Jan 12, 2014

New Year, New Books

Pile of books listed below
It’s time for my annual Christmas and birthday book loot post — December and January are always my biggest book acquisition periods, and they’re also times when I let shiny new books into the house without any guilt over the towering TBR pile. After all, I can’t be blamed for other people’s gifts, can I? Here’s what I got this year:
  • A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn — I added this to my Christmas list because it was mentioned in the “Recommended Reading” section of Economix. I’m really looking forward to it.
  • The Economics Book edit by Niall Kishtainy — Another one that sounds like a perfect follow-up to Economix.
  • Rockin’ out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Rock by Mimi Schippers — I’m SO EXCITED to read this I can’t even. A perfect birthday gift from my partner.
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh — I got this one for Christmas and immediately read it in one sitting.
  • The Red Shoes and The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky — I’d been meaning to try Dubosarsky for ages – no excuses now!
  • Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge — The only book that was still missing from my Frances Hardinge collection.
  • Beswitched by Kate Saunders — There’s a blurb on the front cover of this that says “The new Eva Ibbotson”. I rather suspect that’s why it was given to me.
  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris — My favourite fairy tale!
  • Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett — Pretty edition of one of my favourite Discworld novels.
That’s all for now. I still have a birthday gift card to spend, but I think I’m going to hold on to it and use it for anticipated 2014 releases.


So, what should I read first?


  1. Ooh, Rockin' out of the Box sounds wonderful! And there's another Frances Hardinge, yay! Also curious about the 'new Ibbotson'. I have yet to read any Dubosarsky, but she's been on my list for a while. Enjoy :D
    And a belated happy birthday! I always seem to forget, don't I?

  2. What a great stack! I love the sound of Rockin' Out of the Box and can't wait to see what you think of it :)

  3. Ooh that new Discworld edition is lovely. Do you normally re-read a book when you get another copy of one you already have? Like, I'm really excited for the Jim Kay version of Harry Potter. It's silly, but I'm even curious about the new font they might be using.

  4. Great books! I hope you enjoy them!

  5. I'll be curious about what you think of Hyperbole and a Half. I've heard a lot about it but the illustrations didn't grab me so I didn't buy it.

  6. Great stack of books. I've been really, really tempted by those new Pratchett editions. They're things of beauty.

  7. Oooh, I just finished A People's History of American Empire yesterday, and really loved it! I'd never even heard of it before, but stumbled upon it while browsing library shelves. My biggest problem was that I wished it were twice as long because unfortunately there's so much more that could be said. :/ Hope you love every single book on that lovely pile, Ana! :)

  8. Lots of good books there. I kind of went a bit overboard on books this year because I had so many gift cards... And I should have saved some for anticipated books, but I had a list all ready made and gave into temptation. Oh, well... Enjoy your new books!

  9. I actually had Hyperbole in my hand at Target, but then talked myself out of it because of the piles I am staring at on my bookshelf. If you read it in one sitting, that is a good sign!

  10. Yay, new books for the shelves! Have only heard of a couple of these so looking forward to your thoughts on them. Intrigued by the Dubosarsky books.

  11. Who is this Kate Saunders person that I have never heard of before? I am very very curious whether she is indeed the new Eva Ibbotson.

    (I was so fond of original recipe Eva Ibbotson.)

  12. What a playful pic! And of course you can't be held responsible when loved ones indulge you; it would hurt their feelings if you weren't delighted to have been showered with books.

    I can't say which you should read first, because I haven't read any of them. Maybe try the first sentence (or drawing) in each and see which tickles you most in that very reading moment. Whichever you start with, I hope you enjoy it.

  13. Your pile looks fantastic. :) I tend to have a similar blessing of lots of books around this time of year and it brings to mind the excitement of new books I used to feel when I had actually read everything I owned. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  14. I have to read The Golden Day too. I just came from a really good review of the book. Hope you get through the list this year!

  15. Iris: Thank you! And don't worry - I don't think I've ever known when your birthday is, which makes me a totally rubbish friend :P

    Shannon: I'm super excited to read it :D

    Charlotte: Thank you! I'm excited about them all.

    Kathy: I think the best thing to do is have a look through her blog - if you like it you'll probably enjoy the book, but if not it's not for you. The book has a couple of classic posts from her blog and some previously unseen stories, but the style remains consistent.

    Darren: Aren't they? <3

    Debi: yay, I'm so glad to hear it has your stamp of approval! And that quote from it you posted the other day was just the best.

    Kelly: It's hard not to give in to temptation, isn't it? I've pre-ordered two books and have one untouched gift card, but I'm not sure how much longer it's going to last.

    Sandy: Yes! It's a really quick read, and funny and moving in almost equal measure.

    Iliana: She sounds like an author I'm really going to love. I can't wait to dip into her books.

    Jenny: I know! I hadn't either! I shall report back :P

    Buried in Print: That's a good strategy! And thanks :D

    Meghan: Hahaha, the good old days :P

    Athira: Was it Vasilly's review? I read it too and it made me even more excited to have received it as a gift.


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - interaction is one of my favourite things about blogging and a huge part of what keeps me going.