Sunday, December 26, 2021

A Very Bookish Christmas!

As usual, it was a very bookish Christmas at our house yesterday! Most of us are avid readers, so we love to exchange books. Here's what we gave and received - I hope you got books under your tree, too!

We gave our son:

  • The Order War by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book 4 in the Saga of Recluce)
  • The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold by Peter V. Brett - two short stories/novellas set in the world of the Demon Cycle)
  • Quill by A.C. Cobble (book 1 of The Cartographer)
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen (book 1 of 2)

My husband got:

  • Countdown City by Ben Winters (book 2 in The Last Policeman trilogy)
  • A Blizzard of Polar Bears  by Alice Henderson (book 2 in the Alex Carter series)
  • Never by Ken Follett
  • Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child (book 26 in the Jack Reacher series)

I gave my mom:


  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (a memoir)
  • Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (I love Anne Tyler, and my mom's a redhead!)

And, not shown (it was already packed), we gave her husband for his Christmas birthday: The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire by John Eisenberg. He loves both football and business, so this was a perfect fit!

And, I received:

  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (author of Station Eleven, which I loved)
  • The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (author of The Age of Miracles, which I also loved!)
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu - it wouldn't be a holiday for me without receiving some sort of time-twisting novel!
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

I am so excited to read all of these!!

How about you? What book(s) did you receive or give for the holidays?



  1. Books at Christmas are the best! I got a bunch of books added to my TBR shelf and, of course, want to read them all before the ones that have been lingering there forever!

    1. Yes!! ha ha I did manage to finish reading all of LAST year's Christmas gift books, and I am currently reading my last Mother's Day book but I still have some birthday books left from July!

  2. We had a very Bookish Christmas as well--I need to do a post!

    I like Ken Follett but haven't heard of Never, so I will have to check that one out.

    I also gave Red Head By the Side of the Road, to my red-headed sister-in-law who is also an Anne Tyler fan.

    And Harlem Shuffle is on my TBR list, but I have yet to get a copy.

    1. Yes, I'd love to see your new books!

      I explain in my video to go along with this post, but the new Follett novel is a combination of his older novels that were thrillers and his later ones that were historical epics - so it's a hefty book that combines both history and thriller - should be good!

      So funny we both had the same thought for gifting Redhead! lol