Saturday, February 22, 2014

Book Haul, or the One With the Random Random House Package Randomly at My House

I took a tiny blog hiatus this week since my dog, Ginger, was having a couple health issues, and I just couldn't find the energy or the focus to do bloggy stuff. Thankfully, Ginger is going to be better than ever, having undergone a very simple surgery on Thursday to fix her knees. So all is well here at Casa Ginger and Gillian! Both the blog and the dog will be back to normal this week.

I wasn't expecting to do a book haul today, since I didn't get any books this week, when lo, a package from Random House randomly appeared at my house! I didn't request anything from them (and I hadn't heard of the two books inside), so it was a lovely surprise to brighten up my Friday.

From Random House:


The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

 I can't believe I'd never heard of this book. It sounds amazing! It's about a girl who is the daughter of king of a country in the Middle East, and there's a coup and she finds out her father might have been a dictator and there's intrigue and suspense and I'm SO EXCITED for this one. Thank you, whoever randomly and generously sent me this.


The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis 

I absolutely hate that girl's shorts, but this is set in Silverlake, a cool and funky LA neighborhood, so that should be fun to read about. Apparently there is cooking, a cute boy, two dads, and a search for a birth mother, so it sounds like it's got a lot of the things I like going on there.


  1. The Tyrant's Daughter sounds interesting, but it's not a genre that I read. Love it when surprise packages come.


  2. I really liked a tyrant's daughter! Not something I'd normally pick up either and had never heard of it until they emailed me via netgalley about it! I'm really glad I read it! It was really interesting to think about -- such a unique position that she was in. Hope you enjoy! Oh and I'm glad ginger is feeling better!

  3. Phew! So glad that your dog is going to be okay. It's no fun when a pet isn't well. :(

    The Tyrant's Daughter sounds so interesting! And I haven't heard of it either. Adding that to my to-read list and looking forward to seeing what you think about it. I haven't really read many books focused around the war in the Middle East, but I reckon I'll pick it up sometime.

    Yeah hahahaha, those girls shorts are a little bit unfortunate. The Secret Ingredient sounds like a really good dose of contemporary though. Another one I'll be adding to my to-read pile!

    Small, but regardless an awesome haul. ;)

  4. Ooh, The Tyrant's Daughter sounds really cool. I'll definitely have to add it to my TBR list.

  5. I've been wanting to read The Tyrant's Daughter, but I wanted to hear what someone else thought about it first so I'm glad you got it! And I'm glad Ginger is feeling a bit better. I love that dog and I don't even know her.

  6. I'm glad that everything is all right with your dog :) and surprise packages are always cool, happy reading!

  7. *Hugs* glad that Ginger is doing okay. <3 Pretty books :D Hope you enjoy :)

  8. I got a surprise package, too, and one of the books was Tyrant's Daughter, too (which looks REALLY good). Maybe it has something to do with Random Buzzers?

  9. OMG, The Secret Ingredient sounds awesome! Silverlake for the win!
    My STS


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