Sunday Coffee – Christmas Books!

IMG_8978Welcome 2015!

How did everyone’s holiday season go? I hope you all had a wonderful time. I certainly did. Even though I’m so very far away from home right now, technology let me have a virtual Christmas with my parents, siblings, nephew, and some extended family. Yay FaceTime! It’s not the same as actually being there, but so much better than not seeing anyone at all.

Christmas was also very generous to me in the book department. I received six books and a gift card that allowed me to buy four more. Because yes, I spent the entire gift card on books, what else?? 😀


Jason gave me the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. This was one of my two favorite series in 2014 and I was dying to get my own copies. My sister Becky sent me the companion book, which includes several novellas set in that world. I hadn’t even known that existed! So excited to dive into it. My other sister, Aaren, sent me a wine journal (yay!), and my good friend Stephanie gave me a fascinating interactive book called S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst.

With my gift card, I bought the Raven Cycle. Of course. It was my other favorite series of 2014 and I’m obsessed with these books at the moment. I love seeing them on my shelf! Last, I bought The Paleo Cookbook. I discovered back in September/October that this way of eating really improves my health in multiple areas. For months now, I’ve been recycling a handful of meals, and am so looking forward to trying out some new recipes!


In addition to the books – I have to mention these because they’re so frickin’ cool – my dad and stepmom sent me these fantastic literary mugs. One is full of Shakespearean insults. The other is covered in great first lines in literature. Funny story: I already owned a mug identical to this second one, and it was one of my favorites. The day after Christmas, its handle cracked, making the duplicate mug a perfect gift at the perfect time!

So that was my Christmas. How was yours? What great books did you receive?

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14 Responses to Sunday Coffee – Christmas Books!

  1. That is a nice looking pile of Christmas loot!!! Very happy for you.

    Book-wise I got a couple of Heinlein novels from my wife and a gift card to BN. My brother-in-law got me autographed copies of volume one of The Graveyard Book graphic novel and Patrick Rothfuss’ novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things.


  2. Megan says:

    Love all your Christmas loot! That’s a lucky mug that showed up just in time. 🙂 I had a fairly bookish Christmas myself with a copy of The Martian, This is the Water by Yannick Murphy, The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue, and a book called The Novel Cure which is full of books that are good bibliotherapy to cure what ails you (or to, uh, add to my ridiculously long wish list). Happy reading!


  3. Trisha says:

    Great haul for Christmas! I want the Shakespearean insult mug; that’s hilarious.


  4. Irene McKenna says:

    I love those mugs!


  5. whatsheread says:

    I am so jealous of your book haul! I really wish my loved ones would do the same. You can never go wrong with anything literary in nature!


    • Amanda says:

      I hear people say their relatives dont’ like to get them books, but mine love to – even if they themselves are not bookworms. Books are easy to locate and buy as gifts, haha!


  6. jilllora says:

    I didn’t get any books, but then we don’t do presents anymore. And my shelves are overflowing, so I certainly don’t need any more books (although I can’t seem to stop buying them). But my brother did lend me Born to Run, and I devoured it yesterday and today.


  7. Shaina says:

    Old post, but I can’t not comment on those wonderful mugs. My pantry is overflowing with them, but you can never have enough, right? 🙂


    • Amanda says:

      I know! I made a goal to collect a dozen before my birthday on March 1st and I’ve only collected like eight because the shelf is overflowing and the rest of my family thinks I’m crazy! 😀


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