Christmas has long gone by now but I’ve only just gotten around to photographing the books I got at Christmas and one from before Christmas too!  I didn’t recieve many books this year for Christmas although I have bought myself quite a few reads, and received a LOT of books for review from publishers throughout the year.  Today’s haul is small but it contains some books I’ve really been eager to read, so I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look at some of the books I’ve received because I’d really love to get to reading these among the other books I’ve promised for review. 🙂  Two of the books below, reading books, are gifts among lots of non-bookish gifts, but the colouring book is one I bought for myself a while before Christmas (for my birthday actually!) and said I’d show it to you guys but never did yet. 😮

So, let’s begin with the reading books I got for Christmas:

Christmas book haul reading books
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The Time Machine & Other Works by H. G. Wells – In these ‘scientific romances’ H. G. Wells sees the present reflected in the future and the future in the present. His aim is to provoke rather than predict. The Sleeper falls into a trance, waking up two centuries later as the richest man in a world of new technologies, power-greedy leaders, sensual elites, and brutalised industrial slaves. Arriving in the year 802,701, the Time-Traveller finds that humanity has evolved into two drastically different species; going farther still, he witnesses the ultimate fate of the solar system. The Chronic Argonauts, the original version of The Time Machine, pits a scientist with daring views of time and space against superstitious villagers. In all three works Wells laces vivid adventure stories with the latest ideas in biology and physics.

The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes – On 7th November 1843, Harriet Monckton, 23 years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, is found murdered in the privy behind the chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent.  The community is appalled by her death, apparently as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid, and even more so when the surgeon reports that Harriet was around six months pregnant.  Drawing on the coroner’s reports and witness testimonies, Elizabeth Haynes builds a compelling picture of Harriet’s final hours through the eyes of those closest to her and the last people to see her alive. Her fellow teacher and companion, her would-be fiancé, her seducer, her former lover—all are suspects; each has a reason to want her dead.  Brimming with lust, mistrust and guilt, The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a masterclass of suspense from one of our greatest crime writers.


And now onto a colouring book which is Christmas related so the wrong time of year now, but I could colour in Christmas stuff all year round if I’m honest! 😀 Oh, and don’t forget to check out the sparkly bits on that gorgeous cover!😍:

Christmas book haul colouring book
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Christmas Patterns to Colour – A stunningly illustrated, festive colouring book with baubles, candy canes and stockings to colour, plus a magical toyshop window and a beautiful Christmas Eve scene. Includes colouring tips, fascinating facts about the traditions and symbols of Christmas and links to specially selected websites for more information.


So what do you think of these books?  I just love Christmas and have been loving colouring in this book.  I know it’s a children’s book but the images are pretty detailed and it’s one in a long list of ‘Patterns to colour’ books that I have from publisher Usborne. 🙂  I’m also excited for the two other books, the HG Wells book because it’s one I’ve been wanting to read since I was in college (it was a book I read then but forgot the ending to the story!) and The Murder of Harriet Monckton just sounds so intriguing, especially as I know of the place that it’s set in and the idea of this real life murder being sort of dramatised, and the size of the book too…I just can’t wait to read it, I’ve been desperate to read it since I first heard about it a year ago, and now I actually can!!! 😀

What books did you receive for Christmas?  Do you find any of these books interesting?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂