Sunday, 15 September 2013


AKA Showcase Sunday

It was the launch of the Books Are My Bag campaign yesterday so I was peer pressured into buying some books. There wasn't anywhere round here taking part (I at least had already picked up a bag at LBF) but I bought a couple of books from Waterstones in town and ordered some more via Hive who donate a percentage to indie bookshops. I do think it's more important to foster a love of books in people instead of being judgemental over where they legally get their books from though. More book love = more potential customers.

The new October Daye finally showed up...I think I'm behind on reviewing this series but I am caught up on reading. Big thanks to Amy for sending me a signed copy of The Oathbreaker's Shadow for review, really looking forward to it (yeah, yeah, along with about 50 other books *flails*). I read The Secret Life of Bees years ago so am passing this copy onto my book group. Her new one sounds much more my thing as it's a fictionalised account of a real person who campaigned against slavery in the South.

For review:
The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch (Doubleday)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Tinder Press)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Headline)
What a Wonderful World by Marcus Chown (Faber)

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
Control by Kim Curran
Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones
White Cat by Holly Black

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.


  1. The October Daye series looks so great - I think I'll start that one once I'm finished with Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Enjoy your books Ellie!

  2. I almost picked up Dead Jealous yesterday! I debated on that one for a while. Control and More Than This both sound amazing!
    It's great that you managed to pick up a 'book are my bag' bag even though your local book stores weren't participating :)

  3. Great haul! I cannot wait to get to Curran's books, people seem to really enjoy them! :)

  4. I've heard the Oathbreaker's Shadow is good, and I read White Cat a while back and liked it! Enjoy everything!

  5. I also got The Oathbreaker's Shadow to review this week and I can't wait to read it. It sounds so good!

    Dead Jealous is top of my TBR so I must read it soon.

    Happy reading, Ellie!

  6. Ooh great books! I'm really interested to see what you think of White Cat and Playing Tyler. The Oathbreaker's Shadow looks so good too! Hope you enjoy them all and have a super week! :-)

  7. White Cat was a really different read for me and I really enjoyed it so looking forward to seeing what you think!
    I agree that its a love of reading that needs to be encouraged...

  8. Nice haul! I read The Secret Life of Bees, if memoey serves me right I wasn't that fussed on it.

    1. Me neither but will give her a second chance :)

  9. Control and Playing Tyler! They're both such amazing books, I hope you enjoy them :).
    My Showcase Sunday

  10. This photo is so pretty :) And the books look great too. I really want to read Control and had White Cat for the longest time but still haven't started it. Enjoy everything.
    My SS

  11. I was so not impressed with The Secret Life of Bees, it was way too sappy for me! Her newer one sounds interesting though, I might have to give her a second chance.

  12. Great haul! Not heard of any of these books before but they do look good. Hope you enjoy your new books :)

  13. I've heard lots of good things about More Than This so I'll be adding that to my wishlist! Lots of good books this week - enjoy :D

    Here's my SS :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  14. Nice haul! Enjoy all your books. :)
    Chimes at Midnight sounds really good, I mean the whole series seems to be great. Based on the reviews. :)

  15. I was at work all day on Saturday, so couldn't even go down to my local bookstore to see if they were taking part in Books are My Bag :( But what an amazing haul Ellie! I have been hearing some great things about More than This, I hope you enjoy all your books!

  16. How do you always get so many authors I haven't heard of yet :P You would think there couldn't be that many left but there always is. Great haul, did you get your wee books are my bag book?


    1. No one round here is giving out the bags but I got one back in April at LBF.


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