So yesterday I received my book advent calendar and I am SO excited! An initiative by cousins and book bloggers – Charlotte and Laura-Beth – who curate book advent calendars for both adults and children.
I went for the 12 Days of Christmas option, opting for a mix of genres. Each book is individually wrapped with a number on it and, despite being extremely tempted to open them all right now, I have decided I won’t start opening until the 13th December. This way I can count down the days to Christmas in a similar way to a traditional advent calendar.
Book #1 – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
It must be a sign! Pride & Prejudice is a book I know that I should read (as it’s a best-selling classic) – I just haven’t yet. Actually, I read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies a while back and quite enjoyed it – but I feel like it’s my duty to read the original.
Book #2 – The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
Another book I’ve never head of. Actually, despite being described as a Sunday Times bestselling author, I’ve never heard of Susan Lewis. However, a quick Google search showed me that she’s written a vast number of novels which have all been well-recieved. This one, published in 2016, currently has a 3.96 star rating on Goodreads.
Book #3 – I Am Death by Chris Carter
This is actually book #7 in the Robert Hunter detective series – but I believe it can be read as a stand alone. I enjoy a good crime novel (although I tend to be pretty good at predicting the ‘twist’ – and therefore rate unpredictable crime books much higher!), so think I will enjoy this. The blurb makes it sound a bit like a combination of The Da Vinci Code and Saw.
Book #4 – The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn
This is the first novel in the adult The Little Village School series. With an average 3.98 rating on Goodreads, others describe this book as warm, funny and cosy – which sounds like the perfect choice for Christmas!
Book #5 – Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton
Another murder mystery, this time from the Hamish Macbeth series. This looks like something that would naturally pique my interest if I saw it in a shop display, with an average 3.77 star rating on Goodreads.
Book #6 – Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
I LOVE a good Thriller, and this one looks right up my street. Published in 2016, the blurb starts with; “The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers.” I would definitely buy this book if I saw it in a shop, and is one I’m more likely to read sooner rather than later.
Book #7 – Jennie by Paul Gallico
Despite being a children’s book, this sounds like one of the most interesting out of the bunch so far! According to the blurb, a young boy called Peter is knocked down by a car, only to wake up and discover he is a cat! Goodreads shows me that there’s a LOT of love for this one!
Book #8 – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Confession time… I’ve never read a Sherlock Holmes book (although I’ve really enjoyed the BBC adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch!). I understand that Hounds of the Baskervilles is one of the more popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so it seems like a good place to start (and a chance for me to catch up on some more classics!).
Book #9 – Out of Bounds by Val MdDermid
Another day, another crime book! This one is part of the Inspector Karen Pirie series, and has an average 4.1 star rating on Goodreads. McDermid is another author I was previously unaware of, so this advent calendar is doing wonders for expanding my collection!
Book #10 – Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
I am SO pleased I got this! Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant was one of my favourite reads of 2016, so I have big hopes for Remember Me This Way which was published a couple of years earlier in 2014. Described as a “psychological thriller” this book is something I would definitely buy if I came across it in a shop.
Book #11 – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Another classic I’ve yet to read… my TBR list is starting to get out of hand! I’m so glad that I went with a varied option of genres, as it’s really helped to expand my range. With an average 4.1 rating on Goodreads (by over 700,000 people!), I’m sure I’ll enjoy this as much as everyone else 🙂
Book #12 – Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market
The last one! I have to be honest – this REALLY isn’t my kind of book at all, but I get what the curator was trying to do. I personally find seasonal books to be super-cheesy, however this one has an average 4.17 star rating on Goodreads, which is better than I was expecting! I suppose it’s a nice festive way to finish my advent calendar – but I might not get around to reading it until next Christmas.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar. It’s exciting to unwrap a new book each day, and I’ve been really impressed at the variety I’ve received. I definitely would buy it again, and will probably buy it as a gift for my Mum and Sister too (both are fellow book lovers).