Book Giving

12 Books Of Christmas: The Afterthought.


So, I thought as this project was entirely inspired by this blog, I thought we should catch up regarding it.

This year, myself and best book friend, Narah Quinn, decided we were going to give each other 12 books for Christmas instead of presents. We did not give ourselves a price range, but we did give ourselves categories.

In the blog post I wrote about this I changed one of the categories so anyone else who wanted to participate could use their own category.

We didn’t know if we wanted to do a book a day (from the 12th to the 24th) or give them all on Christmas Day and in the end, we decided on giving each other a book every other day up to Christmas Eve and bought each other a book sleeve for Christmas. Below, are the categories we used.

  1. Psychological Thriller
  2. Wreck It Journal
  3. A Book that was released in 2018
  4. A book from a charity shop/goodwill
  5. A colouring or puzzle book
  6. A book based in a place you’ve visited this year
  7. 1st book from a new trilogy
  8. A book from your bookshelf you are willing to part with
  9. A book from an author the other introduced you to
  10. A book from YALC
  11. A classic with a pretty cover
  12. A historical fiction
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My books from Narah

1. Stan by Richard Wold

2. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

3. Dance Of Thieves by Mary Pearson

4. The Trees by Ali Shaw

5. The Neil Gaiman Colouring Book!

6. The Wolf In The Attic by Paul Kearney

7. The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

8. The Eched City by K. J. Bishop

9. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman (and others)

10. Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

11. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

12. The Kings Witch by Tracy Borman

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My books to Narah

1. Don’t You Cry by Cass Green

2. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

3. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

4. Memory Of Bones by Alex Connor

5. F**k This S**t Swear Word Vol. 2 Colouring Book

6. City Of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab

7. The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9. Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

10. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

12. Saturnalia by Adam Alexander Haviaras (and Darien Empire Of Salt by C. F. Iggulden, not actually historical fiction #fail)

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this experience, I loved looking through ALL the books, looking for ones I hoped Narah would love! I got quite a few perfect and so did she. However, I may have bought her a non historical fiction book for the historical fiction category. BUT in my defence it was by a critically acclaimed historical fiction writer. But, to make up for the faux pas I bought her another book.

We both tried to buy books in accordance with our book challenge for 2019. In fact nearly all of the ones I received can or will be read for the 2019 book challenge. We may have also bought each other the same book, The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross! We added in the Wreck It Journal and colouring book knowing these are both things we could do together on nights where reading was not on the agenda.

I loved this experience, but I would say this is a once in a few years sort of deal. I don’t think I could have done this with anyone but Narah as we both know each other’s favourite kinds of books and genres. It’s not expensive, if you are happy with used books, and its not stressful. It was great fun, however I would like a new tradition for 2019, and maybe add more friends to the mix.

Hannah’s Bookshelf wrote an awesome blog about DIY Advent Calendars and now we have another year to decide if we do something different!

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4 thoughts on “12 Books Of Christmas: The Afterthought.

    1. It was great fun and a great way to be introduced to books I wouldn’t have readily picked up. I’m glad it’s inspired people! You could do it for a different celebration. 12 days before your birthday maybe?


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