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?