Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Books I Got For Christmas, Reading Resolutions, + 2015 Releases


I do have some beauty posts lined up - it feels like so long since I've done one properly (waning light is the main reason) but for now here's my final book post of the year.

Books I Got For Christmas

I treated myself to Stephen King's new one, Revival. My Mum got me Brian O'Driscoll's book The Test, and Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes.

I also got an Amazon voucher, and despite swearing that I wouldn't use it until the new year, I got bored yesterday and just said I'd "have a look" - never ends well.

I picked up all these for Kindle (mainly after finding Richard & Judys book club archives):

Daughter by Jane Shemilt is about how a woman copes when her daughter goes missing, and whether the truth is best found out or left hidden.

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen is about a 10 year old girl growing up in a religious sect. She makes a model of the Promised Land, and starts to believe she has the ability to perform miracles.

Room by Emma Donoghue I'm possibly one of the only people in the world who has yet to read this tale of a 5 year old boy who was born and raised in a 12 foot room by his captive mother.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton This is one of Richard and Judy's book club picks for Spring 2015. Based on the 17th Century obsession with having a miniature version of the family home, this is a story about secrets, love, obsession, betrayal and retribution. And sugar, apparently.

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming  This is an autobiography in which Alan talks about his difficult relationship with his father, and how it has shaped events in his life.

Paper Towns by John Green I wanted to read this before the upcoming movie release (starring Cara Delevingne). It's about Quentin, who has loved the elusive Margo from afar for as long as he can remember. When he thinks Margo has gone missing, he follows a series of clues to try and find her.

The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton The story of Graham's life so far told by talking about the things he loves.

Reading Resolutions

One of my resolutions was to read what I have before buying any more, but that's already gone to pot. This year I did complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge - I read 116 books since January, but there were a few very short stories included in that and a couple of DNFs (did not finish) so it's probably nearer 100 proper books. This year I'm tempted to not do that challenge - I felt like I was reading for the sake of it.

If you like challenges, this one looks good. I don't know the original source, but it has been doing the rounds on twitter and facebook.

I know that one thing I want to do in 2015 is read all the Harry Potter books again - I haven't actually even read the last one yet. I know that Chloe did that this year and I've seen a few other book bloggers do it too - I've forgotten a lot of the books since I first read them and I'm looking forward to that.

My other reading resolution is to stop requesting things on Netgalley when I'm still in the middle of reading other books. I keep doing it and it's ridiculous, I still have 5 on my dashboard to read that I should have read months ago, but now it feels like homework and I don't want to read them at all. From now on I'll only request something I really, really want to read before the release date.

My final resolution is to find more Irish authors. I discovered Donal Ryan through the Rick O'Shea book club this month after reading the brilliant The Thing About December. His voice is so unique and so Irish, I surprised myself at how much I enjoyed the book.

Coming in 2015

I'm really excited about some of the books that are going to be published in 2015 - here are the ones I'm most looking forward to.

The Storm (The Rain 2) by Virginia Bergin The follow-up to the 2014 YA book The Rain, this follows up on our heroine Ruby as she continues to try and stay alive after a toxic rainfall has wiped out most of humanity. The Rain got some woeful reviews but I adored it, I thought it was tongue-in-cheek and didn't take itself too seriously. The sequel is due for publication on February 26th.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen Finally, another Waverley Sisters novel! Fans of Garden Spells will be waiting with bated breath for First Frost, a catch-up with the magical sisters and their enchanted apple tree. I promise, it's not as twee as it sounds. Think Practical Magic rather than The Magic Faraway Tree. Due for publication on January 29th.

Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes A YA novel about a high-school boy whose life spirals out of control after one seemingly simple lie. It sounds a bit Easy A-ish but we'll see! Due on March 24th.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman I read If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle this year, and enjoyed both. I Was Here is a story about a girl trying to deal with the death of her friend. As she travels to pick up her friend's belongings, she comes across an encrypted computer file that reveals more than she ever thought about her friend. Due on January 29th.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King The second in the Bill Hodges trilogy and the follow-up to Mr. Mercedes, this is the first book since Misery that will address the problem of a vengeful reader. This is due on June 2nd.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver I have yet to read anything by Lauren Oliver, but this caught my eye - a psychological thriller about two sisters who are torn apart by a terrible accident. Due on March 12th - I can see this one being a big hit with Booktubeathon in 2015.

Winter by Marissa Meyer The fourth installment in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter will feature Cinder and Snow White, and be set on the moon. If you haven't read the previous books in the series (Cinder, Scarlett, Cress) I recommend them for fans of dystopian fairytales. Due in November.

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley When 27 year old Daisy is diagnosed with breast cancer for the third and final time, she decides that she is going to spend her last months on a mission to find someone who will make her husband happy and look after him when she is gone. Due on March 25th.

So - that's it! Bring on 2015, an extra pair of eyes, a few more hours in the day, and the willpower to stay away from Amazon.


  1. Loved this post, wasn't just on one topic about books. I can't wait to read some of the books that are coming out in 2015 thanks to you introducing me! And I totally agree with you about NetGallery, feel better knowing that I have way more then 5 books waiting on my dashboard! ;) xxx

  2. I'm currently waiting for Pretty Honest from the library! If I really enjoy it, I'll buy my own copy. I did the same thing with Kindle books a few days ago when I already have so many!! Out of that list, I've read Room and want to read the Alan Cumming, Graham Norton and The Miniaturist ones.

    I shall be joining you on that challenge btw! I still have to think about and write my reading resolutions post though. For the Irish authors challenge, have a look at my March wrap up, I spent the entire month of March reading books from only Irish authors I hadn't read before. That's when I read Room actually. I really enjoyed that challenge actually, it was one of my reading resolutions from last year and one of the few I completed!

    As for the books I'm looking forward to, my list includes that King and Meyer books! There's another Meyer book out before Winter, it's like 3.5 in the series, one about Levana and her back story. I'll prob read that but looking forward to Winter much more!

    Yay books!!

    1. I have some great ideas thanks to that post, thank you! I will definitely check out the other Meyer one, I need to re-read the first 3 - I haven't even read Cress yet, but want to make sure I'm up to date. They're not big books anyway! Yay books indeed :)

  3. I can't wait to get stuck in to Pretty Honest! I'm getting the Alan Cumming on audible as it's read in his voice. i have Revival on audio too but haven't started it yet and I really want to read the Miniaturist too! Great post!

    1. I still haven't gotten into audio books properly, except for David Sedaris! x

  4. You legend. I came on to your blog to find upcoming book releases to my 200 strong to read list! I'm still working on last years releases but I like to keep things fresh and read a new book once in a while. Thanks!

    1. You are most welcome! I'm also delighted to know that I'm not the only one who keeps updating the TBR pile/list, have to keep it clean! x

    2. I'm basically set for reading material for the rest of my life. Also, you will LOVE Room, it's one of my favourite books. Slightly terrifying.


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