Sunday, 16 June 2013

Showcase Sunday #27

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

Lots of exciting books this week, mostly because it was my birthday! I haven't had much time to read this week - a combination of birthday celebrations (including a weekend at the beach, where I celebrated with pizza on the beach and Icelandic beer), applying for jobs, preparing for my viva examination, and just generally saying yes to too many things...

But I am looking forward to an unspecified time at which I will be able to read freely again. (!)

From the library

Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Icelandic crime fiction, the first in Sigurðardóttir's series about the detective Thóra Gudmundsdóttir. This book counts towards my 2013 Translation Challenge goal.

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

Another classic, early Marple mystery. After thoroughly enjoying The Murder at the Vicarage, I am giving Miss Marple another chance!

Received as gifts

Be Awesome - Hadley Freeman

Hadley writes for the Guardian, and this book covers lots of topics, from beauty standards and sex to working in an office, being an unannoying vegetarian (!) and dealing with all those married friends. Have dipped into the first couple of chapters and enjoying it so far - reminiscent of Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman, in a way.

The Purity Myth - Jessica Valenti

I have been looking for a copy of this book for ages, and my housemate bought me it for my birthday! The subtitle (if it's unclear in the photo) is "How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women". I first heard about this when Jessica Valenti was still editor of, and I'm looking forward to starting it.

The Hive - Gill Hornby

I saw Gill Hornby being interviewed on the breakfast news a couple of weeks ago, and her book sounds really interesting - it centres of a group of women who know each other from the school gates, and how the hierarchies of their "friendship" develop.

All The Summer Girls - Meg Donohue

My brother sent me this as a gift - I've seen some good reviews, and again it looks at female friendship, focusing on three women who return to the beach they used to visit as children.

Thanks for stopping by - hope everyone has a good weekend!


  1. Happy Birthday! Books are the best present from people! Hope you enjoy these books!

    1. Thank you :) I totally agree, I love receiving books as gifts!

  2. Happy Birthday!! I hope you enjoy all your books. I love the cover for Be Awesome. Happy reading :)

    My SS:

    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to curling up with these books, they all look really interesting. The cover for Be Awesome is pretty cool (and very sparkly!).

  3. Happy belated birthday! And yay for more reading time.

  4. Happy belated birthday! I, like Zoe, also love Be Awesome's cover. Happy reading! :)

  5. Happy Birthday, Kit! Hope you had a lovely day and weekend. These all look super; happy reading :)

  6. Happy, happy birthday!! Your beachy weekend sounds so fun :)

    And I defo want to read Be Awesome - it sounds good and you had me at the vego mention!

  7. Happy belated birthday!!! :) And hope you enjoy Meg's book! I read her debut early last year and absolutely loved it.


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