December and Christmas Haul

Hi everyone!

I’m officially back on the blog and have loads of ideas planned out for the rest of the year and into 2018. To start off, I thought I would do a December/Christmas haul of all the books and book related gifts that I either bought myself or received as a gift during the Christmas period. This post is in no way to brag about the gifts I received; I am truly very lucky and grateful to receive presents during Christmas time but, for me, the most important part of Christmas is spending it with friends and family, presents or no presents. I was very lucky this year to receive some beautiful gifts that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

I won’t be linking any of the items because I don’t want to see/don’t care about how much money people spent on me. If you search for the items on Google, I’m sure they’ll show up!

So without further ado, here’s my December and Christmas haul…

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve already started this book. I just couldn’t wait to read it. I had watched the TV adaptation of this book and absolutely loved it! This is my first foray into Agatha Christie books and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying reading her work immensely and am already thinking about buying more of her works.


A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Another book I’ve wanted to read for a long, long time. I believe part of the book is set in Italy so I think this will be the perfect book to read on holiday somewhere in the Mediterranean, laying on the beach underneath the sun.


American Notes by Charles Dickens

I never pass up the opportunity to read more by one of my favourite authors and, although I hadn’t heard of this book before, it sounds incredibly interesting and intriguing. The book documents a trip Charles Dickens made to North America during the 1840’s. Whilst most of Charles Dickens books are set in London and surrounding areas, I’m very excited to read something quite different by him.


**I’d also like to mention that all the books above were bought for me by my gorgeous boyfriend, who knows my reading tastes and all the books on my wish list so well!

The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now by Thich Nhat Hanh

I bloody love self-help books (I need all the help I can get haha) but this one seems very interesting and, after receiving it and doing some research, I found out that it had incredible reviews. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master who uses his mindfulness to advance his compassion, his connection with the world and his perspective on life. During the past few years, I have practiced yoga as a form of mindfulness and, in 2018, I am looking to become more interested in yoga and mindfulness. This seems like a great place to start!


Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue’s 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman

Fashion has always been one of my major interests from a very young age. I used to go clothes shopping with my mum where she would always ask me to pick out items for her and call me her mini personal stylist. Working in the fashion industry and the stigma associated with that has also always interested me and this seems like a great book to read for insights into those jobs.


The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Another of my biggest interests (besides books and fashion) is photography [check out my instagram to see some of my work!] I can’t wait to sit down and read this and understand more about Henri and his inspiration/passions.



I was very lucky to receive a load of Harry Potter related gifts (I guess my friends and family know me too well!). Receiving a pack of Top Trumps was such a trip down memory lane for me; I used to love playing with them when I was younger and had countless different sets. I’m hoping the Harry Potter tea towels will make washing the dishes at university a bit more bearable. The ring on the right from Alex and Ani is beautiful; it’s the Deathly Hallows symbol made from recycled and eco-friendly materials.


I always ask for a calendar every year for Christmas and this year I received a Game of Thrones themed one! I’m very excited to put this up in my university room and make it feel that little bit more magical.

Thank you all so much for reading this post. I really hope you all had amazing Christmases (and December’s) with your friends, family and loved ones!

Zoe xx




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