Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Loot

This is so late, but we had a whirlwind holiday week.  We left Christmas afternoon for a week in the Baltimore/DC area so I had no time for blogging (though my DH got an iPhone so I was able to read some postings, just no commenting until we returned).  I had to wait to post this until today because I was anxiously awaiting the mail, which had been held in our absence.  Due to the nasty weather some holiday packages were held up in the mail.  But they finally arrived!  Anyway, here's my first photo EVER posted of my own books, taken and uploaded by me.  Behold, my Christmas swag:

I got NINE new books:
  • The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child, chosen by my oldest daughter -- all by herself!  I am so touched, since she knows how much I worship Julia.  Maybe I'll even cook some of the recipes. 
  • Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann, so excited about this one.  A Virago! Can I wait until Virago Reading Week?
  • Nella Last's War by Nella Last.  I keep hearing about this in the blogosphere, and I'm so into The War at Home right now.
  • Don't Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford.  Been meaning to read this since I read Love in a Cold Climate, which I adored.  (Also a great miniseries.) 
  • Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D. E. Stevenson.  I loved Miss Buncle's Book so I'm looking forward to this one.
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook -- British recipes from Harry Potter, including recipes for haggis and blood sausage.  Seriously.  I'll probably skip those in favor of chocolate gateau and treacle tart.
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.  From my dear friend Amanda at The Zen Leaf
  • They Knew Mr. Knight by Dorothy Whipple.  My Persephone Secret Santa, which has probably been waiting for me at the post office all week while I was far far away.  From Care at Care's Online Book Club.  Thank you again, Care, I can't wait to read it.  And thank you again for all the fun clues.  
  • Finally, another Persephone:  The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens.  From my dear husband.  Sadly, it was also held up in the post but now I have TWO new Persephones.  Woo hoo!
And now that I've found the proper cord to the digital camera I'll be uploading lots more photos.  Technology is my friend.


  1. I'm so glad Care's package got to you! And what a wonderful haul of books! :)

  2. Those look like some great books! I have yet to read my first Persephone and am hoping to do that this year. I'll be keeping an eye out for your reviews on your new books. Happy New Year!

  3. Now this is definitely a jealous-inducing post...I love the Persephones you received as well. And you can sign me up to be a taste tester for treacle tart.

  4. What wonderful books!

    I bought my first Persephone back in December. I was coming shelves of my local used book store and was surprised to see it there! It looks like it has never been opened or read. Its by Monica Dickens as well, Mariana, and I can't wait to read it!

  5. Lucky you! I only got one book for Christmas; boo hoo hoo =-( That's okay. I have enough unread books on my shelves to keep me busy for the rest of my life.

    I love D.E. Stevenson and have read all of her books, I think.

  6. oh what a wonderful haul! How lucky you are with those Persephones, my beloved Mrs Tim and the much-praised Nella Last! Enjoy!!!

  7. Oo, lucky you! What excellent books you got! I can't wait to hear about them. :)

  8. Amanda -- I did well, but then I am not so subtle with the wish list for my DH. And we'll have to sample some of the HP recipes!

    Anbolyn -- I am so happy with all my presents. I hope I can just keep up with posting about all my new books.

    Coffee and a Book Chick -- I've never tasted treacle tart, but it will probably be the first recipe I make from the HP Cookbook. I actually have a jar of treacle for another recipe so I'm set!

    Allie -- Mariana is one of my favorite Persephones so far. How lucky that you found such a nice copy.

    Debbie -- I really had no business asking for new books as my New Year's Resolution was to stop buying and read more of my neglected books. I just added 7 new books to the TBR pile!

    Claire -- I had to ask for Nella Last since my library doesn't have it and so many bloggers love it. I found out the DVD is available on Netflix so I'll have to watch that too. My library does have more Stevenson but not the first Mrs. Tim so I was glad to get it.

    Jenny -- I can't wait to start on the new books but I have so many old books waiting too! And my books for the book group, aack!

  9. YAY BOOKS! and new technology-skills and... the number 9 is my favorite. I read 9 chunksters last year and 9 books from the 1001-You-Must-Read-Before-You-Die list which was awesome. :)

  10. I went through a Chaim Potok phase years ago, I loved him but I can't remember if I've read that one. I'm tempted to start reading him again.

  11. What a terrific haul! I'm a big Julia Child fan myself--enjoy your new cookbook. I haven't read My Name is Asher Lev for years, but I read it at least twice if not three times in my late teens--interesting book.

    I didn't know the HP cookbook existed--my kids would love it!

    I have got to read some Monica Dickens myself--heard she's good.

    You've got quite a feast of good reading laid out--enjoy!

  12. Care -- I hope that I will love all 9 of these. And that I will actually read them by the end of the year!

    Katrina -- I've never read anything by Chaim Potok but Asher Lev looks really good.

    JaneGS -- if you read Asher Lev multiple times, it must be good, so I'm extra intrigued. I haven't tried out the HP cookbook yet but Amanda has and says it's good so far. I've read one fiction and one non-fiction so far by Monica Dickens and I enjoyed both. Not like Charles though.