There’s a lot of things I like about Christmas – the food, spending time with family, chilling out and watching lots of movies, but I have to say one of the biggest perks of all is being able to add a few more unexpected books to my shelves. And better yet – I don’t have to feel guilty about buying books when I have so many unread ones because other people have done it for me. Double win! I always tend to have a book wish list on the go so that if any of my relatives are stuck for present ideas, they can randomly pick something off it. This way, it’s always a surprise and I never have any clue which books I’m going to get. And I have to say, this year I was ecstatic with some of their choices! So, without further ado, allow me to present you with lots of bookish pictures and nerdy goodness, mwuhuhuuuu. 🙂
First up, we have a non-fiction book which is unusual for me. I first spotted The Girl Who Was on Fire on Goodreads when someone else was reading it. I clicked to find out more and discovered it was a compilation of essays by existing authors discussing different aspects of The Hunger Games series, from analyzing Katniss’s character to chatting dystopian world building, it even has a section discussing ‘whether the third book sucks’ which I am fascinated to read because I know a lot of people didn’t like it (me not included) so it should be an interesting discussion! I haven’t read anything from any of the authors that have contributed to this book before, but the quote excerpts I’ve seen are brilliant and insightful, and I’m always interested to read people’s opinions on Suzanne Collins’s series so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this!
Next up we have A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (apologies for the blurry picture, I had a cold at the time I took these!) This book was rec’d to me by a fellow blogger and is the first in a series about a woman who studies dragons and has all sorts of adventures along the way. I believe it’s written in a kind of memoir/scholar like style so I’m hoping there will be lots of intricate details about how dragons function and maybe some cool methodology. The cover art IMMEDIATELY had me drooling, and we all know I’m a big fan of anything dragon related! It’s been a quite a while since I’ve read a novel where dragons are centre stage in a story (I don’t think A Game of Thrones counts) so I’m excited to try this one. I hope it lives up to the gorgeous cover (which my photo doesn’t really do justice to AT ALL)! I can’t stop stroking and staring at it. 🙂
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is a bit of an enigma at the moment; while it was on my list I’ve never been totally sure what it’s about. All the reviews I’ve read have been overwhelmingly positive but vague. The novel originally piqued my interest because it had the word bookstore in the title. Of course, I immediately jumped at the idea of a book about books. I mean, what could be better?!? I know that it’s about a guy… and a bookstore… and I think there’s some kind of mystery involved? I’m not really sure but I am intrigued, and it will be nice to go into a novel with little idea of the story for once! (Damn the over-explanatory blurbs of today *shakes fist*).
Next up is the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I’ve actually read all three of these novels before – twice! However, the current copies I own are battered and looking a bit sorry for themselves. Since Pullman’s trilogy still remains today, one of the best set of novels I have ever read, I thought his words were worth a gift edition upgrade! I’d been swooning at this pretty Everyman’s Library edition of the books for quite some time because SOPHISTICATED COLOURS, CLASSY SILVER TYPE, INTRICATELY DETAILED ILLUSTRATIONS. *SIGH*. I’m so glad to officially have it sitting on my shelf. It’s making it very tempted to do a reread, again!
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling is a book that I should have read a long time ago but I’ve somehow never gotten around to it. I KNOW, I AM A BAD POTTER FAN. SHAME ME AND CALL ME A MUGGLE. Even more shocking still, I have yet to read either of Rowling’s companion books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Quiddich Through the Ages. It seems strange now, but when I was younger and heard she had written these books they sounded boring to me. I cared more about Harry’s adventures than delving into the world building. Now, that thought process seems crazy because I would love the opportunity to learn more! I recently managed to get both Fantastic Beasts and the Quiddich book (the latter I bought while visiting platform nine and three-quarters last week) so it seems I now officially have the full set. I might just have to binge read them all in one go! Additionally, I was given the awesome time-turner key ring pictured above. I love it! Might come in handy when I those pesky assignments start rolling in. 😉
Finally, I also got two other brilliant book related gifts, this nerdtastic t-shirt (every time I look at it I want to squeal and flail because PERFECTION) and a cool blogging mug from The Literary Gift Company. I haven’t had the chance to use either yet but I just like staring at them so…!
Did you get any great books this Christmas? Have you read any of the above? What’s the most nerdy gift you’ve ever been given?
My own, please do not reuse.