Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Tales

Whether you're fill of festive cheer or busy perfecting your 'bah humbug', now is the perfect time to get a book themed Christmas wish list out there. Plus, I stupidly suggested that I would write an article for my magazine module on books I want for Christmas so, killing two birds with one stone - let's have a look at my list!

All images stolen from the waterstones website.
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

First on your list should be the 2013 winner of the Man Booker prize, The Luminaries. Set in 1866 New Zealand and following a series of unsolved crimes, Walter Moody is drawn into a plot of mystery and unfolding drama. Full of illuminating narrative and a mind-bending plot, The Luminaries really captures the 'boom and bust' gold rush of the nineteenth century. If it’s good enough for the Man Booker prize, then it’s certainly good enough for milk.

Grimm Tales: For Young and Old - Philip Pullman
A must read for any fairytale fan. Award winning author Philip Pullman has selected his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and retells them in his own unique and brilliant voice. The stories include such classics as ‘Rapunzel''Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella’, as well as lesser-known tales ‘Hans-my-Hedgehog’ and ‘Godfather Death’. Pullman's Grimm Tales truly engaging and beautifully retold, which just goes to prove these stories have stood the test of time.

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth L Ozeki
I'll be honest and tell you that I hadn't heard of this book until I saw it on the shortlist for a book club I joined recently. It sounds like a great read, with an engaging and entertaining plot throughout. Weaving through decades and across continents, A Tale for the Time Being is an enchanting read. After discovering a washed up lunchbox by the beach, Ruth is sucked into the enchanting diary of Nao, a sixteen-year-old from Tokyo. Expressing the hopes and dreams of a young girl who is struggling to find her own voice, you will find yourself falling in love with this extraordinary novel.

Again, stolen from waterstones.
Kiss Me First - Lottie Moggach
If you’re looking for an original and gripping storyline, look no further than Kiss Me First. When Tess decided that she has had enough of living, Leila is there to carry on her life instead. At first, it is easy for Leila to use Tess’ identity, but it is soon revealed that there is more to a person than simply facts. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for months now, after finding the online campaign on twitter. A phenomenal debut novel that you’ll never want to end

Autobiography - Morrissey
I won't lie, I've already got the paperback edition of this. That won't stop me buying the hardback copy, which is rumoured to come out in December. I have no fear that big fans like myself will purchase this again. If you've ever wondered about the man underneath the quiff, then add this to your list! Oh Morrissey, how I love you so. (Link is to the paperback edition, as the fancy hardback is just a rumour for now!)

Almost English - Charlotte Mandelson
Almost English follows sixteen-year-old Marina and her delicate mother Laura as they learn to adjust to life in England. Feeling imprisoned by her Hungarian relatives and their crushing expectations, Marina can’t help but dream of fitting in with her public school friends. While Marina focuses on finding her own identity, her mother has her own struggles when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her. I really want to read this, as it just sounds so interesting to me. Kind of like a good version of that 'Half-caste' poem everyone had to do in GCSE English.

All the links on here are to the Waterstones website but you could always visit your local bookstore! Hope this has helped anyone struggling to find a nice book to get for Christmas. I've got tonnes more added to my list, but I thought I'd better stop here! 

Chelsea xo
two days left to enter my giveaway!

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