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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Book Giving

12 Books Of Christmas Gift Giving Idea

I know no one should mention the dreaded holiday of Christmas this early in the year, but it is August and I really want to see if this is something you lovelies’ would be interested in…12 days of book giving for the holidays!

I have mentioned her more than once, but I truly believe I would not have this blog without her, my companion on most of my book journeys and personal library if I want Narah Quinn and I created this idea.

We decided this year instead of giving Christmas presents on Christmas day we would extend the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books on Christmas Eve (and spending the day reading that book) to giving each other 12 books – for the 12 days of Christmas. Now both of us normally work Christmas eve so I doubt we will ever be able to read on a Christmas Eve (all day), so instead we are going to be giving each other 12 books leading up to Christmas and the last one to be given on Christmas Eve! (We may also be starting this on Christmas Eve…let us know what you think below.)

Anyway, the guidelines for this is book giving are below;

  • We spoke together and decided the below categories of each book. (obviously if you take on this idea too you can tailor it to what you want)
  • We decided 12 as we believed (1) We would be able to read them all next year and (2) they could correlate with our designed Book Challenge (blog coming soon)
  • You can obtain/buy the books new or used, online or in charity/goodwill shops.
  • I have left the last category free and open if you would like (it’s also because we decided to buy each other a book from Young Adult Literature Convention in London and that was last month!)

So here ya go, I will keep you guys updated with when we do the giving but the below are the categories and order they will be given in!

  1. Psychological Thriller
  2. Wreck It Journal
  3. A book that was released in 2018
  4. A book from a charity/goodwill shop (specifically)
  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 (released no more than 12 months ago ideally)
  8. A book from your own bookshelf you are willing to part with
  9. A book by an author the other introduced you to
  10. A Classic with a pretty cover
  11. Historical Fiction
  12. Free Category!!!!

Whilst obtaining these books, I have been adding little notes inside (on separate, removable pieces of paper) with reasons why I chose it, the number the book correlates to and if it is part of the Book Challenge 2019 (as we created that together also)

If you do choose to do this with a close friend/family member if you announce it anywhere, please let me know on my usual social media handles.

T: @bythe100thpage

I: @bythe100thpage


Happy reading Bookworms! 🤓