Sunday 16 March 2014

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vickie at Books Biscuits and Tea. The aim of this event is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

I haven't had the best week this week due to being really ill, so was off work and found out from the doctor I have tonsillitis! Thankfully the antibiotics I am now on are working, as I have never had such a painful sore throat! It was awful, like I had razor blades in my throat! Anyway, now that I have shared that lovely information with you, I did actually get some nice books.

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (Purchased)
Half Bad by Sally Green (Purchased)
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Day (Review Copy)
Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony (Review Copy)

WH Smith always have great offers, so when I saw that Jenny Colgan's latest book was half price, I just had to get it. I love the premise for it as well, it's about being brave enough to leave the rat race and doing what you want to do. I also liked as well how the back of synopsis of the book is written by Jenny herself, quite a rarity for published authors and it makes for a lovely change and I think this book may be close to Jenny's heart.
I HAD to get Half Bad! It's a book I have heard quite a lot of people talking about and I really can't wait to get stuck into this one!
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Day sounds creepy- what do you do if your friend steals your life! I am part of the blog tour for this one, so look out for my stop on 30th March. 
And finally Beautiful Day. I think the cover for this one is really pretty and it sounds brilliant too!

So some great books this week. What did you all receive/buy/borrow? Any of the above? Do let me know.

Have a great Sunday.

Laura xxx


  1. Hope you're feeling better!! Its horrible being sick. Great books. I so need to get Half Bad!!! It sounds so good. Keep your Friends Close sounds really good, I'm going to have to check that out.

    1. Thanks Natalie! It really does suck as i just want to be able to do normal things and can't. I think I'm going to have to bump Half Bad to the top of the TBR pile!

  2. I am so sorry to hear you've been ill! Hope you feel a lot better soon now you have medication and you've got all your strength for Wednesday :)

    Little Beach Street Bakery is AMAZING, hope you love it as much as I did. I too received Beautiful Day, isn't the cover gorgeous?


  3. Thanks Zarina. I am going to make sure I am well for wednesday! No chance I'm missing out on that :)

    That's great to hear about Little Beach Street Bakery! It does sound fantastic. And completely agree about the cover for Beautiful Day. Just Gorgeous! xx

  4. I've been wanting to read Half Bad.....I may have to break down and get it! Happy Reading! Here's my STS if you'd like to stop by.....

  5. Oh hun I'm really sorry to hear you've been unwell, sending you lots of hugs and hoping you feel lots better soon!

    I'm so thrilled you got the new Jenny Colgan and I really hope you enjoy it, I'm eyeing up the recipes in the back currently and wondering if I have the skills to make them all xD

    Keep your friends close looks great, can't wait to see your blog tour stop for it :)

    Happy Sunday!

    Meg xxx

    My Showcase Sunday if you'd like a look :)

  6. I really want to raed Half Bad and to get it for half price, now that's a bargain! I get tonsillitis once a year, almost every year since I was 7 so I know the feeling. I hope you are feeling better.
    Happy reading :)

  7. I hope you feel better! I still need to read Half Bad. The Jenny Colgan book looks like it would be a sweet story. Happy reading!

  8. Oh, I love a good WHSmith sale! :) x

  9. Oh, I got Half Bad last week, haven't started it yet. Looking forward to your review :)
    Happy reading!
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  10. Oh no i hope you feel better soon! Tonsillitis sucks :P, also Half Bad half price in WHSmith you say?...May have to run out and buy that :) Also your review books look interesting as well, i haven't really heard much about them however the covers are gorgeous and i may have to check out the goodreads pages now :)

    Sanna @ Fanciful Fictions

  11. Hope you’re feeling much, much better now and there’s nothing like new books to put a new smile in our faces! =)

    I got my Half Bad copy in the same promotion as you! What a surprise it was, can’t wait to read it! And Keep Your Friends Close seems really, really good… gonna keep my eye out for you review!

    Patricia @ The Book Spine

  12. Great haul. That Beautiful Day cover is gorgeous, so pretty. I bought Half Bad the other week and have heard great things about it! Enjoy :)

    Becca @ Lost in Thought

  13. Wow! Great haul Laura! Can't wait to see what you think of Half sounds great! Thanks for sharing & happy reading!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  14. Hope you feel better fast! It's such an awful time.
    I read Half Bad recently and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    And your other three books sound great. Especially Keep your Friends Close. I'll need to check it out.
    Happy reading! :D

  15. I'm so sorry to hear that you were in so much pain - I hope you feel better soon! *hugs* I've heard great things about Paula Daly's previous book so hopefully this one is just as good. Enjoy!

  16. Hope you're feeling better soon. I've got two copies of Beautiful Day now (an dit is so pretty) so going to try and get round to it soon.