Sunday 26 January 2014


Sunday post #19

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.

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon (review copy)
A Little Love by Amanda Prowse (review copy)
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (market research)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (market research)
Flora and Grace by Maureen Lee (market research)
Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell (competition win)
Love on the Rocks by Veronica Henry (market research)
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Mastermann (market research)
The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne (review copy)

Last week I went to a market research at Orion Publishing (which makes the total amount of publishing houses I've been to in London eight now :)) and we got a stack of ten books to take home afterwards, which was fab! I already put most of them on my shelves but I did add a few to my to-read pile for review, which are listed above.

Because I'm growing out of my room I've also started to do a major clear-out of my things, including books. I'll have about 100 I know I definitely won't read (again) and I will be donating to the library and to friends. Some of them though are worth a few quid and I'd like to sell. Does anyone have any tips of what would be the best and easiest way to do this?

I've considered eBay but writing the ads takes forever and because of high shipping costs people won't bid more than a few pence making it not worthwhile in the end. Amazon only pays about £0.25 for paperbacks (if they accept them at all), and second-hand book shops I assume don't accept recently released fiction titles as they are more after antiques.

The books I'll be parting with are mostly all brand-news fiction paperbacks and hardbacks, some are signed and one of them is according to my mad Google skills sold online for £100+ (a first edition hardcover copy of Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton's first novel The Rehearsal, which is in perfect unread condition and with original dust jacket and bookmark). It'd be great if I can get something back for these, so any tips are much appreciated :)

Anyway, long story short: I got some amazing new books recently and I'm cleaning out to make space for them.

How has your week been? I hope you guys have bought, received and read some lovely books as well! ♥


  1. A Hundred Pieces of Me is a lovely new year detox read (especially since you're having a clear out), and it's also a lovely proof copy. I hope you enjoy it, and Eleanor & Park, which I absolutely adored.

    Have a great week.


  2. Great books. I haven't heard of a few of these and will have to check them out. I'm not sure how you could sell the books. Maybe put an add in your local library and see how that works.

  3. Great haul. I have Amanda Prowse's A little Love on my TBR. It has such a beautiful cover. I really cannot wait for One Hundred Pieces of Me to come out! Hope you enjoy :)

  4. Anonymous26/1/14 14:20

    Ooh those books look awesome! I've read Eleanor and Park and really enjoyed it.
    Happy reading and have a good week!

  5. Eleanor & Park is amazing! <3
    Rage Against the Dying and A Hundred Pieces of Me both sound really good!
    Great haul! Happy reading :)

  6. Nice assortment of books. I don't know of a good way to sell books you no longer want. Everything seems like too much work for too little reward. Come see what I got at Inside of a Dog and Ms. Martin Teaches Media. Happy reading!

  7. I have seen seeing E&P around a lot lately, but I have no idea what it's about yet. I should look into that. I hope you can stop by mine.

  8. Great haul! Never heard of any of these books but they do look interesting. Hope you enjoy your new books and thanks for stopping by :)

  9. Lucky you living in London :P

    You have a fantastic selection there! Happy reading :)

  10. Anonymous26/1/14 21:55

    Nice haul.

    I've yet to read Eleanor & Park after getting it at Xmas, whilst I've added Leopold Blue on my Wish List after seeing your post.

    Enjoy your reads.

  11. Great haul. I have heard nothing but good things about Eleanor & Park, I'm really hoping to read that one soon. I hope you enjoy your books :) My STS.


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