Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gifts of Books Galore (or As The TBR Pile Teeters)

One of the best parts of book blogging is getting to share what books we acquire (and seeing the same from each of you). Here are the ridiculous number of books that we now need get to read.

Z now has a couple more easy readers and a comic, a Santa book, a book about the periodic table of elements (not pictured), The Lorax, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Henry Huggins, Stuart Little a Disney-Pixar story book and the latest from They Might Be Giants, Kids Go!, which comes with a DVD and is a book that promotes being active. I'm not quite sure how you read and jump at the same time but we're willing to learn!

K now owns
The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber (a youth or YA fantasy)
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (for the next RIP Challenge?)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire
The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet by Arturo Perez-Reverte (the latest Captain Alatriste novel)
The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes (set in the same world as The Somnambulist)
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (first in a new mystery series)
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

I also had a gift certificate to the Oxford University Press shop so the following books are on their way --
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories by M.R. James

And I might have spent a little of an Amazon gift certificate this morning on --
The Professor's House by Willa Cather
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (and I didn't realize the silliness of those two titles in the same order until just this moment!)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel by Boris Akunin (next in a series)

It looks like it's going to be a Dickens of a year for my TBR pile (insert groan at my bad pun here). I can't wait to dive in to all of these fabulous new books. This is going to be a year of reading off of my own shelves as much as possible and now I'm assured that they are well-stocked. And Z is going to have some great bedtime stories in the coming months. I hope the books on his shelves are ones that he will enjoy for years to come!

Now it's your turn. Share in the comments what books came into your home this season or post a link. We're curious!

Building a book fort,
K and Z


  1. I only got the collection of stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called The Thing Around Your Neck which I now want to read... Now! I also have Nocturnes by John Connolly on the way.

    I am most envious of you having the new Gregory Maguire book, I am going to try and get that for next Christmas.

  2. WOW...You all received some great books! A Duty to the Dead; Todd is very good. (I did not get any books, just gift cards to purchase them -- just as good IMO :)

  3. Your family such loves you! That is very enviable book loot!

  4. Wow! Great stuff for both K and Z -- though I know more of Z's books than Ks!! HAHA! I loved the Henry Huggins books ... my Little One isn't quite ready for those yet but soon the time will come!!!

  5. Nice collection! I received Peter & Max and Beautiful Creatures for Christmas. I have high hopes for my birthday, though (in 3 days!)...I generally get more books from family then, for some reason. Happy holidays!

  6. Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! The Lorax! The Lorax!

  7. Simon - I didn't get The Gates so I am going to have to buy it for myself. :) And I probably won't read the Maguire until next year because I like to be seasonal.

    Diane - I'm really excited about A Duty to the Dead. I haven't read any Todd yet but I'm guessing after I read this one that I will go back to his other series.

    Lena - It's awesome, isn't it? :)

    Jenners - Z isn't totally ready for books like Henry Huggins yet (except as bedtime books) but we're getting his shelves prepped for when he is.

    Celia - I hope to read Peter & Max this year too! And Happy Birthday!

    J.T. - Yeah, I freaked out a bit when I realized out of Z's dozen or so Seuss books that there was no Lorax. But now there is. :)