It won’t come as a big surprise to anyone that I received one or two books as gifts for my birthday. It does help that Rob works for a well-known high street bookshop, of course, but he worked his magic and I got some lovely books, as well as some beautiful non-book presents too! I thought I’d share with you what I opened, so you can see what you think too…
Thank you to Rich Chilver for this first bundle of papery goodness… Pictured are the first three Skullduggery Pleasant books, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages, plus a fantastic cherry design notebook and some scented felt tip pens from Paperchase.
This next pile of goodies is from Rob’s parents; I was pretty stunned to unwrap all David Mitchell’s backlist that I don’t already have, plus a beautiful signed hardback copy of The Bone Clocks with the British cover design that I love so much. I’m g0ing to start reading these right from the beginning… (Great cat mug, too!)
And here’s my bookie gifts from Rob – what an amazing treat. A signed, dedicated hardback of Clariel by Garth Nix, and a signed hardback of How To Be Both by Ali Smith. Wow. Plus, there’s a stunning ‘coral’-design necklace and initial ring from Sugar and Vice, and a cute cat mirror!
And who could forget Bill, the Shakespearean rubber duck?
Amazingly, I did get some other (lovely) gifts that weren’t book-related… This fab collection was from my parents, getting me kitted out with Sea Salt goodies, including fluffy socks and a set of three notebooks. Can you spot the DVD of The Tempest from The Globe with ‘Merlin’ as Ariel?
This themed collection is from my gorgeous sister, Emily – I especially love the bracelet. Apparently, the lady in the shop said she liked the concept!
And finally, a box of sweeties from my Uncle Andrew, Aunt Sue and cousins David and Luke – these will definitely keep me going until Christmas! (Unless Rob gets his hands on them…) These are from A Quarter Of – you can order online for yourself or as a gift.
Wow – I feel so spoiled and very very grateful – what amazing gifts! Are anything of these books (or other goodies) on your birthday or Christmas list? What should I read first? Leave a comment and let me know!