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what books i got for christmas!

Hello and Happy Holidays, friends!

I know this is kind of late (is New Years late? I don’t really know the appropriate amount of time for this but oh well), but I wanted to share with you the books I was fortunate enough to recieve for Christmas!

***As a disclaimer, this was not intended to brag in any way, shape, or form. I just wanted to share with you all the books I recieved and have, therefore, added to my TBR.***

Okay, so here we go!

From my dad and his girlfriend, I received The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan and The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty.

The Blood of Olympus is the 5th and final installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. It is worth mentioning that I am only on the 3rd installment, The Mark of Athena, but I do hope to complete that series in 2021, and in preparation of my book buying ban, it was important that I had the final part. 

The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a sort of memoir of the author’s time as a mortician. Yes, I know this sounds gross and weird, but that is exactly the point. When do we get to experience that??? NEVER! I personally would love to know more about this under appreciated profession without having to actually partake.

From my sister, I recieved Daddy by Emma Cline, A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel, The Institute by Stephen King, The Shining by Stephen King, and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. 

Daddy is a short story collection highlighting the difference between men and women in terms of experiences and the way the world perceives them. I had never heard of this book, but my sister saw it and thought I would love it, and it sounds super good, so here we are!

A Danger to Herself and Others is another one I had never heard of. This one follows the story of a girl named Hannah who is institutionalized by mistake or misunderstanding. In the Goodreads reviews, I found CWs for self-harm, EDs, mentions of suicide, and mental illness. While I don’t know much about this one in particular, I love a good hard-hitting contemporary (but I also saw it tagged as paranormal?). 

The Institute is Stephen King’s 2019 release following the story of Luke Ellis whose parents were killed in the middle of the night. The next morning he wakes up at The Institute. Everyone there are children with special powers who are all in the exact same situation as Luke. Of course, I’m a sucker for a good Stephen King, so this was a no brainer on my TBR. 

The Shining, I’m sure y’all have heard of. I do have a copy, but I lent it out to my friend Jennie (if you’re reading this I love ya!). In the story, handyman and struggling writer, Jack Torrance, gets hired to take care of the Overlook Hotel in the off season. He brings his family with him, and things get weird. This is a horror classic, and one that I am so excited to read!

Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know much about this one, and I don’t want to. I feel with sequels and companion novels, it is better to go in blind.

From my grandparents, I received Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, and The Answer is… by Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings. 

Tiny Pretty Things has been circulating the internet in one way or another as it was just adapted into a Netflix series. This, from what I’ve gathered, is about a group of teenage ballerinas fighting for the lead in a ballet and things get ugly. I’m so excited to read this one. I’ve seen it described as Gossip Girl x Bunheads/Dance Academy and I’m here for it. 

Felix Ever After is easily one of the most hyped books of 2020. Following Felix’s story of being a trans man, having his dead name and pre-transition photos leaked, and seeking revenge on those who leaked them sounds INCREDIBLE. 

The Answer is… will be sad, and I am not yet ready for that sadness. Alex Trebek is everyone’s favorite Canadian grandpa, and his passing this year really hurt. But I can’t wait to read his autobiography and story.

Alright, those are the books that I got for Christmas! I was also fortunate enough to receive a few Barnes and Noble gift cards, so if there are any books you are absolutely loving and feel everyone needs to read, please let me know! 

Happy Holidays and stay safe ❤  


Hey y'all. I'm ej, a 20 year old, book lover and occassional blogger.

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