I look forward to the festive season each year with great excitement, because, without fail, I can expect a lovely haul of books beautifully wrapped and presented as gifts. Some folks might complain that they can predict their gifts, but I love that I get a mountain of books each year that will take me through to the end of January at the very least.
This year, Santa must have decided I’d been a VERY good girl, because I got an impressive stack of no fewer than twelve books, all of which are tickling away at those braincells reserved for reading (i.e. ALL of them!):
- Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
- Scottish Folk Tales (Lamond Books)
- Scottish Myths and Legends by Judy Hamilton
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (adult hardback)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling (adult hardback)
- The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld by Terry Pratchett
- How to do just about everything (Collins eHow)
- The Lost Barkscrolls by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
- Making Money by Terry Pratchett
- Peony in Love by Lisa See
- Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre
- The Generals by Simon Scarrow
The two Harry Potter books are to replace the children’s cover paperback versions I already have, as I originally bought the first four in paperback, as I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like them (numpty!) and then bought the last three books in the series, as they were released, in hardback with the beautiful adult covers, so I decided to replace the earlier ones so they would all match up. In the case of the Pratchetts, the Armstrong, the Brookmyre and the Scarrow, I get all their books are they are released, but I had been banned from buying them for myself, so had to wait till now to have them. The Lost Barkscrolls will complete my set of The Edge Chronicles. I recently read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See and instantly knew I wanted whatever she next wrote, so that one was in the bag. The others were complete surprises and very welcome ones at that!
So, I now have a dozen extra books to add to Mount To-Be-Read, and a massive smile on my face to boot!