I’m still a little kid at Christmas. I write a Christmas list, I have an advent calendar and I still can’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve. Truthfully, I doubt I’ll ever be any different! But I like that. It’s something to look forward to throughout the year.
One of the most superficial elements of the holiday is receiving gifts. Now, I’ll be posting later on this month about the gifts that I’ll have given as well, because that’s my favourite thing about the holiday – as well as the food and spending time with my family. The only reason I’m not putting that up yet is because I want to tell you about all the things I’m giving as presents and I can’t really do that in case it spoils someone’s present for them! So please don’t think me selfish for putting my list up first. Also, this is a book blog and given I’ve primarily asked for only books this year, it’s probably going to be a lot more interesting to my readers!
Let’s begin day six of Blogmas!
Throne Of Glass box set by Sarah J. Maas
I REALLY want to get to this series in 2019, and what better way to do that than to have the box set sitting proudly on my shelves just waiting to be read? It’s a series that I’ve definitely felt like I’ve been missing out on and if I do have this sitting under the tree this year, I fully intend to read the entirety in the new year. Could be a difficult challenge, and the idea of adding eight more books to my physical TBR is a bit daunting but I’m hoping it’s a series that will be worth it.
Middlemarch by George Eliot – Folio Society Edition
I definitely don’t read nearly enough classics and my goal in the new year is to be reading one classic along with every modern day release. I won’t have to finish them at the same time but one classic per month seems like a pretty easy target to achieve. Middlemarch is one of my dad’s favourite classic novels and he particularly likes to talk about the powerful final paragraph. In fact I could probably quote it to you off by heart these days, and I haven’t even read the book yet! I’m a bit intimidated by the idea of reading a £75 book and I know Folio Society editions are more collectable than a practical book to read, but I think as long as I’m careful, I should be able to manage. Or maybe I’ll just buy a cheap copy to read and then have this one as a collectable. Who knows? I’ll have to see whether I get it before dealing with a potentially unnecessary conundrum.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – Folio Society Edition
I used to be absolutely obsessed with the Audrey Hepburn adaptation of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, but can you believe I still haven’t read the book it was originally adapted from? I unfortunately just hadn’t seen any edition of it that I wanted to own, so therefore haven’t had a chance to! Then one day, I was browsing Folio Society’s website, and there it was. Stunning, sparkly and chic. Everything a cover for this tale should be. It was a meet-cute. Insta-love. I needed that book. That book needed to be on my shelves. And there you have it. That’s the tale of how it ended up on my Christmas list.
The Snow Queen and Other Winter Tales – Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Edition
There was an adaptation of The Snow Queen that I loved when I was growing up but I’ve never picked up the original classic fairy tale. Given this is such a gorgeous and wintry edition, I thought it would make a really pretty and appropriate Christmas present. I love the Barnes and Noble editions of classics, and despite the fact that they’re not exceptionally well made, they do look absolutely gorgeous on any bookshelf. I currently own their Wizard of Oz, Emerald City of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland editions. They are my babies.
Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
No, I still do not own a copy of my most anticipated 2018 release. Why? Because I put myself on a book buying ban the month before it was due to be released. I read Strange The Dreamer last year, and though it had a really slow start, it managed to completely grip me by the end and I now consider it one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is very flowery and the pace is painfully slow at times but I personally enjoyed those things and cannot wait to read the sequel!
Wildcard by Marie Lu
I still don’t really know what to make of this duology. I feel like I NEED the second book, but in all honesty, I wasn’t a massive fan of the first. Don’t get me wrong, I gave it a fairly high rating because it was genuinely entertaining and very fast paced but I couldn’t help but be disappointed with it. I’m not even sure why. I guess my expectations were maybe unrealistic because I was so excited about the plot but still, I cannot wait to see what happens in the final book.
A Court Of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
I know, I know. This isn’t meant to be that great of a novella. But I NEED it. I need to find out what the characters are up to after the events of the third book and I need it to add to my collection. I’m gutted I’ve had to wait this long to read this but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get round to it before the first spin-off novel gets released! 2019 may be a year of me literally only reading Sarah J. Maas books, and you know what? I’d be kinda okay with that…
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I love me some modern poetry, especially when it’s bound in such a vibrant and pretty way like the hardcover of The Sun and Her Flowers. I’ve seen the paperback edition around and it’s very lovely but then I stumbled upon a hardcover version in Waterstones a couple of months back and I FELL IN LOVE. Yes, I am shallow and cover love may end up making me want a book I could have easily waited a while to read but now, all I want is this edition! *insert grabby hands*
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Once again, feeling the cover love on this one. I’ve wanted to read this for a really long time but I keep seeing the special editions of Vicious on social media and let me tell you, I AM JEALOUS. Is it perhaps the most bookstagrammable book ever? Yes. I think it might be. It truly is that gorgeous. If I do end up receiving this for Christmas I will be popping my V.E Schwab cherry as I have still never read a book of hers. I’m hoping it’s a good one to start with!
Distortion by Victor Dixen
This is the only book on the list that’s not a hardcover oddly. Typically I do prefer getting hardcovers as gifts as they feel more special, whereas a paperback I’ll usually just buy for myself but I cannot wait to read this second book in the Phobos series. The first book was insanely entertaining and I almost ordered this second as soon as I’d finished it. However, I decided to wait until Christmas in the hopes that it might be wrapped up it a little bow under the tree.
I’ve also asked for lots of different things for our home but nothing too specific so I’m not going to include them on my list. Just think blankets and duvet covers etc… cosy stuff!
There you have it! My 2018 Christmas List! I know it may seem like a lot or at least that it adds up to a lot of money, and you’d obviously be right. It does. I don’t expect to receive ALL of these. My list is always just a guideline for my parents and other half because let’s face it, how do you buy a bookworm a present when she’s already got so many books and you don’t know what she has and hasn’t bought. A list is definitely the easiest way to go. As for the fact that a lot of them are expensive, special editions – I ask for stuff that I normally wouldn’t buy myself. This year has been a tough one financially for me, and because of that I’ve really not treated myself at all besides a couple of second hand DVD’s and books. I’d like cheering up and even if the way to doing that is to unwrap a gorgeous edition of a beautiful book then so be it.
So what have we learnt here? I’m bad with money AND I am very superficial when it comes to book aesthetics! What books do you want to see wrapped up under your tree? Do you still write a Christmas list, and do you even ask for books or are you all booked out by the time Christmas rolls around? Let me know! Once again, thank you for reading and I shall see you tomorrow for day seven!