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Sunday Salon: Christmas Book Haul

December 28, 2008

The Sunday Salon.comIt’s been a wonderful week for reading, reviewing, sleeping, and hanging out with family. I posted four reviews this week: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore, Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley, and Buried Treasure: Travels Through the Jewel Box by Victoria Finlay. I also did some behind-the-scenes work fixing my Reading Calendar – most of the changes shouldn’t really be visible, but there are no more missing images, now.

Crappy picture quality due to the fact that it was taken with my laptop camera.

I got a pretty good haul of books for Christmas (plus three that I’ve already bought for myself using a giftcard). I also don’t have my SantaThing books yet, since I had them mailed home instead of to my parents’. The breakdown:

Onto the TBR pile:
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by Robert Wolff
Valiant and Ironside by Holly Black (these are also going to require a re-read of Tithe – I could barely keep the Seelie/Unseelie alliances straight when I was reading it; hell if I’m going to be able to remember 9+ months later.)
Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity by Bernadette Murphy

Onto the TBR pile because I bought them:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The best books of 2008 for young scientists (pulled by a friend from this Science article)
Eggs by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Emma Stevenson
Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Wings by Sneed B. Collard III; illustrated by Robin Brickman (I’m sorry, but is that not the coolest name ever? Sneed B. Collard the third!)

Cookbooks and other non-TBR books
Bartender’s Guide: An A to Z Companion to All Your Favorite Drinks by John K. Waters
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero (I’m not vegan, but I do love me some cupcakes, and this book makes the best ones I’ve ever eaten.)
Gorgeous Knitted Afghans: 33 Great Designs for Creative Knitters by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman (they’re not kidding about the gorgeous part – these patterns are so pretty I want to knit all of them at once!)
It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask

On tap for today: I’m re-reading The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, but I don’t know if I’m going to review it – I have a hard time thinking of much to say beyond “OMG I LURVE THIS SERIES”. I’m also going to see if I can talk my dad into letting me set up a LibraryThing account for him and enter his books as an early birthday present.

I also need to spend some time prepping posts for this coming week – December Wrap-Up, 2008 Wrap-Up, January Shortlist, etc., etc. I’m hosting a New Year’s party, which means blogging on the 31st is right out due to party preparation, and blogging on the 1st is unlikely due to the fact that I don’t have to drive myself home after New Years’ Eve. ;)

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and a happy, healthy, and book-tacular 2009!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2008 11:51 am

    Great selection of books! I got a couple from SantaThing, but none for Christmas. I’m trying hard not to be jealous over here.

  2. December 28, 2008 12:00 pm

    Ooh, The Lies of Locke Lamora is a good one! Looks like you got a nice haul. I hope your party is great!

  3. readerbuzz permalink
    December 28, 2008 12:06 pm

    Eggs and Sisters & Brothers are both fantastic new nonfiction books for kids. I will add Wings to my list to read; it’s a new-to-me title.

  4. December 28, 2008 12:28 pm

    You have some great books on your lists. I forgot about The Vitner’s Luck. I read it years ago and I hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays!

  5. December 28, 2008 12:46 pm

    Alyce – My mom said they pointedly got me very few books, even though that’s mostly all I asked for, because “you have enough to read, and we want you to finish your dissertation at some point.” Luckily, I’ve got friends (and giftcards!) to pick up the slack!

    Megan – I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Lies of Locke Lamora – it’s been in the top five of my wishlist for a while, so I finally just broke down and got it for myself. :)

    readerbuzz – I haven’t read any of them yet, but just on a quick flip-through, Wings has *gorgeous* cut-paper illustrations. Plus: Sneed B. Collard III!

    Vasilly – I’m excited about The Vintner’s Luck – it’s been on my BookMooch wishlist for ages, and there was one copy in Singapore listed by someone who would only send within their country, and I couldn’t find an Angel, and it just sat there every time I checked, taunting me. :)

  6. December 28, 2008 1:09 pm

    I like the Modern Faerie novels written by Holly Black. And I’ve been looking for two of the novels on your new stack as well. So yeah, nice stack of books indeed :)

    I don’t know how to knit but ooh, the projects :)

  7. December 28, 2008 2:23 pm

    Wow you had a great week!

    Happy Sunday!

  8. December 28, 2008 2:37 pm

    I have the E. Lockhart book on my TBR pile, too. I have to push it to the top of the list, though, because it is due back at the library soon. I’ve never read any of this author’s books, but this title has shown up on several blogs.

    I can sympathize with your trouble reviewing Pullman’s novel. Unfortunately, I have that trouble with a lot of books. I haven’t had much experience picking books apart, so usually all I can say is “I liked it” or “I hated it”.

  9. December 28, 2008 3:07 pm

    Goodness! I think you got more books than I got DVDs lol!

  10. December 28, 2008 4:26 pm

    lightheaded – Which two?

    Yvonne – Indeed! Hope your week goes well as well.

    Dani – I mostly have the problem with re-reads; if I’m re-reading it, I must have really liked it, and while I can come up with things to say on my first pass through a book, I have a much harder time with re-reads.

    Ladytink – I got some DVDs as well; some Futurama and a couple of yoga DVDs. Did you get anything good?

  11. December 28, 2008 4:48 pm

    “I have a hard time thinking of much to say beyond “OMG I LURVE THIS SERIES”

    lol, I know. I dread the day when I re-read the series and attempt to write about it. I fear I wouldn’t go beyond “BEST.SERIES.EVER!!1@” :P

    Sneed B. Collard the third is indeed an awesome name. Happy 2009!

  12. December 28, 2008 4:54 pm

    Wow. What a great list of reads, reviews, and new ones to the TBR pile. Happy reading.

  13. December 28, 2008 8:32 pm

    You did do well in the book department.
    I notice you have a Mystery/Thriller category.
    Would you like to participate in my Best Crime Fiction Reads in 2008 activity?
    You’ll find it at
    All the best for 2009

  14. December 28, 2008 11:20 pm

    Looks like some great reads you have there. :)

  15. December 30, 2008 9:41 am

    Nymeth – I was thinking of doing a “Review Revisited” post – I wrote a short review the first time I read the series, so I was thinking of re-posting that with additional scattered thoughts. I think I can probably come up with some things to say, as long as I don’t have to try to fit it into normal review format.

    serena – I know, Santa was good to me. :)

    Kerrie – Thanks for the invite, but I think my Best Crime Reads are pretty non-existant – it’s not a genre I read much of.

    Scobberlotch – I’m looking forward to them, for sure.

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