Last year I tried sharing my books wishlist on Twitter. I wasn’t really expecting anything from it, but I saw some people do it and thought, why not? Maybe I’ll be surprised and I was. It was an unusual holiday season for me, the first ever that I did not spend at home or with family of any kind. After a tough year, and while I love the holiday season, it felt a bit sad to know that it would be a very quiet, sort of lonely Christmas. No, Christmas is not about the presents, but the gesture counts and, especially in this case, they made it a little better.
Paul from BnT was kind enough to get me not one, but three books from my list, especially one that I had wanted to read for a while.
The Test is a rather short sci-fi story that I sort of heard about thanks to Paul. I was his Secret Santa some time ago and that’s when I heard about Sylvain Neuvel. All Rights Reserved is another sci-fi book that had caught my eye some time ago. Both of these have really interesting premises and I can’t wait to read them. On the other hand, How Music Got Free is a non-fiction book about the changes the music industry went through when MP3 files and other digital formats entered the scene. I saw a documentary about this while on a flight and I’ve been very interested in reading this ever since then so I’m super glad I get to do soon.
Oz, also from BnT, got me a copy of All Systems Red, the first book in the Murderbot Diaries series, which is exactly the kind of book I like to read and I love that show binging Murderbot! I tried listening to the audiobook some time ago and I liked it, but I don’t do well with audiobooks, my mind keeps wandering off topic. I really wanted to have a physical copy of this book to be able to take it all in and I have to say the physical book looks absolutely stunning.
My mom also got me a book. Die App, a book that I’d seen on stores for a while and had caught my eye, but wasn’t able to afford. I wasn’t able to visit my mom for the holidays this time because of the pandemic, but she still wanted to get me something for Christmas and since I really wanted to read this one, she got it for me. This has been my first read of the year and I absolutely loved it! It’s a great, fast paced and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed a lot.
So, in spite of these holidays being different, they still managed to happily surprise me. I am so very grateful for these books and I am very thankful to both Paul and Oz, you guys really put a smile on my face and really made a difference. I really appreciate the gesture from both of you, you’re both awesome and I promise I’ll send you something too once I get a job.
How about you? Did you get any books or bookish gifts this past Christmas?