First of, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! The blog has been quiet the last few days due to Christmas preparations and celebrations but now, I hope to get back to business again.
For me, books are an important part of Christmas. I love getting books as presents and I love giving books as presents. It’s especially important to me to give books to my two girls and my boyfriend and I have agreed that for every birthday and Christmas, we will gift them books. Other things too, of course, but books are a given.
So which books did I give away this Christmas?
For my mother, a book about Danish glass art in churches, air ports and more. For my boyfriend, James Clavell’s Tai Pan as well as two books by Alexander Dumas: The Whites and the Blues and The Companions of Jehu.
And for the girls: 4-year-old Ronja got a Tinkerbell book and 2-year-old Svea got two Rasmus Klump books (I think he’s called Bruin in English).
And now to the exciting stuff – the books I got and which will be review on this blog – at some point in the future …
First of, I got ‘the story so far’ of A Song of Ice and Fire – that is, the first five volumes. I saw a bit of the tv series and I’ve been wanting to read this for years and I’m really looking forward to reading these 5 novels. Not sure when I’m getting around to it since I have just started King The Dark Tower and I’ve read 4 books in the The Wheel of Time series.
The last few years, I’ve received a Classic for Christmas from my boyfriend. He has given me The Brothers Karamazov, War and Peace, Madame Bovary and Les Misérables. I then read it sometime during the following year and then I get a new one next Christmas. I love this tradition! This year, I got The Count of Monte Cristo and I’m really excited about reading it.
I also got Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates and is based on the life of Jeffrey Dahmer. I love Joyce Carol Oates’ novels and I’m fascinated by serial killers so I’m looking forward to reading this even though I think it will be a rather gruesome read.
And finally, I got four of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman graphic novels – vol. 3-6. These have been on my wish list for several years so I’m happy to get four more – especially since Neil Gaiman is very close to be put on my favorite authors list.
I also got two of a Filofax calendar so I returned one of them and got Kenneth Follett World Without End as well as order J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy.
So that was my bookish Christmas. Which books did you give away and which books did you find under the Christmas tree?
Three cheers for that book haul!
I received a bunch of gift cards, and I was able to buy sixteen books with them. I also got a book of Shakespeare’s complete works. It was a good Christmas for books!
Oh wow – sixteen books! Sounds like a wonderful bookish Christmas!
Such a lovely batch of books! I didn’t really have a bookish Christmas but did get a few before Christmas. I truly need to bring my blog back from dormancy. A “booksh Christmas” post would be a good topic 🙂
Yes please write a bookish Christmas post – both to get some life into your blog and to let us know which books you got!
Some great gifts given and received here 🙂
A Song of Ice and Fire is seriously addictive – I started the first one three weeks ago and just finished book two this morning. I managed to read one book in between, but all I really wanted to do was find out what would happen next!
Love the idea of your boyfriend buying you a classic each year. Does he choose himself or do you give him a list of options?