Bookish Christmas Gifts

Merry Belated Christmas everyone! I hope everyone’s holiday was great!

I happily received a few bookish gifts this year:

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Both of the above books were two of the ten on my bookish christmas list mentioned in my last Top Ten Tuesday post:

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Goodreads description“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. 

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent
Goodreads descriptionAlida Nugent graduated college with a degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in parties and all-nighters for “the real world.” But post-grad wasn’t the glam life she imagined. Soon buried under a pile of bills, laundry, and three-dollar bottles of wine, it quickly became clear that she had no idea what she was doing. But hey, what twentysomething does?

In Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse, Nugent shares what it takes to make the awkward leap from undergrad to “mature and responsible adult that definitely never eats peanut butter straight from the jar and considers it a meal.” From trying to find an apartment on the black hole otherwise known as Craigslist to the creative maneuvering needed to pay off student loans and still enjoy happy hour, Nugent documents the formative moments of being a twentysomething with a little bit of snark and a lot of heart. Based on her popular Tumblr blog The Frenemy, Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse is a love note to boozin’, bitchin’ ladies everywhere.

The other gift is a simple bookish gift I received from a coworker, Book Lovers’ soy candles by Frostbeard Studio. They can be found through Etsy, here or at their website.

I was given the sample pack which had four scents: Old Books, Oxford Library, Book Cellar, and Bookstore.

From what I could slightly smell, they smell really good. I’m not entirely sure how book cellar or even old books would smell, but might as well give a try. They apparently make candle scents based on/ inspired by individual books too.

I also received two, yes two, adult coloring books! The Enchanted Forest and The Time Garden.

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I haven’t been excited about coloring in who knows how long!

What bookish gifts did you receive?

Happy Reading!

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