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Queen of Shadows Release Day Blitz

September 1, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Current Giveaways

Today is the release day of the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, QUEEN OF SHADOWS, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’ve started reading it and I’m loving it so far! So rather than my usual Tuesday post today I’m celebrating Queen of Shadows!

I’m delighted to be able to share with you the first 5 chapters of Queen of Shadows, as well as an awesome giveaway (US only). Please note that the giveaway is being hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Oh, and if, like me, you are in the UK, this is the cover you should be looking for on the shelves of your local bookshop.
If you aren’t familiar with this series yet then be sure to check out all the info below. So without further ago, on to the Blitz…

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The book:
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656
Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram| Goodreads
Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.
Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

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Where To Find Signed Copies Online

August 29, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Gifts

Being housebound, I don’t get to any author events or book signings. Like many bookworms though I like to get my paws on signed copies of books by my favourite authors. So today I thought I’d share with you the places I check regularly online for new signed copies.

These are all UK based stores, but they might ship internationally – you’d have to check each site. Oh and, as always, there are no affiliate links in this post.

First things first, Tuesday will see the publication of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. If you want to get your hands on a signed copy (I believe it’s a signed bookplate) then check out Forbidden Planet. They have a limited number available but as far as I can see there are still some left.

Oh and Forbidden Planet still have signed copies of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas available too!

If you’re a fan of V.E. Schwab you can find limited stock of her books at Transreal Fiction. I believe they also stock signed books from other authors, some of which can be personalised.

The sites that I tend to check most regularly are:


(direct link to signed copies)

Right now their signed copies include The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.



(direct link to signed copies)

Currently their signed editions include Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.


Goldsboro Books

Goldboro have an amazing range of signed copies. In fact they often have exclusive signed editions. You can pre-order from them too.

Among their huge range of signed editions is Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – I’ve read amazing reviews of this book!


So there you have it – the websites I frequent to get my mitts on signed copies of my favourite authors. I don’t just buy them for myself though, signed copies makes awesome gifts for the bookworms in my life.


Do you have any more websites to add to my list?  

Free Audible Download – The Jungle Book

August 27, 2015 in Bookish Posts

Just a quick post today to let you know that The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories is currently FREE on Audible!

I recently posted about my current obsession with Audible’s Daily Deals, well this is possibly the best deal of the lot! This version is read by numerous narrators including Richard E. Grant and Bill Bailey. What’s more, for every copy downloaded Audible will donate 25p to help ZSL build a future for wildlife.

You don’t have to be an Audible subscriber to get this download, and it will be free until 8th September.

EDIT – This doesn’t seem to be available in the US (see comments).


As always, there are no affiliate links or anything here, we just wanted to share this with you!

Top Ten Tuesday #29: Non-Fiction 101

August 25, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

Top 10 Tuesday Strupag

This week the topic is…

  10 Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught… Non-Fiction 101

It took me a wee while to decide what to do this week. In the end I’ve opted for some non-fiction books that I highly recommend. It isn’t exactly a great fit to the theme this week (*crowbars*) but I wanted to share some great titles with you. There’s a mix in here from biographies to popular science. I love fiction but I also enjoy a good non-fiction book too. So here we go…

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Last Chance To See


Back in 1989 Douglas Adams and his friend Mark Carwardine travelled the world looking for species on the verge of extinction. Last Chance To See is the book they wrote to accompany a radio series all about their travels. This book is fascinating and also rather sad, not least because Douglas Adams himself is no longer with us, but because it looks at animals that most of us will never see, species that are holding onto existence by a thread. In 2009 Adams’ friend Stephen Fry joined Mark Carwardine in a BBC TV series (with accompanying book) replicating the travels of 20 years previously and seeing whether the species encountered by Adams still exist.



magic of reality


I’m not a huge fan of Richard Dawkins, however I do have two of his books on my list this week quite simply because they are fascinating. (I tend to ignore his opinions & focus upon the facts). The Magic of Reality is a look at the things our ancestors categorised as “magic” and how we can now explain this “magic” using science. It’s an accessible read that’s really very interesting.



the greatest show on earth


This is one of the most accessible books about evolution I’ve read so far. It’s easy to read and to understand.



call of the wild


I picked up this book because Guy Grieve lives on my home island. In fact, while he was away his Mum used to pop into the shop I worked in to get his frequent updates from the Scotsman (he submitted articles to them while he was away) photocopied. So, I must admit I was really intrigued to read his book. I found it fascinating, the story of how an ordinary guy lived alone in the remote wilds of Alaska. I actually really want to read this again, it’s been a while!



A Hundred & one days


Seierstad is a journalist. From January 2003 – April 2003 she was reporting from Baghdad. She was in the city before, during and after the attacks by allied forces. Seierstad shares her experience, the things the media didn’t tell you about and the people she met along the way. Honestly, this is an eye-opening read.


6Anne Frank

This is a book that needs no introduction. It’s also a book that everyone should read, at least once.



A Life In Pieces


I mentioned A Life In Pieces recently. This is the true story of a woman, Karen, who has Multiple Personality Disorder. It’s written by her psychiatrist who encountered 17 individual personalities living inside Karen. It’s an interesting and educational read.


8Lucky Man

I wasn’t particularly a fan of Michael J. Fox when my husband passed me this book and told me to read it. It didn’t really matter, this memoir is a book that I definitely recommend. Fox tells the story of his life with Parkinson’s Disease, his coming to terms with his illness, as well as his determination to find a cure for the disease. Inspirational.




Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal-


From Goodreads, “In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette’s version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.

This book is that story’s silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.

I recently listened to this on audiobook, read by Winterson herself. It broke my heart and further opened my mind.



How To Be A Woman


Whether you are a fan of Caitlin Moran, a female or just plain curious then I recommend this book. It’s autobiographical with some great rants thrown in too (I do love a good rant).


What are your favourite non-fiction books?

What did you choose for your TTT this week?

Gift Wrap for Books

August 22, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Gifts

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this…I love to give books as gifts! I put a lot of thought into what books my friends and family would like, and genuinely can’t wait to hear their thoughts upon reading them.

The thing is though, when you give someone a book as a gift, they know it’s a book. Obviously they don’t know which particular book it is but by the feel, size, look etc is clearly a book. So why try to hide that fact? I recently came across a company who have designed gift wrap especially for books! You’re giving a book to a fellow booklover, why shouldn’t the wrapping have a literary theme?

Victoriana (L) and Who Said That? (R)

Victoriana (L) and Who Said That? (R)

That Company Called If were kind enough to send me a couple of samples of their wrap and honestly I’m really impressed.

If, like me, you hate the process of laying out wrapping paper and cutting it to size, then inevitably needing to either redo it, or create an artistic patchwork-type wrap (yeup, I’ve done that), then this product is definitely for you. It’s cut to size and designed “to fit the most popular paperback and hardback book sizes”. No more squinty-edged patchwork wrapping for my loved ones!

Then there’s the fact that the actual papers themselves are stunning! There are 12 different reading themed designs (you can see them here) and they look fab!

I was kindly sent samples of their Victoriana and Who Said That? designs. I have to say that I kind of don’t want to use them for wrap, I want to frame them for my study! They are beautiful, and great quality too.

Who Said That?

Who Said That?


Another random fact about me is that I’m a wrapping paper snob… I hate thin, rubbish wrapping paper. I’m also one of those people that saves nice wrapping paper. I just think if you go to the expense of buying a gift for someone, the wrapping paper shouldn’t be hanging off it, ripped and burst when you give it to them. Suffice to say this wrap lives up to my expectations!

Being the correct size and of good quality, this paper is really straight forward to use. We tested it out with one my larger hardbacks…



… it worked really well!

At the moment this wrap is only available through independent retailers in the UK but I’ve been advised that if you want to find your nearest stockist you should drop an email to customer services and they’ll help you out.

I’m going to do that myself and find out where I can get some more of this wrap. I can’t wait to wrap up bookish gifts with it!

 That Company Called If kindly sent me two samples of this wrapping paper for consideration. I loved it so I’m sharing it with you.