Every year for Christmas, my husband and I exchange one “Big Gift” with one another. Something that we don’t need but want. Something that we try and put a lot of thought and effort into when selecting for one another. This past Christmas my husband legit knocked it out of the park with a gift subscription for a Year in Books from Heywood Hill Bookshop.
Y’all. I DIED when I opened it.
So what exactly IS A Year in Books?
From their website:
Subscribe yourself or a friend to receive a paperback book each month for one year. Subscribers are invited to have a reading consultation with their personal Heywood Hill bookseller or they can receive our choice of the best new books. Every month we will deliver their beautifully wrapped book to their door accompanied by a different ‘Cressida Bell for Heywood Hill’ bookmark.
Once you, or the gift recipient, activates a subscription, you are invited to fill out a reading consultation. You can choose to receive their choice of the best in new books, or a book selected based on your reading tastes outlined in your consultation.
I waited a few days after Christmas to fill out my consultation because it was that time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s where you aren’t really sure what day it is and it’s just a black hole of food, holiday movies, shopping and I wanted to be fresh. I was taking this VERY SERIOUSLY, y’all.
And by serious, I mean, that I think I rambled on about eating my body weight in chocolate covered pretzels while binge-watching Miranda? I don’t know. It was all a blur. But, the consultation was submitted and all I had to do was wait for my first book to arrive. Which happened last Tuesday.
Y’all, LOOK at this packaging. I felt like Helene Hanff opening her latest from Marks & Co. Sidenote: if you haven’t watched 84 Charing Cross Road, please quit reading this and go do that now. I’ll wait.
And my inaugural book?
The Binding by Bridget Collins. I legit squee’d out loud when I saw the cover. This has been on my list for over a year now and I couldn’t be happier with this pick. Sending my Book Chooser a million internet high-fives right now.
I can’t wait for next month!
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