Blogmas Day 28 – Christmas Book Haul!

Hey guys! Welcome back to another day of Blogmas 2018 and we’re almost at the end! Now that we’re in ‘Chrimbo Limbo’ in between Christmas and New Year, I feel like everyone’s in a phase of post-Christmas lull so here’s some easy but fun content for you! 🎄📚

Now we’re a few days after Christmas, I can show you the books that I’ve acquired this festive season! Now, as I work in a bookshop and get a discount, no one bought me books this year so, naturally, I made up for it by buying them for myself 😂

The first books that I acquired this past month were the Wolf Hall duo by Hilary Mantel. These books have been out for a while now and I’m pretty sure was even made into a TV show but I never got around to reading them! My nan is a big fan (and counting down until the release of the third book in 2019) so passed them my way. I love a bit of history with my fiction so am really looking forward to them!

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

In Wolf Hall, one of our very best writers brings the opulent, brutal world of the Tudors to bloody, glittering life. It is the backdrop to the rise and rise of Thomas Cromwell: lowborn boy, charmer, bully, master of deadly intrigue, and, finally, most powerful of Henry VIII’s courtiers.

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring up the Bodies unlocks the darkly glittering court of Henry VIII, where Thomas Cromwell is now chief minister. With Henry captivated by plain Jane Seymour and rumours of Anne Boleyn’s faithlessness whispered by all, Cromwell knows what he must do to secure his position. But the bloody theatre of the queen’s final days will leave no one unscathed…


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The next book that I picked up was Roar by Cecelia Ahern. Despite not having read any of Ahern’s work before, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now and just couldn’t resist any more. I was working on Boxing Day and thought why not treat myself at Christmas 😂

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.


I then went for a bit of a witchy theme as it’s a topic that I used to love and haven’t read much of lately. Also, the TV adaption of A Discovery of Witches looked amazing and I’m trying to be more of a read-before-I-watch person.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

A tale of family, sacrifice, love and magic. Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mère Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchiéres fight to keep the old ways alive, practising half-remembered spells in the hopes of a revival… With each new generation, the struggle continues – and when World War II looms, magic is needed more urgently than ever. Not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.


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I picked up this book as I really want to start reading more classics in 2019 and thought this was a good place to start! I remember reading the Goosebumps book based on this story and really enjoying it so am excited to get started on the original. Plus, how cute is this cover!?

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Published as a ‘shilling shocker’ in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the popular idea of the split personality. Set in the hellish, fog-bound London, the story of outwardly respectable Dr Jekyll, who unleashes his deepest cruelties and most murderous instincts when he is transformed into the sinister Edward Hyde, is a Gothic masterpiece and a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil.


I also went for a few historical books that I’ve had on my reading list for a while. After reading Once by Morris Gleitzman and loving it, I just had to get the next instalment of the story. The Tattooist of Auschwitz came really highly recommended to me by colleagues and customers alike in the bookshop I work in so I’m looking forward to finding out what the fuss is all about!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Then by Morris Gleitzman

A little hope goes a long way. I had a plan for me and Zelda. Pretend to be someone else. Find new parents. Be safe forever. Then the Nazis came. My name is Felix. This is our story.


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Finding this book was a complete fluke. It came up on a stock trolley one morning at work and, as we hadn’t opened yet, I had a quick flick through and loved it! I went through a little phase of writing down all of these cool words a while ago and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take this book home with me!

What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

Have you ever wished there was a name for a person who asks too many questions? Or a word for the way you hestitate when you’ve forgotten someone’s name? This hand-picked collection of untranslatable words from all over the world celebrates the magic of language, with gorgeous original artwork and fascinating facts about each word and the culture it comes from.

What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them? What did you think? Which books did you pick up this Christmas? I’d love to know! 🎅🏻

Thank you for checking out my Blogmas 2018 posts and I can’t wait to share the rest with you! Check back tomorrow for more festive fun 

I’d also just like to point out that I don’t want to cause any offence to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, these posts are just a bit of fun to go along with my own personal celebrations.

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you fancy a book (or Christmas) chat! 😌🎄

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