I LOVE buying books! I have so many to read, yet that doesn’t stop me buying and borrowing more. And this week was no different! Earlier in the week I was enticed onto Amazon…a dangerous place for me…and treated myself too:

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
I have read The Secret History by Tartt, which I enjoyed, so am looking forward to reading this. It is a bit long though…!

The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
I have had a mixed experience with Jojo Moyles. I loved Me Before You and yet didn’t finish The Girl You Left Behind, so it will be interesting to see how I get on with this novel.

Haha, good thing I have a “pocket money” account!

Yesterday, I was in WHSmith with my husband, and he treated himself to the new Lee Child hardback book, and because he got a book, I was allowed to spend the same amount on books, from the joint account! I pondered and decided, I could get more Kindle books for the same amount, so I downloaded:

The White Princess
Philippa Gregory
Ooo I do like Gregory’s novels. This is book five in the Cousin’s War series. I have read the first two books in this series, and have books three and four waiting to be read. I can’t wait to get to them!

A Time to Kill
John Grisham
Now this is an oldie! I have read a few Grisham books and recently bought my husband Sycamore Row, but I haven’t read A Time to Kill so can’t read Sycamore Row once he has finished. Looking forward to reading this one a lot.

Looking For Alaska
John Green
I recently read The Fault in Our Stars – I read it in one sitting – and loved it! When I saw this wasn’t very much on Amazon, I was quick to download it!

Blossom Street Brides
Debbie Macomber
This is one of my favourite reading series. It is girly, but a comfort. For ages I have been hoping Macomber would bring out another Blossom Street book, and she has! I am one pleased girl!

I also downloaded a free Cedar Cove short story, When They First Met, by Debbie Macomber.

Plus, from my Mum I borrowed:

The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
I have only recently finished The Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the first novel from Galbraith and the first in the Cormoran Strike books, yet I really enjoyed it. I am very much looking forward to reading this second novel by Galbraith.

So, quite a haul this week. I am quite pleased with myself! Have you read any of the above? What have you been buying this week?

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E-books or physical books? An electronic reader or a physical book? These are the debates raging in the literary world. For me, I like both e-books and physical books, although in my opinion nothing will ever beat holding a book, smelling the pages and turning the pages. I don’t have an electronic reader although I do read e-books. For comfort reasons I prefer the physical book because I like curling up on the sofa with my book – far more comfortable than my computer chair! The other problem with e-books is having the stare at a computer screen for ages to read them. I don’t mind this much, as at work I spend my time staring at screens, but sometimes a break for my eyes and head would be nice!

I love a good book, I love reading on the sofa and I hope physical books stay around for a long, long time.

Another opinion can be found HERE.

What is your view? E-book or physical book?

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I opened the door to the postman earlier to discover a parcel of books from a friend – yay! My friends are the best!

I got:

  • Lazy Ways to Make a Living by Abigail Bosanko
  • The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
  • Certainty by Madeleine Thien
  • Acting Up by Melissa Nathan

I am one very happy girl! Thanks Beverley!

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I love my friends! I love their parents too – one of whom has given me a box of books 🙂

The ones I have decided to keep are:

  • Anthony Trollope: Barchester Towers
  • Patrick Redmond: The Wishing Game
  • Leslie Marshall: A Girl Could Stand Up
  • Joanna Trollope: The Choir
  • Susan Hill: Mrs de Winter
  • Barbara Michaels: Switches in Time
  • John Boyne: The House of Special Purpose
  • Nigel Williams: Hatchett and Lycett
  • Susan Hill: The Risk of Darkness
  • Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Flanders Panel
  • Shona MacLean: The Redemption of Alexander Seaton

A nice bunch there, I’m a very lucky girl!

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The past couple of days have been great regarding books! I have had loads come into the home 🙂

I received one book through the post:

This is a review book: Randolph’s One Bedroom by Andrew Oberg

I had to go to the university library to take out some texts for my dissertation:

If you want to know what they are, check out THIS post!

Of course, I had to make a trip to my local library too 😀

I took out:

  • Nicholas Sparks: Dear John
  • Nicholas Sparks: At First Sight
  • Julian Maclaren-Ross: Of Love and Hunger
  • Gillian Greenwood: The Ghost Lover
  • Ruth Saberton: Katy Carter Wants a Hero

I was also given a few books from a friend – I love friends who give me books!

  • Sarah Challis: Footprints in the Sand
  • Adele Garis: Facing The Light
  • Nicholas Evans: The Horse Whisperer

So, as you can see, it has been a great few days!

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The Book Vixen

Have a go! I did! Just go here: The Book Vixen

Thanks for running a week of give-aways!

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This is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. So here is what entered my home this week:

From The Library

Kate Harrison: Old School Ties – chick-lit
Alison Weir: Innocent Traitor – historical fiction
Cora Harrison – Michaelmas Tribute – historical crime


Tracy Chevalier: Remarkable Creatures – historical fiction
Lynsay Sands: Bites – vampire thriller
Eshkol Nevo: World Cup Wishes – contemporary fiction

Sue Miller: The Senator’s Wife – TV Book Club Recommendation

Downloaded

Susan Coolidge: What Katy Did – classic 🙂
Voltaire: Candide – classic 🙂

I sadly didn’t get anything in the post this week, but a nice little haul there I think; I’m happy!

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Synopsis:

As far as Detective Inspector Steve Madden is concerned, the dead don’t speak to anyone. But old childhood memories are stirred when psychic Lavinia Roberts tells him that one of her clients is about to become a killer. When Roberts herself is struck down, Madden is forced to ask the question: did she foresee her own horrific death? Then the body of a child is found, and everything points towards a ritual murder by the same man. Suddenly, Brighton is immersed in a hunt for a serial killer who has no boundaries in who, or how, he slays.

I have decided to put this down because I was only reading this for my dissertation – and I do have some great quotes to use and because there is going to be a child’s death – and I don’t like that kind of thing. The story is the second in the Detective Madden series – the first is Savage Tide. It was a slow read but not too dull. I am only putting this aside because of the child’s death.

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This is similar to the Book Blogger Hop, but I thought we should do it anyway!

From Parajunkie:
To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  3. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  4. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  5. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  6. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!

If you want to follow me, please grab my button; or you could join the Google Friend Connect or click on the RSS feed button at the bottom of the blog.

Please leave a comment if you have dropped by 🙂

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Good morning! It is Friday which means:

From Crazy-For-Books:

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new book-related blogs that we may be missing out on!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don’t have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun!  This is a weekly event!  And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added!  We get nearly 200 links every week!!

Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.


This is my second week taking part, I loved it last week. As can be seen from my sidebar and new page, I found loads of new blogs – check them out too!

In case you are interested, I’m currently reading:

  • True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble
  • Dead Sight by Glenn Chandler (for my Masters Degree)
  • In Southern Waters by Ian Marchant (for my Masters Degree)

Well, I’m off to find more new blogs! If you have found my site through the Hop please leave me a comment!

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