Christmas Book Haul

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I love books and currently has so many on my to read the list I have lost count so it is no surprise that I asked for quite a few for Christmas. At the moment, I am seriously considering going to university to study English literature so I am trying to get into reading more literary books which is why a lot of the books here are classic, well-known novels that may not seem that interesting but I can't wait to read them. I have a few reviews on books that are slightly more light-hearted but if you would be interested in any posts about these types of books let me know and I would love to write a few of those as well! 

Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my most loved films, which is probably why I have a huge poster of Audrey on my bedroom wall. It is such a lovely story that is perfect to just curl up on the couch on a Sunday morning with a bowl of popcorn. I was watching someone's month wrap up on youtube and they mentioned this book and how different it was to the film which really intrigued me. I am alway a lover of the book more than the film but I wonder whether or not I will prefer the book over the film in this case, with the film has become so iconic, with it Audrey Hepburn's famous photo dressed as Holly Golightly and that initial love I have for the film.

I got this book not knowing too much about it, just knowing it is a great bit of literature that I really should read. After actually reading the blurb (something I would highly recommend when buying a book) I believe it deals with racism and social class in the 1930's which actually sounds quite interesting. I feel that it might be a book that you have to read in your life and will be very influential on how you look at life and how far we have come, or have to go, within society. 

Lolita is another book that I think you have to read in your lifetime. It was so shocking when it was first published - and possibly still now. It is about a middle-aged professor who falls in love with a 12-year-old girl, Lolita. Obviously, it will have some pretty hard hitting topics but will also make you question society which is what a good book should always do. I might leave this one for later in the year once school work has let off a bit as I think it will be easier to digest, sometimes I can't always focus on a challenging book when my brain is so filled with school work and worries so I prefer a much lighter read.

I read about this when looking at the different classics of this time. I had never heard of this novel or much of Anne Bronte's work with Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte being the more famous of the two. I have already read Jane Eyre by Charlotte and will be reading Wuthering Heights by Emily at school so it will be interesting to see the similarities and differences between the three sisters. I was intrigued by the blurb of this book; "the Tenant of Wildfell Hall sees a mysterious tenant, Helen Graham, unmasked not as a 'wicked woman' as the local gossips would have it, but as the estranged wife of a brutal alcoholic bully, desperate to protect her son." I love reading books in this period and especially ones that go against how society was at the time. A lot of the time, the characters lives are completely different to our now but they always seem so much more modern than you would think. This is in the Penguin Clothbound Classic editions.

If you read my Christmas book guide, you will know that I absolutely love the Penguin English classic books so it couldn;t really be a book haul without one in the collection. This book is one I keep seeing reviews and always think it sounds really interesting. It is again about different social classes between the North and the South (I am seeing a bit of a theme with society here...). I have got wuite a few classics that I have to read for school so it might take me a while to get to it but I can't wait to read it. 

I have already read this book as I was so excited and it is such an easy read. Can you believe I haven't seen the film yet? After reading it I am so intrigued to see how it conveys on screen. I was surprised at how you are still able to create such a detailed image of the characters and sets with so little words which I am sure is down to J.K. Rowling's talent as a writer. I am a true Harry Potter fan and wasn't sure how a book would fair with none of the original characters (although a few were mentioned in passing which I always like) and set in America but it still held the same magical feel that they always do. If you are a Harry Potter fan and haven't read this yet then you need to. Even if you have seen the film and don't tend to read books you've already watched, I think it would be really interesting to see how the screenplay was written and how true the film is to the original screenplay which is what I really want to see. 

Carrying on with the Harry Potter theme, I got the Chamber of Secrets in the illustrated edition. These books are so beautiful and totally worth their rather extortionate price (when they first come out they are usually half price which my brother didn't know and paid full price, much to his annoyance!) My only complaint is that they are only releasing one book each year which is too long! But at least it gives me long enough to re-read the book before the next release. I read all the Harry Potter books when I was in primary school but it is great re-reading them years later after all the films have come out and the series has ended - although with so many add-on books and new editions being released it almost feels like the series that never ends! I can;t wait to sit down and get reemerged into the word of harry potter. Has anyone else been watching all the films on tv this Christmas?

So that is a round up of all the books I got this Christmas, and I still have a book token to spend too!  Are there any there that are also on your wish list?  What books did you get this Christmas?

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  1. Lovely post, Kizzi! Would love to read Breakfast at Tiffany's sometime. Looking forward to your next blog post! x

  2. I also got the illustrated Harry Potter books and they are beyond beautiful!! You have also given me a few new book ideas
    Hollie xx

    1. Yay that is exactly what I hoped! Glad you liked the post!


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