That’s right, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! I’m not really much of a Christmas person, but I do like treating myself to a couple of bookish gifts each year.
I was meant to be on a book buying ban this month, but that didn’t quite go to plan. Nonetheless, here I am with a Christmas wishlist for myself!
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I have been waiting for this one since I read The Vanishing Half at the very start of September, but I didn’t want to order it for my birthday in October. From the summary, it seems to talk a lot about grief, and the whole second half of the year is wrought with anniversaries of loss, including my own mum. So you know, reading a book about a young woman dealing with the grief of her mum didn’t seem like the best option for my mental health at the time. But I think it’ll be one of the first ones I pick up in the New Year—granted that I can get my hands on it for Christmas!
Women in Art & Women in Sport by Rachel Ignotofsky
At the start of this year, I got the science version of this, and I finally got around to picking it up in September! It was so beautifully illustrated that I knew I’d want these two as well. I also learnt a lot about women I’d never heard of, which is the whole point, right? You can probably guess from this blog that I know a lot more about women in art (see this post I did a while back about female artists you should know), than in sport but I’m always up for learning more about badass women.
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
This one here isn’t out until January 19th, but I have been waiting for it for so long that I’m kind of tempted to pre-order it this month. I loved the first book back in 2019 and I’ve been not so patiently waiting for this one ever since. I am a little nervous about it because I’ve kind of been let down by sequels in 2020, but I’m hoping 2021 will be better on that front. (And on every other front, let’s be honest). I’m not completely certain I’ll get this one yet, but if it’s om here then at least I can think about it.
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
This would be another pre-order though this one is out on the 5th of January so it would arrive pretty early in the New Year. I didn’t mention it above, but I don’t want to buy any books in January so pre-ordering some of these ones I’m really excited for seems like a good idea. It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve read anything by Alexandra Bracken and I guess it probably has been a good couple of years. I was a huge fan of hers from The Darkest Minds series, so I’m excited to give another book of hers a chance. This looks like it’s just a standalone too, which is always a good thing if you ask me.
Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
I haven’t decided how many of these I’m going to try and pick up this Christmas, but I’m hoping to get at least books three and four, which are; Unnatural Death and Lord Peter Views the Body. I’ve already read books one and two this year though I did read them quite a few months apart, so buying them in increments of two feels like a good idea. I’m still not 100% certain about this series the way that I was about the Poirot series, for example. I’ve been told that most of the later ones are even better than the first two, so I’m hoping that I end up enjoying them as much as other people seem to.
And so those are the ones I’m planning on getting for this Christmas. What books are on your wishlist this holiday season? And if you’re not already, please consider following me on here, Twitter and my booktube channel!