With it being December, it means it’s the magical month of Christmas, so I’m going to split this book haul into books that I purchased and books that I got given. Apparently, telling me not to buy books charms all charity shops into carrying books that I NEED, so I bought way more books this month than I intended to… (I don’t feel guilty about that at all, not one tiny bit!) That means that this month, I got 46 books, 30 of which I purchased (12 of those being eBooks), and 16 books that were gifted to me (with 4 being sent from authors!).
When I went to London to see Bring Me The Horizon smash Wembley Arena we decided to go charity shopping the next day, because we didn’t buy as much merch as we were expecting to at the show. Well, me and charity shopping always ends in a book overhaul, and seeing as the charity shop we found was selling loads of ARC’s, I had to buy them all. I’ll show the ARCs first, then the other books that I bought while in London.
The first four books I got given in December weren’t actually Christmas presents! I got sent three pdf copies of books from their authors, in exchange for honest reviews, so they do still count in my book haul, but they aren’t Christmas presents exactly, even though they were gifted.
The first three books I received for Christmas were all in my Christmas stocking, so I thought I’d show them all together. The first book, ‘Where’s Santa?’ impresses me way more than it should, because you need to hunt for Santa and for ten of his elves in every scene, and it’s a lot more difficult than it should be, so this is going to give me hours of fun. The second book, ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen, I actually already own, but this is the Vintage red spine version, so hopefully that will persuade me to finish the book. I started reading ‘Emma’ two years ago, and I got through the first two parts before I stopped reading it because the character really annoyed me, but I’m going to finish it eventually, even though it’s looking like I’m going to need to re-read the start to remember what’s going on. The third and final book I got in my stocking was ‘The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part Two’ by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, which I have been meaning to get around to buying for a good couple of years. I read the first of the ‘The Walking Dead’ novels a couple of years ago, but I decided to wait for the third book to come out before I continued on with the series, so instead of getting the third book I just bought the first part of it, but now I can finally finish the series!
The second book I got for Christmas was ‘Flesh and Blood’ by Patricia Cornwell, the twenty second book in the Kay Scarpetta series. I’ve only read the first two, but these are the kind of books that when I start them I finish them within a day, so I can’t wait to get around to this one.
The third book I got from my mum for Christmas was ‘Invisibility’ by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will have seen my review of ‘Invisibility’ and know that I wasn’t one hundred percent in love with it, but I still really enjoyed it, and because of how much I love David Levithan I would have bought a copy to keep eventually anyway (because I borrowed the copy I read from the library), but this one is SIGNED.
The second book I bought for myself was the hardback version of ‘Let It Snow’, featuring three short stories, one by Lauren Myracle, one by Maureen Johnson and one by John Green. Because it’s hardback, it’s a silver book with the snowflakes and the title in silver foil, hence the awkward camera angle where I was attempting to show how beautiful it was. This is a very hard book to photograph. This is the last John Green book I needed to buy, after getting ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ earlier in the month, and I think I’m going to fly through these three stories.
The third book I decided to buy for myself was ‘The Infinite Sea’ by Rick Yancey. I reviewed ‘The 5th Wave’ nearly two months ago, and I’ve been dying to buy the sequel ever since, so I couldn’t resist getting it. If you haven’t heard of ‘The 5th Wave’, it’s the first book in a new YA dystopian trilogy, where aliens have invaded earth and killed nearly all of the humans in four waves, before moving on to the fifth attack on them. The third book isn’t out until Autumn, but I’m going to be buying it the day it comes out, so I’m conflicted on whether to read ‘The Infinite Sea’ now, or later on in the year.
The fourth and final book I bought for myself was ‘Raging Star’, the third book in the Dustlands trilogy by Moira Young. I bought ‘Blood Red Road’ and ‘Rebel Heart’ a couple of years ago in a charity shop, so when I was browsing Waterstones and found the third book signed, I couldn’t resist getting it.
If any of my readers are in the Swindon area and you enjoy Moira Young, they have lots of copies of ‘Rebel Heart’ and ‘Raging Star’ still in there, signed, and they are buy one get one half price, so I’d definitely suggest going along and grabbing one while they’re still in stock.