Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Showcase and Post: What I Got and What I Read




















It's Sunday so it's time for the Sunday Post from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the Sunday Showcase from Books, Biscuits and Tea
This week wasn't quite as crazy as last week.  I got a few books that I'm excited about but not quite as many. I'm really excited about what I did get!

NetGalley:

Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M. Reade
This is a new to me author but I'm definitely looking forward to reading this one.  After suffering from personal tragedy Macy Stoddard takes a job as a private nurse in the mysterious Summerplace on Hallstead Island.  There's winding halls, sinister secrets, veiled threats. and hostile servants.  Can't wait!  Next good thunderstorm this book is definitely coming out.

Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater
I've heard of Nigel Slater but I've never tried any of his recipes.  I'm really excited to give this book a try.  I think "Simple, every day foods" sounds perfect for summer cooking.

Other:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 
I've heard such good things about this book so I was thrilled when I was finally able to get it from the library.

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
Another one I've really been wanting to read and have heard great things about.  I was thrilled when I stumbled on it on an Amazon monthly sale.  The only downside is that since it's in e-book form I don't get the cover which is stunning.

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
I don't know why this happened.  It came up on Kindle Daily Deal and I thought I haven't read any Mallery in awhile.  

Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
The 2nd in her series set in Ireland.  I really loved the first one and can't wait to read this one.

What Was on the Blog This Week:

review for a new mystery series - A Garden Plot by Marty Wingate
I loved this East meets West food memoir - Biting Through the Skin by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
Ever read a series that you really wanted to love but just aren't? That's this one for me - Almost Home by Mariah Stewart

Also
My Top Ten Books Abut Friendship
My thoughts on when the author in a series changes
And my Friday 56 where commentors actually gave me new perspective on a book I've reread countless times.
On a personal note there's my Friday 5 - 5 facts and 5 pictures from my week.

What's Coming Up Next Week:

The pretty weather has kind of messed up my plans to get organized for the upcoming week but my garden is looking great!  What I have managed to get together:

A snapshot review of a few contemporary romances for tomorrow
A review of one of my favorite mysteries this year will be out on Wednesday.
A review for Bill Bryson's At Home on TBR Thursday

And as always my Top Ten Tuesday and Friday 56/Book Beginnings.

Have a great week and happy reading!

44 comments:

  1. Great Haul! Happy Reading! My Sunday Post: http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/2014/05/sunday-post-2.html

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  2. Katherine, Secrets of Hallstead House looks quite good! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I have my fingers crossed with this one. This type of book can either be really great or really awful!

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  3. Enjoy your new books! I love the look of Secrets of Hallstead House....and I have The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry on my list.

    Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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    1. Thanks! I've been really wanting to read A.J. Fikry and I've got my finger crossed about Hallstead House.

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  4. I love mysteries so The Secrets of Hallstead House sounds wonderful. Enjoy your books, and thanks for stopping by The Readers Den. :)

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    1. I'm a mystery fan myself and I'm have high hopes for Hallstead House. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Enjoy your new books! The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is on my to-read list, along with the Sheila Connolly series. And I'm behind on The Garden Plot - I have an ARC but it slipped through the cracks, so I need to get back to it! Thanks for stopping by The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

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    1. P.S. Just skimming through your recent archive, I see we have a fair number of books in common, from older favorites to the ARCs and new books we read. So I'll be following you via Bloglovin!

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    2. I hate when a book falls through the cracks! I've had that happen a few times. The Garden Plot is good. Not necessarily a must read but definitely an interesting premise. I have hopes for the series. I love Sheila Connolly though I don't always know exactly why. Something about her writing always gets me. I've noticed our book similarities as well! So glad! I've added you to my feedly feed! I'm really looking forward to following your reviews!

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  6. Not heard of any of these but I hope you enjoy them :)

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to getting some reading done!

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  7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is already on my Goodreads list, but now I'll be adding Secrets of Hallstead House too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great reading week!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to both of them. I hoping A.J. Fikry lives up to the reviews and Hallstead House is as great of a gothic as it looks like it could be.

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  8. Your books look great. Secrets of Hallstead House really has my interest. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading it. We've got storms forecasted in the next few days so I'm thinking it will be perfect reading!

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  9. Secrets of Hallstead House looks really gd! Enjoy :)

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    1. I'm hoping it will be! We have some thunderstorms forcasted in the next few days and I'm thinking it will be the perfect read!

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  10. Have a great reading week ! :D

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  11. Enjoy your books! Ah yes, beautiful weather has a way of doing that.

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    1. Thanks! It does definitely slow down the reading! Not only was I too busy to get as much reading as I wanted done I was too tired from all the activity to stay up and read as late as I wanted!

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  12. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry looks really good, I need to add this one to my TBR list :)

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    1. I'm really looking forward to this one! Everything I've read about it sounds just right for me!

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  13. What a wonderful week! The Storied Life does indeed look good, might want to add it to my TBR as well (:

    Alicia @ Awesome Book Assessment

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading it!

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  14. I've not heard of any of your authors this week. But you seem excited, so I'll have to check these books out. :)
    Enjoy the weather and your gardening. I love this time of the year.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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    1. Thanks! This is a group I'm really looking forward to reading!

      I love getting my garden going and seeing all the plants growing. Have a great week!

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  15. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry sounds so interesting and I have never heard of it. Thank you for sharing and stopping by! Great haul :)

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    1. I've seen a few reviews of it and they were glowing plus it's a book involving bookstores and 2nd chances which are 2 of my favorite topics! I'm hoping I'll love it as much as everyone else seemed too!

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  16. Nice mix of books and aren't those Kindle deals dangerous? :D

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    1. Thanks! Those Kindle deals kill me! Or sometimes I'll go to look up a classic of some kind, find out it's free and get that and 10 other books. It's an illness but one I don't think I'm alone in!

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  17. Love the sound of the one set In Ireland!! Im Irish so I love reading about the place :) Great haul and I hope you enjoy!!

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    1. My family is from Ireland but I've never been able to visit so I use books as an inexpensive way to connect! This series talks a little about some of the economic trouble and I wonder how true to life it is. Thanks for visiting!

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  18. Interesting additions this week. I also love books set in Ireland! Enjoy!

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    1. Books set in Ireland get me every time!

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  19. It looks like you got some good ones! Like others have also said, I love books set in Ireland!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading them. The Irish setting is a weakness of mine!

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  20. I love the title of your blog :
    The review on Biting through the skin was interesting, I have a personal interest in Indian cooking so will look out for this one.
    Have a great week and Happy Reading.
    My Sunday Post is here

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed Biting Through the Skin so I imagine it would be even better if you had a personal connection!

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    1. Definitely! I could use a few weeks where I don't get any new books but it's so hard to actually let that happen!

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