For a bookworm, Christmas means books, books and books! So here’s some of the reads I have on my wish list this December.
Vincent, Barbara Stok – this book is a graphic novel about the life of Vincent Van Gogh
The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh is a constant source of inspiration and intrigue for artists and art lovers. In this beautiful graphic biography, artist and writer Barbara Stok documents the brief and intense period of creativity Van Gogh spent in Arles, Provence. Away from Paris, Van Gogh falls in love with the landscape and light of the south of France. He dreams of setting up an artists’ studio in Arles – somewhere for him and his friends to paint together. But attacks of mental illness leave the painter confused and disorientated. When his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin refuses to reside permanently at the Yellow House, Van Gogh cuts off part of his ear. The most notorious event of art history has happened – and Van Gogh’s dreams are left in tatters. However, throughout this period of intense emotion and hardship, Vincent’s brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Stok has succeeded in breathing new life into one of the most fascinating episodes of art history.
I love reading about the life of Vincent van Gogh, after visiting the gallery dedicated to him in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, my love has only grown. This graphic novel looks like a really interesting way to learn more about his life in a different type of medium.
The Secret of Spellshadow Manor 2: The Breaker, Bella Forrest
Blurb (this is a sequel, don’t read this if you haven’t read the first book):
Alex doesn’t have all the answers yet, but he and his friends are running out of time. With Aamir’s new position as a professor, they hoped he might be able to help them make a breakthrough in uncovering the Manor and its Head’s secret, but it soon becomes terrifyingly clear that Aamir’s situation is anything but advantageous…
As rules begin tightening around Alex like a noose to his neck, he is forced to rely on his own strengths more and more — and when events at Spellshadow take a truly shocking turn, it will take all that he has not to break…
I read the first book, The Secret of Spellshadow Manor, earlier this year and really enjoyed it. In fact I think it was a Christmas present last year. I had to add the sequel to my wish-list immediately, so fingers crossed I have a copy to unwrap on Christmas Day!
The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
I loved Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, so of course I had to add this book onto my list. I can’t resist a poetry book after so many people online have recommended it. The simplicity of the design in these books makes me feel so happy, they look stunning and not to mention will look gorgeous in Bookstagram photos!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
I’ve seen this book floating about the place a lot recently, but never really looked to see what it’s about. The blurb intrigued me and it strikes me as a book that could stick with me for years after reading. I’m always up for a book that comes so highly recommended, so this one should be good!
The 7½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…
This book came out at a similar time to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I adored and with titles so similar I was interested. The plot of this one looks really clever and like something I’d really enjoy so I immediately had to add it to my Christmas wish list!