The Day After: My Haul in Books

Because I’m a book lover, I generally get many books for Christmas.  If not many, then at least a few.  This year, here’s what I ended up with.  It’s quite a diverse pile.

little house cover

This is my favorite gift this year.  I squealed and hugged it when I opened it.  I also realize the advantages of having a blog.  It means that my husband, not much of a reader, now knows what to get me for Christmas and birthdays.  I’ve been raving about the beauty, goodness, and importance of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books all year now, so this is the perfect gift: a leather bound edition of the first five books in the series (Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, and By the Shores of Silver Lake) with the original Garth Williams illustrations.  My husband did “good.”

bronte sisters cover

My husband also got me this beautiful book.  It’s a compilation of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey (which I haven’t yet read).  The Bronte sisters are a new-found love of mine in literature.  I had read Wuthering Heights as an undergraduate student in a humanities class, but I did not read Jane Eyre until this year and Agnes Grey is on my list for 2013.

I’m not yet sure where to display this book.  It has such nice lavender and greyish hues.  It may go well in my living room, which has those colors and these shelves:

book deco 2

My sisters and I decided to do a book exchange this year.  One sister and her husband got me this book:

refuge cover

I recently discovered Terry Tempest Williams with When Women Were Birds, which I wrote about on my blog this year, so I’m excited to read this one.  It’s about the experience of the author and her mother of being exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s.  Williams writes from the perspective of a Mormon, a feminist, and an environmentalist.  I look forward to seeing what I can learn from her experiences.

My other sister and her husband gave me two books.

escape cover

This one looks fascinating.  I’ve always held strong opinions against these fundamentalist polygamist groups because of their control over and abuse of women and children.  It should solidify that opinion even more once I read this insider’s view of her experiences and her escape.

who cooked last supper cover

This may be the first book of this group that I read!  As most of you know, I am intensely interested in women’s issues, so learning about women in history appeals to me because of the “Great Silence” of half of the world’s population for so long.  Where are all of the women and how have they contributed to our cultures, histories, and technologies?  My sister knows what I like!

What books did you get as gifts during the holidays?

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  1. What great books! “Who Cooked the Last Supper?” looks especially interesting. I received a lot of books in French from my family who is visiting us here in the States (I’m from France) which is great as it’s tough to find inexpensive books in French here.

    It’s so wonderful to have had a book-filled Christmas, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your great list! 🙂

  2. I often get book accessories. Over the years I have received; book marks, a light that clips on to the top of your books, a book stand, books ends, a little china librarian peanut reading a book, and books tokens! 🙂

  3. I bought myself a kindle fire in November this year so my book reading has been in a more digital form of late, even though I do love the feel of holding real book. Did buy a copy of 2666 with some money from family though and looking forward to that in 2013. Those hard bound editions look great, everything that is great about a physical book – enjoy!

    1. It sounds like you are enjoying the Kindle. I’m not a big fan of digital reading, but I do it when I need to or when it is more convenient than carrying around books with me. Thanks for reading!

  4. That second book is beautiful. I did not get books for presents(my family is way to paranoid to buy books for me), but I did get enough amazon gift cards to build a small library, so I’m good with that!

  5. Great gifts. I have the Laura Ingalls Wilder set and have read it several times. Books make the best gifts because they can take you to other worlds and give you a moment away. Thanks for the post. Makes me want to get my Little House books out and reread them.

    1. I love the Little House books. I read the first four to my oldest daughter last year, and I can’t wait until my younger daughter is old enough so I can read them to her (and to myself) again!

    1. I haven’t read that one, but right now, my daughter and I are reading Funke’s Igraine the Brave together. It’s such a fun book and my first introduction to this particular children’s author.

  6. LOL about that Last Supper title. All your books look awesome! My husband got me the Kindle Paperwhite and I started reading Goodbye, I Love You, thanks to your review. It’s riveting. I can’t put it down. So I guess you kind of gave me a book for Christmas. Thanks! Also, I need to get Angle of Repose on it because we are leaving on a trip tomorrow and my library copy expired today and is on hold so I can’t renew it! BUT the Kindle version is $4 more than the paperback version on Amazon. BAH. I can’t win already with this durned Kindle. I’ll have to find another cheapie download to get me through our trip.

    1. What a great gift, and I am glad that my suggestion “contributed” to it! So are you in the middle of Angle of Repose? I hope you can find a version of it to take with you, or that you at least find another great book. I know that I tend to download the free books onto my iPad. Most of them are old classics, which I love.

  7. I didn’t get any books this Christmas but my sweet teenagers bought me a kindle fire so that I could download books (and games for them). I can hardly wait to learn how to use it!! Perhaps I will try it on one of the books you recieved.

  8. Hi Emily,

    I just finished reading one of the books you got for Christmas-Escape by Jessop. Have you had a chance to read it yet? It was fascinating! I could barely put it down. I couldn’t believe what the women in the FLDS church let themselves be put through! I also learned more about Warren Jeffs-he is pure evil!

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