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16.11.2018- Christmas Gifting: The Bookworm

In an attempt to be a little bit more organised than usual, this year I’m happily resurrecting a series of  gift guides! Woop! Whilst I’m convinced that it’s strictly not Christmas until the start of December, there’s no question that a little bit of forward planning definitely goes a long way at this time of the year, especially if you’re balancing buying for what feels like the world and his wife. In an attempt to be a little bit more cohesive, this year I’ve divided my gift guides up into subcategories- and for this installment I’m focusing on a selection of literary loveliness:
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod (published by Cassell), £10.39, Amazon/Milkman by Anna Burns (published by Faber & Faber), £6.99, Waterstones/The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (published by Zaffre Publishing), £6.99, Waterstones/Step by Step: My Life in Journeys by Simon Reeve (published by Hodder & Stoughton), £16.99, Waterstones/The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy by Jennifer McCartney (published by HarperCollins), £5.99, Waterstones/Becoming Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama (published by Penguin Books), £12.50, Watersones/The War Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen (published by Vintage Publishing), £9.99, Waterstones/Life Honestly: Strong Opinion for Smart Women by The Pool (published by Pan Macmillan), £14.99, Oliver Bonas/Canvas Totes, £9, Kikki K/Capri Blue Jar Candle, £28, Anthropologie/Rose Quartz Book Ends, £60, Oliver Bonas 

Katherine Ormerod’s Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life is already on my must-read list, and I think would be a brilliant option for somebody determined to undergo a bit of a digital detox as 2019 gets going. As well as being an award winner, Milkman by Anna Burns offers a really interesting reading prospect, with unnamed characters and looks at a really interesting period in modern history through the lens of a female narrator. I’m reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz at the moment and am finding it totally gripping- so definitely one to consider if you’re shopping for somebody who gets really absorbed in reading. If you’re looking to expand your horizons for 2019, then Simon Reeve’s book Step by Step is well worth snapping up. I’m a huge fan of his documentaries so am really keen to delve more deeply into his travel writing and get some inspiration for my own journeys. If, alternatively, you’re more inclined to take it slowly and ease into the new year, then The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy by Jennifer McCartney is one for you- and would also make a lovely little Secret Santa gift too.

Next up, possibly the most anticipated book of the year, from one of the most inspirational women in the world. Becoming Michelle Obama is right at the top of my Christmas wishlist, and I’m sure that it will be topping the bestseller charts for weeks and weeks to come. Wilfred Owen’s The War Poems is a timely and poignant present, and one which is a really thoughtful option to give as a gift too. Life Honestly by The Pool is another brilliant compendium of inspirational reads, and again is a brilliant option if you’re looking to put your best foot forward in 2019, or are shopping for someone who is resolving to make changes for the year ahead. With practical purchasing in mind, Kikki K’s tote bag is ideal for stashing away all of your reading material for digesting in the go, and this Anthropologie candle is ideal for creating a cosy den to read in- it smells fantastic too! Finally, these lovely Oliver Bonas bookends- ideal for keeping everything on your reading list organised!

 Are there any new reads on your shopping list?

(Image credit: Amazon, Waterstones, Kikki K, Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas.)

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