Thursday 14 January 2016


Instead of doing a 'what I got for Christmas' post I thought I'd show you the twelve books that I was lucky to receive for Christmas, because books are the best gifts right? I've got a permanent Wordery wishlist as long as my arm so I think most people went off that but there were a few extra thoughtful books from some people. So without further ado, let's get into the haul:

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo.
Although I actually haven't finished The Grisha Trilogy, I've desperately wanted Six of Crows (which is set in the same world) since it's release last autumn. This was a lovely, unexpected gift from my boyfriend's dad and I want to get to this so badly but I feel like I have to read the final Grisha book first.

This is Where it Ends - Marieke Nijkamp.
This wasn't actually officially released until January 5th so I was really surprised when I unwrapped it on Christmas day as a gift from my grandparents! I've already gone on about this book so much lately and I've done a full review of it here if you're interested.

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood.
This was a thoughtful present from my mum, it is the first in a series and it's actually quite strange because I read the second book a few years ago thinking it was a standalone (which it can be) so it will be nice to actually start the series properly! As far as I'm aware it's a post-apocalyptic adventure romance, and I can't wait to get into it.

The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan.
This is a posthumous collection of essays by Marina Keegan who tragically died five days after graduating from Yale. After her death, her last essay for the Yale Daily News 'The Opposite of Loneliness' went viral and eventually this book was put together from her many writings on hope, uncertainty and possibility. It was such a thoughtful gift from my boyfriend as he knows that I really enjoy non-fiction and I'm really looking forward to reading Marina's work.

Monsters - Emerald Fennell.
This was another gift from my grandparents, and its a delightfully disturbing YA mystery/thriller by Emerald Fennell and published by the awesome Hot Key Books, who are probably my favourite publishing house. I read this at the end of December and reviewed it in my monthly wrap up, which you can read here.

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins.
Another wonderful unexpected gift from my boyfriend's dad, Isla and the Happily Ever After is the final novel in a series by Stephanie Perkins. These books are just really sweet YA contemporary romances and I think this is going to be lovely when I want something light to lift my mood.

A Sky Full of Kindness - Rob Ryan.
This was a ridiculously thoughtful gift from my wonderful sister and I was so happy when I opened it! Rob Ryan is one of my favourite illustrators, his paper-cut work is incredible. This little book is the story of two birds on the adventure of becoming parents for the first time, told through beautiful paper-cut illustrations. I've already read this and reviewed it in my December wrap up which you can read here.

Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom - Jane Struthers.
I'd been looking at this book every time I saw it in a bookshop for the last year but could never really justify buying it so imagine how happy I was when my mum gave it to me for Christmas! She'd noticed that I'd been looking at the book and thoughtfully decided to get it for me. It's a non-fiction book with lots of snippets of information and folklore about the traditional British countryside. It's the kind of book that I'll be dipping into now and again and it's just a really lovely one to have.

Uprooted - Naomi Novik.
First of all, LOOK HOW PRETTY! Ahem, now that we've got that out of the way, this beautiful book was a present from my wonderful boyfriend and apart from being in love with the cover, I'm really excited to read it! As far as I know, it's a YA fantasy about magic and dark forces, with elements of Beauty and the Beast - it's so up my street it's ridiculous. I'll definitely be getting to this one soon!

In Search of Lost Dragons - Elia Black'Mor and Carine.M.
Again, so pretty! I saw the lovely Sam from Novels and Nonsense talk about this book last year in one of her book hauls and it's been on my wishlist ever since. I really wasn't expecting to get this as it's kind of a collector's book so it's pretty expensive but my ridiculously generous grandparents got it for me for Christmas! In Search of Lost Dragons is a journal-style book that follows a reporter and illustrator's journey across Europe to the east, in search of dragons. It's packed full of beautiful illustrations and I honestly can't stop looking through it.

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes.
My mum bought me this because she's been telling me to read it for the longest time and I just haven't got round to it, but I guess now I will! It's an adult romance that apparently will destroy you emotionally. So that sounds like fun!

Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee.
I'm not sure what made me want this classic but I've been after it for quite a while, particularly in the beautiful Vintage Classics edition. I'm kind of obsessed with Vintage Classics. Cider with Rosie is about Laurie Lee's childhood growing up in a remote Cotswold village, just after the first world war, as the blurb describes it 'a timeless place on the verge of change'. I think I'm going to absolutely love it and will be reading it as part of this year's Classics Challenge hosted by Stacey of Pretty Books.

Phew! And there we have it, the twelve wonderful books I got for Christmas. I'm honestly so so grateful for everything I received this year, everyone was so generous and I didn't expect this many books at all! I'm really really excited to read all of these and hopefully it'll keep me from buying books for a good while!

Did you get any books for Christmas? Which is your favourite?

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