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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Book Haul and TBR


Yaaas, it's Christmas soon meaning the perfect excuse for a mini book splurge! I've read a lot of 3/5 books this year - tragic times. So I picked these really carefully because I want to finish this year on a high.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by Stephanie Perkins



Synopsis: 

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve best selling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. 

I heard about this book in August and it just sounded right up my street so I knew I'd be saving it for Christmas. It has stories by some of faves such as Jenny Han, David Levithan and Stephanie Perkins.

American Savage by Matt Whyman



Synopsis:

Vegan, veggie, carnivore... humanitarian? Welcome to the top of the food chain. The Savages are back - this time in a country where servings come supersized. Titus, Angelica and the kids go to great lengths to fit into their new lives in sunny Florida. But that's not easy when their appetite runs to feasts of human flesh.

In this dark comic serving of everyday family life with contemporary cannibals, the Savages seek to hide in plain sight by setting up a vegan café. But when the venture turns out to be a surprise sensation, and bad apples bob to the surface, Titus is forced to question whether the family have finally bitten off more than they can chew.

This isn't seasonal at all but I read the first book, The Savages by Matt Whyman earlier this year and LOVED IT. It's just very subtly messed up and warped. I then forgot about it until recently and so picked up the this book to see how it all ends.

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling


Synopsis: 
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Mindy Kaling, you are my woman crush all day everyday. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me was the funniest book I read this year. This purchase was clearly the next natural step. 


Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery




If only I could justify buying this. I haven't had a new cookbook in a couple of months and I've been looking through this cookbook for about 4 years - pretty much every time I go to Waterstones. It all looks so delicious. And I'm rubbish at making icing and this has step to step tutorials which of course is going to be really handy. 
Ah there we go, that's my reason. 

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel




Synopsis: 
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.  But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

I haven't read any dystopia this year, this seems really interesting, it has rave reviews on Goodreads ... so I thought, why not?  


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



Synopsis: 

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.



And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?



Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

This book has been pinned as the next Gone Girl so I'm expecting great things. 

See Me by Nicholas Sparks 

Synopsis:
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship ... 


Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, See Me reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize. 

Eeeekk!! I have been searching for a good contemporary romance this year and if I'm being honest, I've kissed a lot of frogs. Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favourite authors since the age of 14 so when See Me came out, I got it without hesitation. I have no idea what it's about but I'm SUPER excited for this and, I think it will be the perfect book to end the year. 



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