Sunday, 20 July 2014

Incoming!

AKA Showcase Sunday

I really didn't intend on getting books at YALC, although I did take a book along for Hot Key's book swap. Then I spied early copies of Vivian Versus America for sale so I just had to grab that and whilst I was there why not get something else off my wishlist? I also went for a wander round the LFCC stands and came back with the next volume of Saga. I think I did very well not to buy a replica sword or comic strip dress. It was tempting, but it was also too busy to browse comfortable (you've probably heard about the crowds already).


I went to the Fringe event in the evening and as they were holding a raffle in aid of Siobhan Dowd Trust, I bought a strip of tickets. Of course, not being too bothered my ticket got drawn, and got a bundle of three books. Actually two of my tickets were drawn but I declined a second bundle, beacuse I was already over my one book allowance.

I'm not writing up more on YALC. I did only go for one day and whilst I met lots of lovely bloggers there were loads of people I didn't get a chance to chat to. I have my fingers crossed for a more relaxed affair next year. YALC organisers did a great job but I think Showmasters messed up somewhere with the main event.

Anyway, aside from that, I got the new Tom Pollock for review! And Station Eleven! And an incredibly sexy hardback proof of the new Michel Faber, who I haven't read, but loads of people seem excited about.

For review:
Our Lady of the Streets by Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker (Penguin)
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Pan Macmillan)
Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade (Faber)

Won:
Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nichols
The Hidden Princess by Katy Moran
All Bones and Lies by Anne Fine

Bought:
Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle
Boys Don't Knit by T.S. Easton
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn + Fiona Staples
The Fisherman's Net by Laura Lam

Swapped:
The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott



Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you enjoyed the book event that you went. I must say that all of the books in your haul are new to me indeed.

    Grace
    Books of Love
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  2. WAIT WHAT AN AYOADE BOOK?! *checks this out immediately* Hope you like Boys Don't Knit, it was one of the funniest books I've read in ages!

    I have heard so much about the LFCC crowding, but I'm ashamed to admit that while I've been reading all the YALC stuff in the back of my mind I've just been squealing, "YES, BUT DID YOU SEE PAUL MCGANN? WAS MILO VENTIMIGLIA BEAUTIFUL? I HEARD LENA HEADEY WAS EVERYWHERE!" I am so good at vicarious living. :D

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    1. I saw Hodor! I wanted to get a photo with him but I couldn't face queuing for something else :(

      The Ayoade book isn't out for ages and it's one of those that say don't review it in advance, so I'll have to tell you if it's good by carrier pigeon.

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  3. Nice haul! I just took two from the library this week.

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  4. Thanks so much for Broken Monsters plus it arrived in the most gorgeous packaging. Looking forward to diving into it soon!

    Great haul - I also picked up the two Vivian books there, heard great stuff about the first one. LFCC was absolutely manic on Saturday and although I've been to a few of the events before it was just crazy. Luckily I attended Sunday so I could browse the stalls and see guests and stuff. Enjoyed YALC but everything was just a bit crazy and I didn't get to see everyone like I wanted to. But a great event nonetheless :) Enjoy all your new books!

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    My Haul

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  5. I really wanted to go to YALC. I am glad you had a a good time and that it went relatively smoothly!

    I have just bought the first volume in the Saga comics. What are your thoughts on them? I keep hearing amazing things!

    I hope you enjoy all of your books & have a great week! :) xx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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    1. I love Saga! I got the first two volumes digitally from the Humble Bundle - so it just goes to show that it works, because now I'm definitely going to spend money on the rest.

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  6. I've heard how crowded it was at YALC, but hopefully it'll be better next year! I hope you still had a great time though :)
    I haven't heard of Close Your Pretty Eyes before, but now I think I'm going to have to grab a copy. I kept seeing The Night Itself around a lot last year and I think it's got some pretty good ratings, so hopefully it'll be good!
    Great haul, Ellie! Happy reading :)

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