Exploring My Bookshelves: Book Haul #16

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. First I got busy, then I couldn’t find a book that applies to the two prompts I missed:

A winter story

A Christmas story

I don’t think I own a book that I would classify as a winter or Christmas story. If I do, I either haven’t seen it or haven’t yet read it to know if it is.

This week’s topic:

A Christmas present (from any year)

I think the last time I received a book as a gift for Christmas, I was a kid and I got a coloring book. These days my family refuses to gift me books because apparently I have too many. Silly family. They expressed the same opinion this year so I received no books as presents. To make up for that, I decided that the most recent stack of books I purchased would be my bookish Christmas gifts to myself. They are:

Book Outlet

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Room by Emma Donoghue

— I’ve heard and read great reviews of it and I also listened to BBC’s Book Club Podcast that she was a guest on and what she said made me even more curious about her novel.

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Gris Grimly

— I’ve wanted it ever since it was published. Now I have it.

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

— Now my set is complete.

Barnes & Noble

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

— Since learning about her, I’ve wanted to try one of her books.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

— Reviews on this have been mixed ever since its publication but I love the cover. That’s what made me want to get it.

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

— I always confuse this with Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, which I plan to read while it snows (if it snows, hopefully it won’t) this year.

And that’s it. Though I didn’t receive books, I gave them as presents. I forgot the titles of them but one was by Tana French and the other by Louis L’Amour.

Did you give books as Christmas presents? If so, what were they?
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17 thoughts on “Exploring My Bookshelves: Book Haul #16

  1. Since no one gifts books to me for the same reason, I’ve decided to make it a point to gift people books in the hopes of them catching on. So, this year I bought my sister “The Phantom of the Opera” since she is/was obsessed with the movie/soundtrack.

    I’ve never seen that version of “Frankenstein,” though, and now I want it!

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    • Haha. I tried to hint to by saying I appreciate gift cards from Barnes & Noble but my family refuses to get any for me.
      Yea the illustrations in it are great.

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    • When I first heard of it, I wasn’t interested in reading it because I wasn’t sure how the concept would hold up but she also read an excerpt of the book on the podcast and that helped to convince me to get it.

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  2. That sucks that you don’t get any as presents! My parents think I have too many as well, which is just ridiculous. But I think you’re definitely allowed to spoil yourself and buy your own presents 🙂
    We have a linky now, so it’d be great if you could add your link to that! And thanks for participating 🙂

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  3. Great meme/ blog hop. My sister in law asked for Best of me by Nicholas sparks for Christmas but I couldn’t get it in time so I plan to give it later this month. Hmm too many books huh lol. I prefer kindke gift cards nowadays it’s like gifting several books in one little card 🙂

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    • You know I have yet to read one of his books. I bought one once (forgot which) but mom didn’t like it so I didn’t bother to read it.
      Lol that a good way to look at the card. I don’t much like ebooks but I’d prefer that than no books.

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      • I used to be against e-books for the longest time. But now that I definitely need reading glasses and can’t afford them as of yet, ebooks are nice, since you can increase print size. Also, they’re significantly cheaper sometimes.

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      • About Sparks: yeah, I didn’t get into his books until this year actually. I’ve only read half of the Notebook, and at the time I think i was too immature to handle it. Lol. But I’ve read 2 others just this year. Sometimes I think he is overhyped, but that doesn’t diminish his skills as a writer 🙂

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