sharpe: First, admire the pretty GIFable cover!! 😀 Stupidly gorgeous. I love it so much! I’ve been so excited about this ever since I saw a synopsis. I’m really interested to see what it’s like, and it’s set to be a pretty amazing debut novel, I think! Thank you, Indigo. (:


The Chaos (Numbers, #2)

Numbers 2: The Chaos by Rachel Ward: I haven’t actually read the first book in the series yet, but I bought it a few weeks ago. I spotted this for sale in the local library today, and I decided to buy it- maybe I’ll really enjoy book one and want to move straight onto book two! Also, again, pretty cover. I couldn’t not.

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This isn’t a book…. but it’s bookish and I want to rant about it! 😀 I went to the lovely London Forbidden Planet today, too, to pick up a comic. I also spotted these: Mortal Instruments necklaces, with the different runes. And they were really, really cheap. And pretty. I ended up going for the Clairvoyant rune, because it’s so gorgeous, and I already have Angelic on a bracelet 😉 Admire the pretty!! :3 You can find out about them here, if you’re a TMI fangirl too…

So, that was the book-haul-plus-a-piece-of-nerdy-awesome for the week! (: