My loot! Except for the two t-shirts, which were actually gifts I gave.
A close-up of the books:
- The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson and Unnatural Selection by Mira Hvistendahl, from my two favourite science book givers :D
- Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - yay!
- Sonny’s House of Spies by George Ella Lyon - This has been on my wishlist for a good three years, so double yay!
- A Mind of Its Own by Cordelia Fine - Cordelia Fine has another book! Why in the world have I not read it yet? Thank you for encouraging me to fix this, Santa :D
- Olivia by Dorothy Strachey - a lgbtq classic, and another perfect contender for Long-Awaited Reads Month.
- The Seas by Samantha Hunt and The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren: These two books arrived on Christmas Eve in a Book Depository package, which means the sender wasn’t identified. I know they’re a gift from a blogging friend, and I’m 99.9% sure I know who, but I’m just going to wait for her to step forward because it would be really embarrassing to be wrong :P Thank you, though! It was a lovely surprise, and I’m so looking forward to reading them.
- Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson: as per Nick Hornby’s recommendation.
Also! The little stack on the left in this picture contains the American editions of the Avatar: The Last Airbender DVDs. Unlike the UK editions, which unfortunately have no extras whatsoever, these have lots of exclusive material – so yeah, very exciting gift :D
I’m very happy to report that my first Christmas away from home was a complete success. I confess I was a bit apprehensive even though I did my best to stay positive, especially because all through December I felt homesick and a little sad. But the cottage where M and I are staying is absolutely perfect (seriously, I want to live here forever), I managed to get all the Christmas food I was cooking just right, and all our efforts to create a sense of home paid off. And of course, there was also the fact that many of my friends went out of their ways to do something nice for me this Christmas because they knew I was going to be away from home. They know who they are, and hopefully also how much I appreciate them.
A few more Christmasy pictures below:
The reading material I brought with me, though not much reading got done so far.
Chocolate fondue: a new Christmas tradition we’re definitely going to keep :D
The view from my window.
And the countryside around the cottage.