THE BOOKS I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS

For Christmas this year (or last year now, I guess? That feels a bit weird to say), I got a heck of a lot of books. And that's no complaint, in fact I was the one who encouraged it. In the run up to Christmas, whenever a friend or family member asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I'd say "I'm really into books at the moment". Or, if I was feeling especially bold, I'd just send them a direct link to my Goodreads 'To Read' list, and that would be that. So, when the big day came, I had lots of little rectangular shaped packages under the tree ready to be opened. Some of these were complete surprises and some are ones which I've been lusting over for ages. So, here's what books I got for Christmas.


THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU CHANGE THE WORLD, SUE TURNTON
It has never been more important to stand up and use your voice to fight for what you believe in, and this book promises to teach you to do just that. It's a non-fiction, YA book complete with illustrations and diagrams on exactly how you can rally together and protest against injustice. I really want to get involved with more causes which I support in 2018, so this book seems like the perfect start!

ADULTOLESCENCE, GABBIE HANNA
My mum got me this book as a surprise, but from the title and cover illustration alone I can already tell that it's going to be up my street! It's a collection of poems on how the author feels like she's a child and an adult all at once, which is pretty much exactly the point of my life that I feel like I'm stuck in at the moment!

THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, AMANDA LOVELACE
If you've not heard of this one, it's another poetry book which I've seen a lot of people raving about online since it was released. Weirdly, I've actually read most of the poems in this book online already, whether they were posted on someones Istagram, or I found them myself while on Google or Pinterest. I'm really happy to finally have my hands on the physical book and be able to read the poems in order!

SECRETS FOR THE MAD, DODIE
This was another book that my mum got me. I actually didn't ask for it and it was a complete surprise to open, which made it really special! Dodie Clark is a Youtuber and songwriter who talks often about mental illness and other truths. The book covers her own story and how she's dealt with all of these hurdles. I really resonate with everything that Dodie creates and hugely admire her work ethic. So much so that I finished this book by the end of Boxing Day!


A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, STEPHEN HAWKING 
We have a tradition in my family where every year on Christmas Eve, we do a Charity Shop secret santa. This year my mum got me, so obviously I was gifted with a charity shop book! I've actually been wanting to read Hawking's book all year, after getting really into learning about astrophysics in 2017.

OFF TRACK PLANET'S TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE YOUNG, SEXY AND BROKE, OFF PLANET
Over the last few months, my brain has been going travel plan crazy, because I'm planning a big trip to Australia at some point in 2018. My boyfriend bought me this guidebook, which I've heard is really amazing for travel inspiration. I'm so excited to get started on reading it and planning my travels a little more over the next few months!

SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND AND HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW, YUVAL NOAH HARARI
My sister bought me a copy of both of these books for Christmas (one of which I did already have, but it made for a great Twitter giveaway - thanks sis!) and I'm so excited to read them. Sapiens offers a look into how humans as a species have come to be dominant on earth and why we believe the things we believe and do the things that we do. Homo Deus discusses the possible hurdles that humans will see in the future and the direction that the world will go in if we continue to evolve the way that we are.

BIRD BY BIRD, ANNE LAMOTT
Maybe a random book to have received for Christmas, but this one has been lingering on my Goodreads list for the past year after it was recommended to me by my friend Alex, and I'm so happy to finally be able to read it. It's a book on how to be a better writer and how to write more, but as well as just being a how-to guide, it's told through a collection of anecdotes.


EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH, GILLIAN MCALLISTER
One of the genres which I very rarely read in 2017 was crime fiction/thriller style novels, which is weird because it's actually one of the genres which I enjoy most. I've heard great things about Gillian McAllister's books, so I'm really hoping to love this one. The tagline explains it better than I could: "Do you ever check your partners phone? Should you? Are you prepared for the consequences?"

ARTFUL, ALI SMITH
After reading some Ali Smith for the first time in 2017, I fell completely in love with her writing style. I'm aware that I'm completely late to this party, but this year I'm making it my mission to read as many of her books as I possibly can. Artful contains a collection of lectures which Smith gave at Oxford University, woven into a story about love and loss.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, CELESTE NG
As well as physical books, I was also given some Waterstones gift cards for Christmas (when in doubt, ALWAYS give me Waterstones gift cards). So far, I've bought one book with my vouchers, but it's the one which I'm currently most excited to read! I've heard such great things about Little Fires Everywhere, which tells the story of a mother and daughter who move to a new town and immediately become the centre of speculation and attention.


MANUAL OF THE WARRIOR OF LIGHT AND VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE BY PAULO COELHO
My family all know that one of my favourite books I've ever read is Coelho's The Alchemist, so for Christmas I was treated to two more of his books which I've not yet read. Manual of the Warrior of Light is a collection of his teachings on destiny and being. I loved all of Coelho's ideas in The Alchemist, so I have a feeling that I'm going to love this book! Veronika Decides to Die is a fiction book which tackles the main characters struggles with mental illness and suicide.

NORWEGIAN WOOD AND BIRTHDAY STORIES BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
I've not read a single Murakami book before, however he's one of my boyfriends favourite authors and is also well loved by many of my friends. For Christmas I received two of his books. The first is Norgwegian Wood, one of Murakami's most famous novels which focuses on love and loss, and Birthday Stories, an anthology of short stories all with the common theme of 'birthdays', but some being much darker than the title suggests.

So that's all the books which I received for Christmas! There were definitely a lot of them, and I genuinely think the stack is going to keep me going until summer. Have you read any of the books on this list? Comment below if you think there's one which I should be reading first!



4 comments :

  1. Ah I have serious book envy reading this post! You got so many incredible books and I can't wait to find out what you think of them as you work your way through them.
    Danielle - Cooking Up A Treat

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  2. that is one hefty book haul! I've added a few to my list :) also, loved the photos in this post!!

    Marty x

    www.itsmarty.co.uk

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  3. Wow! I thought I got a lot of reading material for Christmas. Such a great and varied collection, happy reading!

    Steph x
    www.wanderlustpulse.com

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  4. That is an enviable book haul. You've got a couple of books I've been planning to read. Looking forward to a review of them - Akira xx

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