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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Books in Santa's Bag

What's better than finding books under the Christmas tree? Maybe a Border's gift card? How about both? And a small stash of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? Yes, I am the luckiest girl on Earth. I'm not even going to try to deny it.

First, the books that were actually under the tree:

Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein - Austin is actually my neighbor. I'm super excited to read this book about the charity he started to help families in Africa. The Gutweins gave me an extra copy (that Austin has promised to sign) to give away. It will all be happening later in the month, so stay tuned ... In the meantime, check out his website here.

Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld - My husband bought this one for me. We all need to eat healthier, so I'm going to give deception a try ...

Lion House Bakery cookbook (not pictured) - I love these cookbooks published by Deseret Book. The Lion House is a cozy restaurant in Salt Lake City, housed in the home Brigham Young built for his family in 1856. The food is excellent, the recipes are easy to follow and it's all just YUM.

My 5-year-old got this one for me, since he was my Secret Santa this year. He looked a little confused when I thanked him for it as he'd never seen it before. Hee hee. Sometimes you have to help your Secret Santa out a little, you know?

Books purchased with Border's gift card:

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett - I know little about collecting rare books (although I know all about loving books too much), so I thought this true story would make an interesting read. It's all about a book thief, the people he ripped off and the detective who hunted him down.

If A Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko - This one was all of $3. I love Choldenko's books about Al Capone, so I figured I'd give this one a try.

How NOT to Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman - What I really need to know is How TO Write A Novel, but I think that's actually what this one's all about. Someone on here recommended this to me - I'm excited to read it.

Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes - I didn't know this until I saw an article about Rhodes in The Arizona Republic, but she is a local author. This is the first book in Rhodes' Marie Laveau series. It's all about a voodoo priestess in mid-19th Century New Orleans. It sounds fascinating.

Ruined by Paula Morris - I didn't realize this one was also about New Orleans, but it is. It's a ghost story, and I'm already loving it.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier - Does this one really need an explanation? After all the hoopla over this one, I'm curious to see what I think.

How about you? What bookish goodies did you find under the tree?

Speaking of bookish goodies, tomorrow's the last day for my 500th post celebration giveaway. You could win the book of your choice from Amazon. So, click on over and enter. Good luck!


  1. Books and chocolate! That's what I found under the tree, too. Liar is one of my Christmas books, too.

  2. You are one lucky girl! :-)

    I received The Man Who Loved Books to Much for Christmas this year, along with a few others. I also got gift cards, but I haven't ventured to a bookstore yet to spend them.

    Enjoy your new books!

  3. I got Deceptive Delicious last year for Christmas. I tried a couple recipes then died off about March. I hope you guys do better.

  4. I only got one book, which was SOMEONE KNOWS MY NAME. My family thinks I have too many books already. What do they know anyway, right?? :)

  5. I have to add: I squashed my family's refusal to buy books by using an $80 credit at Powell's less than a week after Christmas. I will not be foiled!

  6. You are one lucky duck!! I got only one book but it was a darling one!! Sugar Cookies by Amy Krause Rosenthal. It's adorable and I can use it at RS meetings, in my classroom and to read to any little grandbaby that's close enough to cuddle with!! Plus it combines cookies and books!!

    I am very jealous of your stack of great books though - - I think I'll hit Changing Hands on New Year's Day. Everything in the store is 25% off!! Oh, drat, now I need to remind myself of my resolution... read from my already overcrowded shelves!! Darn it!

    I can't wait to hear how you like 'em!

  7. Hurray! Enjoy your new books (especially How Not To Write A Novel. Loved, loved, loved that one. It's always easier to learn when you're laughing, and I laughed quite often throughout that one). :) Happy New Year!


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