Dec 26, 2007

What I Found Under the Tree

Santa was very generous this year:

Between my boyfriend and my family, I ended up with 9 new books! I also got some DVDs, a Tim Burton’s Oyster Boy PVC set, and a lot of candy. Also in the pictures are the gifts I gave myself. I have this little tradition of picking up one or two little things for myself when I go Christmas shopping, and I usually wrap them and put them under the tree. I think it’s good to also remember to be kind to ourselves at this time of the year. This year, I got myself a little Arthur Rackman diary, an Edinburgh calendar, and a Disney Alice in Wonderland t-shirt that I absolutely fell in love with at first sight. The picture isn’t too clear, but it has Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, and it says, “We’re all a little mad here”. Anyway, the books I got were:
  • Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (I already owned this book – it’s one of my favourites – but my boyfriend got me a gorgeous hardcover edition with extra material)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
  • Laika by Nick Abadzis
  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • A Contract with God by Will Eisner
  • Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script by Neil Gaiman & Dave Mckean
The best part is that a lot of these are challenge books for 2008. I also got a 20 euro gift card for a new bookstore that opened in town, so pretty soon I’ll go there and turn that into another couple of books. I’m thinking of picking up Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy, and I have to see what else. The sad irony about getting so many books is that I've had absolutely NO time to read lately. I've been reading Watership Down for over 2 weeks now. And frustratingly enough I have been really, really enjoying it, but I never seem to be able to spend more than half an hour with it at a time. Hopefully things will improve soon and I'll manage to finish it by the weekend.

What about everyone else? How was Christmas? And since we’re on the subject of gifts, have you noticed that Em is having a huge book giveaway at her blog? She’s giving away 7 books! To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is leave her a comment before the 31st of December saying what your favourite YA read of the year was, and plus the title of a YA book you’d like to read but don’t yet have. Head over there right now!


  1. Wow! Awesome stuff Nymeth :) It looks like an exceptionally good Christmas! I love the overseas cover of The Book Thief. There's something about it that's just so cool! and The Mirror Mask book is great isn't it?

    I have Watership Down in position 4 right now so it should be coming up eventually...glad you're enjoying it, but I understand your issues....I've been so busy lately that it's been taking me forever to read a book! I'll be lucky to read 12 books next year at this rate! LOL

  2. That is a LOVELY book haul! And I love the idea of buying a few gifts for yourself. I do the same, but I've never wrapped 'em! Might have to give that a go next year. :)

  3. now that's a good haul! lol I do like the idea of getting for yourself!! I did manage one little movie for myself while ordering for others! (harry potter) Isn't it fun watching the tbr pile grow and grow?! lol lol

  4. I know you had a pleasant Christmas! Haha

    Happy reading!

  5. Looks like you got a great selection of stuff. I got a lot of books you recommended randomly : The Wolves in the Walls - Neil Gaiman, Weight - Jeanette Winterson, Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier, The Lions Honey - David Grossman, My sword is singing - Marcus Sedgwick, Politically correct bedtime stories - James Finn Garner, Heros graphic novel v1, My boring-ass life - Kevin Smith, Mr Baggins and Return to Bag-End - John D Rateliff, The lollipop shoes - Joanne Harris, Fariy art - various.

  6. Oh, what a nice Christmas! That's a great set of books, and the t-shirt looks really interesting. I love the idea of giving yourself some little presents. My husband gives each of us a $50 bill each Christmas (usually around the 1st of December), so we each buy ourselves something nice with that, wrap it up and put it under the tree. We all love the tradition he started!

  7. I like the idea of getting stuff for yourself! I'll have to try and remember that next year. :)

  8. Looks like you had a pretty good Christmas! Nice stack of books! :)

  9. Yay! Great gifts there Nymeth! I look forward to hearing what you think of Thomas the Rhymer. It is a book I bought a loooong time ago and haven't gotten to. Both Mirrormask books are great, hope you enjoy it.

    I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Castle Waiting. I read the first series long ago and really enjoyed it. I am currently getting the new series in single issue comics but am waaaay behind on it.

  10. Nice Haul!! I see that you got a Scrubs CD--my husband and I love that show--have seen every episode a few times (have fun quoting it too).

  11. Chris: I love that cover of The Book Thief as well! It caught my eye even before I knew what the book was about. And I know what you mean... actually finishing a book seems an impossible task right now. But things will improve soon for the both of us, you'll see!

    Andi: Do it! They're something so satisfying about wrapping a gift for yourself. It sounds weird, I know, but I really enjoy it for some reason.

    Deslily: Argh, I don't even want to think about my YBR pile... it went from a little over 10 books to 58 in the second half of this year. Yup, I counted the other day :P

    Literary Feline: Thanks! I sure did :P

    Rhinoa: You got some awesome stuff too! Weight and The Lion's Honey are such interesting books. I just love the Canongate Myth Series. And a book of Fairy Art!

    Robin: That's so nice that you and your husband do that. And I'm glad I'm not the only one to put presents for myself under the tree :P

    Stephanie: Do! It's just so... unstressing. With Christmas gifts you can rarely be absolutely sure if the person they're for will like them, so it's a big relief to take the time to buy yourself something nice.

    Tanabata: I really did :)

    Carl: I'm really excited to read both Thomas the Rhymer and Castle Waiting. I really think I'll love them. I didn't know there was a new series of Castle Waiting comics! I'm sure I'll want to read them once I finish the first book.

    Trish: That's season 5 of Scrubs. I am a bit obsessed with that show. I've seen the first four seasons multiple times too, but I'm always a bit behind because we don't get it on TV here anymore, so I have to wait for the DVDs. My boyfriend and I have fun quoting it to each other too :D

  12. Yeah for The Book Thief!! Definitely my favorite book of last year....and one of my favorite books ever. I hope you enjoy it!!

    Nice haul!! It looks like you must have been good last year!

  13. Looks like a wonderful pile of books! I was actually looking for Maus at the bookstore yesterday, but couldn't find it. Glad you had such a nice Christmas!

    (Annie just finished Watership Down a few days ago herself. Sad to say, I've never read it.)

  14. Stephanie: I really want to get to The Book Thief soon! I do think I will enjoy it a lot.

    Debi: I really look forward to seeing what Annie thought of Watership Down! I absolutely loved it. I think you'd enjoy it too!


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