Did you get any books for Christmas?

(54 Posts)
MrsDavidBowie Thu 26-Dec-13 07:21:16

I have a £100 Kindle voucher but ds bought me the new Bill Bryson book...can't wait to get started on that one today.

Deathwatchbeetle Thu 26-Dec-13 09:39:45

I got a trio of Iain Banks - Whit, a Song of Stone, and Espedair Street. However, I have borrowed 2 big books of Terry Pratchet stuff fro my brother (he got the new one - about ??Steam??) So am inpatient to read them first!

I got Goldfinch by Donna Tart, which I'm going to spend today reading in bed. I also got Laidlaw by William McIllvany, which I read many, many years ago, but will enjoy re-reading.

maudpringle Thu 26-Dec-13 18:39:36

Bill Bryson and Tracey Thorne, can't wait to get started

mmack Thu 26-Dec-13 19:05:51

Bill Bryson for me too. Also Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald. Also DD got the Outsiders by SE Hinton so planning to borrow it some night and have a nostalgic cry.

funambulist Fri 27-Dec-13 16:58:36

I got Goldfinch by Donna Tart as well and An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Can't decide which to read first as I'm looking forward to both.

HerrenaHarridan Fri 27-Dec-13 17:05:56

Raising steam by terry prattchet.
On page 55 and desperate for bedtime grin

BsshBossh Fri 27-Dec-13 17:45:57

I got given The Goldfinch. Started it last night and can't put it down. I've been completely sucked in to the narrative and characters.

I also got given Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland which hasn't had great reviews but I'll give it a go.

I bought myself Rowling's Casual Vacancy which I'm enjoying as a light read on my Kindle.

SilverApples Fri 27-Dec-13 17:47:31

We always buy each other at least one or two books every Christmas.
That's the whole family, GPs included.
I suppose it's a family tradition.

iwantavuvezela Fri 27-Dec-13 18:10:27

Prodigal by Barbara king solver on by kindle .... Present to myself!

Rosa Fri 27-Dec-13 18:11:46

Cookbooks but I really love a good book at Christmas so am watching to see what you all got and i will purchase for myself!!,

2kidsintow Netherlands Fri 27-Dec-13 18:14:53

I got the Bill Bryson too. It's MASSIVE. Proving to be very readable so far.

And I got £30 of amazon vouchers which will probably be spent on Kindle books.

Cherrypi Sat 28-Dec-13 10:39:57

I got a hardback of Grimm fairy tales and some river cottage books. I treated myself to S by JJ Abrams. Just waiting for it to be delivered.

fruitpastille Sat 28-Dec-13 11:14:43

I got Tigers in Red Weather as random choice by dh. Halfway through and enjoying it.

WipsGlitter Sat 28-Dec-13 11:18:52

I got the Goldfinch before Christmas. It's taken a while to get into it but am enjoying it now. Also a present to myself!

My sister got me an amazon voucher so will watch with interest.

LadySnapcase Sat 28-Dec-13 11:29:33

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King smile Enjoying it but can't read it when in the house on my own because I'm a wimp. Not as scary as The Shining yet mind.

I bought Raising Steam and am struggling with it to be honest. Love the Discworld stuff but am definitely not feeling this one...very sad.

insancerre Sat 28-Dec-13 11:31:05

I asked for and got Dr Sleep by Stephen King.
I am enjoying it so far.

Jux Sat 28-Dec-13 11:49:12

I got loads, in fact almost all my presents were books! Also, DH gave me a Kindle and my bro gave me an Amazon voucher! Now I come to think of it, the only person who didn't give me book related stuff was dd!

I now have:

Whispers Under Ground, Aaronovitch
The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M Banks
Two Christopher Brookmyres
Gardens of the Moon, Erikson
Norwegian by Night, Miller

I know nothing of the last two. I have bought a cHarles Stross short story and The Etymologicon, both for my Kindle.

I can't decide whether to get some of my favourite books in Kindle format, or just to get new books for it.

Jux Sat 28-Dec-13 11:52:14

Deathwatch Beetle, Whit is one of my fave books.

LadySnapcase Sat 28-Dec-13 13:02:23

Crap, my copy of Doctor Sleep is faulty! Missing 14 pages in the middle sad There goes my plan for the day...

skolastica Sat 28-Dec-13 13:07:42

The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier
- an easy if uninspiring read.

Inconvenient People (Non Fiction). I started it last night.

insancerre Sat 28-Dec-13 13:13:31

ladySnapCase shock

off to check my copy

LadySnapcase Sat 28-Dec-13 13:16:21

insancerre It's weird, there's a second lot of pages 215-230 where 247-260 should be sad

LCHammer Sat 28-Dec-13 13:49:55

The dinner - Herman Koch
The circle - d Eggers

Finished The Goldfinch a few weeks back.

LCHammer Sat 28-Dec-13 13:51:26

Also in my basket are:
Life after Life

Hormonalhell Sat 28-Dec-13 20:45:03

Mad about the boy - Helen Fielding, love it!

Noggie Sat 28-Dec-13 20:47:54

Got selection of ten 'winter warmer' books from the book people. Struggled to decide on which one to start with.... Ended up starting 'red dust road' by Jackie Kay and really enjoying it grin

MrsBartlet Sat 28-Dec-13 20:57:45

I got a lovely stack of books - 3 Persephone books; a Nancy Mitford novel; Letters of the Mitford Sisters; Anthony Trollope, Last Chronicle of Barset; Joanna Trollope's rewriting of Sense and Sensibility; a collection of essays by Elinor Lipman (who I love!); Laurie Lee Selected Poetry; a Robert Goddard novel; the book for the Georgians revealed exhibition at the British Library which we are going to see in January and a gorgeous coffee table book on Bath. That lot should keep me going for a while!

Jux Sat 28-Dec-13 21:08:30

LadySnapcase, I had a dictionary like that and another book (can't remember what it was, it wasn't particularly good anyway). With the dictionary, my mum wrote to OED who replaced it.

QueenofClean Sat 28-Dec-13 21:12:19

I got Keystone by Luke Talbot which I enjoyed...he's also a friend of mine.


A phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom. I love his books.

3 history books and This

Skogkatter Sat 28-Dec-13 21:15:59

The Goldfinch. Brilliant book.

Also got given a selection of nice classics (six books, I won't list them as they aren't particularly exciting reads and are also staples of any classics book selection) which are quite boring imo, but they're good for a nice read before bedtime, or, for the heavier two, a read when I have a lot of time on my hands and nothing to do. They'll be very useful when in waiting rooms, I'm sure.

TurnOffTheTv Sat 28-Dec-13 21:16:24

Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple and Eat by Nigel Slater. Just need some quiet time to get stuck in!

ProfondoRosso Sat 28-Dec-13 21:16:28

A lovely bunch of Stephen Kings, Shirley Jacksons and HP Lovecrafts smile

MrsDavidBowie Sat 28-Dec-13 21:16:56

I loved The Dinner. I also have Tigers in Red Weather by my bed.

Really enjoying the Bill Bryson....a lot about transatlantic flights, but some really interesting stuff about Babe Ruth and Herbert Hoover.

tassisssss Sat 28-Dec-13 21:17:32

I am Malala

If you've not read Miranda Hart's book I really really recommend that. I have borrowed it from a pal and it's brilliant.

MaddAddam Sat 28-Dec-13 21:23:49

I didn't get any books fhmm despite hinting that I wouldn't mind the whole (or any part of) the Booker prize shortlist.

I've bought myself "The Goldfinch" and the Ruth Ozeki "A tale for the time being".

Got a gardening manual from dh. Probably a subtle hint grin

SarahAndFuckTheResolutions Sat 28-Dec-13 22:17:13

I got Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach, which has been very good so far (just over halfway through). It's a bit of an odd one that I had been ignoring as it sounded like one of those romance books where someone dies. It's nothing like that and I'm very keen to find out what happens in the end.

I also got Dust by Hugh Howey, which I'm pleased about as I loved Wool and Shift.

The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison, which I think is a crime fiction book.

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, which I've had wish listed for a while.

And A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, about someone who finds a diary washed up following a tsunami.

MrsBartlet Sun 29-Dec-13 08:51:31

TurnOffTheTv - I read Greenbanks earlier in the year and enjoyed it. I got They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple after seeing it recommended on here.

bunnybing Sun 29-Dec-13 11:40:11

The Luminaries
3rd vol of The Cazalet Chronicles

The Haunting of Harriet by Jennifer button
Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
not started any yet - the latter 2 look to be unknown quantities.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 29-Dec-13 11:47:35

Sarah...I enjoyed Kiss Me First, also Silent Wife and The Other Typist.

Has anyone read The Luminaries yet? It's another big one.

kikidee Sun 29-Dec-13 18:00:25

I read a Tale for the Time Being earlier this year and loved it. I gave myself the Goldfinch but was also given a lot of books this Christmas by family. I can't decide whether to start the Goldfinch or The Luminaries tonight. Any views?

LCHammer Sun 29-Dec-13 19:02:11

I haven't read The Luminaries yet but I'd recommend The Goldfinch.

Kasterborous England Sun 29-Dec-13 19:12:37

I got the new Cazalet chronicles one, the Hunger Games trilogy and a Doctor Who one.

JC74 Sun 29-Dec-13 19:17:39

I got those too Noggie. I've already read The Saturday Supper Club and have a few pages left to go of Set In Stone.

snozzlemaid Sun 29-Dec-13 19:25:49

Poppet by Mo Hayder.
Brilliantly scary to start. Freaked myself out reading it in bed alone, late on Christmas night.

Chopsypie Sun 29-Dec-13 19:25:57

I got the bill Bryson one as a gift and also got a new kindle.

I've just finished the night circus by Erin morgensten which was amazing.

I also got the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window for 99p ad throughout enjoyed it.

Will be watching this with interest, amazon keeps recommended the goldfinch but it didn't catch my attention, but reading this thread I might give it a try.

Kasterborous England Sun 29-Dec-13 20:26:03

snozzlmaid I loved Poppet and it is a bit scary, I love Mo Hayder.

AnneWentworth Mon 30-Dec-13 10:10:56

I got £100 book vouchers and bought myself Beowulf, The Foundation Pit, a book that answers twenty questions about Jane Austen's novels and a memoir of Agatha Christie, a Dorothy Sayers book and a Ngaio Marsh one from the second hand section of the book shop.

I've got Christmas money too. Shall I spend it all on books, and if so, which?

wigglybeezer Mon 30-Dec-13 17:05:08

I got the latest cazalet chronicle and Mrs Webber's Omnibus by Posy Simmonds, which is so Mumsnet it's not true despite being started in about 1979!!

MegBusset Mon 30-Dec-13 17:07:44

I got Starlight & Storm by Gaston Rebuffat, an actual paper book with pages and everything, from DH who is a Kindlevangelist and thinks paper books are totally pointless!

To be fair it is out of print and not available on Kindle, and I did ask very nicely smile Looking forward to reading it!

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