Sunday 23 March 2014


Sunday post #25

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 Place to Call Home by Carole Matthews (review copy)
Coal Creek by Alex Miller (review copy)
Chop Chop by Simon Wroe (Penguin)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin)
Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Penguin)
Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin)
Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle (Penguin)
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin)
Things I Don't Want to Know by Deborah Levy (Penguin

Thanks everyone for your advice last week on how to showcase unsolicited review copies I may not have time to read an/or I'm not interested in! I particularly liked the idea to mention them on social media (I'll have to do regular book post Tweets) and putting a widget on my blog.

This week nearly all my new books are from Penguin and their brilliant Blogger Night 2014 at Foyles on Wednesday. It was a lovely evening consistent of book chat with some of the Penguin team, authors and fellow bloggers and a massive goodie bag to take home (aren't they a gorgeous bunch?). I'll make a proper post about the event in the next few days.

Out of the two review books I received this week I am most excited (read: ecstatic) to pick up the new Carole Matthews title, A Place to Call Home. Her charming and heart-warming books rank amongst my absolute favourites and I'm thrilled to both have the opportunity to read this novel early and to be a part of the blog tour for it.

Hope you guys had a brilliant bookish week as well!


  1. Wow. You've had a lot of lovely books this week! Things I Don't Want to Know looks brilliant. I love the design of Penguin books. :)

    1. I love the classic Penguin design too, and it's actually the reason I picked that one up!

    2. I don't blame you. They look so good on a bookshelf!

  2. Anonymous23/3/14 11:26

    I'm SO GLAD you had a great time at the event and I'm really looking forward to your post about it, I really love hearing about these events and what happens and how you've got on there :) I love your books - I got A Place To Call Home too and oh it sounds wonderful, I hope you enjoy it!

    Happy Sunday!

    Megan xxx

    My Showcase Sunday if you would like to look :)

    1. Book events are the best, getting the opportunity to meet authors and publishers and chat to people who are just as passionate about books as I am is just brilliant. Wish you lived closer so you could go to these things too though! xx

  3. Wow, pretty and lovely haul! I adore the look of The Strangler Vine. It's on my TBR as of now. Looks and sounds so good.
    Happy reading, enjoy all of these!

  4. Hi Zarina, I was at the Penguin Bloggers evening too, and came away with several of the same books. What an enjoyable event, sorry we didn't get to meet!

  5. I really recommend Love, Nina - I'd heard so much about it, and it's a lovely read.


  6. Ok the cover of Chop Chop is totally creeping me out! I don't think I've heard of any of these before, but that doesn't seem to be unusual today. Hope you enjoy them all! Happy reading!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  7. All of your books are new to me. I hope you enjoy them. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  8. What a lovely haul! Some of those books have really gorgeous covers!
    Happy Reading!

  9. Elizabeth is Missing looks really interesting! I've been looking at Sisters of Treason so I'll be interested to hear your opinion on it. Great haul!

  10. What a great haul! I've heard many things about Em and the Great Hoom so I hope you enjoy it and all the rest of your books :)

    Check out my SS here!

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  11. Fantastic haul! A Place to Call Home is calling to me and I will be on the look out for it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. So glad you had such a great time at yet another blogger event! Elizabeth is Missing and Chop Chop look great, I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these two. :)

  13. I've never read a Carole Matthews book. Should check her out.
    Looks like a bunch of lovely books you have this week.
    Happy reading!


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