Here’s my Christmas book haul!
Although this blog is called Pretty Books, I try not to buy books purely based on the cover, but I couldn’t resist asking for the exclusive blue sprayed edges edition of Stephen King’s Revival from Waterstones for Christmas. I haven’t read Stephen King for a long time – I read The Shining and Pet Semetary as a teenager, so it’s about time I picked up another! I also received Dreams of Gods and Monsters because I want to finish Laini Taylor’s trilogy (I still have the second book to read), plus The Bone Clocks, after attending David Mitchell’s London event. I did Secret Santa with a bunch of friends this year and I received this lovely edition of Matilda! And lastly, I didn’t expect to buy another book before 2015, but I want to Foyles with Daphne and bought A Merry Christmas: And Other Stories, which I read as one of this year’s festive reads and part of my Classics Challenge.
I also bought some eBooks because I cannot resist Kindle sales:
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Hurry Up and Wait by Isabel Ashdown
Dead Ends by Erin Lange
Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I’m most excited about reading Alice Oseman’s Solitaire because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. I was also happy to buy two books I hadn’t heard of before: Ghostwritten, about a writer who’s asked to work on the memoirs of someone who, as a child, was interned in a camp during the Second World War, and Hurry Up and Wait, a coming-of-age novel set during the 1980s. I’m also intrigued by The Miniaturist, which I’ve picked up previously in bookshops because it’s beautiful. It has appeared on so many ‘books of 2014’ lists, yet it’s not a story I’d usually read, so I didn’t buy it until now. I also picked up two other YA novels: Dead Ends and Let’s Get Lost, which had been on my wishlist and have been praised by other bloggers. And lastly, I was offered to pick of one of six free Kindle eBooks, so I picked Neil Gaiman’s Stardust!
Here’s to more book-buying, borrowing and reading in 2015!