Christmas Book Haul!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an awesome time with your loved ones. Today I thought I’d share with you all the books I received this month. I said in my TBR post that I took part in a festive book exchange so quite a lot of books came from there.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty: I’ve been loving crime thrillers involving wellness retreats and a bunch of friends or strangers being stuck together in the middle of nowhere with no connection to the outside world. The ones I have read have been really intense and Liane Moriarty is a very popular author so I’m really excited to try this one!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater: Obviously I asked for Call Down the Hawk for Christmas! I loved The Raven Cycle and I am here for a trilogy about Ronan, by far the most interesting character. I hope this is good!

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing: I asked my friend for My Lovely Wife for Christmas and she very kindly bought it for me. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since Kate told me about it as it sounds like the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith which I really liked and judging by the cover it’s super dark!

You by Caroline Kepnes: A big, big thank you to my wonderful friend Kate for gifting me this amazing book! I’ve been wanting to read it for so long and I’ve actually been holding off on watching the TV show until I read the book – which I have now read! Thank you so much, Kate.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: Another book I received from Kate! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and I wanted to read it when I was on holiday in November but I couldn’t get to it in time. No doubt you’ll see this on my January TBR!

Now I will go through all the books I received via the Festive Book Exchange which I thought was a really great idea. It was so much fun having a surprise Amazon parcel turn up and being able to gift a book to someone else was so exciting. I’d recommend taking part in one some time because I received a lot of books! A big thank you to the wonderful people who were kind enough to purchase a book for me from my wishlist. Here’s what I got:

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman: I have no idea why but I was not expecting anyone to buy this for me so when it arrived I was over the moon! I have heard so many great things about this series and it’s one I have been wanting to read for a while. Now that I have the second book I really should get started!

Everless by Sara Holland: I’ve had my eye on this ever since FairyLoot included it in their December 2017 box. I read the synopsis and it immediately reminded me of the film In Time. I thought that was a great film and I really wanted to read Everless just for the slight similarities. I hope it lives up to my expectations. 

We Are Blood And Thunder by Kesia Lupo: This is totally a cover thing because that cover is gorgeous and that tagline ‘She who spins the cloud, weaves the storm’ is super intriguing. Actually it did kind of remind me of Roar by Cora Carmack which is a great book, by the way, and I have heard really good things about Blood and Thunder so I was very happy when this came through the letter box.

The Passengers by John Marrs: I added this one to my wishlist because I was intrigued by the cover; ‘Eight intended victims. Who lives, who dies? You decide.’ it sounds like someone is playing God and that never ends up going well. It seems a little bit science fiction-y which I think could give the story a nice twist and make it stand out from others. Also the person who gifted it to me said she really enjoyed it so hopefully I do too!

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley: See, this is another crime thriller about a group of friends who get together for New Year and stay at a remote hunting lodge where things end up going very wrong. They seem to be a ‘thing’ at the moment and I am here for it. Honestly really loving the cover with the stag and how eye-catching it is.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney: I was very excited to receive this one because Alice Feeney is a very popular author and this was one that I’d had my eye on for a while. I read If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch a while back and the main character was also in a coma but he could still hear and sometimes see everything that is going on around him, he just couldn’t move or speak. It made the story so interesting watching how he solved his own murder when he’s in a coma and that was the same vibes I was getting from Sometimes I Lie. Also the title made me think that looks can be deceiving and the main character wasn’t all she’s cracked up to be.

Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych: This is a crime thriller about a social media sensation and I was just really interested by the social media influencer side of it, for example, everyone thinks they know her just because they follow her on Twitter or Instagram but you can’t really know someone you’ve never met. I hope this one lives up to my expectations.

I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll: Okay so, I was scrolling through Facebook and an advert for a bunch of books kept popping up but this was the only one that caught my eye. I love a good revenge story and a book with that title just screams revenge, right? Also I read the synopsis and it’s about a journalist being stalked by someone. I do love a good stalker story and this one sounds like something I’d enjoy.

So these are all the amazing books I received in December/for Christmas! What books did you get? Hopefully the ones you wanted? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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