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Did you get any books for Christmas?

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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.

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".

CinnamonPorridge Sat 28-Dec-13 21:32:25

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 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 Sun 29-Dec-13 20:26:03

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

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