Showcase Sunday #5

Showcase Sunday is a feature on Vicki's blog, Books, Biscuits and Tea, which shows off the books which one has acquired in the past week, from any and all sources. Whether purchased online as an ebook or in hardback from a brick and mortar store, received for review or as a gift, it's just another way to make all your blogging acquaintances jelly.

I went to England for two weeks, and despite my best intentions, I acquired more books than were reasonable. I knew I'd be bringing back one, because the Harry Potter Alliance was debuting their Apparating Library at LeakyCon London, and I brought The Assault with me to trade. (I hope whoever got it enjoys it as much as I did) But there was no reason for me to visit Waterstones or that roadside bargin bin. Yet it happened anyway. And there were free books at the convention. Who does that?

There was a Waterstones in the convention itself, in the East Wing of the Fourth Floor--which we were forbidden from entering under pain of death--and this is where that guy from the Oxford street store twitter was hanging. He was as cool in person as he is on twitter.

Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Bought because my non-shy alter ego chatted to everyone and butted into conversations and heard twice that Code Name Veracity was a good book. 'Nuff said.
Fearsome Dream by Laure Eve
A gorgeous cover which cannot be done justice, the author was at the convention, and it sounded fantastic.

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
A random pick up, near the front of the Oxford street store, which was odd to get into, then proceeded to be worth reading. Review coming soon. Review here.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The paperback is out! So I got it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I've heard rumors that this one is good, since it was eligible for a deal, I took it with me as well.

The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
These were the free books I got from You know as much as I do.

The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock
The book I had my eye on since I handed The Assault in on Thursday. Yes.
Charm School by Anne Fine
While lingering by the library, I spoke with a girl who hoped someone would take the book she brought, but as it looked very young, and was a little silly, she was afraid no one would. She said it was one of her favorites as a child. When there were a handful of books left Sunday afternoon, this was among them.
The Christian's Guide to Harry Potter by Leslie Barnhart
Leslie Barnhart did a talk on what your wand means, as well as one on alchemy. She's put together an impressive tome that I can't wait to read. 

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
I went to see this play with a new friend of mine, stupidly, I didn't get my program signed and stood in the corner like a hipster. The play was good, though.
Gabriel by Samuel Adamson
The non-Shakespeare play at the globe, and possibly my favorite.
The Hill of Devi by E.M. Forster
While headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, I passed close to an antiquarian bookstore. Books for £1 and I found E.M. Forster. Proved useful while in line at the Baker street museum.

Head to Vicki's Showcase to see what books other folks have acquired in the last week!