Sunday, 8 December 2013

 

Sunday post #17



Sunday is when I sit back with a lovely cup of tea and write about all the wonderful new books I've received and purchased in the past week. This post participates in fab memes Showcase Sunday and Stacking the Shelves.


After I Left You by Alison Mercer (review copy)
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas (review copy)
It Felt Like a Kiss by Sarra Manning (review copy)
The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O'Neal - ebook (review copy)



I have had an awful few weeks at work so thank heavens for lovely book post and literary events as a distraction! Two weeks ago my colleague (who is also my friend) and I were told that our jobs are at risk of redundancy and only one of us will be kept on going forward. We're now in the process of reapplying for the job but whatever happens it's an awful situation... Either I lose my job this Wednesday or my friend will and I'm going to feel terribly guilty for being the one to "win". It's horrible and stressful and I really wish we weren't put in this position, and just before Christmas too :(

Anyway, as I said, thankfully book post and events have been able to distract me somewhat. Now I have a Kindle I've finally signed up for NetGalley and I had my first request approved this week! Fingers crossed this is going to help me against the everlasting battle of books vs shelf space (I doubt it though, I can still not walk past a charity shop without buying new books...). Not pictured above but something cool I also received this week was a personalised Christmas card from the one and only Sophie Kinsella! That definitely cheered me up :)

Finally, friend and I had a brilliant evening on Wednesday at the Biscuiteers in London where we had booze, biscuits icing fun and book chat with the always lovely Lindsey Kelk! I'll try to put up a proper post about the event and some pictures (including of my wonky biscuits...) early next week.

Hope you guys had a wonderful bookish week ♥

18 comments:

  1. Oh gosh hun that is awful about your jobs and especially where you're 'up' against your friend as such :( So pleased you had some lovely book post to help with things :) I LOVE the sound of Alison Mercer's one, I loved her first book so excited to hear what you think of this one!

    Also really glad you enjoyed Lindsey's event, can't wait to her more about it!

    Meg xxxxxxxxxx

    My Showcase Sunday if you'd like a look :)

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    1. Thanks Meg! it's a rubbish situation to be in and unfortunately there's nothing much I can do about it other than wait for the verdict so to speak.

      Anyway... I haven't read Alison Mercer's first book but this one sounded really interesting so I hope I'll enjoy it :)

      I'm just sorting through my photos from the Lindsey event so hopefully I can post it tomorrow.

      Thanks for commenting! xx

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  2. That's horrible, i hope the situation works out for both you and your friend! But yay for the Kindle and Netgalley books, it becomes almost impossible to stop requesting books though so be warned! Hope you enjoy your haul this week and good luck for the coming week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sanna!

      I got my Kindle only a few weeks ago but am already addicted. I always feel very responsible when applying for a review book though so hopefully I won't go overboard ;)

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  3. I'm sorry about your situation at work :( that just sounds awful. I hope things go well for you this week.

    Books are a wonderful distraction. Enjoy all your new ones!

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  4. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that :( It must be an awful situation.

    It Felt Like a Kiss looks so festive! Hope the story is as good as it looks. :)

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    1. Thanks, Vicky. It is indeed...

      The cover to the Sarra Manning novel is so pretty, it's what sold me on it and I hope the contents live up to it :)

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  5. I haven't heard of these books, but I hope you enjoy them!

    I'll be praying about your work situation.

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. Thanks Sandy, that is very kind of you. x

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    2. I almost hate to ask how things turned out, but just know that I was praying for you this past week!

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    3. Thanks so much Sandy, I really do appreciate it. As an update: I was told on Wednesday that I am not being made redundant but this means that my friend is, so it's not something I feel celebratory about. Furthermore, the company as a whole isn't doing great so even after all this it's a very real possibility there won't be a job for any of us in the new year...

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  6. I hope everything works out with your job. *hugs*

    Love the Sarra Manning book you got, I'm a big fan of hers.

    Here's how my week went.

    Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah <3

      I've not read many of her previous novels but the cover to this one is GORGEOUS. Hope the contents live up to it :)

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  7. I really hope that maybe both of you can keep your jobs, it's never fair especially right before Christmas!
    I hope you enjoy all your books this week too. Good luck :)

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    1. Thank you Kelsey. We were told on Wednesday and it's myself who is being kept on which means my friend lost her job, which is awful :(

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  8. That sucks about your job!! What a predicament :( Hope all turns out well. Great haul, I haven't heard of these before but Ill check them out! Thanks for stopping by my SS.

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    1. Thanks so much, Natalie! We were told on Wednesday that my friend is being made redundant while I'm staying on. Not something I can feel happy about as it still means that my friend lost her job :(

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