Waterstones Gift Card Haul 2016

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Ahh, Christmas. A time of giving and a time of receiving gift cards. If you're anything like me, the prospect of choosing your own bookish presents will fill you with joy, and that's exactly what I did during a city jaunt last weekend. Gift card in hand, I naturally picked up some of the first things I saw in Waterstones that I was interested in, then pointlessly browsed everything else. 

I'm always a fan of the table displays in Waterstones as I find they're really good at bunching together the right kinds of books I'm interested in. On a non-fiction table I found two titles I've been really looking forward to picking up: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson and Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I really enjoy Jon Ronson's writing and have heard so many interviews with him about this book, as well as read the articles he's written online to supplement it. I'm really interested to hear in more detail about how the internet jumps to shame those who either accidentally or purposely say less-than-ideal things. Regarding Yes Please, I'm a huge Amy Poehler fan and find her to be an incredibly intelligent woman, so this has been on my list ever since it was released. This is the paperback version and oddly weighty, with pages of illustration, graphics, and photographs inside to balance out what I can only expect to be hilarious and inspiring anecdotes and advice from Amy herself.

Last but certainly not least is Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka. I've never really delved into the world of Star Wars written fiction before, but I've known of it and its strong fanbase for a while now. It seemed silly to be such a fan of the series and so invested in the canon of stories to avoid a whole other medium simply because it wasn't in the 'film canon'. The release of Star Wars fiction has rocketed since the hype for The Force Awakens started, with Disney doing a brilliant job at getting new books published giving backstories and side missions for new characters and old. There was a whole selection at Waterstones from the adventures Han and Chewie to Leia, but this is the one I really wanted to get my hands on after seeing a review for it on Goodreads. Before the Awakening collects three backstories, one per lead of the new film: Rey, Finn, and Poe. Could this get any better? No, it could not. Feed the obsession. Feed it.

I hope you're all spending your Christmas gift cards well, and please let me know if you've read any of the things I've picked up!

M x

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