Since my Birthday is in mid November, and I had done a very bad job of posting I figured I would do my Birthday and CHristmas book haul now.  I don’t tend to write book hauls as I rarely binge buiying books but over the year I have bought a few some of which are already on my TBR for this coming year.  People do their best to not buy me books for presents but when I am asked Books is always top of my list.

Birthday Books


Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Tower of Nero, the Apollo Series by Rick Riordan book cover

If you haven’t noticed by now Rick Riordan is an author that I love reading. During 2020 I read completed reading hte Percy Jackson series and started the Heroes of Olympus. The Apollo series was a series I started collecting a couple of years ago and the final book came out a coupe of weeks before my birthday and I have still not started it. I feel that I need to finish a couple of series before I do so but I am really looking forward to this one!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton book cover.

This book wasn’t even on my radar, while I enjoy reading thrillers and mysteries I have been rather focused on young adult books during 2020 and so this is a book that I hadn’t even reasilsed was out. The blurb makes the book sound like something I will love to read I will by trying to squeeze it in this year! The person who kindly gifted me the book really enjoys time travel books so I shouldn’t have been surprised that they chose this particular book.

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, book cover

Not really in the usual books that I read on this blog but an honorable mention.  I do love cookbooks and I am planning on doing a blog post on my favourite cookbooks soon but this one was a present for my birthday. I really enjoyed racing against the clock while my boyfirend was walking the dog and I was rushing around the kitchen cooking tea.  I didn’t quite manage it in 30 minutes (36 minutes total, I am going to give it another go to reduce it!) but the food was delicous.

Christmas Books

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I have heard from a lot of people this year that if you like fantasy books you should probably read this series,  so I requested the books for christmas from a couple of different people. They are large volumes but I am certainly looking forward to starting this series.  (My bookcase however not desparately needs a good rearraangingto fit them on).

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a king, book 1 of the Shattered Sea series by Joe Abercrombie

Ever since I started watching HollyHeartsBooks due to medeivalathon I have heard a lot of positive things about Joe Ambercrombie’s writing. This book is the first is the Shattered Sea Trilogy and the books cover is gorgeous!

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes

James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

I really enjoy watching comedy  in my ever decreasing spare time and James Acaster is one of my favourites with silly stories and great delivery.  Hopefully this book follows suit.

How to Adult by Stephen Wildish

How to Adult by Stephen Wildish Book Cover

This book is for everyone who is thinking that they need help with adulting.  From the quick flick through I have given it the book is a humours take on everything you need to know as an adult. I am really looking forward to having a giggle at every audlt’s expense. 

Phileas Doggs’ Guide to Dog-Friendly Holidays in Britain  by Jane Common

Phileas Dogg's guide to dog-friendly Holidays in Britain by Jane Common

If you have followed me all year I shared that me and my partner got a corgi puppy this year.  She is adorable (most of the time, a pain in the bum the rest!) but the main question most people have is what are you going to do when you go on holiday? I have no need to wonder any longer.  This book is a guide to all the dog friendly places in the UK including placed to stay which is great.  Hopefully we will be able to use it as some point this coming year!

Women who Changed the World

This is a book about a number of women who changed the world.  While I have not read it yet glancing at the contents most are household names thorugh there are a few that I either haven’t heard of or  wouldn’t have added myself. It will be interesting to read more about each of these influential women wo have helped to change the world.

Avoca Cafe Cookbook

As I shared earlier I do enjoy to cook and explore new recipes so this book will probably be used a few times in the next couple of weeks.  The recipes look delicous, if you want to hear my feedback on the cook books please let me know and I will do so!

Superfood Family Classics by Jamie Oliver

I am closing the lsit with another Jamie Oliver book.  I love the waythat he approches food, and yet some more cooking to try.  hopeuflly these recipes will be as good as all his other ones!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely Christmas!