Showcase Sunday #35

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! How are you? I’ve been reeeaaaally busy this week – I started writing my thesis on Tuesday and I managed to write 1/6 of it already, so I guess I’m making pretty good progress. Huzzah! Also, my grandpa was taken into hospital and my gran’s been staying with us since last Saturday and in all fairness, I’m exhausted. Since uni doesn’t start until Monday I was the one staying at home and looking after her in the past 8 days and I didn’t really have much time (or energy, for that matter) for reading or anything else.

However, I did get some amazing books which made this week a lot better!


Showcase Sunday #35
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo (purchased)
Panic by Jeff Abbott (purchased)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (swapped)
Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly (swapped)
Gone by Mo Hayder (swapped)

Since I still had a book voucher left from Christmas I decided to treat myself and buy some new thrillers I’ve been meaning to read for a pretty long time. I probably should have read Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series from the beginning instead of buying book #8 and not having the faintest idea what happened in the first seven books, but I’m hoping they can be read in any order. *whispers* Can they? Has any of you read them yet?

Also, I came across this local book swapping website a few weeks ago, hence the crazy amount of second hand books I received in the past few weeks. Gone is in pretty bad shape which I’m really gutted about but I’ve been dying to read it so I guess I’ll have to live with it.

How was your week? Have you read any of the books above? What did you think?


  1. says

    Still sending lots of love, good wishes and thoughts in your Grandpa’s direction <3

    And I'm super proud of you for your thesis! You're doing really well :) *high 5*

    I saw the link to Gone off your GR page last night and it genuinely sounds like a brilliant book – no wonder you're so desperate to read it! I'm even desperate to read it haha – Really excited about hearing your thoughts on it! Shame about the condition of the book though :( :(

    Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

    Megan xxxx
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    • says

      Ah, you’re so lovely – thank you! He was allowed to go home the other day so I hope he’s getting better. And thank you x12345678 <3 I’m planning to write another 500-1000 words today so fingers crossed. :)

      I had no idea you liked crime fiction, by the way! *.* Yippppppeee! I’ll let you know how it was.

      Hope you have a nice weekend! xxxxxxxxx

      • says

        Well I used to jut be so-so about it (I think I must’ve read a few bad books and it put me off) but then in the last 6 months I started reading more crime fiction and really enjoyed it! Though I always like recommendations because being a newbie to the genre I want to have a bit of direction!

        SO thrilled your Grandpa was able to go home the other day so hopefully he’s getting a bit better :D

        And you have no idea how excited I am that you’re moving to London next year! :D *Does excited happy dance* It’s going to be AWESOME having you over here! :D

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    • says

      That’s true ;) Thanks Mel! And I’ll make sure to let you know how it was – it sounds quite creepy (in a good way, though) and I’ve heard great things about Jeff’s work so let’s hope it’s a good one.

  2. says

    Sorry to hear about your granddad. Sending some healthy vibes his way.
    The trouble with swapping is you can never be sure what condition the books will be in, but so long as it’s still readable, it’s good enough, I guess. It’s just a bummer if it’s a book you end up wanting to keep. My sister is a member of a book-swapping site. I can’t recall the name of it now, but I’m horrible about parting with books, so I’m not sure I’d be able to bring myself to sign up. Did you ever read any Val McDermid? I know you like crime books, and hers are wickedly gritty with no holds barred.
    Enjoy your books, and I hope you get some rest and reading time soon.
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  3. says

    Jo Nesbo is great crime writer. The Leopard is great, but I liked The Snowman a little bit more. Nemesis is also my favorite. The Leopard is part of Harry Hole Series, I highly recommend all of them.
    I’ve read Once in a Lifetime, it wasn’t my cup of tea.
    I don’t have new books this week (saving money for new bookshelves in my house), so I’m skipping Showcase Sunday this week.
    See ya!
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  4. says

    Most people have read Jo Nesbo out of order as they weren’t translated in order! I read The Redbreast first then Nemesis but took a break and now the first one is out, I’m plabnning to read them in the proper order! I think they can mostly be read by themselves though. I love Mo Hayder, she is proper scary!
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  5. says

    Hope your grandpa is okay hun! And sorry to hear you’ve been so exhausted but that’s brilliant news about your thesis! I know just how much of a struggle it is to write so I wish you all the luck in the world for that (not that you need luck, eh?)

    You got some good books this week, Panic and Once in a Lifetime looks really interesting! Sad to hear about Gone though :-(

    Here’s what I got this week.

    Faye :)

    • says

      Thanks hun! He’s back home now and is hopefully feeling a bit better. I know I’m terribly late but I’m off to check out your book haul now :) Hope you had a lovely weekend! x

  6. says

    Except for Austen’s book, I have not heard of any of these – thrillers!? eeep! I can handle some suspense and mystery, but once it gets to ‘thrilling’ I know I won’t be able to sleep well for a few days, lol! I love hearing about them though, so I look forward to seeing your reviews!
    I hope your Grandfather gets better real soon. Good luck with your thesis :)
    Happy reading!!!
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    • says

      Oh, nice! I have a copy of Persuasion sitting on my bookshelf but I haven’t had time to read it yet. Glad to hear it’s a good one. :)

  7. says

    That’s a great start on your thesis, Vicky!

    Hope your grandpa is feeling better and better.

    I haven’t read the crime thrillers of Jo Nesbø and I don’t know if it’s true, but I have heard that reading The Snowman first could be helpful before going into The Leopard.

    Enjoy your books and have a great week :)
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    • says

      Thanks V! :) No, I haven’t but I’ve read some of Austen’s other books and really enjoyed them.

      My thesis is basically a comparison between Melvin Burgess’s and Barry Hines’s A Kestrel for a Knave and how these two stories can be read as bildungsromans of the two main characters and social commentaries of 20th century England. :D (it doesn’t have a fancy title yet)

  8. says

    I love second hand book finding whether in shops, swaps or just trying to save money. I always try to go for quality “very good -> like new” unless it’s a particularly trusted persona and/or has detailed information about the quality of the book. A bit of tat is fine when you’re saving money.
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    • says

      So do I – there’s something about second hand books that makes them… I don’t know, more charming, I guess? Have you tried AwesomeBooks yet? Their second hand books are v good quality. (:

  9. says

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa but that’s awesome news about your thesis! What are you writing about (if you don’t mind me being nosy :D) Great batch of books though, I haven’t heard of any of them but Once In A Lifetime sounds quite cute. Hope you get more reading squeezed in this week!
    My Week in Books!

    • says

      Not at all :D It’s a comparison between Melvin Burgess’s Billy Elliot (the novel, not the film) and Barry Hines’s A Kestrel for a Knave and how these two stories can be read as bildungsromans of the two main characters and social commentaries of 20th century England. In a nutshell… :D

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