Stock-up Sunday-14/06

stock up sunday

Stock up Sunday is a weekly post where I showcase the books I have added to my eclectic bookshelf that week! Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This weeks is pretty big as I have been travelling the world recently and picked up lots of books, but had no internet (and then no computer) to update my blog! So lots of updates coming this way!


The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman

The Curvy Girls Club

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe vs Alex Woods

Sweet Temptation by Lucy Diamond

Sweet Temptation

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I bought this book in the airport on my way to Cork and read it on the plane, and it is amazing! I think writers who can write in an accent successfully are so talented!

Paper Towns by John Green

papaer towns

The film coming out later this year might have had something to do with this book buy…

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

darker shade of magic

Excited to try this after loving Vicious by the same author.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange

My sister Katrina (who blogs over at lent me this book and I am so glad she did as I really want to read it but I am on a bit of a book ban at the moment. I have so many books to read I haven’t allowed myself to buy any more, but it doesn’t count if it is borrowed, right?

Foreign Affairs and Other Stories by Sean O’Faolain

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

woman into doors

Stephen Hero by James Joyce

The Literary Writings of Patrick Pearse Edited by Seamas ‘O Buachalla

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

paddy clarke ha ha ha

These were all lent to me by my godmother Mary who decided I couldn’t go to University College Cork without reading some classic Irish literature!


Ulysses by James Joyce

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Metaphysical Poets Edited by Helen Gardner

The Metaphysical Poets

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

These books were all given to me by my mother who found them in a bookshop in Clevedon near Bristol. (

You Are Welcome to Wales by Phil Knight

Phil Knight is a member of my Writers Group in Neath and this is his new collection of poems, which was given to me to read by Phil! I have heard a few of them being read at the writers group and I am really excited to read the rest. Also, the cover is so amazing! I can’t wait to post a review!



I am trying to find a writers magazine to subscribe to. I have picked up Writers Forum and Writing Magazine. If anyone out there knows about these sorts of things and wouldn’t mind nudging me in the direction of a good writing magazine, or thinks one of the two I have picked up is the best, comments would be much appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by! Link me up to your Stacking the Shelves posts!

Much booky love,
E. St. C

BOOK HAUL: March 31st 2015

Book Haul

I have been bad again! Bah, when you see these books, you will understand!


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine

Warm Bodies

warm bodies

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

The Poet’s Manual and Rhyming Dictionary by Frances Stillman

The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

ode less travelled

Writing Poems by Peter Sansom

From the Library

The Discworld Graphic Novels

Discworld Graphic Novels

Dune by Frank Herbert


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

From Friends

Cider with Roadies by Stuart Maconey

cider with roadies

I borrowed this one from my Dad. Thanks Dad!

Coastliners by Joanne Harris


My brother in law’s parents lent me this book. Thanks Glyn and Stef!

ARCs and eGalleys

Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

Thirteen Days of Midnight

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father’s ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they’re more than happy to take his son. It isn’t fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.

Expected publication: July 2nd 2015 by Orchard Books

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn Magic

There Be Monsters Here. . .
    It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
    I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
   But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. .

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Kensington Books

Thanks NetGalley and the Publishers for these ARCs!

So, link me up to your Book Hauls and I will come and check them out! Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to read any of them? Comment below!

I am off to do some reading now!

Booky love,
E. St. C




Book Haul March 1st

Yay! Second hand books! I went to visit my grandparents this week in Clevedon and there is a lovely community bookshop there that sells most of its fiction for £2 a book. My mum treated me to five, so I am having to expand my TBR shelves yet again!

Second hand Goodies

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I read this book about five years ago and really wanted to read it again when I saw the film recently starring Dakota Fanning but it was missing, so I was pleased to see it second hand.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

shadow of the wind

This is a book my Mum recommended to me. I read the back cover and I am intrigued! Here is the description from Goodreads

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

This book was originally published in Spanish so I am really pleased as it will count towards my 2015 reading challenge.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

By the same author as the book above, my Mum actually bought this book but I look forward to reading it when she is done!

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil


Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid’s opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own tide. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium.

Okay, I have to admit, I picked this book up because of its cover. I then saw it had been longlisted for the man booker prize in 2012. I read the inside cover. I read the prologue. When I reached chapter two I realised I probably ought to buy it. I am so looking forward to starting chapter two! It has moved right to the top of my TBR pile!

Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes


I hear this book is like Marmite, you love it or you hate it. The storyline has really appealed to me though. I read the first page and the writing was beautiful. So I really hope I will love it.

I was also recommended a book by my Dad by an author who I have never read anything by, much to my shame! Tony Parsons’ Man and Boy is a book my dad really enjoyed so I am determined to try this soon.

Books that arrived in the post

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Yeh, I know, I should have read this years ago! Neil Gaiman is fantasy staple and I am a bit embarrassed I have never read Neverwhere, but I now own it, so one step closer!

Us by David Nicholls


I loved One Day. I loved the Understudy. I loved Starter for Ten. So I knew I needed to read Us. I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, because, to be honest, I really can’t afford to keep buying hardbacks. However, this week, David Nicholls is speaking at Bath literature Festival and I have the best sister in the world who bought me tickets, so I had to buy Us and read it. This is the back cover description.

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’
‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?

Does anyone else get the feeling this is going to be another tear jerker?


Soulless by Gail Carriger (Author), Rem(Illustrator). (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)


This is the first time I have ever read the manga based on a book before the original book. I hope this makes me want to read these books! The drawings are really beautiful from the little I have seen and the concept sounds really interesting. This was recommended to me by Goodreads as I enjoyed the Infernal Devices manga.

Deadly Class by Rick Remender (Writer), Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator) 

Deadly class

This description!

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.

Eep! I am very excited to get into this! It sounds like a world I can lose myself in!

That’s all folks!

Link me to your book hauls!

Much Booky Love,



Book Haul: 20/02

Wow, so this is probably going to be the last book haul in a little while, as I probably shouldn’t even have bought these books, but I was kind of having a bad week last week so I went a little crazy!! Oops!

Anyway, here you go!

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell

Notes from Teenage Underground
I bought this after thoroughly enjoying Girl Defective by the same author!

The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

The shadowhunters codex

The Bane Chronicles (finally!) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Bane Chronicles
I have been meaning to get this for so long I am really glad I bought it now. I am hoping this lives up to expectations as I LOVE Magnus Bane (from the mortal instruments/infernal devices in case you didn’t know!)!

Finally some graphic novels/manga I am super excited about! (I included the amazon links so you can go check them out!)

Clockwork Princess: The Mortal Instruments Prequel: Volume 3 of The Infernal Devices Manga

Clockwork princess

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels )

frostbite graphic novel


That’s all folks! Have any of you had any book hauls recently? Or a bad week? Or read any of these books? I am also really getting into manga and graphic novels recently…thinking I should start reviewing these too…what do you think?

Booky Love
E. St. C

Book Haul: 09/02

I was having a particularly bad day, so I bought books. I do this a lot when I am having a bad day. I am not sure why, but I think that maybe somewhere inside that book might be a phrase that will help me out of my funk.

The Book of You by Claire Kendal

The Book of You

Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry


The Beggar and the Hare by Tuomas Kyrö

Beggar and hare

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.

Elizabeth is Missing

I am especially excited about this last book as it is about a woman with dementia, written from her point of view. I have been caring for my grandmother who has dementia in the last year, and I have started writing a short novel based on some of my experiences. I think this novel is a very unique take on the story and the illness.

Book Haul! 29/01

I love this time of year! Cold crisp mornings, long rides on my horse followed by cosy evenings in by the fire with a good book! And I had the most exciting packages arrive this week!

Amazon box
The most exciting boxes to ever arrive out of nowhere!

I went a bit overboard on the books this week, and spent a lot of Christmas money. However, I am sure it is money well spent, as I cannot wait to get stuck in to these books, hopefully my reading slump is soon to be over!


Cress by Marissa Meyer

I absolutely love this cover, look at that hair!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Blue Book By A.L. Kennedy

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

London Fields by Martin Amis

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) by Deborah Harkness. I absolutely loved the first two in this series, but I was trying to wait for this to come out in paperback. However, I reached a stage of such desperation, I thought I would use my Christmas money! 

Girl Defective by Simone Howell. I read the first three chapters on Pulseit as an extended excerpt, and I loved it so much I new I would have to buy it! 

Girl Defective
I love how this book cover is like a vinyl case, it is just perfect for this book.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters


Broken by Dean Murray

And a preorder arrived today…Fake (The Scarab Beetle Series) by C.L. Stone on my Kindle

fake cl stone
I am so excited to read this, sleep might be an optional tonight!


I also ordered a new creative writing book called Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan.

Back to Creative Writing School