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Birthday & Christmas Haul

I know that this up a bit late but I wanted to show you the beautiful books I was given for my birthday and then two weeks later, for Christmas. These are among the prettiest volumes I’ve ever owned and I’m very happy to have them on my shelves. I just need people to coo over them with me and nobody loves a good haul like you guys.

I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk: The I Heart series is about a woman in her twenties called Angela who runs away to New York after the breakup of a relationship. This is the sixth in the series and I’m still lapping them up. Most of the I Heart series are more summer reads and I’ve read most of them on holidays but this one is obviously a bit different. I’ve really enjoyed seeing her New York life develop,

I actually read my sister’s copy last year and when she was given another copy this year she passed it along to me. Aren’t I lucky!

The Hundred and One Dalmatians  & The Town In Bloom by Dodie Smith: I’ve you’ve read this blog before then you’ll know that I’m a massive fan of I, Capture the Castle and so I thought it was about time I explored her other works. The former became the very famous Disney movie and is supposed to be a charming children’s story while the latter is another coming of age tale.

English As She Is Spoke: My boyfriend got me this as I’m an English Language nerd. It’s a quite famous book for being a genuine language guide that is completely useless and wrong. The entries are hilarious for example “Do not might one’s understand to speak.” I feel so bad for anyone who attempted to use this, it would be like if somebody tried to learn English from Google Translate.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: This edition is part of the Puffin in Bloom series and it is beautiful. I’ve not read Anne before but I adore coming of age stories and I know that it is a lot of people’s favourite book growing up. I can’t wait to read it.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: I’d wanted to read it anyway but when Waterstones released this edition after it won their book of the year I needed to have it as soon as possible. It’s gorgeous and as it’s clothbound it’s really nice to the touch. It looks stunning and really stands out next to my other books.

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Roc Upchurch: This year I would like to read more comics and have heard lots of good things about this so it should be a pretty good place to start. It seems to portray women really well too which is something that’s really important to me.

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry: I’m a big fan of his and have read his previous memoir The Fry Chronicles but not the one before that which is Moab is My Washpot. This volume follows the end of The Fry Chronicles and tells the story of the 80’s-90’s when his career was starting to take off. I’m hoping to read lots of tales of behind the scenes of Blackadder and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. There might even be a bit of QI in there too!


I’m extremely happy with these new additions to by bookcase and can’t wait to get stuck into them throughout the year. I would love to hear what you think of them and what you received under your tree.



Reading Updates: January 2014

Now I’m never going to be one to have finished eight books in a month (apart from August when all I do on holiday is binge read by the pool) but I thought it would be nice to record how/what I read monthly. I’m really interested to see if there is a pattern or if particular months influence what I read because of the weather especially as I know that I tend to read by mood. So without further ado, this is what was consumed this month!


 I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk


Angela Clark is essentially a grown-up Georgia Nicholson who moves to New York. She’s messy, clumsy, and all-round brilliant. I would not recommend reading this in public unless you want weird looks on the train from the business people with their laptops out while you’re laughing your head off opposite them.

I’m not going to write a synopsis of this as it is the sixth in a series, but seriously check it out! I didn’t think that I was going to like it as I tend to find books about girls going shopping and boy-drama a bit boring but I really love these books.

The friendships between the women are all great and balanced, the romance is never soppy or cheesy, and Angela is a fully rounded character so she never comes across as an empty cardboard cut-out that I’ve found with a lot of protagonists from “chick lit” (which is a term that I hate.) Most of the story in the whole series is about these women changing the things in their lives that they don’t like be it their careers, family problems, or their relationships, all with the support of each other. I really like that there is never any frenemies or backstabbing, it’s a realistic portrayal of friendships between adults.

Let It Snow


Anything John Green touches is gold to me. I just thought you should know how incredibly biased I am towards his work before we continue.

Let it Snow is a compilation of three stories, each written by a different author. Maureen Johnson takes the first one which introduces us to Jubilee (she knows) who is sent off to her grandparents’ on Christmas Eve after her parents are arrested in a Flobie Christmas ornament riot. When the train breaks down in Gracetown due to a blizzard Jubilee meets some of the residents who kick off the other stories.

I’ve not read anything by Maureen Johnson apart from this which has made me more eager to pick up her Shades of London series. The same goes for Lauren Myracle who I haven’t read either, will have to see if I enjoy any of her solo work.

Her story is about Addie who is told by all her friends that she is too self-absorbed. To prove otherwise she takes it upon herself to collect her best friend’s new teacup pig from the pet store, and along the way she learns to become a better person. This was my least favourite as it seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than the other two which jarred it a bit. I also didn’t like the obvious “swearing is bad” preach that was put in. I did like how she wrapped up the stories though, it was a nice touch and because the book is set at Christmas it wasn’t cheesy.

John Green’s story was really funny and had great characters. He knows how to write realistic teenagers and never resorts to stereotype, although this story is about two boys desperately trying to get to the Waffle House which is full of cheerleaders whilst dragging along their best friend Angie (also known as The Duke) so perhaps this isn’t the best example! I really enjoyed the way the characters interacted and the romance was sweet and awkward which was perfect.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares


This was the first David Leviathan book that I read and to be honest it made me unsure that I’d like any of his other work but I have since read Will Grayson, Will Grayson which I really enjoyed so don’t let that put you off. I have not read any of Rachel Cohn’s work but I do want to read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist at some point.

This book was cute but I did find it a bit annoying at times. Lily came off as being very young and even though she became more independent by the end of the story she still didn’t seem ready for a relationship. Dash, on the other hand, was very good at pretending to be an adult whilst it was obvious that he needed an adult in his life to notice how lonely he was. Another thing that bugged me, but other readers may like, was the metaphor (I use that word lightly) of Dash being like Holden Caulfield. He even wears a deerstalker hat at one point.

It did make me laugh a couple of times but little things about the writing style, and the whole YA “Where are the parents?” trope got on my nerves.



What did you read read this month?