Stacking the Shelves ~ 9th October 2016


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This week, I have received 3 pre orders, bought one book in my local bookshop and had one sent to me by the publisher!

‘Six of Crows’ Duology Set by Leigh Bardugo

Pre ordered this a while ago when they first announced this and it finally arrived! Can’t wait to read ‘Crooked Kingdom’!

‘The Hobbit’ – Facsimile First Edition

I pre ordered this edition years ago, but the release date constantly got pushed back, but now it’s finally here!

‘This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it to become the one enjoyed by readers since 1951.

The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies. With a beautiful cover design, nearly a dozen black & white illustrations and two black & red maps by the author himself, the book proved to be popular and was reprinted shortly afterwards. History was already being made.

The scarcity of the first edition has resulted in copies commanding huge prices, way beyond the reach of most Tolkien fans. In addition, subsequent changes to the text – particularly those to chapter 5, when Tolkien decided in 1947 to revise the text to bring it better into accord with events as they were developing in its ‘sequel’, The Lord of the Rings – mean that the opportunity to read the book in its original form and format has become quite difficult.

This special printing reprints the first edition, so that readers of all ages – not just ‘children between the ages of 5 and 9’, as Rayner Unwin famously declared in his report on the original submission – can finally enjoy Tolkien’s story as it originally appeared.’

‘Midnight Star’ by Marie Lu

Another pre order. The third instalment in ‘The Young Elites’ series. Excited to see how Adelina’s story will end!

‘The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.’

‘Love Song’ by Sophia Bennett

Since I have read ‘Songs About A Girl’ by Chris Russell, I keep hearing about this book. So when I found it while looking around my local bookshop, I had to buy it. Can’t wait to dive in!

‘A million girls would kill for the chance to meet The Point, but Nina’s not one of them.

She’s the new assistant to the lead singer’s diva fiancée, and she knows it’s going to suck. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …

The new novel from the popular and highly-acclaimed author of You Don’t Know Me, The Look, and the Threads series.’

‘Dear Charlie’ by N.D Gomes

Thank you to Cara Thompson at HQ Young Adult for sending me a copy to read and review on my blog!

‘Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.’


The Happy Book Club ~ October Package


The Happy Book Club ~ October Package

Last monty I was lucky and won one of the Happy Book Clubs subscription package. It arrived today and it’s so cute!



This month’s Theme is Imagination! 

Both books supplied in this package are a perfect fit for this months theme and I am already looking forward to sharing them with my niece and nephew.


‘The Wonder’ by Faye Hanson

This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. We follow him on an average-seeming school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately lots of other people – the park keeper, the bus driver, the lollipop lady – all tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realises he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.


‘Use Your Imagination’ by Nicola O’Byrne

Rabbit is bored. What shall he do? Luckily, Wolf has the perfect solution. “Why not write a story?” he suggests. Rabbit thinks this is a great idea! And so Wolf teaches Rabbit to use his imagination to create the perfect story with lots of exciting props and interesting characters. Rabbit is desperate to know what happens next when it suddenly becomes clear that Wolf is very hungry —uh-oh, so that’s how the story ends. But Wolf hasn’t reckoned on Rabbit’s excellent imagination. . . .


The package also includes some activity suggestions and and a little bag of crafts. Make something creative out of it and be in to win a prize!


All together a lovely package and  I will definitely order more in the future!

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