I Got Some Books for Christmas

Last year, I posted about the books I got for Christmas.  (See that post here.)  I thought it would be fun to do it again this year.  Here’s a look at what was sitting under the tree for me this year.

a brief history of time leather

This is from my husband, and it is a leather-bound copy of a book I posted about on the blog during the summer.  This version of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is illustrated.  I can’t wait to look through it.  I wonder if the illustrations will help my non-scientific mind to make more sense of this book, which is already quite accessible.  That’s the great thing about blogging.  My husband knows what books I like now and surprises me with nice copies of them.

He also surprised me with this gem.

charlotte's web leather

It is a leather-bound version (a fact that Fern would likely not approve) of Charlotte’s Web and two other E. B. White classics, The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little.  I have not yet read Stuart Little to my daughter, although we did read the other two this year.  (I still need to post about reading The Trumpet of the Swan.  It is such a fun book.)  I am thrilled by this present.  You can’t go wrong with E. B. White, for children and for adults.  His essays are amazing as well.

My sister got me this book by request.

selling culture cover

Selling Culture by Richard Ohmann is a book that my dissertation adviser keeps recommending to me, as it relates to the type of research I am doing.  He used it for his dissertation, and I plan on reading it for mine and putting it on my comprehensive exams reading list for next fall.  This one looks like it will be both of academic value and cultural interest to me.

The last book I received this Christmas was from my dad’s partner.  It is a cookbook.

pioneer woman

I’m excited about this gift because of the research I did on bloggers, and the fact that I looked at Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman blog as part of it.  In addition, there are some fantastic and easy recipes.  Because I’m almost done with my Ph.D. coursework, I am looking forward to having more time to cook.  I enjoy eating and, therefore, I enjoy cooking as well.  This one has some creative recipes for every holiday; I’m looking forward to trying them all.

What books did you get for Christmas?