What I Got For Christmas 2016

by - 4:25 PM

Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag, I do not intend to subliminally brag, and I have not been blackmailed into doing this by goblins who wish to use this post to subtly brag about their blackmailing prowess.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories by Terry Pratchett - Although TP is best known for his Discworld series, he also wrote plenty of non-Disc short stories, many of which are posthumously published in this book. There's nothing that can bring the sort of smile a TP story can, and I look forward to turning to this book when I need some cheering up.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic - After hearing constant glowing reviews from Adi, I eventually decided to try out this book. I'm thinking I'll read it next, so I'm excited to try it out! (I think it'll be my first time reading anything self-published? Wow.)

The Martian by Andy Weir - Although this surprise from my grandma wasn't on my wishlist, I'm still excited to read it! Usually I'm not into hugely science-fiction-y things, but the science aspects behind this look really interesting.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - Another surprise gift from my grandma, this book is about a 24-hour bookstore with mysterious customers and shelves that go higher than you can see. WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?

Designing Your Life by William Burnett and David Evans - Another book I hope to read soon, this is a surprise gift from my uncle that talks about how to design a life - from college to the workplace to beyond - that works for you and makes you feel fulfilled. With a job shadow (that I still have no idea what I'm going to do for) and a bunch of meetings with a college counselor coming up, I think this is something I'll really need in the months ahead.

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones - FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE FROM THE SPINE BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE PRETTIEST BOOKS OF EVER. Second of all, this whimsical and fun book seems to have a distinctly Stroud-like aura, and I love anything remotely Jonathan Stroud. I'm quite excited to get to this one!

A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury - This is the sequel to Advise & Consent, one of my all-time favorite books and a political thriller that ripped my heart out. Discovering that there's not only a sequel, but a series, basically made my month. 

American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution by Walter Borneman - Because anyone who's read this blog for any length of time knows that I've always been Revolutionary War Trash (still bitter about the existence of Israel Putnam, by the way). Having run out of Nathaniel Philbrick books on the War, I'm now turning to Borneman, whose writing style seems to be pretty close to Philbrick's.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice - The Vampire Chronicles (or, as I like to call it, "The Various Ways in Which Lestat de Lioncourt Invariably Messes Things Up") has become one of my all-time favorite series. I've been absolutely dying to get my hands on this most recent installment. 

Dan and Phil Go Outside by Dan Howell and Phil Lester - WHAT BEANS. (I was actually in two minds over whether or not to get this, and then I was like "Eh, why not, it looks fun". Now I'm surprisingly excited to read it!)


Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? If you celebrate Christmas, what did you get? If you don't, what books are on your wishlist? Comment below, and have a lovely day. <3


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  1. I have not read the martian, but the movie was very good and my friend who has read the martian says it is even better than the movie SO that is several layers of goodness stacked on top of eachother. The main character beats even our favorite demon Bartimaeus in the snark department and that is hard to do.

    What im about to say regarding penumbra things has little to do with the mr. Penumbra book you got. But i do see some similarities between the book you got and The Penumbra Podcast. Which i recently got into.
    1) the word penumbra in the title of course
    2) infinite bookshelves in the book and infinite rooms in he podcast (its about a hotel- the grandest hotel this side of nowhere. See the rooms go on and on.)
    3)mysterious people. Idk what the mysterious people in your book do, but the musterious occupants of the penumbra hotel tell you twilight zone esque stories about their lives.
    That's where the similarities stop and i still need someone to tell about it SO the main story in tbe penumbra podcast is about Juno Steel, private eye. Its like a film noir spoof set on mars and this juno guy is going around solving mysteries about ancient martian artifacts, getting caught up in gangs and high profile families and other shady organizations. The acting is cheesy at first, but it gets better and you get over it. The best part? Queer characters! Representation everywhere! And not just in the background and supporting characters- by the end of the first season, juno has teamed up with a theif named peter nyurev and they get together after solving the mystery.
    Other stories in the penumbra include a painter who's hands keep shaking (seems eerie but its just low blood sugar), a bandit and a schoolteacher who are the illegal (and yet extremely just) heads of an orphanage, and two disabled brothers who team up with a lady knight to defeat a multi-headed beast.
    Its really cool and i know you have no patience for podcasts but i had to tell you thank you dear.

    ONE MORE THING have you ever tried reading anything by David Sedaris?

    1. I literally just picked up The Martian and, one page in, I must agree.

      Ahhhhh that sounds so fun! I wish it were a novel :/ perhaps I'll try it anyway. Maybe it'll be nice to listen to whilst coloring?

      I HAVE AND HE'S FABULOUS. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is probably my favorite :)

      - Ellie

  2. SO MANY BOOKS! thats awesome. I got a crap ton of vintage Star Wars books. and its the best?

    I hope you had a great Christmas! :)

  3. You did extremely well this Christmas! I loved The Martian when I read it, but was disappointed with Mr Penumbra - to be fair, I think I expected too much from it.


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