Sunday, April 14, 2013

Showcase Sunday #9

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea
This is where each Sunday, we can "showcase" what we've gotten in the way of books; 
in the mail, at the bookstore, the library, or as a gift!

I got a TON of books this past month, from winning a giveaway, trading books on YA Book Exchange, a gift from amazing blogger friends! (Krista & Becca) and one steamy E-Book I just had to get! I was doing so well with my book buying ban, but exactly one month from the day I swore off buying, I bought a book! I have about 6 books on their way to me now that I've ordered online and from a bookstore in California. Hey, at least when technology dies suddenly, I'll have months of entertainment for already paid for! 

Books Bought:

Hi, my name is Sallie and I am a shopaholic and a bookaholic and together, those addictions lead to a HUGE Showcase Sunday post.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Even though I have the International version of Haruki Murakami's newest book, 1Q84, I didn't want to damage the book, considering it has bible thin pages, so I bought the UK versions of the book, which comes in two volumes, Book 1 & 2, and Book 3. I also just love buying stuff from Amazon UK because they have different covers than what we have in the states.

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Ever since I saw this cover revealed on a blog last year, I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. I don't know how many giveaways I entered for an ARC of this, but it finally released at the beginning of this month and I bought it without hesitation. I started it already, and it was a super fun cute read and I don't want it to end. But I'm only on page like 20, so I have some time to prepare for the end, ha ha.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

So I was on iTunes the other day and they had the pilot of The Mindy Project up for free download, so of course I downloaded it. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but the 20 minute pilot HOOKED ME LINE AND SINKER AND MINDY. I am now obsessed with that show. I've watched about 3 episodes a day, and the season is only 21 episodes in. I am going to be a nervous wreck when I have to wait each week like normal TV watchers. I then remembered she came out with a humor/memoir book, and it was on sale at my bookstore, so I bought it. I am only a chapter or so into it, and I love it. I've got a girl crush on Mindy Kaling and it's because she's a badass.

Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R. Ward

Annndd became I'm a romance novel fan, I bought the next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, which is the 10th book in the series. J.R. Ward is a fantastic writer and she writes the best steamy scenes for paranormal romance stories. I have yet to finish #9 of this series, but since #11 came out last month, I needed to make sure I had them all. So I didn't have to pause between them. Because that would be torture.

Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward

Mmmm. Just look at that cover. Dual colored eyes! Nuff said.

Books Traded:

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Post apocalypse story? I'm in.

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

I've wanted to read this for a while. I'm not a huge fan of fairy tales, but I liked the idea of someone from contemporary times going back into them and things going wrong. And the cover is pretty cool too.

I've wanted to read this series since Krista reviewed it on The Nawanda Files! I am also really intrigued to find out what the ring and the bird symbolize (since they're circled and I was told those mean something).

I decided to trade for this book because even though it's a prequel to her other series, the Immortal Devices (of which I was only able to read the first one and I lost interest...which might change depending on how the movies turns out), I figured it was still in the same world as her other series, but way before their time period, so I figured I'd give it a try. Plus, the covers are all gorgeous! Clare has been very lucky to find whoever designs her covers, they are all bookshelf display worthy. 

Books Won:

 Thank you SO much to The Valentines blog for having an amazing month of February giveaway! They chose my "cupid's arrow" for a future blog post and I'm quite excited to see who takes up the challenge to do a skit about nail polish! (I had to choose something ridiculous!) I won their giveaway from February, which included each of the 14 debut author's favorite YA reads. Check out their blog as they have weekly "cupid's arrows" selections and they're all a treat! :)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Jody Keplinger
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Books Gifted:

OMMGG. Seriously, Krista and Becca over at the Nawanda Files are my favorite people ever!! They sent me an ARC of Sweet Peril, the second book in Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil Trilogy! I finished the first book last week, Sweet Evil, and reviewed it on the Page Turners Blog, which you can check out here

E-Books Bought:

Hard to Resist by Shanora Williams

I'm not a fan of this cover, but I read the description and checked out the sample and I was hooked. I have a good idea of how it will end, but the steamy scenes are excellent and it's hard to put it down because you want to know what will happen next. I guess you could say it's hard to resist...get it? Pun intended!

For Review:

The After Girls by Leah Konen

This is the first book I received from Amber and Stacey at the Page Turners Blog, and after getting through the first chapter, I can already tell it's going to make me cry.

Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Amber sent this to me, and I chose it because the cover reminds me of Alexander Gordon Smith's Escape from Furnace series, which I've enjoyed immensely. The dude on the cover also reminds me of the main character on Breaking Bad, which can't hurt for publicity.

While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) by Abbi Glines (Audio book)

I wasn't sure if this was a book in a series or if you could read them all individually, but I plan on reading them in order now that I know they all involve a group of 3 guy friends, and this is the 3rd in the series. It's a male POV, and the narrator has a southern accent, so we'll see how that goes... ;)

That's all for me for the past 2 months! I hope you all got some great new reads and are looking forward to the nicer weather we've got on the horizon!

Happy Reading!


  1. I LOVE the Mindy Project!!! Krista doesn't watch it much (she's more into Modern Family) but Mindy cracks me up! I adore her and Danny -- so hilarious . Glad you're liking the Sweet Evil series :) And Graceling is one of my all-time favorites. Kristin Cashore can do no wrong.

    1. You girls constantly convince me that my personality is a mix of yours. I love the Mindy Project AND Modern Family! Mindy has some great dry humor on that show, it's a lot like Modern Family actually... we'll have to get Krista to give it another try!

      I don't know if you've seen the latest episode from this week, but I can't handle the feels right now. I may have shrieked and gasped at the end. I feel like Shulman and Associates is my crew, ya know? I want an awkward yet reliable and resourceful Morgan always creeping over my shoulder, and an awesomely british doctor who is not as confident as he is cocky. And don't even get me started on Mindy and Danny! Ahhhh. Love it.

      Graceling was amazing. It was one of those novels that I compare others to. It had a slow building and authentic romance, the female protagonist was strong and had her own path, didn't just follow him around. I typically don't like "kingdom" type stories, but this one had enough paranormal in it to keep me hooked. I realize that is a huge generalization, but it's a common factor in books that I tend to pass up.

      Thanks for stopping by, Becca!

  2. You are about to get one more book! The winner of my TBR Intervention already had the book she picked, Pivot Point, so I chose a random commenter of those who had also picked Pivot Point and the new winner is you! I can't find your e-mail, but e-mail me at realsteph [at] thefakesteph [dot] com with your address and I will pop it in the mail for you as soon as I finish. (I give myself the deadline of one week, so by Friday, but honestly, it might be Monday, because I'm in grad school and this week is the final push for this semester).


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