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Books for Christmas… more please!

sundaysalonThe only part of Little Women that struck a chord with me was Joe’s lament that ”Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without any presents”.  Substitute the word ‘books’ for ‘presents’ and you’d have my sentiments expressed exactly. Giving and receiving books is a fundamental part of Christmas for me, starting with the shiny new Bunty or Jackie annual I looked forward to all year when I was a very young teenager.

This year I asked Santa kindly for a few novels that are either on my Classics Club challenge or my Booker prize winners challenge. Santa must have decided I already had plenty of Classics to get on with reading so he ignored the appeal for Trollope’s Palliser novels (I can always hint again when my birthday comes around)  but I did end up with a few surprises in the shape of the Barnes and Mullan collections of essays.

These are some of the books in the package:

Since I also love giving books as well as receiving, almost everyone in my immediate family was a recipient. This is what I gave away:

  • Richard Burton’s diaries
  • The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
  • Pure by Andrew Miller (I loved this when I read it earlier this year)
  • A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • Prague Cemetery – Umberto Eco
  • Restless – William Boyd
  • David Copperfield – Dickens
  • The Land of Painted Caves – Jean Auel
  • Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The 100 year old man who fell out of a window – Jonas Jonasson
  • Hangover  Square – Patrick Hamilton

Other News

Finally got to finish Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (only taken me 2 months or more). And managed to get the review done Also read one from my Classics Club list – Muriel Spark’s Girls of Slender Means – still means I’ve only read 3 classics this year so will need to get my skates on to complete the 50 in 5 years challenge. The Spark review is here. I’m ending the year by reading C. J Sansom’s Dissolution for my book club meeting in early Jan. First time I’ve read anything by him and so far its a pleasure.


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

9 thoughts on “Books for Christmas… more please!

  • It really does sound like a wonderful bookish Christmas. I love those! I still remember one Christmas where I didn’t receive any books – it felt so wrong!

  • Things Fall Apart was one of the first books I read for the Guardian challenge. I thought it was amazing so hope you like it as well. I liked some of the books you gave away, too. A Year of Wonders was fantastic too, I just read Brook’s newish one: Caleb’s Crossing and am working on March. Love your blog and I will take a look at more of your posts. So happy to meet another Challenge reader. Thanks for sending me some feedback, I appreciate it greatly!

    • Wish I could move Nigeria so it fitted along the Equator or the Prime Meridian so then it would definitely get high levels of attention from me……Maybe I can persuade my book club to read it???

  • readerbuzz

    I’m always happy when I receive books.

    • Me too! Luckily my husband understands that an overflowing bookshelf doesn’t mean he can’t buy me something new..

  • What matters in Jane Austen? sounds fascinating. Possession is a good book; hope you enjoy it.

    • Jayne: The BookSnob blog has some positive comments on it so I’m looking forward to reading it. Probably best to read along with one of Austen’s novels to get the full flavour.

  • I hope you enjoy Things Fall Apart. It’s one of those books that I can go back to again and again.

    • I’ve lost track of how many people have recommended this so definitely want to read it soon!


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