Book Haul – Christmas 2013 Haul

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Hi everyone,

It’s the Festive Season which means that, if you’re of a bookish persuasion, you will have received books and vouchers to buy books from your loved ones.

My personal haul for this year is slightly smaller for this year due to my family buying tickets for a two day athletics meet that I’ll be attending in February, along with my tickets to the theatre shows I attended a couple of weeks ago in London.  That said, I do have some books to share with you this week, both physical books and e-books.

Physical Books

“Van Gogh and The Colors Of The Night” by Sjraar Van Heugten, Joachim Pissarro, Chris Stodwijk, Geeta Bruin, Maite Van Dijk and Jennifer Field

I have my friend Mendy, also known as the “Hot Cute Girly Geek” to thank for this beautiful present.  As regular readers of this blog know, I visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam during my trip to The Netherlands in September.

This book, produced by The Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum, focuses on Van Gogh’s work which feature twilight and evening as their themes including “The Potato Eaters”, “Terrace of a Cafe at Night” and the iconic “Starry Night”.

To partner this, Mendy also sent a gift of a photobook containing the photos we took during my trip.  This book has a cover which takes “Starry Night” as its inspiration, along with my favourite story of the Matt Smith era of “Doctor Who”, “Vincent and The Doctor”.




Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who

“Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who” Edited by Steve Berry

My parents bought this book for me and it’s a collection of significant memories of “Doctor Who” from a wide range of celebrity viewpoints including actors who have appeared in the classic and post 2005 versions of the programme, writers including Charlie Higson, Neil Gaiman, Jenny Colgan, plus a foreword by Terry Pratchett, and celebrity fans including comedian Stephen Merchant, impressionist Jon Culshaw, musician Rick Wakeman and member of the band “Orbital” Paul Hartnoll.

There’s plenty of stories to keep fans entertained, but it also supports a great cause as the royalties go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.



StardustCoralineThe Graveyard Book

“Stardust”, “Coraline” and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman

My fascination for Neil Gaiman’s work started with the story that he wrote for “Doctor Who”, “The Doctor’s Wife”.  I have read, and enjoyed, “Neverwhere, and I have recently seen the film version of “Coraline”.  As a result, my haul for this week is a little heavy in Neil Gaiman as I have bought these three books.


Eleanor & ParkFangirl

“Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

There has been a strong following for “Eleanor & Park” over the last year or so.  As a result, this book has been on my Wish List for quite a while.  “Fangirl” has also been on my Wish List for a while, but the reason for my fascination of this book is the whole “Fan phenomena” thing – whether you’re a fangirl or fanboy.

I decided that Christmas was as good an opportunity as any to buy these two books.


This Song Will Save Your Life

“This Song Will Save Your Life” by Leila Sales

This has been a recent entry on to my Wish List, thanks to a Book Haul post that I spotted. Yet, I couldn’t begin to tell you what grabbed my attention and demanded that I buy it.  Anyway, after eventually reading the blurb about a story of a young woman who finds friendship and a sense of identity through the power of music, I knew that I wanted to get this book.


Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos: 50th Anniversary Edition

“Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos” (50th Anniversary Edition) by Gary Russell

I bought this book primarily on the fact that it features the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant, during, and in the aftermath of the 2008 season for the programme featuring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and Bernard Cribbins as Wilf Mott.

I enjoyed the dynamic between “Ten” and Donna during their time together and between “Ten” and Wilf during the story “The End of Time” in 2009.  This story, written by former “Doctor Who” script editor (as well as one of the original “showrunners” for the Big Finish audio range of “Doctor Who” stories and former editor of “Doctor Who Magazine”) Gary Russell, features the return of an old villain from a 1976 story along with the sensitive portrayal of a relationship between Wilf and a woman who is experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s.


Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

“Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice” by Stephen Baxter

This novel written by Stephen Baxter, who is currently known for his collaboration with Terry Pratchett in “The Long Earth” series of books, is part of an ongoing series of books which focuses on the older end of the “Doctor Who” fanbase.

I don’t know too much about the story, but it is based on the Second Doctor’s era of the programme and features the Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Herriot (as portrayed onscreen by Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury).  As such, I was interested in this story as the Second Doctor is one of my favourites.


In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

“In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself and Training for Life” by Sarah Reinertsen with Alan Goldsher

Although I’ve not heard of the author, I decided to base my choice of this book on my love of athletics and in disability sports following my attendance at the “Sainsbury Anniversary Games” earlier this year and watching the London 2012 paralympics.


And that’s it for this week.  Please leave your comments and links below and I’ll do my best to visit your haul posts.


Best wishes and a Happy New Year for 2014.


40 thoughts on “Book Haul – Christmas 2013 Haul

    • Hi Angie,

      Again, I have “Doctor Who” and Mendy to thank for trying out Neil Gaiman’s books.

      The Van Gogh book and the photobook were a nice reminder of a fantastic trip and I would recommend a visit to the gallery to anyone who visits Amsterdam.

  1. Hi Rain,

    Thanks for visiting and following the blog.

    I love “Vincent and The Doctor”. I can’t say too often how it’s my favourite episode of Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor.

    And yes, you got me. I love going to see theatre at the West End… or anywhere for that matter (as long as the play’s good).

    • Sure! Thanks for visiting and following mine too. 🙂

      Vincent and The Doctor is probably my favorite too, though The Doctor’s Wife is high up there (I also love Gaiman – he should write more episodes).

      I’m going to see a play in London one day. It’s on my bucket list.

  2. I’m so glad you had a great Christmas – The Athletic meet sounds great and I’m really excited about it for you 🙂

    The Van Gogh book looks TRULY BEAUTIFUL, I can’t stop looking at it, and I hope you enjoy it! I’ve been hearing so many things about Fangirl and it’s definitely on my to-buy list.

    Have a wonderful Sunday, and thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

    Megan xxxxxxx

  3. Eleanor & Park is one of my favorite books, as well as Fangirl! Rainbow Rowell is one of my new favorite authors.

    I received This Song Will Save Your Life for Christmas as well.

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  4. I love Coraline! Such an amazing book 🙂 I got Fangirl this week too and Eleanor & Park ^_^ Supere xcited to read them!
    Great haul! thanks for stopping by my haul too

  5. Some really great reads there and loads of great Doctor Who stuff. The Graveyard Book and Coraline are great reads, in fact I have yet to find something by Gaiman that I didn’t enjoy. Vincent and the Doctor is in my top ten episodes. Happy reading and Happy New Year.

    • Yep, you got me. I love my Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember.

      I’m looking forward to reading the Neil Gaiman books because I loved The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare In Silver. I hope he gets the chance to write more episodes.

      Thanks for visiting and a Happy New Year to you. 🙂

  6. Ooh! What an interesting and diverse haul you have! I LOVE Neil Gaiman, though I’ve yet to read The Graveyard Book. I think Stardust is my favorite of his books that I’ve read, so I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 I also love both of the Rainbow Rowell books you got! I personally like Fangirl a little better than Eleanor & Park, but I think that’s more for sentimental reasons. 🙂

    Happy reading!!

    • Hi.

      Thanks for visiting.

      I’d like to take credit for the majority of the selections, but I’ve pretty much been guided to the majority of these books by friends and bloggers.

      I admit, Fangirl was initially chosen to go on my Wish List for the title rather than the story, but that’s because of being a Whovian, I have friends who are fangirls.

      Thanks for visiting and a Happy New Year to you. 🙂

  7. Love the Van Gogh and Doctor Who stuff (everything else is great also). I got a t shirt with the exploding tardis and starry night background.
    Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

  8. Ooh, The Graveyard Book is a good one! Looks like you’re a big Doctor Who fan. I got my sister’s boyfriend a big book all about the show for Christmas. Thanks for visiting my STS earlier!

  9. You got some great books here! I re-read The Graveyard Book in October and it was even better than I remembered it. And as of this year, Rainbow Rowell is one of my all-time favourite authors. I’d start with E&P and then do Fangirl, but they’re both excellent. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

    • Hi

      I’ll take your advice about the Rainbow Rowell books to mind. You do appear to be a bit of a connoisseur of her work (I’ve just read your Top Ten Tuesday).

      Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year. 🙂

  10. Great haul! I have heard so many wonderful things about Rainbow Rowell, I’ve got Eleanor & Park and Attachments sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Fangirl too. I read This Song Will Save Your Life recently, and I loved it. It was one of my top reads of the year. I hope you enjoy all of your books! 🙂 My STS.

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