It seems like a long time since Christmas now, but I realised recently that I hadn’t hauled any of the books I got as presents. I don’t know how I managed to miss doing this, since the veritable mountain sitting on my bedside table includes a lot of the books I got for Christmas, but somehow I did. So here are the books I got over the holidays and in January.
My auntie was kind enough to give me a literal box of books, which was a joy to unwrap. The box contained Strange The Dreamer, Bad Feminist, and Pachinko. She also gave me her second-hand copy of The Power by Naomi Alderman because she knew I’d been desperate to read it for ages.
Funnily enough, my boyfriend also got me a copy of The Power for Christmas. So now I have two. Giveaway, anyone?
My parents got me Vicious (PRAISE, BLESS) and The Demon King, while my sister – who is currently on her year abroad in France – picked me up the French edition of A Darker Shade of Magic. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)
One of my other aunts got me the US Collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic too, and I spent the next hour pouring over the beautiful artwork. I still can’t believe I got three V. E. Schwab books in the space of a week, WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.
My wonderful Twitter wifey @hollieblog sent me the hardback of Carry On, because she knew I’d borrowed it from the library, read it, and loved it so much that I wanted to get my own copy.
Then in January, I visited one of my best pals, and she got me these two beautiful volumes of No.6. No.6 is an LGBTQIA+ dystopian manga and we both watched the anime together and loved it. She remembered that I’d been wanting to read the manga for a while and bought me the first two volumes as a present.
I ended up with 12 books overall for Christmas and New Year, and I’m thrilled with every single one of them. I’ve already read Vicious and the two volumes of No.6, and I’m hoping to get to some of the others next month.
Did you get any books for Christmas? Which of these do you think I should pick up next? In general, do you prefer getting physical books or gift cards so you can then go and choose the books?