Well, I have managed to roll myself off the couch and stop gobbling festive treats long enough to come and check in with all you lovely people. 🙂 I hope if you were celebrating Christmas that you had a wonderful day and Santa blessed you with all the books you were hoping for. For my part, it was a lovely day spent with family and I managed quite successfully (for the most part) to avoid the temptation to just sit staring at the shiny new books I was lucky enough to receive, while I tried to decide which to read first.
I was over the moon with the books I found awaiting me under the tree on Christmas morning. They were…
1. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
This was a book that I’ve read mixed reviews about in the blogosphere but when I saw a review on Amazon where someone said it was basically Supernatural without the Winchester brothers, I knew I had to read this book. I am a Supernatural fan of epic proportions. The story tells of Kennedy who after finding her mother dead is later saved from an evil spirit sent to kill her by identical demon hunting twins, Jared and Lukas. I’m pretty sure it’s inevitable that there’ll be a love triangle in this one but I am partial to attractive demon hunters (Dean Winchester is a top tv boyfriend) so I’m prepared to overlook it and enjoy the overall story.
2. Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica Fox
This book is a fantasy come true for many of us bookaholics because it tells the true story of Jessica Fox, a young filmaker working for NASA, who takes the plunge to totally change her life by moving to Scotland (obviously a woman of taste and intelligence. 😉 ) and opening up a second-hand bookshop. She wants to open her shop in Wigtown which is Scotland’s national booktown and has more than 20 book-related businesses. Seriously both sides of the main street and several other streets are lined with bookshop after bookshop. It’s a place I’ve visited many times and as someone who dreams of their own bookshop someday (though mine will be in Paris!), this story was a must-read for me.
3. World After by Susan Ee
This was one of two books that I was crossing all my fingers and toes would be waiting for me on Christmas morning and I’m sorry to say if it hadn’t been there, it’s likely that there would have a tantrum which would have put any toddler to shame. This is, of course, the sequel to one of my favourite reads of 2013, Angelfall, and I have been dying to read this. The survivors of the angel apocalypse are trying to rebuild, Penryn’s sister, Paige is kidnapped by people who think she’s a monster and Raffe is searching for his wings… I’m getting all hyper and excited even just writing the synopsis!
4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
Another of the ones that I was desperate to get my hands on this Christmas and the noise that escaped me when I opened it was a cross between a ‘Woo hoo’ and a squeal that only dogs could hear. The sequel to the truly epic Throne of Glass featuring one of the most bad-ass characters in recent literary history, and also the one that I have the most trouble spelling, Celaena Sardothien. At the end of Throne of Glass, Celanea has just fought her way to victory in a competition to become King’s champion. What will she fight for now? The cruel and evil King or the innocent people in the kingdom? Oooh, the tension!
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I had no choice but to wait for Christmas for the last book in the Divergent trilogy because my best friend and I had an arrangement where we would wait until we could both read it at the same time. For that reason, this was ultimately the book from my Christmas haul that I chose to start first. I’ve gone into this with low expectations because I know there’s a lot of hatred towards the ending. So far, while I’m not sure why Veronica Roth decided suddenly to go with alternating POVs for this one, I am enjoying it but I’m proceeding with caution.
6. Let Me Off At The Top by Ron Burgundy
An autobiography written by Will Ferrell’s Anchorman – do I really need to explain why I wanted to read this one? 🙂
So what about you? What bookish goodies did you find under your tree?
Did you get the books you wanted?