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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Christmas Book Haul!

This was delayed in reaching you purely because of laziness but I received some truly beautiful books for Christmas so better late than never!

So many lovely new reads.

I'll look at the top three there in a minute but I'm loving the feminist theme to the bottom three; Suffragette and Gráinne Mhaol are both graphic novels about strong women while Women Will Save The World (we can thank the Dalai Lama for that title by the way!) is ideal for anyone interested in gender studies (points to myself) and what I particularly like about this one is that it has quite a positive vibe to it. Often, feminist non-fiction text can be a bit depressing but I feel like this book is the opposite! 

Keeping with a feminist theme, The Long Gazeback is an anthology of Irish women writers including Anne Enright, Kate O' Brien, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Anne Devlin, to name a few.

Choupette and Irish Bitches Be Crazy were bought as light hearted reads, the latter is supposedly very funny while the former is only going to fuel my adoration for that super spoiled Chanel cat to be honest. 

Here are those super gorgeous books I mentioned:

And of course, this dreamy edition of Little Women that I first spotted in a small town in Maine but had no room in my luggage home for. 
Himself remembered it and bought it for me alongside Good Behaviour and A Christmas Carol

I hugged this when I opened it. I know. You have to understand though how often I re-read Little Women as a little woman myself and of course the sheer beauty of this edition. 

I've heard so much about Joyce Carol Oates so I'm delighted to now have Carthage, a thriller about the disappearance of a young girl. 
You Should Have Known is about a woman forced to look at her idyllic life with horror after her husband's mysterious disappearance while After The Crash is a mystery surrounding a plane crash, spanning 18 years. I'm very partial to a good thriller/mystery so I can't wait to read these!

Shotgun Lovesongs is about four young men coming of age in a small American town and has been described as "the kind of book that restores your faith in humanity". Ah, yes please!

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and has written this book on re-evaluating what it means to be successful in today's world following an injury brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As someone who has also had to re-evaluate what success means for me, I'm interested to read what conclusions Arianna came to. 

I read one of Dawn French's books last year and either laughed out loud or wept quietly throughout the entire book so I really can't wait to get stuck in to According To Yes

Very much next on my to-read list from this lot though?

I read an excerpt from this memoir by Drew Barrymore last year and it left me eager for more plus I find her a fascinating person. 
That aside, what a stunning looking book, am I right?!

Lastly and also along the same vein of "what a beautiful looking book but also one I really want to read" is The Hive. I've seen a good bit about this book which looks at the Mean Girls world (for mums) of the school gates and has been described as 'clever and witty', with 'just the right mix of satire and affection'. Sounds good, eh?!

Have you read any of these?
Did you get any lovely books for Christmas?


  1. I want to read so many of these books! That cover to Little Women looks incredible, a fitting cover to my favourite classic.

  2. That is some book collection! Love the Little Women edition it's beautiful. I received a few books for christmas too but have yet to find time to read any...(sad face).

    1. I'd imagine it's hard to find the time with a little one to look after alright! xx

  3. That edition of Little Women is stunning, I haven't read it in years! I really want to read that Drew Barrymore one, she's a fascinating person. Lovely haul!

    1. Yeah I can't wait for the Drew one either, it looks so interesting!!

  4. That edition of Little Women!!! Love!!!! :D

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog.

  5. I think I'm going to treat myself to that edition of Little Women, it looks beautiful.

    1. You definitely should, it's an absolute beauty. Half thinking of putting it on display ;)

  6. Beautiful, that edition of Little Women is simply gorgeous!