My Weekly Recap: 18/04/15

It's nice to finally be back to blogging after taking so long off, even though I didn't manage to get anything scheduled like I'd originally hoped. This is going to be a rather big catch up on everything I have been up to since my break.

I started my new job as a library supervisor, that's right... I am in charge of other human beings. It's been rather hard going from my old job to this one, just because I'm going in knowing nothing about their systems and everything. It sucks going from being one of the most knowledgeable people somewhere to having to constantly ask how to do everything. But I'm really enjoying it and it helps that all the people there are wonderful, wickedly smart and welcoming.

I went to a wonderful event at Waterstones Piccadilly where I got to meet David Levithan, Sally Green and Jennifer Niven. It  was such a nice event and all three authors were absolutely lovely. I had been beyond excited to meet Niven because I adored All the Bright Places and she had seemed like such a lovely person in all the correspondence we'd had online. She was as nice as I'd imagined, as well as being beyond beautiful. Sally Green was an author whose first book I'd owned for ages but never read, but did before going to the event. I became obsessed and Half Bad and Half Wild are two of my top reads of the year so far. David Levithan was absolutely hilarious, especially when he performed scenes from his musical book and actually sung for us all. Genius! I got to get lots of pretty books signed too.

Then I had a lovely day in London last Sunday to go meet Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. It was an event organised by them, through Jodi's publishers Harper. They are visiting Europe for two weeks and wanted a very informal meet with readers. It was in an adorable coffee shop and I took my best friend along with me. They were all hilarious, incredibly friendly, down to earth and so enthusiastic about their books and the book they are working on together. IT SOUNDS AMAZING! It's called The Lady Jane and you want that book on your TBR. I'll be doing a proper feature on it soon because I am beyond excited for it. There was only my friend, myself, two other readers, the three authors and the publicist. It was very relaxed and such a fun afternoon of just drinking, chatting and discussing books. Not only did I get given a beautiful tote bag filled with books, but the publicist also settled our bill before she left... Neither of which I was expecting but was so grateful for. Such a fun day!

And I am even more excited because when this goes up no the blog I should be at or on my way to the Hot Key Books blogger event! Where I will get to meet lots of other wonderful bloggers, but I will also get to meet some Hot Key authors like James Dawson, hear about what Hot Key has coming this year and get a lovely goodie bag. I have had a very book event filled few weeks and I am loving every minute of it!

I also read The Duff, which I really enjoyed even though it was nothing like what I was expecting. Reading the book made me realise that I still really wanted to see the movie but it was going to be nothing like the book. I was right, but thankfully I still absolutely loved the movie. It's very different but both were amazing and I loved both. Highly recommend both to you all!

Now I have far too many books to show in this haul.... OOOPS! But it's been a few weeks so they have slowly started to pile up. Bear with me!

I'm linking up with Tynga's Stacking the Shelves and the Caffeinated Book Reviewers The Sunday Post.

Half Wild x2 by Sally Green
All the Bright Places x2 by Jennifer Niven
Hold Me Closer by David Levithan
Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

These are the books I bought for the event at Piccadilly. I already owned copies of Half Wild and All the Bright Places, but both were ARCs and I wanted finished copies. I bought both a hardback and paperback finished copy of Half Wild because I have the same, both signed, but Sally Green. Plus I wanted to get a copy of All the Bright Places signed for my sister for her birthday. All these pretties are now SIGNED!

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

I got this for the author event and had it signed whilst I was there. Brodi gets extra points for being willing to drink Prosecco with me at 2 in the afternoon.

Sway by Kat Spears
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Shadows by Paula Weston
The Diviners by Libba Bray

I saved this graphic with the wrong cover... but oh well!!!

The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durant

Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney 

This is the first two books in the series in one book and I won it in a Goodreads giveaway!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Challenger Deep x2 by Neal Shusterman
Deadfall x2 by Anna Carey
Until the Beginning by Amy Plum
Tiny Pretty Things by Charaipotra Clayton

So many amazing books and I am very exciting to read them all. Except Deadfall because I haven't read book one yet!

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Dark Light by Julia Bell
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
The Memory Hit by Carla Spradbery

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  1. Awesome haul. It sounds like you're having a wonderfully bookish time at the moment! So pleased for you. I hope you have a great time at Hot Key! My haul!

  2. Looks like and exciting week! And lots of great books - I really enjoyed The Silkworm and I can't wait to get my hands on All the Bright Places

  3. Amazing Haul!!! And such great events you've been to! #jealous. It's great to see you back :) and don't worry about the new job, everyone is the newbie at some stage, you'll be up to speed in no time R x

    1. I know, I have been having so much fun at them all and can't wait to book more in.

  4. OOh nice! I've been seeing Cynthia's pictures of the UK on Instagram! Awesome that you got to meet so many authors this week! That always brightens up the week!

    And wow what a haul!! Lots of great reads! I wouldn't know where to start!

    And congrats on starting the job! I'd love to work in a library, but despite applying for them, I can't seem to get an interview. Le sigh....

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. That is quite a book haul-well done! It sounds like you had a pretty good week as well. I'm not a fan of crime novels but I'm curious to see what JK Rowling does with the genre. Enjoy your books!

    1. I am really curious, really need to hurry up and get to those.

  6. You had a wonderful weekend it seems. I love meeting authors and getting them to sign books. All the books look amazing. I hope you have a lovely week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. I know, I've had such a wonderful few weeks and can't wait to go to more bookish events.

  7. I really love the Robert Galbraith books. They are some of my new favorites in the mystery genre.

    Tsuki’s STS

  8.! Amazing haul!! And you got to meet so many awesome authors! You sure are lucky! I really want to read The Stars Never Rise and Nowhere But Here. Have a great weekend and good luck with the new job!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My StS

  9. That is so awesome that you got to go to all of those book events and meet authors! I've only met one author (Jodi Picoult) but it was such an amazing experience. I really hope you enjoy all of your books this week, I can't wait for Everything Everything!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I loved all the events and am going to be making sure I go to tons more from now on.

  10. Whoa, that is a lot of books. And I'm jealous about you meeting David Levithan!

    My STS.

  11. It seems so cool that you were able to go to all of these events! I would love to meet more authors but sadly I am not in the country for it :( So you have to have double the amount of fun for me now as well. I look forward to hearing what the Hot Key blogger event is like!

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog <3

    My heart and other black holes is a book on my TBR that I really want to try, so I am curious to know what you think of it! And it must be super satisfying to have all those books signed :3 Tiny Pretty Things is a book I also have and cannot WAIT to read because it looks so... pretty :D

    1. The Hot Key event was amazing, I plan to do a post on it very soon. I had so much fun and look forward to going to a lot more author events in the future.

  12. Very exciting about the new job and getting to do meet authors, how cool is that?

  13. Great Haul!
    Hope you enjoy them.

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  14. OMG what an amazing haul! Enjoy!!

    Come and check out OUaT's STS!

    Leydy @ OUaT

  15. I'm soo ridiculously curious to know what you think of Everything, Everything. That book is INSANE, but interesting, but ahhhh I'm so torn about it. XD

    AND ZOMG YOU MET JENNIFER NIVEN AND SALLY GREEN?! TWO OF MY TOP FAVOURITE AUTHORS EEEEEVER. *flails* So lucky. ;-) And YESSS I'm really glad you like Half Bad. Half Bad is amazing. It is one of my top-favourite books of the universe (you know, apart from all the SJM books and Maggie Stiefvater, gawsh, I have a lot of favourites).

    1. I can't wait to get to it, really hope I love it. You should be jealous, the event was AMAZING!!! ;)

  16. Congrats on the job, great to hear it is going well Charnell! Wowww, I can't believe you got to meet so many amazing photos! JENNIFER NIVEN would definitely be one I want to meet as well! Exciting that you have a few bookish events coming up too. Your book haul is super amazing, so many awesome books! I loved Diviners and All the Bright Places. Have an awesome week ahead!

    1. Thanks! The events have been amazing and I have loved every single one.

  17. Congrats on your new job. Sounds like a dream. Who wouldn't love working around books! And wow! What a fantastic book haul. I didn't purchase anything last week but I see several here I'm going to go check on.
    My Sunday Post -

    1. Thank you!!! :) I miss the old one but I am getting into it now.

  18. Have a great time with your new job! I love meeting authors too, it is so much fun to see the mind behind the book. I did not realize that the Seventh Son movie was based off The Last Apprentice series, I've been meaning to read them. I saw the movie last night, but it lacked with character development. Everything else was pretty good. I have a feeling I will like the books better.

  19. Ummm...I'm jealous of all your fun bookish events and author meetings. Especially Cynthia Hand. Her books are some of my favourites. Have you read The Last Time We Said Goodbye? I think you'll love it as much as All the Bright Places. Annnd I've been excited for Lady Jane since it was announced. I can't even imagine what a book written by those three will be like. Nothing but amazing, I'm sure.
    Congrats on the new job. Scary but so exciting. Especially since I know you were worried about job cuts at your previous job.
    I don't even know where to start with your books. So I'll just say I've got some ARC envy going on(Nowhere But Here and Everything Everything especially). I'm reading Challenger Deep right now(actually have been for like two weeks). It's very very real and obviously a personal story. Heart wrenching but so so so good. As long as I finish it today, review will be up tomorrow. Lol
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    1. The events were so much fun. Lady Jane sounds so good and I can't wait to read it. I'm excited to read Challenger Deep, but I feel it might make me sad.

  20. Sorry I am a little late with this, but great haul this week. so many of these look awesome!

    I hope you enjoy :) Happy Reading!

    Here's my Weekly Wrap Up

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  21. Urghh I've been away for such a long while and you've done so MUCH! This is all very exciting. c: I been wanting to go to some events but I've just been so busy >.< It's brilliant you've met so many authors and got so many new books. =D

    1. I've missed you!!! Hurry up and come back with some posts, I need them!! :)


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