My Christmas book haul… Stacking the Shelves (13 Jan)!

Christmas Book Haul!

It’s Stacking the Shelves day! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

I was very spoilt at Christmas by my husband who got me lots of fabulous gifts including a Sonos speaker with built-in Alexa, which I love because I can now just ask it to read me my audiobooks! Seeing as my blog is a book blog though today’s Stacking the Shelves post is all about my Christmas book haul! I know we’re already well into January now but I’ve had a horrible virus and so am slower than usual to post this.

Anyway, here is the book mountain I received…


There are twenty-four books in total and I’m so excited to read every single one of them!



Winter by Ali Smith

The books included the gorgeous new Ali Smith book, Winter, which I’m currently reading and very much enjoying.


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I also got the beautiful new hardback edition of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I’ve already read this – I spent a whole afternoon curled up reading it from cover to cover and it felt like such a treat.


David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

I can’t resist biographies of David Bowie so I was very happy to open this new one on Christmas morning. It’s a doorstop of a book so I haven’t started reading this one year but I hope to very soon.


I hadn’t heard of these two books but they both sound very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading them.


I was thrilled to get these two books about space travel! One is a non-fiction look at the final days of spaceflight and the other is short stories based around space travel. I’ve always been fascinated by space and astronauts so I’m very keen to read these books soon!


Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

This is a book I’ve been wanting to get so it was lovely to open it on Christmas day. I hadn’t seen it in real life before I got it so it was fab to see how it’s a gorgeous naked hardback. I’m always interested to read more about Jane Austen so it’s lovely to have this one to read.


How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

This is such another gorgeous hardback book and one that I’m intrigued to read soon.


I’ve wanted to read both of these books for a while so I’m certain that these won’t be on my TBR for very long.


Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman

This set of books is a series that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time now so I’m hoping to start reading it soon. I’ve heard only good things about it!


Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

I’ve wanted to read this short story collection ever since I first heard about it so I’m beyond excited to have my own copy!



The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

I read The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson in 2017 and I found the writing utterly stunning so I’ve been wanting to read more of her books. I’m thrilled to have a copy of The Argonauts and am really looking forward to reading it.


Women & Power by Mary Beard

This is such a gorgeous hardback book, and I’m really keen to read it very soon. I’m enjoying non-fiction so this will be high on my TBR for this year.



Excellent Women, No Fond Return of Love & Crampton Hodnet. All by Barbara Pym

I’ve never read any Barbara Pym before but she’s an author that I’ve been interested in reading. It was lovely to open these three books by her in the gorgeous Virago editions.


Angels in America by Tony Kushner

I’ve had this book on my wish list for absolutely ages but never got around to buying it so I was very happy to open a copy on Christmas day. I really want to read this one soon but am saving it for the right time.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I first read The Handmaid’s Tale many years ago. I’ve been wanting to re-read it ever since watching the recent TV adaptation but my battered old copy seems to have got lost in one of my house moves so I was very happy to get this brand new hardback edition. It’s such a beautiful looking book and I’ll be making sure this one doesn’t get lost!


A Guinea Pig Romeo and Juliet

I’ve had pet guinea pigs for years and my husband has bought me one of these guinea pig re-tellings of a famous novel or play and I just adore them! This is the latest one and I’m so excited to read it. I would’ve tried to get a photo of the book with my guinea pig but he  likely would have eaten the pages!



Did you get any books for Christmas? Or have you had a recent spending splurge on books? I’d love to know about your most recent book purchases, and if you take part in Stacking the Shelves please feel free to leave your link below and I’ll check out your post!

48 thoughts on “My Christmas book haul… Stacking the Shelves (13 Jan)!

  1. Wow. What a book haul! So many beautiful books. I’m starting How To Stop Time today and I’m so excited to read it.

  2. I got super excited when I saw Christmas haul! got quite a few and some beauties. I have Handmaids Tale and How to Stop Time to read as well. Hope you have a nice beautiful bookshelf to hold these (that is what I need)!

    • I love seeing other people’s Christmas or birthday book hauls too 🙂 The Handmaid’s Tale is a gorgeous edition, isn’t it? There was a moment when I wasn’t sure where I was going to squeeze my new books but my husband had a re-arrange of his records and I ended up with a couple more shelves so my Christmas books are on there. Phew! 🙂

  3. What a great book haul, Hayley! Lucky, lucky you! You’ve such an interesting variety here, too. I think you’re going to have a nice time reading as the winter goes on.

  4. Wow what a wonderful haul! I wish my husband was that good too 😛 I hope you enjoy each one of them 🙂 And that Agatha Christie book edition is so pretty! I finished my first ever Christie book yesterday 😛

  5. Recently read “This is Going to Hurt” – it’s a really good book! Also wanting to read the Noughts and Crosses series.

  6. What a lovely stack of books! I received a gift card to buy books. No one will buy me actual books because they don’t know what I’ve read…
    I really enjoyed Jane Austen At Home. I had a review copy and also spent a credit at Audible to listen when I couldn’t sit and read. It was a nice combination.

    • Thank you. 🙂 I think a gift card is lovely to receive too as you get to go book shopping. I hope you find some nice books to buy. I sometimes buy the audiobook as well as the print book so can switch between them so I may do the same as you with Jane Austen at Home.

  7. Wow, You got some truly beautiful books. I need to hop on the bandwagon and read Murder on the Orient Express. I’m also super curious about the Noughts and Crosses series. Enjoy all your books!

    • Thank you, I was very lucky. The new edition of Murder on the Orient Express is gorgeous, it was lovely to read it. I definitely recommend the book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I’ve wanted to read the Noughts and Crosses series for ages but just haven’t got around to it so I’m looking forward to getting to it soon now I have all the books.

  8. A fantastic haul, well done to your husband. I bought myself the new hardback of Murder on the Orient Express a few weeks ago, I have an old paperback from yonks ago but this one is so beautiful. I also have the Adam Kay which I am dying to get to. Happy reading x

    • Thank you, he’s a keeper! I think he understands my book obsession so well because he collects records. The new edition of Murder on the Orient Express is gorgeous, isn’t it? It was lovely to read it again in such a beautiful edition. I want to read the Adam Kay book soon, I’ve heard only great things about it. Happy reading to you too 🙂 x

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  10. Wow, your book haul! It’s a true dream… enjoy those 🙂 really cool about Alexa and the audiobooks as well. I’d like to read the Bowie book! I used to love Bowie when I was a teen. And I smiled at the Guinea pig book, I can’t believe that is a thing 😀 but I have to admit it’s cute!
    I also had a virus around the holidays, took me about a month to get out of it… I hope you get better soon!

    • I know, it was fab to open all the books on Christmas day. I’m so happy with the Alexa too, it’s such a fab thing to have. I’m looking forward to the Bowie book, hopefully it’ll be a good read. I’ve been a fan of Bowie since forever and can’t resist new biographies of him. The guinea pig books are so cute, I adore them 🙂 I’m sorry that you’ve had a virus too, there’s some horrible bugs going around at the moment isn’t there? Thank you, I’m definitely on the mend now. 🙂

    • I’ve never read any of her books but I’m keen to so am happy to have these three to choose from. I’ve only read one of my Christmas books and am half-way through another as I’ve had review books to read. I hope to read some more of them very soon though.
      I did miss your Christmas book haul so thank you for leaving a link to it, I’m going to go read it now.

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