December Haul

I’m pleased to say that I didn’t buy any books in December (except one, which I only kind-of-bought; explanation to come). But, of course, it wouldn’t be a book haul without books, and since December means Christmas – and, like many book-lovers, I tend to get books for Christmas – I still have a few things to show you. 😉

December Haul1) First & Then by Emma Mills. A new contemporary romance novel by the youtuber elmify, which was pitched as Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights… Not that I know anything about the latter except that it’s about American football, but still. I’ve been really excited for this book, and have actually already read and loved it. 🙂 This was a gift from my cousin, Zou, who has excellent taste (clearly).

2) How to Be Both by Ali Smith. This one I know comparatively little about – only that it’s won / been nominated for several awards, and is apparently incredibly good. I received this in my Christmas stocking.

3) The Official “A Game of Thrones” Colouring Book by George R.R. Martin. This beautiful book was a present from my sister, and if you’ve been keeping an eye on my twitter, then you might’ve spotted my first couple of completed pages. 😀 One of the first things I did when I got back from Denmark (where my family spent Christmas this year) was go out and buy myself some good quality coloured pencils! (Presumably not actually by George R.R. Martin, but that’s what it says on the cover.)

4) Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson. A cookbook, which was given to me by my parents, since I got a lot more into cooking this last year.

5) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. The first book in a YA high fantasy series that’s often compared to A Song of Ice & Fire, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. This is the one book that I “kind-of-bought”, since I bought it using a voucher that I got in my stocking, and therefore I think it should technically count as a present from Father Christmas. 😛 I’m currently reading this book, and although it’s been slow-going so far (I’ve been really distracted by video games), I’m really enjoying it. 🙂

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#HolidayBookTubeAThon: TBR!

The Holiday (née Christmas) Booktubeathon challenges were announced yesterday, and of course I jumped right on them! 😀 I’ve been looking forward to this readathon for several months now – basically since the last readathon ended. 😉 Information on the readathon and the challenges can be found on the official announcement video, but for today, I thought I’d share the books I’m planning on reading for each of the challenges!

Marissa Meyer//Winter1) Winter by Marissa Meyer. The fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which I’m already almost halfway through – so I’m not too worried about finishing this, even though it’s over 800 pages long. 😮 I’ve been really into sci-fi this month (and I recently read Fairest and loved it!), for some bizarre reason, so I’ll be counting this book for the second challenge: A follow-up to something you enjoyed this year.

Emma Mills//First & Then2) First & Then by Emma Mills. A contemporary novel that’s been pitched as Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights – a concept that has me intrigued, as I love Pride & Prejudice, and I have a weird fondness for stories with sporty settings (though usually in the form of manga/anime…). This will count for both the first challenge (a book with white on the cove) and the third (a book you received as a gift)!

Ali Smith//How to Be Both3) How to Be Both by Ali Smith. Just in case I manage to finish both my other books, I’ve also picked this out so that I can round my reading total up to three books (which is the fourth challenge – though actually this could also count for either of the challenges that I picked First & Then for). I doubt I’ll actually get to this one (and I don’t even really know what it’s about), but I’m looking forward to reading it soon regardless. 🙂