What books did you get for Christmas?

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Cherrypi Tue 25-Dec-12 19:20:52

I love receiving a book at Christmas haven't had any this year (so farwink) so was hoping to live vicariously through mumsnetters. Have treated myself to the new Elly Griffiths in the kindle sale.

FarelyKnuts Tue 25-Dec-12 19:28:46

New Karen Rose. And an amazon voucher for my kindle. Im in heaven. Love books for xmas

VivaLeBeaver Tue 25-Dec-12 19:36:09

Ooh, I love Elly griffiths, off to get her new one now.

Db got me the most recent idiot abroad book.

Amazon voucher for my kindle which I've bought a Karen Rose I haven't read yet (just 'discovered' her) and I'm about to start working my way throught some of my stupidly long wish list.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Tue 25-Dec-12 19:43:43

a lovely schlocky Philippa Gregory for reading whilst drunk and/or tired (ie most of the time)

Bee321 Tue 25-Dec-12 19:48:22

Hate to admit it, but I bought 40 shades grey for myself. I don't expect it to be good, but was curious. I noticed that DH noticed that I bought it for myself.

Myliferocks Tue 25-Dec-12 20:05:07

Cherrypi which Elly Griffiths is in the sale?
I can find number 4 in the Ruth Galloway series, A Room Full Of Bones but I can't find her latest one in the series, A Dying Fall.

whistlestopcafe Tue 25-Dec-12 20:15:05

The Handmaids tale by Margaret Attwood, the latest Emily Barr novel and The Hunger Games.

Cherrypi Tue 25-Dec-12 20:20:27

Ooh there's 5! Sorry myliferocks I thought the 4th one was the latest.

Myliferocks Tue 25-Dec-12 20:23:19

That's alright! Number 5 hasn't been out long so is still a bit pricey!
I was getting my hopes up then as I have an Amazon gift voucher burning a hole in my pocket! grin

Bee321 Tue 25-Dec-12 21:21:42

OK, so while DH and his bro and sis are watching xmas TV (yawn!) I started reading 40 shades on kindle in the corner of room away from all that nonsense, the writing in this book is really bad, I mean really bad, but it is having an effect on me; now I know what they mean by mummy porn. I'll leave them to TV and it is off to bed early for me ;)

Willdoitinaminute Tue 25-Dec-12 21:27:37

Hairy Bikers Christmas good job I bought their diet book for after Xmas!

Willdoitinaminute Tue 25-Dec-12 21:28:48

Is that the bargain basement version Bee?

Neville Shute, 'On The Beach' - have read it several times but dp had forgotten. Happy to read it again though and it is a pretty copy.

Android Karenina - can't wait to read this one!

And a fantastically interesting looking history of the Gothic.

And a novel which I have forgotten at the mo, by somebody I'd never heard of.

juneybean Wed 26-Dec-12 16:34:33

I got Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano from a MNer <mwah>

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (no idea what this is!)

And Little Miss Naughty worries Mr Worry (joke present from my mum because I adore Little Miss Naughty!)

insancerre Wed 26-Dec-12 16:37:14

Stephen King Through the Keyhole
I can't wait- but will have to finish what I am reading at the moment, even though it's not very good. I just can't stop reading a book without finishing it.
Unless it is Terry Pratchet- I just can't finish any of his for some reason.

ChoccyJules Wed 26-Dec-12 16:40:05

Hairy Bikers Diet Book and Miranda (both were on my list)

Plus Mark Kermode 'the good, the bad and the multiplex' and ' the people's manifesto' by a comedian whose name currently escapes me.

So four books - a good haul!

viviennewestwould Wed 26-Dec-12 16:41:36

I was given Sue Townsend's The Woman Who Stayed In Bed For A Year yesterday morning and have just finished it. Laugh-out-loud, sublimely funny book (and I care not that my head has been stuck in a book for the last 36 hours - I have no kids). I also unwrapped The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce which promises to be a bloody treat, too smile

DuchessofMalfi Wed 26-Dec-12 16:50:08

I got Miranda Hart's book Is It Just Me? Read some of it last night, so far so good smile, My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding, and How to Bake by Paul Hollywood.

I really miss the pre-children days when I could just read all day smile

GrandPoohBah Wed 26-Dec-12 16:56:05

None sad but that's because I'm always buying books on my kindle, so DH doesn't know what I have. I did get amazon vouchers I can spend on it though.

Abcinthia Wed 26-Dec-12 17:13:52

I got The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I started it this morning but so far I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's very bleak and I'm struggling a bit to keep on top of all the characters and their relationships to each other.

I got Goodnight Children Everywhere - stories of wartime evacuees told by themselves.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 26-Dec-12 17:28:29

The Casual Vacancy is very bleak and there's no happy ending either. It took me quite a while to get to grips with all the characters, but once I did I started to really enjoy reading it. It is good, stick with it smile

Themumsnotroastingonanopenfire Wed 26-Dec-12 17:29:15

Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II
The new Phillipa Gregory, Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes. Am reading the Maeve Binchy now, is oddly soothing Boxing Day reading.
Bring up the Bodies
The Winter King (biog of Henry VII)
Fatal Colours - story of Battle of Towton.

NomNomDePlumPudding Wed 26-Dec-12 23:09:18

juno diaz' new story collection, jane yeh's the ninjas, and the forward book of poetry 2013

acsec Wed 26-Dec-12 23:15:30

I got:

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm edited by Noel Daniel - it's beautiful!
Grimm Tales by Phillip Pullman
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

and lots of lovely picture books to read my class smile

PrideOfChanur Wed 26-Dec-12 23:21:24

I've got the new Elly Griffiths on order from the library - looking forward to it!

I got : A Don's Life - Mary Beard - really enjoying it so far
Is it Just Me - Miranda H
Shadows Before the Sun - Kelly Gay (latest in an urban fantasy series I'm reading!)
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady - Florence King

I am a happy bunny! Because I read a lot anyway my family never gave me books for Christmas when I was a child - they gave them to my DSis in the hope it would get her reading! I always wanted books though,so even now I'm pleased if at least one pressie is a book!

Fatal Colours sounds interesting, themumsnotroastingonanopenfire ,I've downloaded a sample to my Kindle...

GoldMyrrhAndNonsense Thu 27-Dec-12 04:09:05

I bought myself Bring Up the Bodies. I've been browsing the Kindle sale this morning to see if there's any little extras for me too.

Cherrypi Thu 27-Dec-12 10:47:36

Ooh got a kindle voucher and a book token of my brother and sister in law yay. Though what to choose hmmm.

Themumsnotroastingonanopenfire Thu 27-Dec-12 15:30:56

OMG I got a late Christmas present today from my brother! A Kindle! Start me Kindling people. I've just got it up and running and downloaded a few free classics to it. What's the best way of browsing the Kindle store and has anyone got any good deals to recommend. Bearing in mind I got a large pile of paper books for Christmas so shouldn't spend a fortune on downloads.

Cherrypi Thu 27-Dec-12 18:37:24

Dailycheapreads,co.uk or ereaderiq. The 12 days of kindle sale is on at the moment with some cheap deals. The top 100 which you can access straight from the kindle often shows up the bargains. Also there's a daily deal. Wow I sound addicted.

PassportHell Wed 02-Jan-13 10:39:01

Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir
The Victorian House, Judith Flanders

I am grin.

atthewelles Fri 04-Jan-13 16:30:59

Nigel Slaters kitchen diaries ll
The House of Redgrave
Book of Short stories by American writers

Also got a couple of vouchers and have just bought a Rebecca West novel and Muriel Spark's Authobiography.

eatyourveg Fri 04-Jan-13 19:49:27

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
Y Byw Sy'n Cysgu (The Awakening) - Kate Roberts
Thanks for the Memories - Cecilia Ahern

Polished off the first 2 already, Harold Fry is brilliant. Not sure which one to pick next

MooseyMoo Fri 04-Jan-13 20:09:04

Where the Bodies are Buried -Chris Brookmyre
Star Island - Carl Hiaasen
The Casual Vacancy
Bringing up the Bodies

Just finished reading 1st book and I really enjoyed it. Not the usual Brookmyre dark laugh out loud humour, a straight thriller.

PandaG Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:07

the Miranda autobiography - read it in a couple of days and left it for my mum to read. Also got a Hugh F-W cookbook and the Great British Bake off Showstoppers. Made a recipe from the Hugh, but not made anything from the bakeoff yet - lots I fancy making though.

Very few books, I usually get quite a few more, but I do now have a Kindle. DC had about 30 books between them, and DS had about 20 for his birthday the week before - I'll probably read some of theirs too as I like to know what they are reading

IloveChristmasandsodoesmydog Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:08

A Lorraine Pascal cookbook and the latest Guide to Ankh Morpork by Terry Pratchett. Haven't had time to sit down and read it yet must get off Mumsnet.

TabbyM Wed 09-Jan-13 14:12:58

The Seven Towers by Patricia Wrede, The Mislaid Magician by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and Odd Girl Out by Timothy Zahn - a fairly small haul from my massive Amazon list .. people never buy me books randomly unless they know me well

Pantah630 Wed 09-Jan-13 14:35:35

My DS1 bought me a couple of classics off my wishlist, Plutarch's On Sparta and Herodotus' Histories, MiL bought me this which is great for dipping into while in the smallest room smile She was bang on, I love the countryside and love reading.

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