Allllll the wonderfully bookish things I received for Christmas!

Hellllllo readers and welcome to a slightly Christmassy post. I know Christmas was a little while ago now but I just haven’t had time to blog about all the wonderful bits I got for Christmas this year. I’ve never written one of these types of post before, because I thought it was a little bit too much like bragging but so many of the presents I was bought this year are so, so thoughtful I just couldn’t help myself.

I did think about adding links to where you can get all of these bits and bobs but I didn’t feel like going through and seeing where it all came from/cost etc so you’ll have to do a mini Google to find all these perfect gifts.

THE Personal LiBRARY Kit

This was actually one of the only things on my Christmas list to Santa and it did make it into my stocking which I did actually squeal at. As a young child (or not so young) I always made my little sister Char play libraries with me.

Now I can stamp my books out to friends and write when they were borrowed and when they are due back in again. It’s a lovely little present and just makes my little bookish heart sing.

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Harry Potter Time Turner Necklace

Such a perfect present for a Potter Head. My utterly wonderful and lovely friend Dani bought this for me and it was such a lovely surprise. It’s just such a thoughtful and special present for someone who’s love of reading grew through the brilliance of HP. Perfect present for little bookish me.

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Pug Mug, Pug Tea Infuser and Peppermint Tea

These presents came from three different people and do note I know those are tea bags but I had already cracked open my leaf tea so I used these Tea Pig ones for an image substitute. If you know me away from my blog you will know my overwhelming love of pugs and to get the mug covered in pugs and the tea infuser of a pug it is just perfect for drinking tea whilst I read along with my current book. So thoughtful and just so me.

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Blah, Blah, Blah Notebooks

Gah these notebooks – how great are they! You might have read last year that I had a little bit of writers block – not on the reviews but on my Friday bookish blog posts. It doesn’t mean I don’t have any ideas necessarily but I tend to forget them because I don’t write them down which is super silly. Now I can write them in my brilliant blah blah blah books that perfectly show off my chatty personality.

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Hotel Chocolate Mini Slabs and Dorian Gray

OMGGGGG – look how stunning is this copy of Dorian Gray is – I mean could it be anymore stunning? This book was also on my Christmas list because 1) Still need to read the book *slaps wrists* and 2) this edition is perfection!

I also got a Rocky Road mini slab from Hotel Chocolate that looks delicious and I accidentally took my sister’s caramel slab back too (oops) so I might give that back – *might.*

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Little book of Happiness & Little Book of Mindfulness

These two lovely little book were given to me by Mumma  B and they are just perfection. I’ve been working on finding inner happiness and becoming more mindful of the way I’m feeling etc. These books have been thumbed through so far but I will definitely be making use of them throughout 2K16.

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There we go then, six wonderful and thoughtful presents from a bunch of beautiful people. What did you receive for Christmas? Anything bookish – comment below or as always tweet me @littlebookblog1.

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

Helllllo readers – it’s so close to Christmas and I’m hoping Santa will be bringing a couple of bookish surprises, although maybe E-book versions. I have bought too many books over the past few weeks and my suitcase ‘book-shelf’ is threatening to keel over and flood my room. I really need to have a sort out my bookshelves and make some more room – so please Santa bring these but tiny, versions for my incredible stuffed bookshelves!

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

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I’ve seen this book all over the book blogging community but I’m yet to read. Maybe something to get finished over the Christmas Holidays!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

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This is an odd one but the reviews I have seen so far have ranged so differently I really want to stick my nose in and see whether it’s good or just really awful. #nosyreader

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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THIS JUST LOOKS AND SOUNDS SO FANTASTIC. (If someone is lost as in what to get me this would be brilliant k thnx bye.)

The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski

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Not only have the reviews of this been wonderful but I’ve recently been enjoying books that don’t quite fit genre profiles and I think this would be a perfect follow on for my current bookish ‘hangover.’

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Looks and sounds perfect for me – a book about a bookshop on Paris? GIVE IT TO ME.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Goodreads Author)

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I haven’t seen this at all over the bloggersphere – I’m sure it is I’m just looking in the wrong place but an author I adore Holly Kerr said this about it and that’s enough for me to place in on my Christmas Wish List.

This was an amazing book. It’s the first time I had read anything by Kristin Hannah and I was been converted to a huge fan by the end of the first page. The Nightingale was everything I want from a book. Read it!

Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

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When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather willed his home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson.

^ This blurb immediately fills me with bookish urges. There’s so much intrigue woven in there, it sounds like a really exciting and interesting read.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

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I think this book could be a really weepy read and I haven’t read one in such a long time. It sounds like a beautiful read and one that will be really lovely to review for MLBB.

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

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If you haven’t seen this book on Goodreads go and have a wander – the reviews are brilliant, the quotes are wonderful and I think this would be perfect in my stocking!

The Heart Goes Last (Positron 0) by Margaret Atwood

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This final book popped up on Goodreads and I just thought the premise was so new and exciting and like nothing I’ve read before it will (hopefully) give me a book to gush over again and again! This might me my most excited book to read that’s why I’ve left it till very last!

If any of my friends or relatives are stuck any or all of these books would be perfect gifts! Now someone pass the eggnog.

The Christmas Bake Off Kindle Edition by Abby Clements

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Helllllo readers, I’m not usually one for Christmas stories but as I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit a little earlier especially with all the Christmas markets I’ve been visiting I thought a festive read would be fitting. This year I’ll have (hopefully) done Birmingham twice and also Manchester and both I am sure will be wonderful. It’s a shame this year I’m not going with my parents but the weekends just haven’t added up but I thought today I would read and review for you a super short but super sweet Christmas story. Enjoy!

With Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high. Winning means a lot to everyone involved – talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she’s more than a stay-at-home mum, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves.

But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers’ loyalties are called into question – whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why? The Christmas Bake Off is an exclusive short story from Abby Clements, author of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. This ebook edition also includes bonus recipes for cinnamon cookies and vanilla and almond biscuits.

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As the blurb suggests the book follows a baking competition in a lovely little English village. Among the competitors are Katie who wants to make herself known more professionally in the baking world and Rachel who desperately wants to prove she’s more than ‘just a home baker.’ Baking a gingerbread house desperate to impress the judges – there’s a problem. Sabotage? Who will be the winner? Who has tried to stop the competition winning? All will be revealed in this ‘christmassy’ baking read.

Did I enjoy this festive tale? Yes, don’t get me wrong it is incredibly short – you could plow through this on a lunch-break or a longer bus journey but it does pack a festive punch. The characters although lacking in-depth come across strongly and have lovingly created personalities. Although the plot does use the sabotage of the cakes to bring drama it is all very light-hearted and sweet. The bake-off, rural village was played up to make this a really sweet read and I did feel incredibly festive reading it.

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I did think that there could have been deeper insights into the characters. The book is very, very (very) short and a couple of extra chapters that could have introduced a sub-plot would have helped to fill out the book a little more. The recipe at the back is a welcome addition and I cannot wait to give them a try and bake some Christmas goodies but the book didn’t quite deliver for me in terms of enjoyment. There is a smidgen of romance between two of the bakers which could have been developed but wasn’t quite enough for me to really invest myself in.

Overall this is the perfect lunch-break read when you just need a minute away from the computer, or curled up on the sofa with a hot-chocolate after a long day at work. It’s a sweet read, with a sweet ending. I found myself wanting more from this due to its short length, but for a couple of pennies on Amazon it’s definitely worth a read.

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