Showcase Sunday #32

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.

Hello everyone and welcome back! Hope you all had a nice (and stress-free) week! I didn’t have time to do a SS post last week so the books below are from the past two weeks.


Showcase Sunday #32
The 5th Horseman by James Patterson (swapped)
Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant (for review)
The Love Book by Fiona O’Brien (for review)
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (gift)
Within These Walls by Rev. Carroll Pickett (swapped)

First of all, an enormous thank you and lots of big hugs go to the lovely Henrietta from Leisure Reads who emailed me just before the new year, saying that she’s reading Paul Griffin’s Burning Blue (a book which has been on my wishlist for absolutely AGES) and she’s really enjoying it. Then I woke up the next morning and saw that she sent me an Amazon gift card so that I can order a copy. *sniffs* I’ve been blogging for almost 1,5 years but the kindness of bookish people still amazes me. Thank you so much, H! ♥

Also, a massive thank you goes to Hodder & Stoughton for the two review copies!

Other news

It has absolutely nothing to do with books but… I got ombre hair!!!!

ombre hair

Ombre basically means that your hair is darker at the roots and then gradually gets lighter near the ends. I’ve been thinking about giving it a try for a while but I always chickened out at the last minute. I’m really glad I got it done, though – I love it already! *end of shameless self-plug*

What did you guys get in the past two weeks? What did I miss? :)

If you did a Showcase Sunday post, make sure to link up below – and feel free to leave me some comment love, you know I love reading them! x


  1. says

    I just read the description for Burning Blue and it sounds fantastic! HUGE Thank you to you and Henrietta, cause I’m now going to add it to my list to buy and read! Really looking forward to hearing what you think of it :)

    Your hair looks AMAZING! And it’s so long and beautiful – I have hair envy I must admit! Yours is gorgeous, and the ombre looks fab :)

    Non-book related but I picked up mine and Stephen’s wedding rings last weekend, and I went to try on my wedding dress last Friday – It is GORGEOUS and it fits perfectly!!! If you search google images for ‘mori lee 1612’ then there ill be pictures of a model wearing the dress I have :) I’m so excited I had to share with you :)

    Hope you have a lovely Sunday :) xxxxxxxxx
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    • says

      It sounds great, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! :)

      Oh my goodness, are you serious?! This dress looks amazing!!(I adore strapless dresses) You’ll look gorgeous! When is your wedding, by the way? :O

      Thank you so much!!! Hope you have a lovely Sunday as well! xxxxxx

      • says

        I wasn’t going to buy any books this week but I think I’ll treat myself with Burning Blue 😀 Very excited about it!

        I get married Saturday June 8th :) So not much longer to go! I’m having dusky pink and cream flowers to match, and my overall theme is like a vintage dusky pink so hopefully I’ll have some sunny weather on the day!

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  2. says

    Nice haul! I have to start on Patterson’s books myself. I heard a lor of good about them.

    Nice hair! I have ombre hair naturally :) My tips are are always way lighter and it really looks pretty :)

    Happy reading!

  3. says

    Burning Blue sound fantastic. And I agree, the many bloggers I know astound me with their kindness and guidance when I started back in July. I have started to read James Patterson books in the YA section and they are not bad, I haven’t read many male writers because they don’t really agree with me.

    Your hair is gorgeous… I wish I had hair like that…though I do love it now naturally then I did when I was younger!

    Happy Sunday.

    P.s I forgot to ask, how did your Christmas Cooking go with the cookbooks you got before Christmas? I done my Christmas puddings and they turned out brilliantly! :) xxx
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    • says

      I agree, bookish people really are amazing!
      Ah, Christmas time turned out to be pretty hectic and we were away for a while so I didn’t get to bake as much as I wanted to. :( I did make some chocolate biscuits, though – but I still need to try the rest of those recipes!

  4. says

    Love the hair Vicky! The colour looks great. Mine is bright red at the bottom right now, but I’m debating blue or purple next… :)

    Hope you enjoy your books this week, Burning Blue sounds really good and quite unusual. I haven’t ever read any James Patterson, but a friend of mine reads them all as soon as they’re released, so I hope it’s a good one you got in your swap!
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    • says

      Let’s hope so! I haven’t read any Patterson books either so I’ve no idea what to expect. Your hair must be gorgeous, by the way! I love ombre hair with bright ends like red/pink or turquoise. :) I’m sure purple or blue would look great as well! Will you let me know if you pluck up the courage and give it a try? I’d love to see the result! xxx

    • says

      Okay, okay… 😀 There’s one coming up this week if it’s any consolation! (I just need to find the time to sit down and schedule it, argh!) Although it might look familiar if you’ve been reading my tweets for a while x

    • says

      Thank you! And me neither – I’m still trying to catch up on review books so I don’t know when I’ll find the time to read this one. Can’t wait, though – it sounds amazing. :)

  5. says

    Wow, that was so sweet of Henrietta! Hope you enjoy the book :-) And your ombre hair looks gorgeous! I’ve been wondering for a while whether to try ombre too. Either that or dye the ends a bright colour like purple… if I got up the courage :-)

    Enjoy your week and happy reading! 😀
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    • says

      Thanks Vicky! 😀 Oh, I love ombre hair with purple and pink and turquoise ends but I’m not brave enough to pull that off.
      Hope you had a lovely weekend and happy reading! x

  6. says

    I haven’t heard of these books but I hope you enjoy them. Wow, that was so nice to receive a gift card in the post off another blogger. I do love the blogging community :)

    Your hair looks gorgeous. So shiny. I love how subtle the difference in colour is too. I want to do something new with my hair but I’m too scared haha!

    Hope all of your exams and uni work went okay! I’m loving having some free time before having to do more essays and my dissertation :(
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    • says

      So do I! People here really are amazing, aren’t they?

      Haha, I know! I’ve wanted to change things up a bit for SUCH a long time but I always chickened out in the end. Ombre looks good and I really like how the ends turned out colour-wise but I realised I’m rubbish at blow-drying my hair. I mean, it looks super shiny and wavy when I leave the salon but as soon as I wash it and have to do the whole blow-drying process all over again, it looks… er… boring.

      Oh dear, when’s the deadline for your dissertation? I *just* finished my last exam but I have to hand in my dissertation (which I haven’t even started yet) in early March…. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

      Good luck hun! xxxxx

  7. says

    Gorgeous hair, Vicky!!

    Book blogging has helped me meet with many wonderful people and I feel so lucky to have bookish friends like you – I LOVE our community :)

    The Love Book sounds like a great read. Hope you’ll enjoy all your books. Have a beautiful week!
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  8. says

    First, *love* your hair. I’m a little jealous of it’s length since I can’t grow mine past my shoulders without having to chop it off (I constantly pull it lol). Second, I can’t wait to see what you think of Burning Blue. That one is up next in my reading pile :) And third, who does your layout? I love it and I need a blog makeover desperately.
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    • says

      Ah, thank you so much! I know Burning Blue is supposed to be good and it’s been on my wishlist for ages so I’m really looking forward to reading it as well. :)
      As for the layout: Bex helped me move my template over from Blogger a year ago and tweak my existing design and I made the header/blog button/SS button myself. :)

  9. says

    So that’s what Ombre is? thanks for explaining it. My older cousin was asking me if I wanted my hair like that and I played it off cool but I had no idea what she was talking about, lol. I think your hair looks gorgeous, the waves are really pretty, and now that I do know what it is, I kinda would love Ombre hair. Though, im so clueless when it comes to my hair and makeup. Accesories are more my area of expertise, haha. Anywhoo, im getting off track, just wanted to say that 😀
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    • says

      Bahaha! 😀 Thank you! I kinda miss these waves too – my hair’s dead straight normally and I’m just hopeless at blowdrying it properly.


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