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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.

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!

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!!

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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".

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

3 history books and This

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.

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.

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