Unfortunately Christmas is over and the festive season is coming to an end, but on the bright side, it does mean I’m back blogging and we get to talk about all the books we got for Christmas! I’m going to be doing just that today, as well as throwing in a few that I got for my birthday since it is only 10 days before Christmas. All but 2 of the books I got this year were actually poetry. Since I’ve had a long list of poetry books I’ve been wanting to buy for years now, I thought I would put a good chunk of them on my wishlist in the hopes that someone else would buy them for me! I’ve been really getting back into reading in the last month of 2019 and I’ve been working on my own poetry book for a while now, so I thought it was about time I stocked up my collection for ‘research purposes’ of course! 😂
Anyway, I have quite a few books to talk about, so lets just get into them…
Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters by Nikita Gill
Nikita Gill is a poet and writer that I’ve followed on social media for about 5 years now and I love her work, but I’ve never owned a single one of her books until this year. I thought it was high time I got my hands on some of them and my family didn’t disappoint. I’ve read a lot of her poems individually online, but there is something different about reading them in physical form both because I think it is more immersive, but also because the poems will be in a specific order and they often come with illustrations.
Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Gill
‘Your Heart is the Sea’ is the second Nikita Gill book that I got for my birthday, which I’m also very excited to read. Maybe I should plan some sort of Poetry Readathon? Tell me what you think of that idea and I can vlog it and host it on my Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon
The Midnight Unicorn by Alice Hemming
This is the last of the birthday books and the only Middlegrade novel on this list. I saw ‘The Midnight Unicorn’ on one of my window shopping trips months ago and thought it sounded like the perfect magical, fun, but easy going book (sort of along the same lines of Percy Jackson), which I’ve been looking for for a while. I couldn’t afford it myself then, so I put it on my Christmas/Birthday list – I don’t bother separating them since they’re so close – and my family delivered.
Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Erik Valind
Onto the Christmas books! This is the only other book that isn’t a poetry book and it was a bit of a surprise since my family generally just stick to the list, but they took a risk this year and bought me a photography book, which was much appreciated! If you didn’t know, I’m stuying photography at college and my biggest dream is to be a freelance photographer with my own business. My current focus at college and in my personal photography is on portrait photography, so this book will be incredibly helpful over the coming months! If you are interested in my photography/personal life, then I have another blog: photography.samanthadrage.co.uk and a YouTube channel where I do weekly vlogs and other photography/life related content!
‘The Dark Between Stars’, ‘The Truth About Magic’, ‘Love Her Wild’ by Atticus
From here on out it is just poetry and we’ve got 3 in 1 here. I’ve been roaming Pinterest and tumblr since I was 11 (that’s 6 years now WTF!) and I’m sure a lot of people have seen lots of quotes/poetry that is credited to ‘Atticus’, but until earlier this year I never knew he was a real person! I just assumed it was like a different way of writing ‘unknown’ or something, so you can imagine my excitement (and embarrassment) when I found out he was a real person and I could buy his books!!! Obviously they all immediately went on the list!
Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill
This last one is also by Nikita Gill, which I got for Christmas instead of my birthday and it was just as welcome as the other two!
So those are all the books I received for Christmas and my Birthday! Thank you to anyone who bought my anything (if you happen to be reading this) and I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas got some nice gifts as well!
I hope you all had a good Christmas, if you do celebrate it, and that it wasn’t too trying for those of us who struggle at Christmas for one reason or another (I know I do a bit because of my Autism and Mental Health, so know that you’re not alone) and I would love to hear what exciting bookish things you got as well! You can tell me down below or come and chat to me on my Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon
Goodbye for now!
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