Y’know, Boxing Day isn’t as disappointing as it’s cracked up to be. Yes, Christmas is over once again (why does that happen every year?) but on 26th December, nobody expects you to do anything except eat leftovers and play with all your new presents. And in my case, that means read all my new books. (Um, and also read the books I bought for other people but secretly wanted for myself).
My main present from my parents this year was a gift voucher for the Kindle store, so I’ve been on a serious book binge this morning. Here’s my Boxing Day book haul so far:
The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft
I’ve enjoyed a ton of thrillers lately with “girl” in the title (Girl on the Train, Luckiest Girl Alive and Gone Girl to name a few…) so I thought I’d add this to the list.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I’ve been meaning to read The Miniaturist pretty much all year, so it’s finally made it onto my Kindle. If it’s anything like the hype, I think I’m gonna enjoy this one.
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
As someone so obsessed with my dog that I’ve given her a whole voice and personality, I couldn’t resist picking up this story of 15 dogs who are given human consciousness.
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
This is a sentence book bloggers aren’t supposed to utter on pain of death, but I’m not really into YA. (*Hides behind the sofa and waits for people to stop throwing things at me*) However, this story of two best friends trying every high school cliche they can think of did look pretty funny, so it made it onto my book haul.
How to Think Like Sherlock by Daniel Smith
Over the summer, after binge-watching Sherlock on Netflix, I got pretty obsessed with making memory palaces. For a few weeks, I was reluctant to have any conversation that didn’t consist of me reciting all the Kings and Queens of England in chronological order since Alfred the Great. Which can’t have been great fun for my parents. Well, they’re fools—because they just bought me a book I’m going to get even more obsessed with.
How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg
I bought this for my husband, who always thinks he’s right even when I’m pretty certain he isn’t. Rather than argue with him (which is exhausting), I thought life would get a lot easier for me if he could just stop being wrong.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
I’m the least scientifically-minded person ever, but I thought Thing Explainer might actually stand a chance of teaching me something. It uses only the 1,000 most common words, so there’s nothing too scary in here. Not sure what tectonic plates are? They’re “the flat rocks we live on”. Never understood cells? They’re just “little bags of water you’re made of”. I may become a biologist now.
What else do you guys recommend? I’m particularly looking for books by BAME authors after enjoying my Diverse December so much, as well as some more scary winter thrillers!