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

74 Responses to “Showcase Sunday #32”

  1. 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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    • Vicky 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

      • I wasn’t going to buy any books this week but I think I’ll treat myself with Burning Blue :D 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. Mel S says:

    Wow – your hair does look great!
    Bookish people are the best and so generous with sharing book love! It always makes me smile how easily we share books. :-)
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  3. 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!

  4. MamaJ says:

    Gorgeous hair!
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  5. Jasprit says:

    Oh Vicky I’ve seen some really great reviews for Burning Blue lately too, I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up! Btw your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! :)
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  6. Ahhh I really want to read Burning Blue too! Looks like the sort of book I’d love. Great haul :)

    Also your hair is an AMAZING colour!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. Love the new hair! I received The Love Book last week it sounds really good!
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  8. Aww your hair looks amazing, Vicky! And isn’t Henrietta the sweetest? She has surprised me a couple of time with her gifts. :) Burning Blue sounds good – I hope you enjoy it!
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  9. Burning blue sounds good. I really love your hair Vicky, it looks gorgeous!

    Happy reading :D
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  10. Burning Blue sounds awesome; I’ll have to order myself a copy next week!

    Plus, your hair looks gorgeous :)
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  11. Love your hair! It looks gorgeous.

    How lovely of Henrietta! Burning Blue sounds so good.
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  12. 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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    • Vicky 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!

  13. Juhina says:

    ooh Burning Blue does sound amazing! glad you got a copy! and yea Ombre hair looks good! I got my hair dip dyed red but now i darkened it a bit :P.

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf
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  14. Most of those books are new to me so I’m off to check them out on Goodreads :) Also your hair looks gorgeous!
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  15. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Ooh nice! Those are new to me but I hope you enjoy them all!

    Love the new look to your blog too!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  16. kit 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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    • Vicky 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

  17. Melissa says:

    Still totally loving the hair…and you may have gotten a few pretty interesting books this week too! LOL Enjoy!

    PS. More nail polish posts please:)
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    • Vicky says:

      Okay, okay… :D 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

  18. Vicky, your hair is absolutely gorgeous!!! I have length envy over here … I try to grow mine and then I seem to give up at a certain point, but now I will stick with it and grow it so I can have awesome hair like yours! :)

    Enjoy your week!
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  19. I have never read (or heard of) any of those books. Hope you enjoy them all!

  20. Love your hair!
    I also have Burning Blue on my TBR, but haven’t gotten a chance yet.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog
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    • Vicky 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. :)

  21. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! I love the coloring, style and look! Love it!
    Great piles of books this week! Aren’t booknerds the best :)
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  22. Vicky H 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! :-D
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    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Vicky! :D 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

  23. Love the ombre hair. I’ve been seeing it around a lot and it looks really good on your hair too. :)
    Enjoy all your new books! :)
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  24. Ellie says:

    Your hair looks amazing Vicky!
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  25. 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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    • Vicky 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

  26. Michelle says:

    Great haul this week, I will have to check these out to find out more.
    Love the hair!!!!

    My haul
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  27. Love your hair! So pretty! I never know what to do with mine!
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  28. Henrietta 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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  29. Bonnie says:

    Under Your Skin sounds fantastic! And I love the new hair, it’s gorgeous! :)
    My Showcase Sunday!

  30. Pragya says:

    The books look great and so do your ombre hair.
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  31. Tiffany Drew 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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    • Vicky 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. :)

  32. Cool books. I’m gonna have to check these out. Love the hair, btw. :)
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  33. 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 :D
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    • Vicky says:

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

  34. Really nice books and I hope you love them!

    Love your hair, is so long and pretty, on the opposite side I got a haircut yesterday because mine was getting too long :)
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  35. I love your hair! It always looks so nice anyway, but this new color technique is very nice.
    Can you believe that I still have not read a James Patterson book. I really need to. Enjoy all of your books.
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  36. Felicia says:

    Hm. I’ve never heard of any of these before. Burning Blue, The Love Book, and Under Your Skin look like interesting reads. Happy reading :)
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