Monday, 25 November 2013

Ten books to: add to your Christmas list

I love Christmas, but every year I struggle to decide which books to add to my Christmas list. Which books can I actually wait *until* Christmas to get? Which ones do I think I will like (nothing worse than asking someone to get you a book as a gift and not enjoying it) and, honestly, which books do I want to ask for that I can't *quite* justify buying myself? With that in mind, here is my list of ten books to add to your Christmas list:

13636400The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Christmas is the perfect time to ask for those pricey hardbacks that you might not normally buy for yourself and The Bone Season is a great one to ask for. A promising start to what looks to be a gripping and totally addictive bound-to-be-bestseller series. 


Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

Another hardback and an absolutely gorgeous one at that, both in terms of cover and content. A magical debut from a UKYA author that you're bound to find enticing. 


The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter 

Okay, cheating slightly because I do work for the UK publisher of these books, but they've been some of my favourites for a while! With the sixth and final book, United We Spy, released this year, Christmas 2013 is the perfect time to get yourself treated to the entire set.


Geek Girl 1 & 2 by Holly Smale

Probably the funniest books I have read in a while, they would make a  great Christmas present duo.

11925514Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It's dramatic, fraught with tension and you have no idea where it's going to end up. It's not Christmas dinner with your family, it is one of the best books I have ever read, and a book that has taken the YA world by storm. 

16153296Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

More fiction with a historical setting, strong characters and emotional and tense plotlines. Much better than the Christmas episodes of the soaps. 

17322949Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

A 2012 release that I actually got for Christmas last year, so I'm passing on the joy! One of the most impactful and bittersweet books I have ever read and one I feel everyone should read. 

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Another 2012 release, but one I only discovered this year. A gorgeous and gripping Grisha fantasy; wonderfully inspired by Russian culture and history. I defy you to not fall in love with this book.

924062The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy 

Another series and while there's still another book to go in this one, that gives you enough time to catch up and endure a nail-biting but always thrilling wait for the final book. The Skulduggery Pleasant books are totally addictive reading and what is Christmas for if not self-indulgent chain-reading (and eating)?

What books have made it onto your Christmas wishlist this year, and what books would you recommend adding to mine?


  1. Awesome list! I am dying to read Eleanor and Park, and I've heard great things about The Bone Season and Code Name Verity. I'll have to check these out, and soon! :)

  2. What I love most about this list is that there are a lot of books I haven't read yet! I read Shadow and Bone a few weeks ago and I'm still in withdrawal. I'm definitely going to try to read The Bone Season and Eleanor & Park!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  3. What a fab selection of books! I completely agree with Fearsome Dreamer, the Geek Girl series and Eleanor and Park! :)

  4. YES to Gallagher Girls and Shadow and Bone. I really liked The Bone Season too, and I really want to read Geek Girl seeing as everyone is raving about it! I've heard a lot of good things about Fearsome Dreamer as well. Great list :)

  5. After reading your post I thought I'd have a quick look at The Bone Season on Amazon UK & it's currently 99p for the Kindle book!! So I thought sod Christmas I'm buying it now. Winning.

  6. If I had more family that liked reading, I'd definitely be buying Ruta Sepetys.


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