Hey guys! I’m (finally) back with another book haul! While I haven’t posted one of these in a while, I’ve definitely still been buying books but just haven’t managed to remember what I bought when 😂 That’s the problem with being around books literally all the time, I forget what came from where and where I’ve seen it before!
This year, I was very lucky to receive quite a few books as gifts this Christmas from a few different people, so here they are, in all of their glory!
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Blurb: The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse are four friends who share a deep, unshakable bond. Through a series of brief but profound conversations, Mackesy teases universal truths and rich wisdom from the mouths of his characters, celebrating warmth and empathy in all its myriad forms. Exploring kindness through exquisite, sensitive artwork and delicate calligraphy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a moving study in friendship.
[no official blurb, so the above is taken from Waterstones]
Ever since this book came onto the shelves in the bookshop that I work in, I’ve wanted it. It’s beautiful – both in looks and the message that lies between the pages. I’ve flicked through it before but am so happy to have my own copy that will most definitely stay on my forever shelf.
It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) edited by Scarlett Curtis
Blurb: Inspirational people open up about mental health. Including essays from: Adam Kay, Charlie Mackesy, Emilia Clarke, Jessie Cave and Megan Crabbe, among others.
I loved the first book in this series Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) so putting this book on my Christmas list was a no brainer. From what I’ve read of it so far, it really lives up to my expectation and I love that it’s essays from celebrities of all kinds so that there’s someone for every reader to look forward to hearing from.
The Odyssey by Homer
Blurb: This epic tale, one of the oldest surviving records of Classic verse, telling the story of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature.Confronted by natural and supernatural threats – shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon – Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.
[no official blurb, so the above is taken from Waterstones]
I’ve read bits of this before at university and wanted to have my own copy to reread the passages that I enjoyed and who can resist the Penguin Clothbound collection?! This beauty was kindly sent to me by the wonderful Liz as part of a little game of Secret Santa – thank you so much!
And how could I put this post together and not mention the wonderful gifts from my amazing TBTBSanta, Jenn, who was incredibly generous! There will be a more in depth post about this so if you’re not familiar, don’t worry.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Blurb: Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild are carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. Her destiny will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. And the extraordinary journey that awaits her will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…
When volume two of the Book of Dust came out in 2019 it sparked a huge conversation about this series and I felt so left out to not have read it! We’re changing that in 2020 and I’m so excited!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Blurb: Feyre is immortal. After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate. She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
I asked for something by Sarah J Maas as I wasn’t sure where to start with her books and what series was the best one to go for. Jenn picked this one and I’m so excited to get started with it. I love that this series was based on Beauty and the Beast (or at least has the same vibes) and I’ve had my eye on this for a while! You can’t see it in the picture but the edges are painted beautifully – you’ll definitely see them in my TBTBSanta post.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov is a soldier. When her regiment is attacked whilst crossing the Shadow Fold – a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters – Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha – her country’s magical military elite – and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift. But as Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and and the very future of a nation.
Leigh Bardugo is another author that I’ve wanted to read but was unsure where to start. Jenn picked this one for me and I can’t wait! I’m hoping there’s some sort of angst/love between Alina and the Darkling – am I right??
A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
Blurb: Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back. And once there was Black London…
I’ve also never read any V E Scwab and this is the one that Jenn chose. I’ve heard such brilliant things about this book as well as seeing it everywhere on Twitter so I’m really excited to get stuck into this world!
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Blurb: According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea… People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons – well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel – would quite like the Rapture to not happen. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
I watched the Netflix series adaption a few months back and LOVED it so am interested to see how the book compares. I love this idea and it’s definitely high on my TBR.
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Blurb: Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority… but he is far more than his striking appearance. He is a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and merciless assassin – and his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land. As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are wicked, and none are quite as they appear.
Everyone’s talking about The Witcher making it’s way to Netflix but I’m determined to read at least the first book before I start watching it. I love the medieval feel and am always up for delving into a world of monsters so I’m interested to see what all the hype is about.
What books did you get this Christmas? Did you pick up any of these books too? Or maybe you’ve already read them! What did you think? I’d love to know!