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verityktw



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I did very very well for books this year (they made up the vast majority of my presents), particularly as my mum has taken to getting me to review the Book People catalogues and drop big hints about what I would like  Smile

Consequently, a large chunk of my reading this year will be taken up by:

Daniel Deronda - George Eliot
The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
Happily Ever After - Harriet Evans
The Lighthouse - Alison Moore
Swimming Home - Deborah Levy
Bringing up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel
Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil
Atlas Shrugged - Anne Rand
Umbrella - Will Self
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein (bought solely on the basis it has my name in the title, I think)
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories
The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories
The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories

I also got two cookery books (Arjun Anand's Vegetarian Indian and the Hummingbird Bakery), both of which I'm really excited about (total number of curries made since Christmas = 5).

God bless Father Christmas and my siblings  Very Happy


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got a blank book for Christmas (from a late-arriving child), as if he expects me to fill it with something!
However, at the same time, my wife received 'The German Girl,' by Armando Lucas Correa, a story apparently based on tales told by survivors of the 'Voyage of the Damned' ship in 1939. I'd actually heard the author being interviewed about it on the radio a few weeks ago and was intrigued, but had forgotten all about it.
Other than that - two more Robert Wilson thrillers.

How about you?


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I could tell you, but I can't remember what they're called. Quite poetry-heavy for a man who doesn't read a lot of poetry, but there was one book of poems by Ari Banias and an American anthology from my mother. A book I wanted that I spotted in New York's Three Lives bookshop, though I can't remember the author or title. Oh dear. My brother gave me a book about competitive Scrabble called Word Freak, and I got Alan Bennett's newly published Keeping On Keeping On, which is massive but will probably be very engrossing. Will start that one soon.




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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only physical book I received was a very heavy cookery book which I suspect is more decorative than useful. However, I did get a 40 Amazon voucher, much of which will certainly be converted into books. I have yet to decide which ones I want most, but give me time...


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather sadly I didn't get any books as presents this year, perhaps because people aren't sure if I already have them or not.  I did get quite a few magazines including a family tree one which I am looking forward to reading, and various lifestyle ones which have far too many "inspirational" life stories for my liking.  And quite a lot of recipes with ingredients I have never heard of despite eating out quite a lot at quite fancy restaurants.  Everyone seems to be on a health kick with all sorts of seeds and nuts etc.

But I did get given a couple of books before Christmas either as loans or as second-hand gifts.  One was the book I talked about of the woman living an isolated life in the Yorkshire Dales, and one is The Old Curiosity Shop, which the woman giving it to me didn't think she would ever read.  It might be my holiday reading. Though I also want to start Lawrence Durrell's grand opus, since The Durrells have been on TV here recently.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't receive any books as gifts this year, because people think I already have quite enough to last me this lifetime.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't seem to find time or energy to read very much these days, but I did request a few books. This is my birthday/Christmas mini-haul:

Roadside Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon
The Travelling Bag - Susan Hill
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

All are from writers I've never read before, and it's a fair spread of genres, with at least one major gamble. I will hopefully report back at some point!



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Marita



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Location: Flanders, Belgium

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are always some books on my wish-list even though I have enough unread books on the shelves.

This Christmas I got:
- Neil Gaiman - How the Marquis got his coat back (a Neverwhere short story)
- The Mabinogion (from Oxford World's Classics)
- Rosamond Lehmann - Invitation to the Waltz
- E.T.A. Hoffmann - Gesammelte Werke (Collected work)

and one cookbook:
- Rick Stein - From Venice to Istanbul



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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't put any books on my Christmas lists for the same reason as Mike Harvey; I already have a stack of TBR.

However, I did request a DVD of the RSC's production of "Love Labour's Won" (AKA "All's Well That Ends Well") after having seen "Love's Labour's Lost" at Chichester this summer but missed the send part of the double bill (Both productions are currently at the Haymarket, London).  Somehow I ended up with a DVD of "Love's Labour's Lost."  Never mind.  I'll probably buy myself the other DVD sometime and will then have the set.

I also requested a T-shirt with "Keep Calm and Carry on Tapping", to wear to my tap dancing classes.  But I ended up with a T-shirt with "Keep Calm and Carry On Clapping."  I suppose this is a consequence of information being conveyed by phone to slightly deaf relatives.  

Possibly it is just as well I didn't request any books as who knows what I might have ended up with?  "The Old Curiosity Ship"? Confused



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