Sunday, 10 June 2012

Showcase Sunday #1 - Jodi Picoult's 'Between the Lines' and a few quirky classics!

Nude New Look and pink polka dot bow heels

Why yes, I do like shoes with bows.
I also have the beige ones in red...

This week's IMM is the result of a fortnight or so, in my defence. I thought I'd been quite good, and then I realised that it was only because I'd bought so many books I'd had to leave them at The Boy's house because I couldn't actually carry them :)

So. Last week the beautiful weather took us to a lovely little tourist village a short bus ride away from us. And my what a book heaven it is! There are three bookshops and a good few charity shops, so Lewis ended up with grooves cut into his hands from carrying all my books!

Booking in Heels and Musings of a Bookshop Girl
My favourite shop, most obviously, was the one owned by the fabulous Ellie and her Mum! Ellie is one of my absolutely bestest blog friends so, although I did give her a teeny bit of notice that we were coming, we got ridiculously over-excited and remained hyper throughout the day! Let me just say that she's just as friendly and chatty as she seems on her blog and that I can't wait to see her again. Let me also just say that I'm nowhere near that tall, I just happened to be wearing 8 inch wedges :)

And as Ellie owns a bookshop... well, it would have been rude not to dip in! I came away with - 

Book cover of Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette WintersonBook cover of Leviathan by David HoareBook cover of Stephen King's the Dark Tower - Gunslinger

I've been keeping my eye out for a copy of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson for a while now. I've been meaning to read it for a couple of years and it's on my Project Fill in the Gaps list, so I was extra happy to spot it.

I first saw Leviathan years and years ago, but I have absolutely no idea when, where or how! I'd completely forgotten about it, but with my current nautical streak, how could I not? I do want to read Moby Dick before starting it though, as apparently it references it quite a lot.

The Dark Tower series is another of those that I've been meaning to get round to reading. Lewis has read this one already and apparently it's not much of a story without the second one. Well, that's all the excuse I need to buy more books...

I also bought a lovely little notebook shaped like a panda from Ellie's wonderful bookshop. I've been using it as a permanent place to keep my book notes and it's definitely helping me to scribble things down legibly!  

We also had a trundle round the charity shops and ended up with -  

Hardback book cover of The Shoe Queen by Anna DavisBook cover of The Tower Menagerie by Daniel Hahn
Hardback book cover of The White Queen by Philippa GregoryVintage edition book cover of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

 The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis is a book I borrowed from the library months ago, but returned before I'd had a chance to read it. I just couldn't resist the possibility of having a copy of my very own!

I'm really excited about The Tower Menagerie. It's a non-fiction book about the Tower of London and the exotic animals that used to be housed inside its walls. I love the Tower and it's history, but I don't know much about the old zoo.

This is a beautiful edition of The White Queen - it's hardback and shiny with a kind of cut-out cardboard flap. I've been meaning to get this for ages, as I have The Red Queen on my TBR, but I couldn't find one cheap or pretty enough. This was only £1 so I'm pretty chuffed!

Finally, the Vintage edition of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I haven't read The Woman in White yet (but I will, I will!) but this is a perfect copy, with it's pretty red spine unbroken and lovely :)

So that's it for the shopping in Ellie Town! I say 'that's it,' but really seven books is hardly losing out... So. You know where is surprisingly good for books? HMV. I know, right? But they have quite a large selection of classics, modern classics, books of upcoming movies and popular fiction and they're all pretty cheap. Look - 

Book cover of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters and Jane AustenBook cover of Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters
Book cover of Cosmopolis by Don DeLilloBook cover of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 I finished my last unread Austen book this week and I've been feeling pretty bereft. As much as I liked Northanger Abbey, I miss knowing that there are undiscovered novels for me! As an attempt to satisfy my craving, I bought Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Now, I didn't actually like the original book when I read it about seven years ago, but I'm hoping now I've grown up a little I might like it a little more (and you know, sea monsters can't hurt).

I am going to read Anna Karenina before the movie comes out. It's non-negotiable. And as soon as I've finished, I shall read Android Karenina. Don't want to be confused about the absence of robots in the film, after all!

Cosmopolis is a new film due out this week with Robert Pattinson. No, I hadn't heard of it either, but the trailer looks interesting. The book reminds me of a funkier The Great Gatsby somehow, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Ahhh, Lord of the Flies. I've always meant to read this, and I actually finished it yesterday. We really didn't get on until page 85 or so... and wow, I love this book. It's just so atmospheric and believable. My review will be up in a few days, but this was well worth the £4.

And last but not least -  

Book cover of Counselling for Toads by Robert de BoardHardback book cover of Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

 Counselling for Toads by Robert de Board looks wonderful. From what I can tell, it's a psychological examination of Toad from The Wind in the Willows by the other characters. It's been a long time since I've read it, but I'm sure I can remember enough to get by.

The other book is my absolute favourite of the week. Hodder & Stoughton sent it over, and I wasn't all that thrilled when it arrived. It's not Jodi Picoult's usual type of book - instead it's more of a fairytale book, co-written with her teenage daughter. And my God, I love it. I was so apprehensive and apathetic, but it's great. And it looks gorgeous - it's a big gold-coloured hardback with a shiny border *licks*

What books found their way onto your shelves this week?


  1. God, you always buy the best books, I swear! Let's see... Anna Karenina is one of my very favourites, and I'm excited to read The Moonstone cause The Woman in White was so fantastic and yaaaay The Dark Tower! I wouldn't necessarily say that it doesn't make sense without the rest of the books, but I WOULD say don't let it put you off the others cause I read it and was a bit 'meh...' about it, but the rest of the series is AWESOME!

    Ahem. Apologies for the essay. Oh yeah, and one last thing- Awww, you and Ellie! So sweet :)

    1. Totally agree about The Dark Tower. The Gunslinger is a bit odd and I wasn't keen but Im so glad I stuck with the series as it's one of my favourites. The Moonstone's on my list to read this year too.

      Love the pic, but where's the pink hair?! :-)

    2. Hey, I LIKE essays. Much better than 'Nice haul. Visit my blog!'

      Anna Karenina just looks so intimidating! I'm kind if glad there's the film coming out, it might motivate me to get it read.

    3. And Sophia, it was blonde because that's the colour it has to go in between colours. It's going red tomorrow :)

  2. Gosh, I remember reading The Moonstone years ago... Took me right back that did :))) Love your shoes, although I wouldn't be able to walk in them to save my life! Hope you enjoy all your bookish goodies!

  3. Oh, the Dark Tower!!! And the Lord of the Flies!! Can't go wrong with King or the classics. :)

  4. Ahhh THAT In Between the Lines. I was going to request it until I noticed how crazy my review pile had become yet again.
    There are some really pretty covers in there, and I wish I could walk in heels! The pink ones are GORGEOUS.

    1. YOU HAVE TO REQUEST IT. I just finished it, and I pretty much never want to read another book ever again. It's YA, but I LOVE IT MORE THAN LIFE.

      I told you how to walk in heels on Twitter yesterday :)

    2. Even amongst 50+ books? :p

      Yes. But you missed the part where I lose my balance/my foot freaks out and collapses to one side and I sprain my ankle (I'm that bad I manage to do this in flats).

    3. Yes. :)

      I am the clumsiest person IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Once I ended up needing stitches in my head, hand and shoulder just because I tried to get a drinking glass out of a cupboard. If I can walk in heels, you can! :)

  5. Philippa Gregory, such a great writer ^^

    Happy reading!

    I read "Oranges" when I was in 6th form - great book. I've got my eye on Winterson's autobiography, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal" - apparently these books are "twins" of each other, fictionalised and non-fic.
    Also I LOVE THE POLKA-DOT SHOES! So pretty!

  7. FINALLY! I've been dying to know what you bought when you visited Ellie! I've been meaning to start the Gunslinger series too but it's just never jumped around and waved its arms at me when I've been about to dig into a new series...:-s

    Lord of the Flies is a great book! It was my GCSE text, though, so my love for it was a bit dampened in the end. I still have my 15-year-old observations scrawled in my copy and I do keep meaning to get a new clean copy and re-read it as a "grown up" without having to worry about giving a presentation on analogies at the end!

    And OH MY GOD, I want those polka dot heels!! Just gorgeous!

    1. Yes, because god forbid you ASK! It's not like we communicate OFTEN or anything, so it would be WEIRD for you to go 'Hey Hanna, what did you buy from Ellie's shop?'

      I think I'm in a sarcastic mood, sorry...

      I don't think my class would have been mature enough for Lord of the Flies! They'd have just got ideas :/ I did really, really like it, but I can see how analysing it would suck all interest out of it.

  8. You received some wonderful this week! Have fun reading them and I look forward to your reviews!

    Thanks for sharing,

  9. I really, really want to read Between the Lines. I love Jodi Picoult! Her books are the perfect summer reading for me!

  10. Bloomin' eck. While I'm well chuffed that you loved the shop, and even bought books What I Have Got so I can compare notes later... ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT THERE WAS A VINTAGE CLASSICS COPY OF 'THE MOONSTONE' IN TOWN AND I MISSED IT? *sits on the mantlepiece sulking and throwing chocolate buttons down the back of the sofa cushions*

    HMV is well good for books! Anything entertainment or movie related, or just a bit quirky, and they're bound to have it sooner or later. I bought 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' from there for £2.99! Definitely want 'Cosmopolis' at some point if it's a good 'un...

    Okay, you're forgiven now. *Hops off the mantlepiece and carefully places a chocolate button in Hanna's shoe as a present*

    1. Aww, this comment made me laugh. Yay for chocolate buttons! :D

      Well, that's what you get for not accompanying me round my book-buying tour!

      I'm undecided about Cosmopolis so far - basically it's just a man stuck in traffic who has a lot of sex. And while I'm sure that idea will excite a lot of people when linked to Robert Pattinson, it doesn't do it for me!

  11. Such pretty, pretty shoes I especially like the nude ones! Where do you get such beautiful shoes from!? I really liked Between the Lines too, I can't wait to see the pretty finished cover as mines a proof! Hope you enjoy all your new books and yay for bookshop times with Ellie! :)

  12. Yay book bloggers meeting up in the real world!! Wish I could have been there. White Queen - good choice to get it before you read Red Queen - but you should make sure you read Lady of the Rivers first (I don't know if you have).


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