All I want for Christmas

MARIAH Carey was really on to something.

Surely, there’s no better way to get across how badly you wanted love for Christmas than by singing about all the things you would give up for it.

In my case the YOU I want for Christmas isn’t love, it’s books. (Just don’t tell my boyfriend that)

But with four days (ish) to go until Christmas, I’m on a ban for buying anymore until Christmas morn.

Fair enough, it means I’m unlikely to end up with Christmas doubles, but it’s not going to stop me from scheming.

So here’s my Twelve Books of Christmas.


ON THE first day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has been calling to me for months. And I’ve still not got round to reading it.

But 2018 is the year of reading! And maybe reading about Lara Jean Song Covey’s attempts to navigate her own love life will help me navigate mine.

Besides, you know, resorting to calling him an eejit.


ON THE second day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

A new Hobbit family.

I spoke about this book last week (it’s fan-freaking-tastic once you get past all the long-winded descriptions) and it may seem a little silly to be putting a book I’ve already read on here but just look at this cover.

It’s so beautiful and with my Christmas dollar soon to be in the bank, I know I’m not going to be able to resist picking up a few of these beauties.

EVERY DAY ~ David Levithan

ON THE third day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

I’ve toyed with the idea of reading this for a while, after a former classmate told me about it.

And if she was right about The Fault In Our Stars surely she must be right about this.

I’m currently halfway through Eat Pray Love, so maybe Every Day would be a good way to continue my philosophical education. What makes us us and why are we here?

I haven’t read much about it and I already have half million questions about it. Hopefully maybe I’ll get some answers by finally reading it.


ON THE fourth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…


I may hate horror films, but I live for a good horror book. But while Stephen King may not have made my Twelve Books of Christmas list, M.R Carey has.

The film looked immense but I reckon I would rather give the book a try first.

A BRAVE NEW WORLD ~ Aldous Huxley

THE fifth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

Further dystopian education. I love 1984, Farenheit 451, and The Handmaid’s Tale as far as someone can love a book about frightening dystopian futures which are on the verge of becoming reality.

My boyfriend loved this book (A world about happy consumers sounds scarily familiar) and I’m actually quite excited to finally get round to reading it.

I have a feeling it’s gonna have a lasting impact.

THE ROSIE PROJECT ~ Graeme Simsion

ON THE sixth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

A lonely doctor looking for love. And we’re straight back to the everhaunting question of what is love?

At the end of the day, you can’t really go wrong with a hilarious romance.


ON THE seventh day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

When Cormoran Strike was on the tv, I was glued to the screen. So I figured if I loved Strike, I would probably enjoy The Casual Vacancy.

Add on my love for all things Harry Potter and the fact that JK Rowling is my writing idol and it seemed like the perfect choice for my Christmas Book List.


ON THE eighth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

The sequel to Kill A Mockingbird has seen some mixed reviews. As a lover of the Ms Lee’s novel, I was kind of edgy about adding this to my list.

I’m not sure I want my opinion of Atticus Finch tarnished.

But I guess I won’t know until I read it.


ON THE ninth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

A sequel to Pride and Prejudice…or does it count as a spin-off?

All I know is that there’s murder, mystery and Mr Darcy.

That’s pretty much all I need to know for this book to make the list.

THE HEART GOES LAST ~ Margaret Atwood

ON THE tenth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

Margaret Atwood has to be one of my all-time favourite authors. Her constant questioning of society and it’s structures not only pluck at the heartstrings but also at the mind.

Personally, as a young woman who’s struggling to find her grounding, Charmaine’s battle between love of a man and society sounds like the kind of story that might offer some enlightenment into the society we live in.

OUTLANDER ~ Diana Gabaldon

ON THE eleventh day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

One Sam Heughan. Well I wish.

I write a lot about Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe in my job. A lot. So much so I’m surprised I’ve not tired of them (some of my colleagues have – I think listening to me squeee about it does that).

But I figure if I’ve already delved into some of the TV series, surely the books can’t be all that bad.

Maybe I should specify that Sam Heughan has to be on the cover of my book.

EMMA ~ Jane Austen

ON THE twelth day of Christmas, my Christmas list gave to me…

Another attempt at reading Emma.

I loved Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility less so.

But Emma, I’ve always really struggled with. New year new me though, so maybe it’s time to try again.

It’s also an excuse to get some fancy looking copies.

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