Christmas Book Gifts under $20

While certainly I hope for books for Christmas, or at the very least money to buy myself more books. Others may not have that need for more reading material. So why not do them a favour and get them some good books as presents this year.

Who knows, you may ignite a life long love of reading!

Be sure to click the book covers to be taken the to site/company with the books available for under $20. So with this in mind, check out my recommendations for book presents you can get for cheap this holiday period!


So popular you can’t go wrong

Surely they’re popular for a reason?

The Chef by James Patterson.

No matter my personal feelings towards James Patterson, he is incredibly popular. I can only take solace in the fact that he probably wrote none of this book. The Chef is a stand alone or but could potentially be the start of a new series – so hopefully whoever you get this for can jump on the Patterson bandwagon.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

Fast becoming an Australian classic this incredible story is a fictionalised account based off of a true story. Rumour even has it that the book is being made into a BBC series!

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts.

Another big name that you can’t go wrong with – while the book is the third in a series you can easily find the first two for under $20 each. So depending on how much you like the person, you could get them the whole series. But like Patterson you can’t go with Roberts.

The Secret Runners of New York
by Matthew Reilly

A stand alone, time travelling, dystopian, young adult novel. The master at fast paced action, larger than life stories and engaging characters- you can’t go wrong with Reilly.


For the Binge Watchers in your life

Now they’ve binged the show, get them to read the book!

Good Omens by
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Honestly you can’t go wrong with Good Omens – Gaiman and Pratchett do what they do best and just make good stories.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han

One of the most popular Netflix original moves in 2018, why not buy the whole box-set and get the person up to date with the whole story.

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Fans of the show can now devour the original novel and the newly released and award winning sequel, The Testament.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Truly a classic piece of black humour and indeed literature as a genre. Catch 22 is a perfect gift for your history buffs or those who are hard to shop for.


Young Adults

Who says YA books are only for young adults?! Some of the best fiction out there is classified as YA. So why not expand peoples perceptions by getting them an amazing YA novel.

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

If you can make it past the first couple of chapters – you’re golden!

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by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae may tickle the fancy of people who aren’t too keen on reading as the book itself is quite different. The story is told through official document, transcripts, and often involves tilting the book to read all the text.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Touted as an Australian mix of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. So great!

The Queen of Nothing
by Holly Black

The third and final book of The Folk of Air series, Black is always a great choice. If you know someone who is interested in fantasy, the fae, and dark YA then this series is for you!


Anticipated Arrival: The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare

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Ten years ago, Nicola and the duke wanted nothing to do with each other… and that’s exactly why they got engaged.

What is it?!

The Bride Bet is the fourth book in the Girl Meets Duke series by Tessa Dare. The book, if it goes by the usual ‘side-character who gets their own book’ formula, is potentially the last book in this series.

When is it coming out?!

August 15, 2020.

I know, I know, there is a long time to wait until we get to read the book. Probably even longer if I want to continue how I’ve previously engaged with the books, and listen to it as an audiobook. But still, I am looking forward to reading The Bride Bet.

Why do you want it?!

I really want this book because the character, Nicola, has always intrigued me and left me wanting to know more about this pretty closed off character.

The snippets of story that we got in the third book, The Wallflower Wager, about Nicola seemed really interesting – the revelation that all this time, Nicola had been engaged and her desperate attempts not to be seen by him made me want to know more!

Why does everyone else need it?!

So far Tessa Dare has been a very entertaining and humours read – it is sometimes hard to find the right mix of romance and humour in historical romance books and the third book The Wallflower Wager aside, I have really enjoyed all the characters and their romances.

So not only do I recommend you pick up one of Tessa Dare’s books but I think you should also get excited about the fourth and potentially last book of this great series!


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Anticipated Arrival: Tough Guy by Rachel Reid

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What is it?!

Tough Guy is the third book in the Game Changers series by Rachel Reid.

I have previously read the first two books, Game Changer and Heated Rivalry, and quickly fell in love with not only the characters of the books but the intricate and emotional stories told by Reid.

According to Reid’s website, the third book will feature Pro Hockey Star Ryan Price and a Fabian Salah who is from Ryan’s early hockey days when he was billeted with Fabians family. Reid’s description of Ryan as a tall, shy, red head, who doesn’t like flying, has jogged my memory and I think I remember this character, if only slightly (hello re-read).

When is it coming out?!

January 13, 2020.

We still have a few months to wait for this book but I am looking forward to starting the year off with another book of Reid’s from her Game Changer universe.

Why do you want it?!

I became really immersed and emotionally involved in the story telling from Reid’s first two Game Changer books and look forward to reading another story of hers from this universe. Plus, I have a very small knowledge of hockey, so it is always interesting to find out more about this game and professional sport.

Also as far as I am concerned Carina Press can do no wrong – I am always satisfied with the stories and books that are published through them. It is so great seeing more diverse content as well!

Why does everyone else need it?!

Um, because the first two books were amazing. Don’t believe me? Check out my two resews of the series and try not to be swayed into reading them. Plus who doesn’t like reading romances with shy characters?


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Book Bingo Update 5

Sci-Fi

The Fox, The Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle.

I feel so bad that it took me so long to read and review this book 😅 Especially since it and the first book of the Cassie Tam series are so amazing.

While I wouldn’t class this book as a typical Sci-Fi novel is nonetheless occupies such a Sci-Fi space. I’m constantly in awe of the technology of these books and love the world building surrounding these sci-fi-mysteries.

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Book Bingo Update 4

TBR Pile

Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone

I talked about this book in my recent post, My TBR Pile, and much to my own surprise, I got around to reading the book 😱

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The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle

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by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.


Release Date: 23rd July, 2018.
Length: 193 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #2.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: The Fox, The Dog, and The King is a return to form for Matt Doyle. The second book of ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ sees us pick back up not long after the events of Addict with Cassie celebrating on a night out with her girlfriend, Lori. After a performance by Tech Shifter Kitsune, Cassie is on the case again searching for a missing dog. Like the first book in the series, The Fox, The Dog, and The King will quickly pull you in as you navigate a seemingly simple case as it slowly escalates and slips out of control. Continue reading “The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle”

Book Bingo Update 3

Read that Sequel

Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Second book in the Game Changer series, I was incredibly lucky to be given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Like the first book, I absolutely adored the characters in the novel.

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QP: Favourite Books of 2018

QUICK Picks

2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.

Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black

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While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
  • The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.

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Quick Picks: Xmas Presents!

QUICK Picks

Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!

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Candy Mountain Yule Log

by Lush

Quick  run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.

It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
  • The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.

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Tropico 6

by Kalypso

Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.

Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
  • The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.

Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles Box-set

by Melissa Meyer

Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…

If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.

Quick reasons why I love the series:

  • The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
  • The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.

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The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown

Anticipated Arrived Rundown

In the time since posting my first Anticipated Arrival Rundown, I’ve finally read and watched two things on my list. Check out the below two items I’ve been waiting for and finally experienced ❤


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The Dragon’s Hoard by Mell Eight.

Post: Anticipated Arrival: Mell Eight’s The Dragon’s Hoard.

I have previously read the first four short stories in this collection. I really enjoyed re-reading them and also loved the new stories included.

I have a weakness for any type of romance novel. If you make it an fantasy romance novel ever better. If it’s a fantasy romance novel with dragons, then you have a surefire winner!

I would really recommend The Dragon’s Hoard if you were after a bunch of quick and happy m/m romance reads <# Continue reading “The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown”