Showcase Sunday #69 – The One with ALL THE GIFTS!

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 to another round of Showcase Sunday! Grab a mug of tea or a hot beverage of your choice and take a seat, for I’m ready to show you this week’s goodies.

How are you all? Did you have a nice week? Mine was insanely busy. (Again.) On top of proofreading a soon-to-be-released fantasy book throughout the week and trying to read Luana Lewis’s Don’t Stand So Close for next week’s publication day, I was also trying to catch up on writing reviews, visiting and commenting you lovely lot back and scheduling a few posts for the next couple of weeks. Also – and those of you who follow me on Twitter probably know this already – the lovely people at Transworld invited me to the press screening of The Book Thief (with a short introduction by the director, Brian Percival) on Thursday. Before the film began I met up with Zarina for a cup of hot chocolate and book chat and had an absolutely amazing time. The film was fantastic (a few tears might have been shed) and it was a lovely evening altogether. :)

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Showcase Sunday #69

Showcase Sunday #69

 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened | How I Live Now | Me Before You | Banished | Winter DamageSecrets of the Tides | City of Glass | The Axeman’s Jazz | The Lying-Down Room | The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

This week was crazy and I’m blaming Zarina. She’s running out of space so she decided to do a little shelf clear-out, which is bad news for my towering pile of unread books. She gave me a copy of How I Live Now (which I’ve been meaning to read for ages), Me Before You, Secrets of the Tides and City of Glass. Thanks again, Z! :) Winter Damage, another book I’ve been dying to read, was a pre-order from last year and since I completely forgot about it, it was a lovely surprise when it landed on my doorstep on Friday. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was a gift from the Picador team and Banished was a Twitter giveaway win from Tor. Thanks, guys!

The other three books are for review, courtesy of Pan Macmillan and Little, Brown. All three will be published in April and May so keep an eye on the blog for my reviews. :)

And that’s it for this week!

44 Responses to “Showcase Sunday #69 – The One with ALL THE GIFTS!”

  1. Great books. It seemed like you had a crazy yet wonderful week. Enjoy all your new books :)
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  2. Zarina says:

    Wow you received so many new books this week! I really like Me Before You and How I Live Now…. oh wait :p

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened looks fun – it has a really striking cover!

    Here’s to another fun (bookish) week ;)
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  3. Wow thats some haul! I love the sound of the Axeman’s Jazz! Have a good week!
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  4. Awesome haul! I hope you enjoy City of Glass, it’s my favorite among the Clare books. :)
    Looking forward to reading and watching The Book Thief as well.
    Happy reading!
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    • Vicky says:

      Make sure to take some tissues with you ;) If I wasn’t sitting in a room with 30 or 40 other people I would have probably bawled my eyes out.

  5. Oooh, Banished! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on that one. I have How I Live Now and Me Before You on my TBR as well and I cannot wait to read them both. Happy reading!
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  6. Nikki says:

    Me Before You is a brilliant book, I think you’ll really enjoy it. I’m looking forward to your review of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because that looks like it’ll be amazing!
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  7. Fantastic Haul :)

    You ever taken part in World Book Night? I’ve taken part since its inception, it’s great fun. Fingers crossed I make it this year too!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time at The Book Thief, lucky you!

    How I Live Now always makes me feel a bit queasy to read, it’s the whole relationships bit, it doesn’t sit too well with me. But the book itself is all kinds of amazing and quite frankly I think it’s terrifying. I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count. Can’t wait for your review.
    I haven’t seen the film, but I’m going to, I think it’s be interesting to see how they deal with the iffy issues and the terror of what happens.
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    • Vicky says:

      No, not yet but I think I’ll sign up for next year’s event. :) Fingers crossed you make it this year! Let me know! *whispers* Which book did you pick?

      And yes, I know, we’re incredibly lucky. It was a fantastic evening.

  8. What a great haul! I LOVED The Secrets of the Tides! Absolutely brilliant! So glad you had a nice time at The Book Thief, so envious!

    Enjoy :)

    Laura xxx
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  9. Ooh! So many great books!
    I hope you had a lot of fun at The Book Thief screening! I can’t wait to see the movie :)
    City of Glass is amazing <3
    I wasn't a major fan of How I Live Now, but I hope you enjoy it! Me Before You & Winter Damage both sound really good!
    Ooh, I like the sound of The Fifteen Lives of Harry August! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for that one.
    Great haul, Vicky! Happy reading :)
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  10. Leah says:

    Is that Banished? If so I’m SO JEALOUS! Really glad you enjoyed the film of The Book Thief too :)

    xx
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  11. Those are some gorgeous book covers (see how easily I’m drawn in!), especially Winter Damage and Secrets of the Tides.
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    • Vicky says:

      I know, Secrets of the Tides looks stunning! Also, I’ve heard amazing things about Winter Damage and I’m pretty sure the story is just as brilliant as the cover.

  12. Pili says:

    Yay for great hauls even more when they’re gifted!
    I’m still not sure if I want to see the movie first or read the book first when it comes to The Book Thief… I know no matter what I’ll do, I’m gonna cry my eyes out!

    Happy reading!
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    • Vicky says:

      I’d say watch the movie first. :) I started reading the book before the screening but even though I only got as far as the first 70 pages, I know it’s a lot more detailed than the film was.

  13. Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    OOh wow! Lots of new books this week! These are new to me! So I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  14. Wattle says:

    Oh it looks like you got some great books this week! :D I hope you enjoy them all.

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Book Thief screening, I have heard nothing but good thing about the film (I still need to read the book, can’t decide what I want to do first though…)
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  15. What a wonderful week of books and bookish things. Enjoy!
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  16. Zoe @ Bookhi says:

    Wow, what a great haul! City of Glass is amazing, one of my favourites of the series. I really want to read Me Before You. Unfortunately, How I Live Now wasn’t my cup of tea but I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading :D

  17. Great books this week… I’m still debating starting the mortal instruments series…
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  18. Brittany says:

    Me Before You was one of my favourite books last year. I think you’ll love it too. Just have some tissues handy.
    Great haul Vicky!
    I’ve yet to see The Book Thief. But it’s one of my favourite books. :)
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  19. You’ve been getting lots of good books this year so far! I think this might turn out to be a very bookish year for you. :) I loooooved Me Before You! I hope you love it, too!
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  20. Katherine says:

    Great stack of new books! I loved Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson and I’ve heard really great things about Me Before You.
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  21. Jen says:

    Great pile of books! The Axeman’s Jazz looks particularly interesting… Enjoy! :D

  22. I enjoyed City of Glass. Me Before You was amazing and heartbreaking :)
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  23. Jo says:

    So glad to hear The Book Thief is a great movie! I must read the book before I see it!

    Great Haul, Vicky! My Mum has leant me her copy of Me Before You, so I’m looking forward to reading it at some point. I know everyone raves about How I Live Now, but I really didn’t like it. It’s ridiculous how much I didn’t like it, lol. Hope you do, though! Probably will as most people do :) Need to get a copy of City of Glass myself, I really need to catch up on that series. Happy reading!
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  24. Alex says:

    Look at all them books! :D :D :D

    City of Glass is amazing. That was where the series was supposed to the end and it ends the first two perfectly.

    How I Live Now is also good. I loved it to start with but in the end it was a bit flawed…

    Enjoy your books and the rest of your weekend! :) xxx
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  25. Lovely haul! The only one I have read is City of Glass, which was my favorite in the series. Happy Reading!
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  26. Hannah says:

    Yay! Me Before You! You know my thoughts on this book. Make sure it’s top of your pile when you have time, kay? ^^

    Axeman’s Jazz looks intriguing too.. the cover has a New Orleans hoodoo vibe about it. Shall go nose on Goodreads.
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  27. Megan says:

    Congrats on getting to go to the screening! I feel like whenever I meet up with other bloggers, at least one of us shows up with a bag of books to give away! I’ve had to learn to say no, but it’s hard!
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  28. Such lovely books! I do hope you’ll enjoy Me Before You. I read it last year and it absolutely destroyed me. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your reviews on these. :)
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  29. Amanda says:

    Wow. What a lot of books to read! They all look beautiful. :) I should hopefully be getting a couple of goodies through the mail soon, so I can finally join in with Showcase Sunday! x

  30. Nice haul of books. I always love seeing what people get and give to others. That was so very nice of your friend to do. I hope you like all these new books.

    Grace
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