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A Christmas book haul!

Hello and happy Monday😊

So Christmas is all done and dusted for another year. I hope everyone had a really great time even if things were a bit odd and unusual this year.

My family and I went out to an Indian restaurant this year instead of the traditional roast dinner and it was a really nice change. We ate so much amazing food to the point we were in bed by 9 o’clock. (us not sleeping the night before because of the dogs freaking out over the fireworks also added to the exhaustion).

I also got a bunch of really great books this year that I’m excited to talk about. My mum starts with the Christmas shopping as soon as my birthday is over with all the way back in August so despite the fact that I asked for these exact books, by the time I unwrapped them on Christmas day I was still very surprised.



A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – After a year of talking non-stop about my desire to read this book I finally have a copy and what a pretty copy it is!

This book is set at a school known as The Scholomance were every day is a fight to survive. I genuinely don’t need to know much more then that to be interested in picking this up but the great cover is an added bonus.

I’m thinking this might be the first book I pick up in 2021 and I’m excited but also terrified. I feel like I’ve hyped this book up so much that my expectations may be too high and there’s a chance I’ll end up dissapointed. I hope this is not the case but yeah … I’m scared.


In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – This book is so much bigger then I was expecting but a big book all about mermaids and LGBT characters is not something I’m about to complain about.

Once upon a time I knew at least a brief description of the plot but that time has since passed. Like I said mermaids + LGBT = something I will be interested in no matter what.


None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – It’s only been recently that this book has been on my radar and I’m glad I found it in time to add it to my list. What drew me to this book was the cover, without a doubt. I actually don’t know anything about the plot. I saw a huge knife and a title dripping blood and thought “that’s the book for me”.


Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan – A couple months back I talked about this book in a round of #5OnMyTBR and since then I haven’t been able to get this book out of my head or off my TBR.

From what I know this book is essentially a Romeo & Juliet retelling but the waring families are also waring comic book businesses.

I am so looking forward to this one and since I haven’t heard much about this one I don’t really know what to expect. Hopefully it turns out to be nothing but amazingness.


Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest – This is another I’ve probably talked about too much this year and I’m not even sorry about it because I have high expectations for this one.

Once again I’ve forgotten concrete plot points but I know it’s a romance which I believe features an up and coming actress whose reputation is tarnished due to some sort of scandal and so she goes to her famous grandmother but said grandmother goes missing? but not in a sinister way just in a “oops I’ve misplaced my granny” sort of way.

Does that make sense? Like I don’t think anything bad has happened to the granny but either way she’s indisposed and the two characters go to find her. I don’t know what I’m talking about. Moving on …


The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – Four years after it’s release I’ve finally got my hands on a copy.

This is one of those books that I’ve always wanted to read but always skipped over when it comes to buying myself some books whether that be physical or e-book so I’m very happy to get around to reading it.

Don’t ask me for a plot because I don’t know. There might be a murder involved but I’m probably wrong. Either way I’m excited!


The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan – 2021 is the year I continue on with my re-read of the entire Riordanverse which I started during lockdown when I needed the emotional support only a long time favourite series could provide.

I’ve had mixed feelings on this series so far. I enjoyed the first book but the second and third definitely weren’t my favourite which is probably why I put off reading this for so long.

The next books in my re-read are going to be the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus books but I don’t know if I can wait so long to get to this book so maybe I’ll read this before even starting my re-read of The Trials of Apollo series and then just re-read it later on. (TBH I probably won’t reach this for a long while anyways).


One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus McManus books are always entertaining for me, they remind me of old CW shows in the best ways so I’m excited for this one.

This is a sequel/companion novel to One of Us Is Lying and I think to give this a fair shot I’m going to have to re-read that first book before jumping into this newest release.

And so those were the 8 books I received this year for Christmas. I’m very grateful to add these to my shelf and I’m really excited to get to all of them.

If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know what you thought! Thanks so much for reading :))

Elli xx

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