Reader Requests: A Bookish Christmas Guide

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

There is nothing quite like Christmas time – bedlam at the shops, singing carols, eating excessively and giving and receiving gifts! I may be a little biased but I really believe books make wonderful gifts! Unwrapping a greatly anticipated new release or the latest book from a much-loved author is the best! A huge amount of satisfaction and happiness comes from being able to help someone find the perfect gift for their book-loving friend or family member! So I present my Bookish Christmas Guide! I encourage you to post a question for recommendations. I will happily use the excuse of ‘research’ to spend more time in bookstores over the next few weeks. I hope to hear from you and I look forward to helping you find the perfect bookish gift!

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8 thoughts on “Reader Requests: A Bookish Christmas Guide

  1. Hi Katherine, love your work 🙂 Love the above image. Devastated I missed the opportunity to meet you last night at the YA function/PD. Couldn’t believe it when mum told me you were there. I go along to these things not expecting to know anyone. Maybe in 2015 we can finally meet, hope so. Thanks so much for the present. I started reading the copy you lent me, but was so aware of not creasing, or marking it, silly I know, but that’s me. So I am so grateful for your thoughtfulness. I am picking out books from our library to read over Christmas, always take waaaaay too many, but what the heck . 🙂 Did mum tell you we have totally rearranged the fiction shelves into genres? A huge job, we are really happy with the result and the proof will be in the pudding next year when the kids start borrowing. I think it will work well. We have t remember where we put things as well, which we have laughs about.
    Really enjoyed last night and so excited about the books coming out next year, sad I have to wait until the middle of the year for Sarah Dessen and Jandy Nelson to of my absolute favourites.
    Thanks again, Katherine and keep up the enjoyable blogs and above all recommendations. Sandra


    • Hi Sandra,

      I called mum on Tuesday night to see if you had mentioned it to her! Can’t believe we missed each other! I am so excited for what is coming next year. I am a little concerned about suicide becoming the next ‘thing’ in YA fiction. I think that is a dangerous line to toe with that age group…. we shall see how it goes!

      Mum did tell me about the shelves – it will be interesting to see how the kids find it! I have often thought about doing it to my shelves but I over think it too much and it would get far too complicated! I would have been a massive job… I am hoping to visit – eventually – and see this wonderful collection I hear so much about!

      Thank you for your support!



  2. I’m actually looking for a book for me. A clever, complex thriller that I can get completely lost in while on holiday. I really like Kate Moreton’s books and particularly enjoy anything with a historical background or set in Australia. Recommend away!


    • Hi Lisa! Thanks for getting in touch! Here are my suggests for:


      Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (soon to be a movie)
      Sister by Rosamund Lupton

      Historical (family):

      Fiona McIntosh – her newest book Nightingale is set in Gallipoli
      Kate Furnivall – a couple are in series so check the reading orders!
      Belinda Alexandra
      Monica McInerney – family stories
      Colleen McCullough (Bittersweet)
      Geraldine Brooks

      The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova (one of my favourites!)
      The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne – the story of the Russian Princess Anastasia
      Burial Rites – Hannah Kent


      South of Darkness – John Marsden (new!)
      Kate Grenville

      I hope that gives you a good starting point!

      Thanks, Katherine


  3. Hello! I am looking for suggestions for books similar to Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine (besides those of Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley). I have all Barbara’s books but Lady of Hay is my favourite. Many thanks 🙂


    • Hi Jen, sorry for the late reply! I spent some time in Dymocks on Sunday and had a browse. I have never read one of Barbara Erskine but I know a little about her books. Have you tried one of Fiona McIntosh’s books? All of her stories are historical fiction but some if them have a ‘magical’ element – I believe the last one was called Tapestry.

      Other fantastic historical fiction writers include Jackie French, Philippa Gregory, Belinda Alexandra and Alison Weir (Alison is a historian and writes about the same time period as Philippa Gregory). Other lighter historical stories are by Kate Furnivall, Kimberley Freeman and Deborah Challinor. I hope that gives you something to go on!

      UPDATE: A couple more! Marion Zimmer Bradley, Traci Harding (Ancient Future Series), Sara Douglas and Juliet Marillier!


      • Hi Katherine, thank you so much for your reply!

        I agree Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir are fantastic writers, I love their stories.

        Thanks for the recommendations, especially Fiona McIntosh (I’ve not heard of her before) and I’m definitely interested in ‘Tapestry’.

        If you haven’t read anything by Barbara Erskine yet, I would highly recommend ‘Lady of Hay’, and also her short story anthologies 🙂

        Thanks again, and all the best for 2015!


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