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I have had an awesome week bookwise this week!!

Arrived in the post

The Other Countess and The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards (UK finished copies)
 I haven't heard a lot about these books but I can tell you they are set in the Tudor period and they look fab. They are a series - the first was out in July and the second out in early February (and a third later in the year). I am looking forward to reading them soon.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (UK paperback)
I have read Anna's Bright Young Things and have heard people rave about this series - this came up on Read it Swap it this week and I managed to swap it. Looking forward to it.

Life as we knew it by Susan Pfeffer (UK paperback)
My lovely blogging friend Clover offered me her copy of this - I put it back on my wishlist a while back when I was on Dystopian Kick. I did notice after a flick through it is written in a diary format which I usually love.

Matched by Ally Condie
I managed to pick up a finished copy of this on readitswapit as I only had the proof. Fab book which I'd definately recommend.

Random House Children's Books Blogger Bunch

I spent yesterday yesterday in London attending the Random House Children's Books Blogger Bunch. It was amazing meeting the Random House Publicity team and all the other Bloggers who were there!! I will update you with details of the entire fab event later in the week but I wanted to show off my pretties today!

From Goody Bag

These are the books we got in our goody bags when we arrived! As well as these lovely books we got a mug, some postcardy swag and a lovely tote to keep them in.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (UK Proof)
This book is out in April and is described as being a mix between CS Lewis, JK Rowling and Philip Pullman. I've linked to the Goodreads Synopsis for you to check it out. The buzz from the Random House girlies is that it is going to be huge. I also got a notebook (the plain green one in the picture) to go with the copy of the book!

The Kissing Game by Aidan Chambers (proof copy)
This is a collection of short stories based on a variety of experiences teenagers go through. The girlies said the last one is quite dark - looking forward to dipping into it.

In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (UK Proof)
This book is the true story of a young boy who escaped from Afghanistan and follows his journey from there to Italy. We were told while it's quite horrific in places and quite an eye opener it really is quite uplifting in its message.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough (Bound Manuscript)
This is the book out of the ones I got this week I am most excited about. I dipped into a bit of it whilst on the train home and it was awesome - I have been told to read it during the day and with all windows shut as it is apparently really scary! I'm not sure when it is out but I think it is in April or the summer.

Office shelves raid!!

After were heard about all the lovely new books we were allowed up to the offices of the publicity team who let us raid their shelves and take home whatever we liked!! This is what I picked up.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (UK hardback)
I read this ages ago but never had my own copy. I doubt it needs much introduction.

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (UK paperback)
I haven't yet read this series but I have been meaning to for ages! Maybe this will give me the kick I need to get started.

You against me by Jenny Downham (UK paperback)
I am so excited to get started on this one!! I loved before I die and I told that this one is just as good if not better!!

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper (UK hardback)
Another author I have been meaning to read for ages - This one looks particularly good!

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson (UK paperback)
Another one I always meant to read but never got round to.

Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (UK proof)
I loved The Book Thief and I've always meant to pick this one up. Looks fab!!

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (UK paperback)
This book sounds really sweet and looks like a good one for school once I'm done with it.

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (UK hardback)
I've heard really mixed reviews about this book and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I make of it!

Beauty by Robin McKinley (UK paperback)
I love Disney's beauty and the beast, hated the freaky 80's live action version. Not sure what I'll make of this but I am reliably informed it is awesome!!

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig (UK paperback)
Another one I picked up for school which I am very excited about!!


The lovely Caroline at Portrait of a Woman bought me this lovely book. It is the waterstone's special gold sparkly edition and it is gorgeous and best of all Karen Mahoney was there herself and signed my copy for me!

A huge thank you to the random house team - I had a fantastic day and can't wait to get reading all your fab titles!


basma aal said…
WOW~ Have fun reading.
A.J. said…
I loved You Against Me! :)
Can't wait to read The Iron Witch. Love what they did to the UK edition.
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Vicki said…
I Really enjoyed The Other Countess...such a sweet story! Life As We Knew It is awesome...very scary though in an OMG what if that actually happened kinda way! Glad you had a great day at RH :)
I got Matched and Life as we Knew it last week. Enjoy all your books!

Happy Reading!
Amelia said…
Hey! Hope you enjoy MATCHED - I just started it today. Have an awesome week!
Amazing haul, Kirsty, as always! There are a couple of titles in there, such as Life As We Knew It, that I've been wanting to buy for a while now.

I hope you enjoy them!
I love The Other Countess- it made my top ten last year! I can't wait for the release of The Queen's Lady but there's not long left now fortunately. Mary Hooper is one of my favourite authors and although Newes Of The Dead is not one of my favourites of hers because the tone is slightly darker, it's still a really good read. I'm looking forward to your post about the Random House blogger's meet up :)
Daisy said…
So many pretty books! The only one of these I've read is Brisingr, I really liked the other books in the series as well, hope you enjoy!
Great book week. Lovely to meet you in person :D
Aisle B said…
I definitely like the finished cover of Emerald Atlas.

Girl what a whopping amount of books! Very very envious of the haul and excuse me while I head back to gawking again.

Claire (Cem) said…
Really awesome haul of books!! Pretty jealous of all you who went to the RHCB brunch, especially with all those awesome books you got to bring home! ;)

Happy reading!
Dwayne said…
Office shelves raid! Giggles:)

Lovely books - life as we know it looks fab actually! Have a fun reading week :D Lucky you got the Iron With with the gold edges - didn't know there was one until everyone in the meet told me. lol

PS. It was wonderful meeting you yesterday!
Wow, wow and wow!! You got some fabulous books this week. Sounds like the visit to Random House was amazing. I think I would have died and gone to heaven if they'd said I could raid their shelves ;)
Anonymous said…
Oh wow, and I thought I'd done well this week! What a lovely stash you have there :D
Yiota said…
Wow and wow!
I will stop visiting your Mailbox! I want your books!

My In My Mailbox
iffath said…
Eek! SO jealous of your books this week Kirsty!! You Against Me and Half Brother have such gorgeous covers..LOL. AND LONG LANKIN! YOU HAVE IT!!

*faints with all the envy* :))
serendipity_viv said…
I hope you like Life As We Know It. It is one of the best YA books I have ever read. Matched made me feel claustraphobic. It must have been like Christmas yesterday.

Just to confuse you, I have been talking to you on Twitter as serendipidy101. I may need to change my ID on my blogger!
Naj said…
Woah! Awesome Book haul! Happy Reading!

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Anonymous said…
Awesome haul this week! You Against Me has been on my list forever...don't think my library will be getting it, so I'll have to purchase. Enjoy everything!
Anonymous said…
You got a lot of books! I agree - Matched was a great read. I've been wanting to read The Luxe. I have it on my Kindle, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Enjoy your books :)

My IMM post this week.
Beth S. said…
Wow! You got a lot of amazing books! I LOVED Half Brother. It was my favorite read of 2010.
Those all look like ahmazing books! I want to read most of them. Don't think I've read any of them... except Brisignr. Loved that one :)

My IMM post is here

Happy Reading,
Zakiya LadyWings
Elodie said…
I've also got Matched and I'm currently reading it, it's good so far !! =) Enjoy all your books
Alyssa said…
I just got Matched in the mail & I can't wait to read it! I saw the movie for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and bawled my eyes out, but I haven't read the book yet.

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HBookers said…
totally jealous of your haul!!! lol

Happy Sunday!

Krystal said…
Such a great haul this week! So many great sounding books! I want to read Matched, but I haven't yet!
Happy Reading!
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Lauren said…
I got the Mary Hooper one at RHCB too - it sounds fascinating.

Great to meet you yesterday, by the way!
Lovely books this week - I'm going to have to buy Matched soon I think and The Iron Witch is high on my to buy list.

Happy Reading :D
Jenny said…
Amazing mailbox this week! I need to pick up a copy of The Iron Witch. I can't wait to see what you think of all of these. Happy reading!
Candy Gourlay said…
hey kirsty - thanks for the mention of my book - just curious: the title of tall story looks very shiny ... is it just the flash of your camera or has my paperback acquired some kind of foil effect on the title?

thanks again,

Candy Gourlay said…
And may i add, Hitler's Canary ... superb little book!
prophecygirl said…
Awesome week! I can't wait to read The Emerald Atlas. Glad you had fun at RHCB :)
If you like Dystopians, you'll definitely like Matched. I loved it, and I'm not usually a dystopian fan!
Rebecca said…
Great books you got this week. The Luxe is a really good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.
I got the Luxe, too! I love all the British covers and am jel of You Against Me.

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Julie said…
What an awesome book week for you! Matched! The Emerald Atlas (your green notebook looks like my US galley)! Paolini (you'll LOVE!)... The Iron Witch, autographed even! Woot! Enjoy all of the lovely reads!
Matched and Life as we knew it, i really need to read. Beauty and you against me look really good, i'll have to check them out. :)

Hope you enjoy all the great books!

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You Against Me is great! =)
Life as we know it is a great cover. Enjoy your books
Esther Shaindel said…
Matched is amazing. I read it a few weeks ago, and I really loved it. I've read Life As We Knew It a few times, and I really really liked it. Happy reading!

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BLHmistress said…
Wow you did have a great IMM this week The Tudor ones sound fabulous might have to check them out.

OH MY GOD what an incredible bunch of books. (Hope you love Life As We Knew It!)

I so wish that I was able to go and meet you and everyone else. But now that I see how many great books everyone came home with, I'm also really jealous that you got to raid their library. You Against Me is fabulous!

But Half Brother! Tall Story! I absolutely adored Fighting Ruben Wolfe! Never read The Book Thief but Markus Zusak is incredible.

Also, Long Lankin sounds like it'd be really good as well :) Emerald Atlas and Kissing Games sounds fun and In the Sea there are Crocodiles sounds like one I'd enjoy.

AHH. Happy reading to you :)