Sunday, 7 April 2013

Showcase Sunday - Return to the Library!

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky and Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Hi everyone! I have been a little bit absent in the last few weeks, but yesterday I finally handed in my thesis (!!!) and now I have some time to actually devote to relaxing... which involves a lot of reading! It might also involve some Nintendo... and eating this cake, which I made yesterday:

Unpretty (but very tasty!)
I got out all the ingredients and then realised I hadn't got any eggs, so the sponge cake itself is made to a  vegan recipe (no butter, just oil), but there is butter icing in the middle, so it's not actually a vegan cake. It is, however, the spongiest cake I have ever made. Normally when I make chocolate cake it turns out kind of dry, but this one is super tasty and I will probably stick to this recipe in the future.

Anyway... moving on from cake, and on to books.

From the library:

Agatha Christie - The Moving Finger
Poison pen letters in a sleepy village - and a late appearance from Miss Marple.

Camilla Läckberg - The Hidden Child
Swedish crime thriller - I read The Ice Princess a few years ago, and am hoping for another good mystery! This will also count towards my Translation Challenge.

Simone Elkeles - How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Impulse pick up, based on the fact that I have never read a YA novel set in Israel before.

Louise Rennison - Luuurve is a Many Trousered Thing
I read ...And Then It Fell Off In My Hand recently, and this is one of the latest volumes of Georgia's adventures.

Jo Brand - It's Different for Girls
I am a big fan of Jo Brand's comedy, and this is a story about growing up as teenagers in the 1970s, in Hastings.

Terry Pratchett - A Hat Full of Sky
Another Discworld story involving Tiffany Aching, who was the protagonist of The Wee Free Men, which I read last year.

Via Netgalley:

Nicole Hayes - The Whole of My World
Love this cover! Thanks to Random House Australia for my copy.

Mark Goldblatt - Twerp
A kids' novel that I wasn't sure whether or not I would read, but Celine from Nyx Book Reviews did a great review on Goodreads so I'm going to give it a go!

Ally Carter - Double Crossed
A crossover between the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society worlds.

Free Kindle download:

L. Frank Baum - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Recent reviews:

Katie McGarry - Pushing the Limits - 3/10 (So. Many. Issues.)

I have a review of Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil coming up this week (preview: GO READ IT), and a weekend of uninterrupted reading to look forward to - have a good one!


  1. Congratulations on handing in your thesis! And I absolutely love baking, so glad you found time to make a cake :D

    Great haul :) You have some really interesting books and I really hope you enjoy them all :)

    Happy reading!

    Megan xxxx

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

  2. Great haul, so many good books. I love Agatha Christie, I'm slowly making my way through the Poirot series. Twerp looks cool as well. And I have to get started on Pratchett's books, I read one I think and quite liked it.

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Hurray! Congratulations on handing in your thesis! :) I know how amazing it feels, I submitted mine this time last week. Hope you manage to catch up on reading in the next few weeks.

    The Moving Finger is actually one of Christie's books I didn't really enjoy but hope you like it more than I did. The Whole of My World looks great too, I'll need to check it out on Goodreads.

    Have a great weekend :)

  4. Haha, I love Georgia! Those books are hilarious :D Congrats on handling your thesis.

    Happy reading!
    Showcase -Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  5. I love the Georgia Nicholson series! They're hilarious! How to Ruin a Summer Vacation sounds really good! Enjoy your books :)

  6. Wow, tons of books that I haven't heard of! How to Ruin a Summer Vacation sounds good though. Happy reading!

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  7. Wow looks like a lot of awesome books! I actually haven't heard of many of these, so I'll have to check them out! Happy reading!

  8. Ally Carter books always get such good reviews but I have yet to read any of them, I didn't know that there was one on NG right now! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That cake looks amazing!! I've already read Double-Crossed, it was a really quick and fun read. I love how the two worlds were blended together! I need to read more Agatha Christie books too. The only one I've read is And Then There Were None, and I really enjoyed it, so I'll definitely be reading more of her back catalog soon. Happy reading!

  10. I've just started baking with oil instead of butter and I prefer it! My tastebuds believe it tastes better :) Lovely haul.

  11. Kit that cake looks so yummy! You received a brilliant set of books! I can't wait to start How to ruin a summer vacation! I'm glad you have more time now to tackle this fantastic pile! Enjoy! :)

  12. Love the look of the cake - and the fact that you worked with what you had - no eggs necessary :-) And a YA book based in Israel - added that to my reading list!

  13. Oh yum, what a cake! And yay for it being almost vegan ;)

    I LOVE the cover of The Whole of My World.. is it YA? The Goodreads synopsis doesn't give much away. I might request it anyway ;)


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