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. :)


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!

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  1. 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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    • 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.

  2. says

    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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      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.

  3. says

    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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      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.

  4. 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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    • 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.

  5. says

    Oh it looks like you got some great books this week! 😀 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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  6. 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 😀

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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

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