My bookish Christmas list

Goodbye Halloween! See you next year! AND HELLO CHRISTMAS!!! I am already excited for all the loveliness the winter season brings, Christmas, of course, being a big feature. Last year I was packing to move off to Canada but this time I’m around a little longer and get to enjoy the whole, fabulous season. As such I’ve been holding off on some spending and keeping track of some wonderful things. Of course, I don’t expect to get all of them but I do enjoy the process of creating a Christmas list, it gives me a wonderful shopping list for the January sales!

This is a bit like one of those fantasy sports leagues, except without sport or, actually, any competition whatsoever. It’s like items I ship myself with. A girl can dream eh?

So, without further ado, let me indulge myself a little and share with you some bookish goodies I am DESPERATE to get my hands on.


 A colleague at work recommended Shogun to me over a year ago and I have to be honest I just haven’t ordered it yet. I have no idea why, it looks to be right up my street. Let’s start with this ONE descriptor sentence from

“Starting with his shipwreck on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne’s rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai.”

Doesn’t that sound like one hell of a tale?? I’ve heard the film’s good too but I’m avoiding it in favour of the book – priorities right?





This candle is so much more than Vanilla – in this candle is the city of Velaris, a home from homes and somewhere very high on my list of favourite fictional places.






My wonderful friend DragonBabble picked up all eight of the Fray comics at MCM comicon last month and we sat in the hotel room with a system. She’d read one then pass it to me and I’d read them. We devoured the things. I haven’t finished the last couple but already know I want a copy for myself.

Joss Whedon (with artwork by Andy Owens and Karl Moline) brings Buffy the Vampire Slayer into a futuristic setting with a demonic watcher and a fierce young heroine. I need this bad-boy in my stocking.




Invisibles looks simply wondrous, after discovering my love of Fray I did some research into graphic novels and comic books and compiled a short list of ones I was definitely up for trying. It’s a controversial and trippy tale from what I can gather and I’m just excited by that description alone.

It’s described on Amazon as being about “a secret organization out to battle against physical and psychic oppression brought upon humanity by the interdemsional alien gods of the Archons of Outer Church” so can I really go wrong with this one? I don’t think so.



Andy Weir once wrote a brilliant story about a man stuck on mars, I’m sure you’ll have heard of it: The Martian. The book was great, the film was great and now I’m super hyped up to get reading his next release ‘Artemis‘. It’s about the first city on the moon and the people there, namely smugglers. I absolutely loved Illuminae and Gemina and I’m sure there’s got to be some similarities with this one. Plus it’s had some amazing reviews so my unreasonable fear that it might not live up to expectation has been largely assuaged. I’ll take my copy now please.




Stephenie Meyer’s writing can be a bone of contention for some. This is largely, in my opinion, a result of the Twilight films. I have now seen them all, I do not like them. I don’t hate them, but they are not good. That aside, I am a huge fan of both her writing style and her storytelling. The Host was a favourite book of mine for a very long time and I’m hoping The Chemist will draw me in just as much. I think the cover should read ‘The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, author of The Host‘ and then maybe in very small lettering ‘and twilight too!’ (but maybe I’m just a bitter asparagus.)




I don’t think this mug by Fable & Black needs too much explanation. Find it here. 

1) It’s Luna

2) It’s beautiful

3) TEA

4) TEA



I saw the trailer for the film of Ready Player One and thought it looked alright, maybe a bit action-y for me. HOWEVER my friends, Kell and Beth, tell me the book is very different to the impression that trailer gives. The references in this story are calling out to me and I’ve just GOT to read it before I see the film.






Clockwork Angel (and the City of bones series too) is one of those books I keep seeing on my bookstagram and hearing people fawn over but for some reason or another I’ve just never clicked ‘buy’ at the checkout on Amazon. It’s considered alongside almost every purchase and it’s getting to the point where I’m actually surprised I haven’t made it appear in front of me with my mind. Maybe one day soon, till then it’ll sit comfortably here on my ‘books i ship for me’ list.





I’ll stop soon, I promise, I’m just getting very, very excited! My funko collection has grown exponentially over the past few months but my little Harry Potter collection is far from complete. I’m still after a Bellatrix, a Ron, a Harry, a Sirius, a Remus… the list goes on! i do have two different Dumbledores though. Why not eh?




How have I not got a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic yet? I mean honestly, I call myself a book blogger. I finished my first Schwab book last month and now I want this book even more than ever before. V.E. Schwab is fabulous, she writes fluidly and it’s lovely to read her prose. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Vicious and now I need to read this and find out more about the completely separate Kell person, I’ve heard so much about her already!





Anyway, I should stop. I’m getting carried away. TIS THE SEASON! Man, I need to calm down. Would you guess that I’ve given up caffeine after 4pm?

Are any of these lovely books or bookish bits and bobs on your Christmas list? Are there any others you’d add for me? I’m sure this doesn’t even begin to scrape the surface when it comes to it. Let me know in the comments!

Happy November!

    – Cat –

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