What I got for Christmas 2020


Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a nice holiday season!

Today, I bring the list of all the books that I got for Christmas (yay!). Finally, after not so subtly sending book lists after book lists to my family, I receive books for Christmas. So, I think it was a very successful Holiday!

Let’s get started then:

1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, aka my favorite book.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT

Synopsis:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

I already own this book, but in a different edition, BUT you can never have enough editions of your favorite book. I thinks this means that I must reread The Song of Achilles soon.

2. If we were Villains by M.L. Rio

Genre: Mystery, Fiction

Synopsis:

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. 

I’m so happy to finally own this book! For the last couple of months I just saw this book everywhere on bookstagram and the reviews were always amazing. Also, the Dark Academia vibes are a huge plus for me.

3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

I have seen amazing reviews about this book and the whole series in general, so I’m pretty excited about finally being able to read it. I’m thinking on maybe starting reading it before the year is over, specially since everyone is always telling me that this is a great book to read during Winter.

4. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by  Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Short Stories

Synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

This book is so pretty! Like the illustrations inside are stunning and I’m already half in love with this book, even though I have not started reading it yet. Also, this is written by Leigh Bardugo and she never disappoints.

5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Ninth House was part of a gift exchange that I had with some other bookstagrammers, but I’m counting on as a Christmas Gift. Besides, this book was part of my My Christmas (Book) list 2020, so I’m very happy about that.


Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. Also, what did you get for Christmas? Did you get any books?

Love,

Drea. 

10 thoughts on “What I got for Christmas 2020”

  1. Ooh, I’ve heard a lot about The Bear and the Nightingale lately. I love historical fiction and fantasy, so I’m excited to hear how you like it!! I also love Language of Thorns and Ninth House; Leigh Bardugo is the best!

    And you’re so right — you can never have too many editions of your favorite book. ❤

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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