24 January 2016

The Big December Book Haul #2

So, ignoring the fact that we're more than halfway through January now, today I want to show you all the books I got last month! Having my birthday and Christmas within two days of each other means that December is a great month in terms of new additions to my shelves and this year I received some wonderful books.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Illustrated Edition

I had to try very hard to resist the temptation to buy this for myself when it was released in October but I did so because I knew I was quite likely to receive it for my birthday or Christmas. Harry Potter holds a special place in my heart so I was so excited to unwrap my own copy of the illustrated edition of The Philosopher's Stone on my birthday - thank you Mum! Every bit as gorgeous inside as I thought it would be with wonderful illustrations on lovely glossy pages. Currently taking pride of place on my bookshelf alongside:

Pride and Prejudice Illustrated Edition from The Folio Society

This was my birthday present from my dad and it's absolutely stunning! If you haven't heard of The Folio Society I would definitely recommend checking them out for their unique editions of popular books. They make great gifts! As Pride and Prejudice is one of the only classics I can truly call a favourite, I'm so excited to own this beautiful cloth bound copy. Even the spine is pretty!

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
Cinema Lumiere by Hattie Holden Edmonds

My friend Alice gave me a copy of The Dressmaker for my birthday. It's not one that was on my radar before although I had seen that it had been made into a film starring Kate Winslet so I'm quite interested to read it. The Zig Zag Girl, a magical murder mystery, was on my TBR list and I think it sounds really good! I've also wanted to read Cinema Lumiere for a while. It's been compared to The Time Traveller's Wife and One Day and I loved those, so that's promising! I received both of them for Christmas.

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
The Complete Fairytales by The Brothers Grimm
A Snow Garden & Other Stories by Rachel Joyce 

My colleagues at work clubbed together for my birthday and bought me a Waterstones gift card which I used to buy these two books. I've heard great things about The Fox and the Star and I believe it's technically a children's book, but it's just so pretty! The illustrations inside are lovely too - I'm looking forward to reading it. I knew before I got to the shop that I wanted to buy that, but deciding what to use the rest of the money for was quite the decision. In the end I settled on a collection of Grimm fairytales published by Vintage. I'd like to read more of the traditional fairy tales so this makes a great addition to my collection.

I was quite restrained in the sales this year but I did pick up Rachel Joyce's collection of short stories. An impulse purchase but one I'm very happy with!

Penguin Little Black Classics Collection

Paul surprised me at Christmas with the boxed set of the Little Black Classics from Penguin. There's 80 of them and they weigh a ton! A very unexpected but lovely gift, I'm looking forward to reading them. I think they'll be good to read in between bigger books.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Hogwarts Library Collection

I really haven't done the cover art justice with this photo! These were a Christmas gift from Paul's mum and I was so happy to receive them as I really wanted to read this trilogy this year. I'm halfway through The Subtle Knife at the moment after racing through Northern Lights and I'm really loving it. I can't believe I haven't read them before! It's nice to discover something when you can really appreciate it though and I'm happy to have been introduced to Philip Pullman's imagination - better late than never!

The Hogwarts Library Collection was a really thoughtful present from Paul's sister. There's something so pleasing about a matching set!

The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo
Lobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo

Last but definitely not least are two collections of illustrations by Liz Climo. She's one of my favourite cartoonists and her comics are so cute! Thank you Paul.

So that's all the books I collected last month! I'm a very lucky bookworm indeed. I'm looking forward to reading a lot of this over the course of 2016. What about you, did you pick up anything good last month?

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