Hi all! It’s January 2018, which means it’s time to share with you the wonderful books I received for Christmas this year.
First on my list is Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman, a collection of essays on storytelling and many to do with his own books. I’ve been wanting to grab this collection for so long, and since finishing uni I’ve been dying for some academic reading. His Dark Materials is such an influential series for me that I want to get deep into his mindset and interests when writing them. I still haven’t read La Belle Sauvage (I know, I know, it’s been months but I’ve been so bogged down with work books that I haven’t had a chance yet!)
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race is second on my Christmas shelf! I’m really attracted to Non-Fiction lately, which is so unlike me. I think it’s the lack of academia in my life. I’m picking up more and more essays lately, and this one has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I’ve read snippets of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s essays online and followed so much of the conversations online. I’m so excited to read through them.
The next two caught my eye after the Man Booker Prize 2017. There were some really fantastic books on the list, and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling too keen on picking up Autumn when I was thinking about which nomination to grab. But when I read the blurb for Winter I was sold. I was given both for Christmas and I can’t wait to pick them both up. Following Brexit, I’m excited to read Ali Smith’s novel that explores the separation of generations and societal opinions and circumstances. And with Winter, I’m dying to find out more about her strangers staying in a Cornwall B&B in the middle of winter. Hopefully I love them and can add the next two in her quartet to my TBR list!
Admittedly, the last two on this list are presents from me to me, but I thought I would include them anyway. I went charity shopping recently, and while there I picked up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I remember being a child and watching my brother receive the Harry Potter books, but he never let me read them. He had a few first editions, and I love the artwork and the hardback designs, so I wish he still had them. I have no idea where they ended up. So, I’ve been lucky to find a couple of them in charity shops. I doubt I’ll ever come across a first edition of Philosopher’s Stone, but you never know! I’m only two books into the series, but I can’t wait to make my way through them.
The last book, and another picked up in a charity shop, is The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier. I have always adored Daphne Du Maurier. Ever since my mum bought me Jamaica Inn as a teenager, I’ve been in love with her writing. I’ve not had the chance to read any of her short stories though, only her novels, so I decided to grab it. And I mostly have Vintage editions so it matches my collection! You can’t go wrong for £1.50 on a charity bookshelf. You may recognise The Birds as a Hitchcock film, and you’d be right in imagining the suspenseful, thrilling story. It’s about time I read it.
What books did you get for Christmas?