Showcase Sunday #28 – The One With Christmas Freebies

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Incoming books

The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements
Winter Warmers by Carole Matthews
In a New York Minute by Eleanor Moran

Hello everyone and happy December! Can you believe it’s December already? Where’d this year go? Anyway, it was another pretty slow week for me but I wanted to show you these three Christmas books. All of them are free on Amazon and they seem perfect for the holidays. The Christmas Bake Off is a short story from Abby Clements, whose novel Meet Me Under the Mistletoe I reviewed back in October – and it also includes two bonus recipes of cinnamon cookies and vanilla and almond biscuits. How cool is that? I love baking and I’ve been looking for new cookie recipes anyway, so I can’t wait to read this one. If you’d like to download it, you can do so by clicking on one of the two following links: UK | US. Carole Matthews’ Winter Warmers is a collection of three short stories and it’s also free! Download it here on Amazon UK or US. In a New York Minute has just been released by Quercus and is available on Amazon US and UK as well.

In other news, I finally sat down and made some changes on my blog’s sidebar. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages but I haven’t had time to do it up until now. What do you think? Yay or nay? :)

As always, make sure to link up your own Showcase Sunday post in the linky below and feel free to leave me some comment love if you have a minute to spare. Have a great weekend and see you next week!

46 Responses to “Showcase Sunday #28 – The One With Christmas Freebies”

  1. Mel S says:

    A couple of perfect Christmas reads – I think I may have to indulge myself – Thanks! :-)
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  2. I love your new picture on the sidebar! And thanks for informing us about these two awesome Kindle freebies.
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  3. Celine says:

    The sidebar looks great! I think I might want to reread Harry Potter just to get in the Christmas mood (:
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    • Vicky says:

      Oh yes, yes, yes!! I’ve been planning to do that for a while but I never actually have time :( I think I’ll have to wait until next year when I don’t have any uni assignments and exams coming up. Boo!

  4. Thanks for the freebies alert. I got The Christmas Bake Off, it looks like a fun small read. I’ll probably get to it while flying back to my hometown on christmas eve, it’ll be perfect to get me in the mood.

    I also adore your changes, besides the big pic of you, which is so cute, I love the big buttons for fb, twitter, etc. Oh, also I show your blog to my bff a few days ago and she loved it too :) She is crazy for nails too and I was showing her your Nail Your Books post.
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  5. I had a slow week too, only got one book! Probably a good thing considering my tbr though lol
    Sidebar looks good :)
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  6. kit says:

    I really like the snowy effect you’ve got going on! Hope you enjoy your Christmassy books, I went to the Christmas market for the first time yesterday, and have just started playing Christmas music and writing my cards… maybe a Christmas read is just what I need! Have a great weekend :)
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    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Kit! Oooh, which one? The one in London?
      I started listening to Christmas tracks this afternoon so as soon as I have some time and energy I will definitely pick up some of these Christmas books as well :)

  7. I’m not a huge reader of Christmas books but I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Unfortunately my scrooge boyfriend won’t let me put up the decorations yet – boo to him!

    But you’ve certainly made me feel Christmas-y today. Enjoy!
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    • Vicky says:

      Me either, actually. Or at least I’m very picky when it comes to holiday books. I don’t like the ones that are way tooooo fluffy and … unrealistic. And there’s lots of them out there. We’ll see – I hope these three are not like that :D

  8. Kelsey says:

    I like the sidebar changes :) November went by so fast too! And it’s gettong closer to Christmas, but luckily I’m almost done my gift shopping.
    I’ve read a few Christmas books so far, and those ones you got sound cute! Have a good week!
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  9. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    OOh nice! Haven’t heard of those! I don’t usually find “holiday” books that interest me. With the exception of Holidays from Hell anthology from a few years back! Happy Reading!!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  10. Ellie says:

    I’ve just ordered one more festive book and I tink I’m done. I need ot hurry up and read all of them now!
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  11. Melissa says:

    Love the sidebar changes and your pic:) Thanks for the heads up on the Christmas Freebies!
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  12. Marian says:

    I like the new sidebars! very informative. :)

  13. I love the new buttons for the social media sites. And thanks for the heads up on the freebies.
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  14. Henrietta says:

    Thanks for sharing the kindle freebies! I love the changes that you made on the sidebar. Loved the big photo :)

    Have a lovely week!
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  15. Oh, The Christmas Bake-Off. I do like baking and cooking at Christmas. And for free, that Brilliant! I will have to check that out! Do you like Baking then? :)I do like having some holiday/season books. I haven’t got a Christmas one in ages though! I will have to do so! Brilliant Showcase especially when its freebies!

    P.S I love your sidebar picture. Is that really all your books? So Jealous! I would love to have my own Library! :D
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    • Vicky says:

      It is!! :) Although I pretty much ran out of space on my bookshelf so I’ve no idea where I’m going to put the new arrivals from now on… *strokes chin, ponders*

      And yes I do! I love baking. I’ve been super busy with uni in the past few months so I didn’t have much time or energy but I do, yes. :) I’m planning to try some Christmas biscuits and cakes this month – can’t wait! Do you like baking? :D x

      • Wow! I seem to have to have a clear out when I have too many! And its horrible to see them go! :(

        Aw I love baking! Same for me, college has been busy for me and I haven’t had a chance to do any. But for Christmas I doing Christmas Puddings, Chocolate and Rum Truffles for presents as well! SO I have my work cut out for me for the next few weeks! :D I hope Uni and The Christmas baking go well! :)
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  16. You got some very nice Christmas Books this week. Enjoy them.
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  17. Pragya says:

    Could only get one of the freebies. Glad you got them though. Love the sidebar, my, my, look at all those books!
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  18. Doctor's Notes says:

    I like the sidebar changes. Happy reading with your freebies that you got.

  19. I’m always looking for new holiday reads – these sound really good, will definitely be getting them – thanks for the recs!!!
    Happy holidays :)
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  20. Tiffany Drew says:

    Gotta love free books! I’ll have to get them too, thanks for the heads up!
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  21. O.o I love Christmas themed books and these all sound lovely. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them. Hope things are well in your world!
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  22. The Inkies says:

    I’ve been feeling in need of some Christmas cheer lately! Will definitely add to my to-read list.

    The Inky Mailbox

    Fantabulous book haul!
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  23. Dani C. says:

    What a sweet haul and wonderful update! I like how you updated your sidebar!
    Happy Reading!
    My Sunday Edition @ Paulette’s Papers
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  24. I like the updated sidebar! Especially the introduction part. Looks very good :)

    I might take a look at these books, because it’s always fun to get into the Christmas mood :) Happy reading!
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  25. Bonnie says:

    These all sound so good! And FREE! How can you beat that?? But I live in the U.S. and they aren’t available us. :( Sad for me. But I hope you enjoy them!!
    My Showcase Sunday!

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