A book haul did you say? dont mind if i do!

Just a quick post to share with you some of the splendiferous books that I appear to have acquired recently. They seem to magnetically attach to my hands! No idea how it happens but hey, whos complaining?

First we have some rather lovely books i was sent by those splendid folk called publishers

I am especially excited to have New Boy by Tracy Chevalier as its part of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-imagined series. I now own almost 4 (one is in the post to me as i type) out of the 8 books they are publishing where modern days authors re-imagine a selection of  Shakespeare plays.

I also bought a few books myself (well I am a bookaholic so no excuses needed eh?)

What a stack!

I am so excited to have a copy of Replica at last plus The Hate You Give and you can see another two books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series here; A Gap in Time and My name is Shylock.

I’ll be doing a post on all the books in the series later in the month.

Anything you fancy here?   Or do you have any book recs for me? (they are always welcome)


another book haul

Yes, another week, another pile of books is accumulated


*big smile*

here they be:

books i did buy for me

Yes, its true i have the two Isabel Greenberg graphic novels, at last, in my life and in my hot little hands *dances for joy*

I treated myself using gift vouchers i was kindly given for Crimbo.  Aren’t they bloody gorgeous? Oh yes they are!

Also i buyed me these

Yes, you’re right what am i doing buying 4 sci fi books when i dont read sci fi?

Well thats a good question but somehow i just fancied me some so Space type books and as im reading (slowly) The long way to a small angry planet it seemed sensible to buy the sequel.  Mind you I am annoyed with myself that i didnt notice it was only out in hardback *waves fist in air*

and now for some books i was kindlee sent by those sooper dooper publishy types

I was approached by Quercus who asked if id like a copy of Hattie Hoffman and after doing a bit of detective work on Amazon i said “yes please”  It is written from perspective of three characters in the first person so whats not to like there?

I responded to a blogger call on Twitter for a copy of Spontaneous which sounds rather unusual to say the least. (people spontaneously combusting, but humourously?) so thank Canongate books, i think!

and finally I was sent Skintown completely unsolicited by W5 books (Johnathan & Hannah) and Doubleday.  There is no way I would ever buy this for myself, its way out of the old comfort zone but a tiny bit i read is very funny and has whetted the old appetite for more, so who knows eh?  Its written by an actor dont you know?  Ciaran McMenamin was in Primeval which i used to watch until it became so barmy only a brain dead amoeba could follow it.

So there we have it, what larks eh?

Stacking The Shelves (240)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click HERE to visit the page and join in for yourself.

I haven’t taken part in this for far too long so as part of my New Year, New Plan strategy for my blog i thought it was about time i did. Especially since I have hauled the most amazing books in this, the first week of 2017.

Here is my haul:


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet


The Bombs that brought us together by Brain Conaghan

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The books sent for review were total surprises which is always nice.  I do already have a proof copy of The Edge of Everything which i requested last month but now i have a gorgeous finished copy too with the most amazing orange sprayed edges, look!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if so what you thought of them.

Happy New Year


Why I can’t read Fantastic Beasts

I bought myself a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them by the incomparable JK Rowling, I mean how could I not get a copy right? It arrived today after much stalking of Postie by me.

It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous book and it shows just how much I wanted it because it’s a hardback and you know i loathe hardback books!

So it’s here, I’ve photographed it, hugged it and then finally sit down to read the damn thing but oh oh!

I couldn’t do it!


Well it’s coz it’s such a special thing, a book about magic from JKR. It’s been way too long and will probably be way to long before the next one if at all?  So I don’t want it to be over too soon. I want to savour the pleasure I know it’s gonna give me for a while longer yet.

Anyone else feel this way or did you just dive in and gorge on it?

Am I being daft?

Christmas reading TBR

So, once again Christmas is steaming its way towards us at 100 mph and on one hand I cant wait for it to arrive. All the fun, family, food and festivity, its my fav time of the year by far.



Here is my Christmas 2016 reading TBR! *all the cheers*

Now i never do TBR’s normally because i’m a mood reader and i’ll read whatever I fancy, when i fancy which makes having one pointless coz i’d just be fibbing (bad)

But, I have here smallish books, some fiction, some non fiction and all of them do able.

You’ll notice that there is one book thats not actually festive (as far as i’m aware anyway, not having read it yet) but its one i just can’t wait to get to so it had to go on the list.

Who knows if i’ll stick to it but i’ll be sure to do a Wrap Up at the end of December to let you know.

Anyway here are the books


aren’t they just gorjuss!

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus by Dr. Hannah Fry & Dr. Thomas Oleron Evans

2016-11-09-11-58-01  How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty’s Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner – shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night – or fatter – as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

Carols from Kings by Alexandra Coghlan

2016-11-09-11-58-29  Take a journey through the fascinating history of carols, from the very first – sung by the angels to the shepherds at Bethlehem – to anecdotes from contemporary King’s choristers. Learn how carols have evolved from pagan songs to become one of our nation’s most sacred treasures. Accompanied by lyrics and music and compiled in conjunction with Radio 4 and King’s College Chapel, Carols From King’s is the official companion for fans of Christmas and carols alike.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

2016-11-09-11-58-40  Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.

Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.

What Light by Jay Asher

2016-11-09-11-58-51  Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other. . .

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

2016-11-09-11-58-12  Picking up where “What My Mother Doesn t Know “leaves off, this is the story of what happens next told from the perspective of Murphy, Sophie s new boyfriend.” “And even though Murphy s thrilled to be with Sophie, the consequences of their relationship and the temptations outside of it force him to consider everything he knows about love. Told in free verse and brimming with authenticity, this novel provides unique insight into the mind of a young man.”

I’m so looking forward to reading all of them and feeling really festive.

What books are you reading this yuletide season?







3 fab YA titles

I’m getting back into YA books with a vengeance lately and these 3 titles sound excellent.


I’m a bit late to the party with The Potion Diaries and have tried to read it last year but am so in the groove for this right now, immensely looking forward to delving into this properly.


I think Ned’s Circus of Marvels may be more MG than YA but I just adore that cover and the premise sounds good too so i couldnt resist getting it.


The Graces is the book i’m currently reading and it is ace! I love me anything witchy and a bit quirky like that and this is doing it for me right now. Look at that cover too its bloomin luverlee!


Have you read any of these?

What are your top YA books right now?

Lets chat

additional mini August book haul

Just had to share with you these four books that i have acquired in the last couple of days.

2016-08-27 14.10.14

I was approached by Little Brown/Sceptre books who asked if i’d like a copy of A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. Well I have seen this all over Twitter so of course I said yes please. Didn’t realise it would be a large hardback (groan) but it does sound an interesting story so I think I may well like this one.

The Victoria Hislop one was sent un-solicited by Headline. I havent read any of her books, theyre just not my type at all plus its another hardback!!!! But, then i read a little and it turns out it has colour pictures and illustrations in, yes I know, isnt that unusual? and it has a built in bookmark too, now thats not something you see every day either is it? Oh and dont forget those endpapers, gorgeous!

The Lucie Whitehouse book, Keep You Close i saw in my local supermarket and had to have it. I am a big fan of her writing so her latest book just had to come home with me, fingers crossed its as good as folk say.

Finally the last book, Stories from other places by Nicholas Shakespeare is one I cheekily asked Vintage books if they had a copy of after I saw it on Simon of Savidge Reads channel the other day. They were kind enough to say yes and sent it to me in less than 24 hours after i requested it! Now that is service. Thanks Will.

Its a series of short stories and a novella and i am in love with the cover too, its so yellow and splendid.

Well thats it for August unless anymore review books arrive as i’m definitely not buying anymore until next month now. (thats in 4 days by the way, tee hee)

What books did you get in August?

Have you read any of these?

Lets have a chat.


puzzle book fun

Don’t know about you but I love solving puzzles. Not the Sudoku kind, I find those a bit samey but number and mathematical puzzles are what I love.

Getting my teeth into working out the next number in a sequence puzzle or what is the missing number in a row of numbers which need to be added to or subtracted, that kind of thing.

So these two books I got from Amazon are gonna keep me really entertained for ages!

2016-08-19 19.38.01

Here are some sneek peeks of the pages

2016-08-20 10.13.11

2016-08-20 10.13.02

2016-08-20 10.12.49

2016-08-20 10.12.20

I’m sure i’m not the best solver of these as i tend to use the trial and error method which can take ages and i’m sure there may be a more logical and mathematical way of doing it but, hell i don’t care, i’m having fun.

August book haul

Now before you judge me I really, really do need all these books, honest!

Well actually, what happened was, I was adding some cool books to my basket just to make sure I didnt forget about them when time came to make purchases. Thats okay right?  But then, well i found myself clicking Buy and well, here they are.

I am so not sorry though, just look at these beauties

2016-08-19 08.34.02

2016-08-19 08.33.22

2016-08-19 08.32.55

2016-08-19 08.32.22