Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Book Haul

So Christmas happened and it was awesome despite some ridiculous wind in Kent on Monday night while we were trying to get to London, but due to our ninja skills (for which read the fact that we know that the Congestion charge ends at 7pm and so went straight through Central London instead of sitting on the M25 which was at a standstill like everybody else) the journey only took about ten minutes longer than usual and we didn't blow off the road at all, so that was good. I got a lot of books this year, but actually I have something more important to tell you all. Some of you already know and some will have seen it on Twitter, Facebook or whatever, but this is my other big news and also part of the reason I've been a rubbish blogger lately!

The photo is horrendous because I took a photo of the scan photo on my phone, buuuuuuuut it's a picture of baby number two who is due mid June :-) Four days after my birthday, to be precise, so keep your fingers crossed it's either on time or late because I really don't want to spend my birthday in hospital! We're all very excited, as well as being slightly overwhelmed and terrified at the thought of how we will cope with a newborn and a 20 month old, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it! Everything's going well so far, the baby has all the organs and limbs its supposed to at this point and I've just been feeling knackered, but so far so good!

So now onto the books! This picture is missing a couple, because I couldn't find them, but here's what I got:

From bottom to top:
  • The Quilters Bible by Linda Clements was from my Grandma because my mum and dad got me a basic quilting supplies set and because I obviously need another crafty hobby which takes up lots of space! I'll be blogging about it more on my craft blog, if you're interested!
  • The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang was from Rhys and probably the best present I got this year (and I got some pretty awesome stuff). It's beautiful and in a box and illustrated and just the most amazing thing. For those who are less into fairytales than I am, there's a whole series of these books, in different colours and each colour features different types of fairytales or fairytales from different parts of the world. They're also pretty hard to find so this was doubly amazing. 
  • The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden was also from my parents. I have a bit of a problem with cookery book collecting and really like experimenting with making different types of foods so this will fit into the collection very well! I also got The Great British Bakeoff: Everyday from Ellie which isn't in the picture because it's already buried in my kitchen on the cookery book case!
  • Phantasies by George MacDonald I got from my sister, who thought it looked cool and basically bought it for me because she wants to read it, which is pretty much what we do for each other! It's also folklorey and has gorgeous illustrations so I'm excited about that one!
  • Then there's a tiny book of Christmassy knitting patterns that I got in my stocking and I can't see or remember the title, because I cleared my books up already but it looks fun!
  • The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi looks really interesting and was also in my stocking. 
  • Black Thorn, White Rose by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling and The Giver by Lois Lowry were presents from the lovely Charlotte who must be telepathic because I've been thinking about them both lately and how much I want to read them! 
  • Babysitters' Winter Holiday by Ann M. Martin is a total blast from the past and I made Rhys put it in my stocking because I found it in a charity shop for 10p and had never read this one of the specials! As a teenager I was seriously obsessed with the Babysitters Club and to be honest it's still really easy, enjoyable reading even if it is ridiculously dated. It's kind of my guilty pleasure. 
  • Snuff by Terry Pratchett my sisters' got for me because I bought it for my dad just after it came out, read it then but don't actually own it, so that was nice. I also got Dodger in my stocking because that was my dad's present last year and I didn't get to test read it because Rhys was reading it instead! I've already started it and it's great so far!
  • False Gods of Rome by Robert Fabbri is a historical fiction book I think, it turned up in my stocking because my sister who is in charge of the book section in her local Oxfam shop, did a mystery Christmas book lucky dip thing and grabbed me one. It looks interesting!
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the only Fitzgerald book I don't actually own I think, despite having read and loved it way back in college. I'm really happy I finally have a copy and thanks to my lovely sisters for getting it for me!
I also got and have already read but now can't find Attachments by Rainbow Rowell from Laura. Once I find it there will be a review, because that book is amazing. 

And that's it for now I think! I got lots of other stuff for Christmas which we're currently trying to fit in the house. If you want to see a picture of the gorgeous quilt my aunty made for Benji, pop over to the craft blog! I'm also ridiculously proud of myself for finishing A Tale of Two Cities just before Christmas and am thinking I might make reading Dickens in December a yearly thing. What do you think? How was everybody's Christmas and what books did you get? 


  1. A BABY?! Congratulations :D I'm so happy for you!

    Looks like you received some brilliant books - enjoy your reading!

  2. I am so excited about you being pregnant, mine is due June 11th and that's so close to yours, which is awesome! Mine will probably be late as it's a first baby, so you never know, our babies could even share a birthday :)

    1. That would be so awesome! :-D I was just saying to Rhys how strange it is that when I was pregnant the first time round your sister had her baby not long after me and now you and I are pregnant at the same time!

    2. I think my sister would be glad that it's me and not her this time round, I think she's planning quite a long break between babies! It is weird timing, but nice too as I don't know anyone in real life who is pregnant at the same time as me. I'm the first of my friends to get pregnant, so it's all completely new.

    3. It was the same for me the first time,I only had my mum to ask about stuff! A couple have had babies since I had benji though,but nobodys pregnant now so it is really nice that you are too :-)

  3. I loooove that you got a babysitters club book! I had quite a few when I was younger but got rid of them and now I'm like 'I want them baaaaaack!' (This is what eBay is for lol)

    And yaaaaaay baby! *secretly hopes it's a girl cause I never get to buy baby dresses* *but as long as it's healthy etc etc*

    1. I gave them all to my little sister (I had about 80% of them and there are a lot of books!) before she was old enough to want to read them and she got rid of them because she didn't have space. A few years later both she and I got very annoyed about it!

      Secretly I hope it's a girl too, because of the baby dresses and also the already having a boy so balance would be nice, but a boy would be lovely too :-)

  4. Congratulations! You will have your hands full but you'll figure it out. You really did get some great books - how nice of your friends and family to give you the things you love!

  5. Congratulations! I remember reading your blog just before your first was born. Mine are 14 months apart. For the most part, I have survived for the last 16 years - Ha! I remember when I was little. I received a whole collection of the Fairy Tale Books that you are talking about. I wonder what happened to those anyway.