January 4, 2007

Got Books?


I generally don't get a lot of books for my birthday or Christmas. I'm sure most of my relatives and friends are worried that I've already read whichever book they're considering or have it waiting in my TBR stacks. So, it comes as no surprise that I only received one work of fiction this year. This list is comprised of all the books, cds, dvds, and other book-related items I received in December. I'm thrilled with all the items, especially since there are several books I've never even heard about, but will undoubtedly be treasured for years to come.

Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures
by Anne Raver

A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place
by Hannah Hinchman

Loud and Clear
by Anna Quindlen

by Stephen Johnson

iPod: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Biersdorfer

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate


  1. YUM YUM! What a great list of thirteen today!

    One note: I just bought myself the 2007 Book Lovers Calendar yesterday. I ordered it from Amazon, along with two books to keep it company. I couldn't stand the thought of it traveling alone... I had that calendar last year and it was one of the pleasures of going to work, tearing off the next page. Great stuff!

  2. I hope you like the Trail Through Leaves; I received a copy from a very dear love of mine and it is close to my heart. The Page A Day calendar looks awesome, and I've always lusted after the Gorey t-shirt. You have some awesome presents! Now I need to go shopping. :)

  3. What a yummy list of items! I especially love French Kiss. One of my favorite movies! And the digital food photography book looks really cool.

  4. Great gifts!!! Love French Kiss..one of my favorite Meg Ryan films. Being a fan of Gorey I of course really enjoy the t-shirt. Haven't heard of that Anna Quindlen book but I enjoyed both of her books about books that I read last year.

  5. Anonymous2:58 PM

    This Kay by the way. 'Janezfan' is for Jane Austen. French Kiss is one of my favorite movies. I love the scene where he finds her in the dining car on the train eating the cheese and then she says something like 'the mucus has come'. Such a sweet love story.

  6. Even with only one fiction title, it looks like a nice set of books! I have that Gorey t-shirt, too!

  7. Karen4:31 AM

    That looks like a good haul!

  8. Bluestalking - I was actually surprised my list worked out to exactly 13 (for Thursday Thirteen).

    I've had the Book Lover's Calendar in the past, but it's been a few years so I'm excited to start adding more books to my TBR list. I usually keep a stack of the pages (from the calendar) in a large envelope and take them with me when I'm in the mood to peruse the shelves at B&N.

    Bellezza - A virtual thank you (although a snail mail note is winging its way to you as I type) for the beautiful, beautiful book. You're a sweetheart and I was very touched that you thought of me on my birthday.

    Andi - I love almost every movie Meg Ryan has ever been in. The combination of her and Kevin Kline is wonderful, too. ;) I'm hoping the digital food photography book helps me figure out the proper lighting for my food blog. It's been a bit frustrating and my poor hubby has been very patient, waiting for his dinner, as I snap a dozen or so pictures of the meal.

    Carl - Yep, French Kiss and You've Got Mail are two of my all-time favorite movies. I could watch them over and over again. I have several books of Quindlen's yet to be read, but I, too, enjoyed her books on books.

    Hey, Kay!! Nice to see you here. :) I love that scene in French Kiss, too. And the whole bit about "Bub.. Bub Dylan". It is a sweet story with gorgeous scenery. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Danielle - I need to set aside a month for nonfiction reading so I can concentrate on these new books. I tend to read more fiction than nonfiction.

    Karen - Yep. I should have plenty to keep me entertained until next December. :)

  9. Oh what a great list!! I plan to order the LL Boys. I love them! And as you know, French Kiss is one of my faves, both the movie and the soundtrack. And speaking of soundtracks, you got the G's Anatomy! Hooray, you'll love it. It won't surprise you to see the book calendar on my blog today. :<) Maybe we could compare notes on the selections. Strangely enough, yesterday's entry was a Maugham book and I borrowed the audio of The Razor's Edge from the library. I have a friend to whom I'm sending a week's worth off at a time, after noting what I want to read.

  10. You did well for your birthday and Christmas. There are several items that are tempting me, whispering in my ear to go directly to amazon.com.

    Why didn't the iPod's come with a manual. I was totally lost at first, but I've successfully downloaded some books and music. Still have questions about iTunes.

  11. Wow, looks like you got some great book-related things! I got gift cards, but have the same problem. Nobody, but nobody is going to give me a book. They've seen my shelves and piles. :)

    I love French Kiss - looks like just about everyone else does, also.

    BTW, I'm in our new coffee house!!! Free wireless! Of course, if I drank a mocha every time I wanted to use wireless for free I'd have another problem. :) So happy to be able to visit you, even if only for a short time!!!

  12. I've got the same Book Lover's calendar and I'm really enjoying it. I don't have iPod, the missing manual, though, but I sure do love my iPod! I may have to look that one up. I don't have the new Los Lonely Boys cd, either, but I have their first one and I think it's great. You did pretty good for Christmas!

  13. Nan - It is a great list of gifts, isn't it? I'm going to watch French Kiss tonight and I've been listening to the 2 cds non-stop since Christmas.

    Booklogged - It was quite a haul, but now, of course, I have to wait another year before my Birthday and Christmas roll around. Maybe I'll save my gift certificate for a half-year birthday treat. As far as the iPod book, I'm discovering some features that I never would have known about. Up until now, I really only knew the basic operating features.

    Bookfool - Cool! I love coffee houses. I used to hang out one when I was taking classes at UNL. I had a big gap between classes, so I'd go to The Mill and sit and read (and drink lots of coffee!). I should make time to do that once in a while. I love the atmosphere, especially since it's not at all like the ubiquitous Starbucks!

    Diamond - It's a great calendar. I save the pages of the books reviewed that I'm interested in and save the other pages for scratch paper. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  14. Lol, Les, you did real well! I love your selection of books, the calender, dvd, music and you even got a book certificate, how perfect! BTW, the T-shirt is to die for! You must be one happy lady! :)

    I have "The Birth House" here and I will be mailing it to you sometime towards the end of the month. Will e-mail you for your address.

  15. Lotus - I am (one happy lady)! It was a lovely Christmas and I received a lot of nice gifts. I've listened to the cds several times, look at my calendar every day, watched the movie, contemplated what to buy with my gift certficate, and look forward to wearing a short sleeve t-shirt in the not-too-distant future. And, of course, all the books are stacked on my nightstand, awaiting their turn patiently. Having said that, I can't wait to read The Birth House! But, please, don't rush on my account. Whenever you get around to sending it off is fine. You are very sweet to give up such a well-liked book! I hope I can return the favor some day.


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