Bookish Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner so u thought I would share a list of possible bookish Christmas gifts.

  1. Comfy pyjamas to snuggle up in front of the fire in to read your favourite book.
  2. A new book bag to keep your treasured novels safe
  3. A candle to give your room some atmosphere whilst reading
  4. A new book or series to enjoy Iver the festive period
  5. A bookish subscription box so the gift keeps coming
  6. A personalised book to put the receiver if the gift into the story.

I hope this helps with any last minute gifts!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS Comment your favourite bookish gifts)

My Birthday Gifts

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As it as my birthday recently I was lucky to receive a number of gifts, many book related so I thought I would share them. I got 3 books, two gift cards and a piece of artwork.

Warlord by Chris Ryan

warlordWarlord by Chris Ryan is the 5th instalment in the Danny Black thriller series and is based around the dangerous world of drugs and cartels. Set on the US-Mexico border it looks at how the CIA and SAS will combat the drug epidemic and the cartels that are running it. Whilst doing this however Danny realises that the drugs from these cartels can reach far and will discover that people close to him are affected by them also. I have yet to start reading this book however I am excited to as it seems like something I would be interested in.

 

TAG- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton

tag youre deadTag- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton is a book that surrounds the character of Dominic Queste who is a private investigator of sorts. As he is looking for a butcher by the name of Sam Price he realises that everything is much more dangerous that first tgought and he is brought into a killers game. A simple favour has turned into his nightmare very quickly and he must play by the killers rules or be killed himself.  I have began to read this book and so far I am enjoying it and love the way it is written. I like the main character as although he can be series there is a comedic aspect to him which is likeable.

 

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner follows the disappearance of a girl by the name of Edith Hind. It is written from the viewpoint of multiple characters which allows you further insight into what everyone is dealing with. With the lead detective aware of how critical the first 72 hours of a disappearance is she works to try to find Edith alive whilst facing the severe pressure from the press. I have also yet to read this book but I look forward to delving into it.

 

Gift cards

img_20180615_1253203695135610765223753.jpgAs part of my birthday I also received two gift cards, one for Waterstone’s and the other a national book tokens card. I loved these gifts as it allows you to enjoy whatever book you choose as you have the choice of the book shop. I will get the chance to go look and explore knowing that someone gave this to be as a gift. I think gift cards are always a good choice for any gift and for anywhere as it shows that you are thoughtful to buy a gift but allows them to choose something they would like and not something you think they will like.

Artwork by Stevie Spiers

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This image is part of his ‘My Little People’ series and is a photograph I immediately fell in love with. I believe it suits me very well as I love to read and my favourite books to read and murder mysteries and crime books. I was given this by my sister and I love it. I would highly recommend visiting www.steviespiersphotography.com to look at this series and it is both comedic and tasteful.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment what books related-gifts you have ever received)

Le Petit Prince

As part of my advanced higher French course I had to study Le Petit Prince which is a short novel written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in 1943 and has since been translated and published into more than 250 languages and dialects. It is very well known all across the globe and it has become one of the bestselling books ever published.
It is a riveting story about a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert. After crashing, he meets a young boy from asteroid B-612, who tells him about his adventures. This story has captured the minds of all ages from all over the world with its inspiring messages and enchanting story. It deals with themes such as friendship and love and explores them throughout.

This book is said to have been based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own experiences. The plane crash of the aviators at the beginning of the novel mirrors Saint-Exupéry own experience, as in1935 Saint-Exupéry crashed in the Sahara desert alongside his mechanic-navigator after 19 hours in the air. He quickly became severely dehydrated due to the heat and his lack of water and he was said to have hallucinated many things including a Fennec fox, which has many similarities with the illustrations of le renard in the book. The rose also is said to have links to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own life. It is said to represent his wife, Consuelo Suncin, who wrote a memoir about their relationship, titled the Tale of the Rose published after Saint-Exupéry’s disappearance in 1944. It is believed that Saint-Exupéry drew inspiration for the prince off of his self when he was younger as his family would call him Le Roi-Soleil (the sun king) due to his golden curly hair, similar to the Prince’s.

It is a book that explored the themes of love and friendship throughout and often the words have deeper meaning than first thought. Due to this it can be enjoyed by people of all ages even although it is intended to be more of a children’s book. As part of the course I had to analyze the book and due to this I got to look into the deeper meanings of the book and see how powerful it really is.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has written a book that explored powerful themes whilst being a great story and has managed to create a children’s book that is actually suitable for all ages. He has written a story that seems regular on the surface but once you look deeper it is so much nore. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book and take the time to explore the themes as there is more than just love and friendship.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on this book or one similar)

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

  1. Find and author name or title with a Z in it.

I don’t think I have one

2. Find a classic.

alice in wonderland 

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol

 

3. Find a book with a key on it.

13treasures

 

 

The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.

A tin of teabags

5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.

secret garden

 

A 1970s edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

6. Find a book with a girl on it.

Girl stolen

 

 

Girl, Stolen  by April Henry

7. Find a book that has an animal in it.

An_elephant_in_the_garden

 

 

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

8. Find a book with a male protagonist.

othello

 

 

Othello by William Shakespeare

9. Find a book with only words on the cover.

The Killing Lessons Saul Black (google books)

 

 

The killing Lessons by Saul Black?

10. Find a book with illustrations in it.

All my Roald Dahl Books

11. Find a book with gold lettering.

alice and others

 

 

Alice in Wonderland & other stories by Lewis Carol

 

12. Find a diary, true or fictional.

I don’t think I have any diaries

 

13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).

paper towns

 

 

Paper Towns  by John Green

14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.

the escape

 

 

The Escape by David Baldacci (close up of handcuffs)

15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.

othello

 

 

Othello by William Shakespeare

16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.

a visual journey

 

 

A Visual Journey by Ed Sheeran

17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.

rise of the isle of the lost

 

Rise of the Isle of the Lost by De la Cruz

18. Find a book with stars on it.

fairy dust

 

 

Fairy Dust by Gwyneth Rees

 

 

  1. Find a non YA book.

all quiet on the western frontAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

 

 

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your book tag)

My top book related gift ideas

A book from a genre the person wouldn’t normally read.

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I think that receiving a book that isn’t typically within the genre of books you read is a great thing as it broadens your horizons and allows you to explore new genres and stories. It forces you to look outside your comfort zone and experience new plots and characters.

 

A ‘guide to writing’ gift set

As a Christmas present from my sister I received a ‘writers toolbox’ as a gift. Inside it had a multitude of things such as first sentence ideas and plot twist ideas which help to inspire you whilst writing. I think it is a great gift as it gets your mind working and allows you to use your imagination to the fullest.

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Personalised book

When I was younger I received a personalised book from my auntie. I have always loved the book but when I first received it I thought it was so magical. It was the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but with myself incorporated into the story. I was Belle’s friend and helped her throughout the story. It also featured people from my family in the story also. I think that receiving a personalised book, especially when you are younger, is an incredibly special experience as it makes you feel like you are a part of something. It makes you feel important and helpful as you are a main part of the storyline. As you get older it may be a slightly different effect but it is still a great experience. This is a great gift idea as it brings whole new meaning to being involved and engaged in the story.

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Book subscription

A book subscription is also a great gift as there is hundreds of different boxes you can choose for and be able to find the one that most suits the person you are buying the gift box. It also enables you to give the person an opportunity to explore new books and authors that they wouldn’t usually choose. It also adds a bit of fun and excitement to the gift as you don’t know what you are going to receive.

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A print of their favourite quote

A print or painting of the persons favourite quote is also a nice gift as it is special to that person and unique to them. It shows you have thought about what the person would like and why. If you receive one you can look at it and be inspired by it daily. It can set your day off well.

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Personalised bookmark

A personalised bookmark is also a great gift. If it is personalised with all the things the person loves its exciting every time they open their books and see it. It can also often relax people as they recognise things similar and that they know.

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Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your gift ideas)