It seems a little late to be doing a Christmas book haul but I really wanted to share the books that I got for Christmas and haven’t been able to get this post together until now. As a lifelong bookworm I sometimes get one or two books for Christmas but up until I met my husband these book were always books I had asked for as most people say that they can’t buy me books because either they think I already have everything, or they think books are boring! My husband has always given me some books for Christmas as stocking fillers and I’ve always been so happy and grateful for them. This year though I got a book mountain. I think there are twenty-six books in total…
Firstly, I got this gorgeous set of eight Vintage Christmas books
They were in a lovely set together and I’ve already read two of them. The titles are:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens
Christmas Holiday by W. Somerset Maugham
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
If On A Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
I love that some of them are more winter reads than Christmas reads as it means I can continue reading them now Christmas is over. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the more festive ones as next Christmas gets here.
I also got this beautiful Puffin hardback edition of A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book was one of my all-time favourite reads a a child and whilst I still have my original copy, it’s so old and battered that I wouldn’t dare re-read that edition. I’ve kept looking at this hardback copy online but couldn’t justify buying it for myself, I’m over the moon to finally own it and will definitely be re-reading it this year!
Continuing the theme of childhood reads, he also gave me this beautiful slipcase edition of Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. It’s such a beautiful set and I’m looking forward to re-reading these books.
I have a pet guinea pig (called Robson), who is so adorable, so these next two books were perfect for me. I’m now wondering whether I could bribe Robson into dressing up as Oliver Twist! Haha!
Back to serious reading now… Here are the novels that I was given:
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan
Unbecoming by Rebecca Sherm
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
The Non-Fiction books I got:
The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley
Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland
Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield
The Girl by Samantha Geimer
There was one short story collection:
This book is called Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai and it sounds like such a brilliant book. I can’t wait to dip into these stories. Also, what a gorgeous cover!
It’s become something of a tradition to get me one of the illustrated Carol Ann Duffy poem books for Christmas and this year he chose Another Night Before Christmas because it is illustrated by Rob Ryan, whose illustrations I love.
The final gifts weren’t books but they were partly related to books…
Two Penguin mugs – A Common Reader by Virginia Woolf and A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. I’m still not sure how my husband knew I adored Virginia Woolf but I’m over the moon with these mugs!
An Aladdin Sane necklace that I first saw earlier this year and have wanted ever since. I’m so happy to finally own it (and it fits with me also getting another Bowie biography). I also got a gorgeous sunflower necklace from the same company as it’s my favourite flower.
I was very spoilt and don’t think receiving so many books for Christmas will ever be topped! It was wonderful… and my husband, who hates wrapping presents, wrapped everything individually too so it was like being a kid again having so much to open on Christmas morning!
Did you have a nice Christmas? Were you given any new books, or have you bought some yourself for Christmas?