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AKA Showcase Sunday

I really need to have a sort out of books soon. Maybe I should be harsh and say if I haven’t read it in 3 years, it goes? This will get rid of hundreds of books I had before my last move as well as pre-blogging days. But what to do with them? I guess I could take a bag a week to charity shops… although I still have a bag I put together moths ago sat in the corner of my living room. Oops.

This week’s willpower disaster is down to Tesco. I went in for the new Khaled Hosseini (YAY) and decided I quite fancied the new edition of Dante’s Inferno. I mean, Dante in a supermarket? Who would have thought! And well, it was either Β£3 or I could get 3 books for Β£5. No brainer really. So I rummaged around the bargain books and came up with 2 books I actually wanted to read. Also I appear to be stockpiling on the Kindle again…

For review:
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)
Sky Dragons by Anne + Todd McCaffrey (Transworld)
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster)
The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood (Canongate)
Mr Darwin’s Gardener by Kristina Carlson (Peirene Press)
The Unquiet Grave by Steven Dunne (Headline)
The Watchers by Jon Steele (Transworld)

Bought:
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox
Witch Light by Susan Fletcher
Hollow Earth by John + Carole Barrowman
Busted by Karin Slaughter

Freebies:
Scarlette by Davonna Juroe


Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.

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27 Comments

  1. Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy

    Ahh you picked up Hollow Earth, I had to talk myself out of that one but it sounds fantastic.

    1. Ellie

      I have obviously forgotten to remind myself to justify all book purchases.

  2. Hanna @ Booking in Heels

    That copy of Inferno looks really thin… Mine is HUGE, although I guess it does have all three books. The red Vintage edition is really nice-looking though. Heh, I spent ages trying to come up with a word OTHER THAN 'nice' or 'pretty' etc, as it doesn't really fit with Dante, does it? πŸ˜›

    I've never read Karin Slaughter, although my Mum owns every single one of her books, so I really should at some point!

    1. Ellie

      It is just Inferno…which quite frankly is the best bit πŸ˜‰ I read bits of it from a 100+ old copy that's still at my parents, I guess I will reclaim that at one point but nice to have a new Vintage edition.

      And yes, read Karin Slaughter! She's my favourite crime writer.

  3. Anonymous

    LOVE your haul πŸ™‚ Witch Light and Busted in particular sound great πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely Sunday Ellie,

    Megan xxx

    My Showcase Sunday if you'd like a look

  4. Ula

    I really need top start reading Sookie Stackhouse books, bought them like 2 years ago! And yay for Barrowman, I'd love to get that book!

  5. kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    Dead Ever After! I am jealous here, Ellie! πŸ™‚ So want to read it, but I'm currently number 7 on waiting list in my library… Hope you enjoy all your fab reads!

  6. Mel

    As much I would like some extra space in my flat, I really struggle with the idea of getting rid of books I haven't read yet – even if I have had them for a long time! I feel like I'm rejecting the book for some reason without even giving it a chance…that said I wish you luck & will power if you decide to do it!

    1. Ellie

      It's easier to get rid of the unsolicited copies…and then there's some I just bought because they were cheap in my pre-blogging days. Now books just turn up, it's getting worse. I'll be buried soon!

  7. Victoria Hooper

    I nearly got Hollow Earth too, but am trying to be very firm with myself at the moment. I actually went to The Works yesterday and managed to leave without buying anything, but the charity shops defeated me…

    Hope you enjoy all these! πŸ™‚ I really need to read Khaled Hosseini at some point, the books have been on my list for ages now. Which one would you recommend starting with?

    Have a lovely week! πŸ™‚

    1. Ellie

      I love The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns equally, at a push I'd say ATSS first but it really doesn't matter.

  8. Samantha Stewart

    Witch Light sounds amazing! I need to get my hands on a copy of Hollow Earth! It sounds brilliant!
    Great haul! I hope you enjoy them all πŸ™‚

  9. Uncorked Thoughts

    Aww some really awesome choices Ellie! I hope you enjoy them all and can completely sympathise with needing a book clear out. So hard to part with them though!

  10. beccabooklover

    Great books! Supermarkets have such great book sections these days. Asda is my down fall. I go there once a week (food shopping) and come home with a book everytime! So cheap too and some great deals. I really need to read through the Sookie Stackhouse books (I have 1-10) now that the series is finished. I wish I had the willpower to get rid of books! Today I'm sorting through my bookcases as they're about to keel over with the amount of books piled up and old books are being but in boxes and put under the bed! Enjoy all of your new books πŸ™‚

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    http://lostinthought-becca.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/showcase-sunday-40.html

  11. Bookalicious Traveladdict

    I can't wait to read the Khaled Hosseini book. It has been ages coming! Think I'll buy the hardback though to go with my others, as I can't justify nearly Β£10 for a kindle book. If I'm paying that I want the real thing!

    I also love Karin Slaughter, along with Karen Rose. Great crime writers.

    Your list is longer than mine. My review list is getting longer too. I wish I could read quicker.

  12. Holly

    Looks like a great haul! I've never heard of some of these; now I'm going to check them out. πŸ™‚

    My SS: http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/2013/05/showcase-sunday-3.html

  13. Rachel

    Cold Grave sounds really good. A cruise with a murder and mystery? I love mysteries! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

    1. Ellie

      Her last book was a bit meh but I enjoyed the first few and this one was effectively Β£1 so fingers crossed!

  14. Ellie

    Oooh, nice… I LOVE it when classics are suddenly up on the bestseller list (I'm guessing it's because of the Dan Brown novel?) and you can snap up pretty editions easily. My sister found Vintage editions of two Fitzgerald novels, Β£2 each, at HMV the other week, and you can't get 'em for love or money online at the moment thanks to the movie. BARGAIN! πŸ™‚

    1. Ellie

      Oh yes, they've actually done a design that looks like the Dan Brown one, but it's really nice. All wooshy flame on a pretty green background. I really hope more Vintage Classic smake their way into supermarkets as I love their designs. Are HMV still limping along?!

  15. Anonymous

    Looks like a great haul of books. Intrigued by Red Sparrow, haven't heard of that one.

  16. rachel

    Great haul! I hope you enjoy all! I've not actually heard of any of these but you've got me intrigued… Happy reading! πŸ˜€

  17. Daisy

    I almost picked up And the Mountains Echoed as well, but as I know it'll probably sit on my shelves for a couple of months before I read it, I decided to wait for the paperback… Though it is REALLY pretty and I really want to read it… Let me know how you like it?
    You're a much braver person than I am if you're contemplating getting rid of some of your books πŸ˜‰

  18. Anonymous

    You could always host a giveaway for random boxes of books.. it's a great way to give away books you don't want, and bring in new readers for your blog πŸ™‚

    1. Ellie

      I'd definitely do that with some of the newer books but they are so expensive to send. Have to limit to UK only and can't really get rid of 100s that way!

  19. Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures

    I really need to sort out my bookshelf as well, it's pretty chaotic. But… I always feel bad when I think about giving them away without actually reading them πŸ™

    And YAY for the Karin Slaughter book! Also, Cold Grave sounds really good – I might have to check out this series.

  20. Davonna Juroe

    Thanks for picking up my novel SCARLETTE, Ellie! I hope it entertains you!

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