Christmas Books!

As someone who has been on a self-imposed book buying ban for over 3 years now, you can imagine my excitement at the thought of getting books as gifts.

Christmas, birthday, wedding anniversary, Mother’s Day…pretty much any excuse I can get, I ask for books.

I’ve been a very lucky lady this Christmas with this lovely haul.

The Familiar 3 by Mark Z Danielewski

The gifting of the latest instalment of Mark Z Danielewski’s The Familiar is becoming quite the tradition in our house. The House of Leaves author has promised that there will be 20 books in total (2 a year) and if I don’t have time to read them, I certainly intend to own them.

The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

I happened to catch rapper & poet Kate Tempest’s performance of Let Them Eat Chaos on BBC2 earlier in the way and was completely mesmerised. I’m hoping her debut novel – a multi-generational tale of dissafected Londoners – will be just as fresh and exciting

The Maiden Dinosaur by Janet McNeill

I plan to read fill the gaps in my reading of Irish women writers this year and have heard great things about this story of a woman coming to terms with turning 50, written by Northern Irish author McNeill in the 1960s.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

This was a gift from a fellow book-loving friend and it’s already been read! I barrelled through it on Boxing Day and it’s another perfectly formed Christie, with a killer that I could never have guessed. Plus, I think I now have a crush on the brilliant, laconic Poirot!

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

I have heard very little about this recent release, but I liked the sound of the premise – three characters whose lives collide, set against the backdrop of New York City’s art scene – and as an 80s baby myself, I can’t resist anything set in that era!

Think Like An Artist by Will Gompertz

I met Will Gompertz when he came to Bellaghy to cover the opening of HomePlace, so I’m looking forward to reading this treatise on art, ideas and creativity.

This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

I’m keen to read more work in translation and this Spanish bestseller about a woman coming to terms with the death of her mother, seems like a good place to start.

This Is The Ritual by Rob Doyle

I loved Here Are the Young Men by  Dubliner Rob Doyle and after hearing him read last year at the Belfast Book Festival, I am very much looking forward to this collection of short stories.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

A very good friend bought this beautiful edition of The Jungle Book for myself and the twins and it is a thing of beauty. Featuring fold-out maps, pop-up images and stunning illustrations, this will be a book for my family to read together and treasure always.

I also got an ebook voucher and treated myself to these babies…

Clearly these acquisitions will do NOTHING for the reduction of the 746 but hey, it’s once a year and if we consider that I used to buy this many books in a calender month, things could be much worse.

So, have you read any of these? Any recommendations for where I should start? And what about your own Christmas – were you on Santa’s nice list when it came to books?

The 746

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. I would have to start with stories from the making of The Princess Bride! I couldn’t resist.
    Either that, or I would have gone for Poirot – but you’re already on that one 🙂
    I’m going to try and get to The Essex Serpent next year, so would love to know what you make of it.
    What a brilliant lot of books!

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  2. How wonderful to receive all those books for Christmas! I’ve read the Agatha Christie a few years ago at Christmas time and enjoyed it very much. (I recently reread Murder On the Orient Express and it holds up wonderfully as well!) Sweetbitter had a place on my year-end Top Ten. Some didn’t care for it, but I was totally captivated by it, even as I saw it’s flaws. Happy Reading!

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  3. Lovely haul 🙂 That’s a gorgeous edition of The Jungle Book. I was lucky enough to get a different but equally beautiful copy myself this year.

    I’d be intrigued to hear what you think of Tempest’s novel when you get to it. I have read and enjoyed some of her poetry and am interested to see how well her style translates to fiction.

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  4. I had 11 books on Christmas Day all told and there will be a piece on them … when? Dunno! I have my best of to write and my State of the TBR for 1 Jan … argh!

    Of the ones you have acquired, I haven’t read any and would most like to read the Kate Tempest. I’ve transcribed a couple of interviews with her and she’s so interesting a person.

    Happy reading for 2017!

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  5. My family are on a crusade to smarten me up this year as they think it’s time I left the hippy look behind ( I didn’t know it was no longer ‘in’!). Upshot was a Christmas of shirts and suits and shoes…..and no books! So I plan to take some of your list, buy them for meself and pretend it was from your family instead! Say thanks to them for me!

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  6. You received some wonderful titles! I know just how you feel. I have been on a book buying restriction for a couple of years, with very minor cheats every now and again when a book isn’t available in any format from my library. It made receiving books for Christmas all that much more wonderful. I hope you get much enjoyment from reading your new books.

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  7. You are my hero. Someone who can stop purchasing books at #746 deserves a lot of applause. So much so that I have decided when I reach 746, nada to purchasing physical books. ‘Course does that mean I can’t continue to buy books for my kindle. It keeps saying, “Feed me, feed me.” I am afraid, if I don’t feed it, it will take a big chunk out of my hide. Ouch!

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  8. I like Kate Tempest, but I always feel a bit self conscious about whether I am allowed to like rap-type artists with gritty subject matter if I went to a private school as a child. Hope you do a review so I can see whether I should read it.

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  9. You’ve had the best of both worlds – letting someone else choose out some books for you (I find it’s kind of nice not to always have to be the one to decide which books), and then getting to choose a few yourself. 🙂
    I haven’t read any of these, but I’m especially interested in The Essex Serpent and Sweetbitter. Enjoy!

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