What Books Did You Get for Christmas?
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Merry Christmas! The Secret Life of Pronouns is on my TBR -- would love to hear your thoughts about it!
My family was exceedingly generous this Christmas and so I have the following lovely books to add to the stacks (the first two are from Santa, the rest from relatives):
Cop Killer, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
The Abominable Man, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
South Riding, by Winifred Holtby (read already but wanted my own copy)
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, by John Curran
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to London (the fam is planning a trip for next year)
Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, by Michael Barclay
Air Farce: 40 Years of Flying by the Seat of Our Pants, by Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson (no touchstone; apparently I am the only person on LT with this work at the moment)
No one would be so silly as to try and buy me books, but I gave lots and I bought myself a whole stack in the last few weeks. Some of my gifts to myself:
City of Glass, Douglas Coupland
Atmospheres Apollinaire, Mark Frutkin
Dream Story, (aka Traumnovelle), Arthur Schnitzler
Twin Study, Stacey Richter
The Essence of the Thing, Madeleine St. John
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick
Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People, Douglas Coupland
Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden, Quinten Bell
A Curious Dream, Kate Pullinger
That's all I can think of right now. There may have been more. I probably should go read ....
Despite my many wishlists here and on other sites, my family got me one book that I have absolutely no interest in, one that I already own and no gift cards! My Secret Santa here did come through however and got me two that look good (one I read already but loved and wanted my own copy and one that I had never heard of). I am thinking that with all the boxing day sales on, I might just have to do a little post-Christmas me-shopping and since Amex thinks I am good enough to send umpteen offers too, I will make them pay for it :)
Despite my many wishlists here and on other sites, my family got me one book that I have absolutely no interest in, one that I already own and no gift cards!
That's exactly why I tell people not to bother buying me books. I know exactly what you're talking about.
7/8 - I feel for you. Everybody got books for Christmas except for me - not necessarily a bad thing. I did get a throw blanket with a library on it!
My brother and sister-in-law gave me a Kobo!( combined birthday and Hanukkah) I'm excited and have to figure out how to use it!
I got a book that was just published locally, Elaine Harrison: I am an Island that Dreams that I absolutely love. She was a poet, painter and educator from Prince Edward Island and was one of my favourite teachers. I think it is one of my best gifts.
My better half gave me an iPad2, on which I'm sure I'll be downloading lots of books. (It's actually for my birthday, which is two days after Christmas.)
My Father is law is the only person to buy me a book and he buys them for everyone. His choice for me was Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table. My wife got Half Blood Blues from him so I will also get to read that. Knowing the book intake would be small I did buy myself a wonderful hardcover copy of Don Quixote on Christmas eve.
I got a late Christmas present!! Les souvenirs by David Foenkinos - the author talks about his grandparents and the conversation he would like to have had with them. Very topical for me since I have two aging grandmothers, one with whom these conversations are no longer possible, unfortunately. I think I'll probably need a box of Kleenex for that one...
A well-timed gift card from my bf's aunt and uncle means I will soon be adding another four "Christmas present" books to the shelves:
The Pursued, by C.S. Forester
That is All, by John Hodgman
Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome, by Steven Saylor
Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery
All but the first title are currently en route. Have to wait 1-2 weeks for the other one. Kind of annoying, because I actually saw it in person at the Eaton Centre Indigo and was *this* close to buying it... but I didn't have the gift card on me and wanted to use that. Ah well patience is a virtue and all that. Also really I already had way too many books to bring back home with me, so it's probably just as well.
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