“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
Christmas 2014 was bookish beyond belief – but, hey, I'm not complaining. Towards the end of every year, titles I've had my eye on throughout the year begin to accumulate, presenting the coming year's reading treasure. This year, some of my most anticipated releases fell into my hands. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey has received too many starred reviews to count; it has been marketed as a compelling mystery with an unreliable narrator – so, what's not to love? Similarly, The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane has been claimed as a tale of "untameable thrill and mystery" – again, this sounds like the perfect read to kick off 2015 with.
However, perhaps the most irresistible gifts were copies of Strange Library and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Norwegian Wood has be on my wish list for a few too many years; ever since I read IQ84 by the same author, months before I even started this blog, I've been craving the deliciously unnerving prose of Murakami.
Likewise, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón sounds perfect for me – I have a thing for books about books. Needless to say, I can't wait to begin. In terms of classics, a couple of Penguin English Library editions fell into my hands – and the editions are gorgeous. Whilst I've heard very little about Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, I can't believe I've yet to read Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – this said, I can't wait to read both.
The Siege by Helen Dunmore is a book one of my closest friends has been begging me to read for… well, the past two years. So, when she got me in secret santa, the inevitable happened; she bought it for me. And I'm definitely intrigued to see why she loves it so. Mystery in White by J.Jefferson Farjeon fell into my hands through serendipitous means; my mum, who accidentally ordered two copies of this classic Christmas crime novel, passed it onto me, leaving me with the perfect festive read. It's a truly delightful book.
The final book received this month was a result of the delightful #TBSS (teen blogger secret santa) which was organised by the wonderful Orli & Holly. My secret santa was Rita, who sent me a gorgeous notebook, a lovely set of pens (not all are in shot!) and a copy of Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Thank you to Rita for these gifts! I remember her saying she wanted to send me something artsy, and so she'll be pleased to know I've spent hours journalling with the pens and notebook. In terms of Vicious, I've already read it… and wow. It's a fantastic novel, carefully entwining the themes of morality and heroism, ultimately questioning what it means to be good – or, rather, what it means to be evil. Highly recommended!
Sorry about the lengthy post – I always get carried away when talking about books (as you probably know!). How was your Christmas (if you celebrate it, that is)? I hope some of the books here give you ideas for your 2015 reading list! That's all, I think. I'll be getting back into blogging properly, come the new year. For a now, happy reading!