06 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #8

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

This week has been pretty hectic, but not as hectic as the two weeks before. Because I now have a puppy! I went to the Dawn O'Porter event in Newcastle on Monday and got signed copies of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose to giveaway. It's my 1 year blogoversary too, so I'm running 2 weekly giveaways to celebrate - one UK and one International!

Meet Belle

Belle is a Lancashire Heeler cross Jack Russell and she's gorgeous. And mischievous. We got her at 8 weeks, so she's 10 weeks now. She is a handful and growing by the day.

She'll be popping up quite often on here because she's so adorable, I can't help myself. And doesn't everyone love their baby?

Have you got any pets? Pictures, I'm a sucker for cuteness!

Blogoversary Bonanza

I've been blogging for a year, can you believe it? I can't! This week I'm giving away a signed copy of The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and a copy of The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson.

Next week I've not decided what to give away yet - could be a necklace, earrings, more signed books... Anything! So keep checking back.

As a treat to myself I got two book shelves. They're already crammed with books, each shelf doubled up to fit more on. Previously, my books have been in piles and boxes, so it felt great to sort through them all. I have to admit to still having my Rebus and Discworld books in boxes, but that's because there are so many!

Paper vs Pixels

I picked paper and I'm reading so much more! I was 11 books behind on reaching my target of 200, but now I'm only 7 books behind. Go paper!

It's never too late to join!

I'd forgotten how great it was to settle down with a book and just read, with no ping in the background because you have a notification on Twitter. I know my NetGalley ratio will suffer this month, but I'm having fun!


I did actually get some books this week. It's not all not-quite-relevant news.

I finally got Weed, the third book in the Poison Diaries series. I've only had a quick glance, but it seems very different. I got Paper Aeroplanes and Goose by Dawn O'Porter signed at the event put on by Waterstones and Hot Key Books, and I got Ash by Malinda Lo because it looks pretty good and when I saw it I impulse-bought. The lovely Elizabeth Moss sent me a copy of Rebel Bride and I'm itching to get stuck in as I loved Wolf Bride.


  1. Belle is so cute!!! Such an adorable little face :) Last year I got my first dog, she is a Jack Russell cross Pit Bull (interesting combination there!) and she has the crazy personality of a Jack Russel, but is also twice its size. I hope yours is a bit more calm than crazy :)

    Now, about the blog, happy blogoversary! Bookshelves are such a great gift. Sometimes even better than books. I need to get a few more shelves myself.

    I hope you enjoy all your new books! Happy reading :)
    My SS

  2. Oh your puppy is so cute! I got a Golden Retriever she was cute as a pup just a little bear but she's 9 now but I still love her :D

    And it seems like you got some pretty good books this weeks! Happy reading and happpy bloagoversary!

    Thanks for stopping by my SS!

    El @ So Bookalicious

  3. Happy one year blogoversary! It goes so fast doesn't it? I've been blogging for nearly a year now! That's so kool you got Ash as well. I love the cover and the premise for it! I need to read Dawn O' Porters books as well! Happy reading x

  4. Happy blogoversary and many more! Your new puppy is adorable--how will you take your eyes off her long enough to read :)...

    My Sunday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/04/weekly-book-recap-61.html

  5. Happy blogversary!!! Belle is gorgeous. Great haul. I liked the first 2 Poison Diaries but need to read Weed. Such a different cover. Ill have to check out the rest :)

    1. I've read the first page but I'm not really in the mood :/ It feels so different even on that one page.

  6. Happyy blogiversary to youuuu! Belle is beautiful. Did you have a good time at the Dawn O'Porter book signing? Is she as lovely as I image? :)

    Looking forward to your Paper Aeroplanes and Goose giveaway :) x

    1. She was so lovely, really genuine and honest. And there were free Kettle Chips :O
      I always feel awkward going to events and signings on my own, but book-bloggers are pretty sparse here :/
      The giveaway for them is next week :D

  7. YOU GOT A PUPPY FOR SHOWCASE SUNDAY :D Omg she is so cute :3
    Jack Russels are the best. I have two of them.

    I am always instagramming them :P http://instagram.com/p/lid0ory8Xz/

    I bought paper aeroplanes the other day. it looks pretty good! :)

    Thanks for sharing I have followed you via bloglovin and GFC since we seem to have similar tastes.

    have a great weekend! :) xxx or enjoy whats left of it should I say! :)

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  8. Puppy! She's adorable. Hope she doesn't give you too much trouble. ;)

  9. Happy Blogoversary!!

    It sounds like you have had a fab week this week. Love your new shelves and Belle looks adorable! I hope you have a fab week and enjoy your new books.

  10. Not read any of these but they sound interesting. Hope you enjoy your new books :)

  11. Your puppy is so cute! Congrats on the anniversary and puppy! I liked Ash, it was an interesting twist on the fairytale. Happy reading!

  12. Awww how adorable is Belle! I have a few doggies myself. They are my children. :)
    Happy one year!
    Ash does sound totally interesting.
    Happy reading!

    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life


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