Christmas 2020 Book Haul!

Gosh, it’s been a little while since I last blogged! My reading slump has really lingered and I’ve barely been reading anything so I’ve not felt I had anything to blog about. I did get some lovely new books and bookish things for Christmas though and I’m already read one of those books and have started another so it feels like I might be starting to come out of this horrible slump at long last (fingers crossed)!

Book Haul

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

How to be Safe by Tom McAllister

Pages and Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories by Anna James

Bookish Gifts

A gorgeous Yoshi handbag, which I love!

And this fabulous Yoshi purse, which is in my favourite colour and has my favourite book on it (Fahrenheit 451)!

My husband also surprised me with an iPad Mini!

My iPad bit the dust a few months ago but I couldn’t justify buying a new one so it was amazing to be surprised with a new one at Christmas. I mostly read on my Kindle but I sometimes read in iBooks so it’s good to have the bigger screen than on my phone, plus the NetGalley app works with this iPad (my old one was too old) and I can read blogs on it too.

How was your Christmas? I hope you and your family are safe and well. My husband and I had Christmas at home on our own having taken the decision that with me being vulnerable that it wasn’t worth the risk of seeing anyone. We had a lovely relaxing day filled with music (I bought him quite a few new records for Christmas) and books. He also had Boxing day off, which is the first time ever so that made it special that we had more than one day together over the festive season.

23 thoughts on “Christmas 2020 Book Haul!

  1. So pleased to see you back! Your Christmas book haul is fantastic and I love the handbag. I also had a quiet Christmas with my husband as it wasn’t worth the risk. I hope your reading slump is over and I look forward to seeing you back blogging. Stay safe. X

    • Thank you so much, it’s lovely to be back. My reading slump is slowly easing, I’ve managed to finish three books in the last week so I feel like I’m getting back to my books again. I was thrilled to get some books for Christmas, it made me excited to read again. Hope you’re doing okay. x

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s good to be back. I was thrilled with the Yoshi bag and purse, they’re fab. I’m slowly getting back into reading, my Christmas books helped – I’ve finished The The Thursday Murder Club and loved it. Hope 2021 is full of fabulous books! xx

  2. Lovely you had a great day and fantastic stash, looking forward to hearing about The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse book, have seen it through the bookshop window and am very intrigued! Got Graham Norton’s latest book and also The Richard Osman too. Will be my first paperbacks to read in years and are both hardback so can’t wait!Great to ‘see’ you back Hayley x

    • Thank you, I was very spoilt at Christmas! The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse was a gorgeous read – perfect for reading during these stressful times. I’ve also read the Richard Osman and I loved it. I hope you enjoy it as much. I really want to read the new Graham Norton so I hope that one’s good too. It’s lovely to get some new books for Christmas, isn’t it? It’s made me excited to read again after the horrible reading slump of the past few months. Hope 2021 is kind to you. xx

  3. Wow, what lovely gifts! I absolutely love that handbag! And of course, the books themselves are fabulous, too. I’ve been hearing all sorts of things about the Osman; I hope you’ll enjoy it. The James looks great, too. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and I wish you all good in 2021.

    • Thank you! Christmas was really lovely, it was just me and my husband but we had a cosy and relaxing day at home. I’ve read the Osman and it was really good, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m keen to get to the new Anna James too, I love this book wanderer series. Wishing you well for 2021 too. x

  4. Wow, what lovely gifts! I absolutely love that handbag! And of course, the books themselves are fabulous, too. I’ve been hearing all sorts of things about the Osman; I hope you’ll enjoy it. The James looks great, too. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and I wish you all good in 2021.

  5. Hello Hayley. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Thursday Murder Club. I couldn’t red it, I thought it was awful, although I’m aware of its popularity.

    • I’ve just finished reading The Thursday Murder Club and really enjoyed it. I can see why it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste but it was the right book for me in the moment. I hope you’ve read some much better books for you since then.

    • Thank you, I’ve read a couple of books over the last few days so I feel like the slump might finally be coming to an end. It’s been horrible not being able to escape into a good book. I’ve read two of my new books so I’m definitely enjoying my lovely Christmas gifts. x

    • Thank you so much 🙂 It’s good to be back. I’m thrilled with my new bag and purse, they’re so lovely and I can’t wait to have a chance to use them. Thank you, I think my reading slump is finally easing at long last! x

  6. What a lovely haul of books, bookish things and things to read books on! I am planning to get hold of a copy of the Richard Osman and read it with my husband (well, I was going to look for it in the charity shops but have missed my chance for a bit). We stayed quiet at Christmas to keep my husband’s vulnerable parents safe, Zoom worked well and we actually spoke to people we don’t normally do that with at Christmas! I hope you are hauling your way out of your reading slump and I always love seeing you pop up in my Feedly feed so hope for more lovely interactions in the New Year x

    • Thank you, I was really pleased with the books I got for Christmas. I loved Richard Osman’s novel so I hope you do too when you get a copy. I read it all in one sitting, which was lovely (especially after the months long reading slump I’ve been in). I’m slowly getting back into a routine of reading blogs and posting on my own so I hope to catch up soon. x

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