Christmas Book Haul 2018

December 28, 2018

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and spent time with your loved ones. The list of books I wished for Christmas was very long this year and I wasn’t expecting much from it. I know it can be difficult to buy books for others – duplicate presents, which format to pick, will they arrive on time etc. but I got 9 amazing (and pretty popular) books which I’m so psyched about!

Without further ado, here’s a quick haul of titles I got this Christmas: 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Twitter, Booktube, blogs, Instagram.. There’s no end to where this book has appeared throughout 2018. It popped up everywhere almost overnight and the hype is still very much happening! My plan is to make this Hollywood-esque “biography” my first read of 2019.

Goodreads rating: 4,2/5
Page count: 388

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I’ve heard very mixed things about this title but the circus vibes really intrigue me. The cover is also stunning and since Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades is also high on my TBR list, I really hope to like both the story and her writing.

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
Page count: 384

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I’ve only heard great things about this series and I’ve been interested in it for years. For whatever reason I haven’t picked it up yet but now that the first book is in my hands, it’s a great motivation to get started. A great book for the dark winter months!

Goodreads rating: 4/5
Page count: 337

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Oh I wanted to see this movie so badly when it came out but also wanted to read the book first. That’s why I was so happy to receive this at Christmas but do you remember my books-as-gifts issues? Yeah, I got two copies of it and they’re the exact same version! My plan: exchange one of them and get Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao instead.

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Page count: 403

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin

I don’t need to say much, do I? I LOVE Game of Thrones (like everyone else it seems) and I’ve often wondered how the story got to the point we read about in the books and see on TV.. Well, now I’ll get to know!

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Page count: 706

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

This is another title that’s pretty popular due to the movie adaption that came out recently – it got mixed reviews but I’m sure the book is better (which is usually the case). As it’s a series, I’m hoping it’ll start off so good that I’ll be intrigued to continue. We shall find out!

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Page count: 336

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I saw the Netflix movie first. I know.. I suck! It’s always harder to read the book after you’ve watched the movie since they usually change some details and you definitely go “wait, what?!” a bunch of times.. but I saw Lana’s announcement for the sequel and I’m hyped! However, I vow not to watch it until I’m done with this series – let’s go!

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 355

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

This is definitely the odd one out of this pile of goodies. I got the first three books of this series which is called The Platagenet and Tudor Novels from my mom. It’s basically historical fiction in dramatic scenery filled with kings and queens – some better known than others – and heaps of intrigue and political chaos. I’m on board!

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Page count: 502

La Belle Sauvage (the Book of Dust) by Philip Pullman

To be honest, I bought this book as a Christmas present for myself. I saw it in the bookstore when I was out buying presents for my family and thought “hey, I’m allowed one too”.. It’s fun to treat yourself impulsively sometimes, isn’t it? It looks like a great adventure and once again, the cover is stunning!

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 449

I got some really great books this year and still have a few awesome-looking ARCs coming my way. It doesn’t stop there though! I also got a few gift cards so I can go to my local bookstore and find some more titles myself. 2019 already seems like it will start off nicely on the reading front and I’ll be sure to share it all with you.

Stay tuned on the blog for more reviews, hauls, recommendations etc. and have a wonderful New Years – see you in 2019!  

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