Holiday Book Haul


December 2, 2012 by Heidi

Holiday Book Haul

Happy December, everyone!  Let’s all hope that Heidi gets a new camera from Santa this year so that you can stop seeing these horrid excuses for pics.  Last one before New Years–Scouts Honor!  In fact, if I aquire enough new books before Christmas that I require a Book Haul post, someone call Santa and insist I get coal in my stocking.

I’ve officially collected all of the books from my Holiday With Bated Breath post, plus a few others to boot!

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (Library): What better Christmas present could I give myself than finally reading a 3rd Pratchett book when I loved the first two so darn much?
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Audio from Library):  Listened to this one while Christmas shopping earlier this week.  It was short and cute, but as seems to be a trend with me and contemporary romance, I couldn’t stand the female lead so I found it hard to care whether or not she met the man of her dreams before Christmas.  Won’t be bothering to review.
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein (Kindle from Library): I read half of this  yesterday on the train, and it’s so much fun! Can’t wait to share some of it with you.
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Audio from Library): Already listened to this one and adored it–review out tomorrow!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickons (Audio from Library): I knew I wanted to listen to this one, but I’ll admit it was a bit of a personal crisis when I had to choose between Jim Dale and Tim Curray as narrators!  Thankfully my library made the decision for me by having Jim Dale available.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber audio book coverLetters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien book coverThe Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig book cover

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Purchased for Kindle): Ah!!! This one has put up a good fight to earn it’s place as my favorite book of the year.  Hopefully I’ll get a review out soon.
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (NetGalley): Broke my own NetGalley rules after I saw a few good ratings from friends for this one–I’ve had my eye on it for so long!  Bluebeard is such a creeper.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (NetGalley):  Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen!  Penguin approved me for a title–and not just any title, Ruta Sepetys’s sophomore novel which we’re all dying for.
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (NetGalley):  I’ve been seeing amazing reviews and ratings for this one crop up over the past week.  So of course the minute I heard it was on NetGalley I immediately requested it.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge book coverStrands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson book coverOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys book coverThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay book cover

The last three audiobooks I picked up from the library are the first three books in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series.  After listening to The Mischief of the Mistletoe I knew I just had to listen to the rest of the series.  It’s so much fun!

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig

Let me know what you’ve brought home lately!  Are you reading some holiday books?  Are you being good and buying books for others instead of for yourself?  Let me know!


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  1. I am SO EXCITED you picked up the first three Pink Carnation novels! I love every single book in that series for different reasons and I can’t wait to see what you make of them.

    Also, I just got The Christmas Carol on audio, Tim Curray version. haha. Hopefully both versions are awesome.

    • Heidi says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad that I’m going to have you to talk to when I’m all excited about all of these Lauren Willig books–I didn’t expect to love The Mischief of the Mistletoe half so much as I did!

      Hehe, I love that you got the Tim Curray version–I’m sure it’s wonderful! I believe April listened to it last year and said good things…or at least she’s said good things about Tim Curray as a narrator!

  2. I am so jealous you got approved for Out of the Easy. I hope it’s as wonderful as it sounds!

    I’m not sure if you’re American hands are able to get hold of it, BUT… have you seen the Sky adaptation of The Hogfather? So much fun. :) I haven’t read it though.

    Get yourself on Tiffany Aching’s books, please. :) I need someone to chat about them to!

    • Heidi says:

      Ah!! I had no idea that there was an adaptation of Hogfather–which is fair I suppose since a month ago I didn’t know about Hogfather. It’s available for streaming on Netflix and you KNOW I’m going to be watching that as soon as I finish the book!

      I swear I’m going to read Tiffany Aching books next–I nearly checked out the audio for The Wee Free Men last time at the library, but it’ll probalby happen after the new year.

  3. Out of the Easy is excellent! I was fortunate enough to borrow Tara from Fiction Folio’s copy over the summer and loved it! I’m sure you will too :)

    Also my bf is a HUGE Tolkien fan but I don’t think he owns the Father Christmas book. Perhaps a gift idea…thanks! :)

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve heard such great things about Out of the Easy so far, Kyle, I’m sure I’m going to really enjoy it!

      Yes! The Letters from Father Christmas book is a really quick read, but I think it’s excellent. It shows you some things about how Tolkien’s family life must have been, and how much he loved his children.

  4. Nafiza says:

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Strands of Bronze and Gold. I want to read it so badly but Random House hates me and waiting is going to kill me. However, if you love it, I think I handle the anticipation. So fingers crossed!

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, I’ll let you know! I don’t often request debut novels anymore these days, but I’ve heard good things and I was just too excited to resist this one.

  5. Out of the Easy! *sobs uncontrollably* I wanted it so badly, I still do! Please read/review soon, I need one opinion I can actually trust before I pre-order.
    I am so jealous. A friend just reviewed The Sea of Tranquility and loved it, I have high hopes for that one too.
    Enjoy your books, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      I will try to read it soon, Maja! Promise! I’m so extremely excited for both it and Sea of Tranquility, especially after I’ve heard so many amazing things.

  6. Kristen says:

    Hogfather is one of my favorite Discworld books. I hope you enjoy it! Watching the movie is one of my Christmas traditions now.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I didn’t even know there was a movie until Jo mentioned it–I’m so excited that it’s available for streaming on Netflix! It’s definitely making its way into my plans, as soon as I finish the book.

  7. OUT OF THE EASY? AAHH! Penguin never approves me, but I’m so excited for you! I can’t WAIT to see what you think! 😀 I really enjoyed The Sea of Tranquility myself and I just requested Strands of Bronze and Gold, so let’s see if I get approved for that one. I’ve also heard great things about A Face Like Glass, so I need to get to that one soon as well. Amazing haul this week, Heidi! :)

    • Heidi says:

      This was only the second time Penguin has ever approved me for a book, so there was all sorts of dancing involved.

      A Face Like Glass is AMAZING!! I’m still collecting my thoughts, but I swear I’m going to give it a fantastic review soon.

  8. Yay! You got The Sea of Tranquility too. Now I know why you left the comment you did!

    I won a copy of Out of the Easy and I hope it arrives this week! I want it so badly!

    So overjoyed that A Face Like Glass is your favorite book of the year so far. It’s definitely a special book.

    Great haul this week, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Yep! So excited, I’ve heard such wonderful things about Sea of Tranquility.

      That’s awesome that you won a copy of Out of the Easy! I have a feeling it’s worth coveting…

      I LOVED A Face Like Glass so much. I am sad that now I only have two unread Frances Hardinge books though…and soon there will be none. 😛

  9. Hey – don’t want to alarm you or anything but IT’S SNOWING ON YOUR BLOG.

    (Seriously, how did you do that? So fancy.)

    Your favorite book of the year?!! That’s so awesome Heidi! I know that it’s for sure in my top five but the fight for #1 might be pretty brutal for me this year. I’ve had so many amazing reads.

    Also, stop telling me about all the amazing things you’ve gotten from Netgalley because I’m trying desperately to hold up a self-ban of my own. That’ll probably never last. *sigh*

    • Heidi says:

      I KNOW!!! I LOVE SNOW!!!

      Hehe, it’s a plug-in you can use on WordPress sites.

      Well–it’s putting up a fight for my favorite book of the year, there are a couple contenders that I’m having a really hard time choosing between. We’ll see what I actually post when the time comes. 😛

      Sorry! Yes, THREE NetGalley books for me in one week was a huge lack of control on my part–I’ve been so good. After I finish Vessel I’m going to start knocking out as many NG books as possible with hopes of catching up.

  10. OMG THERE IS SNOW FALLING ON THE PAGE!! HOW DID YOU DO IT!? I can’t tell you how excited I got over this!! I have The Sea of Tranquility on my TBR because people are LOVING it! I also really need to read some Francis Hardinge and totally forgot about Strands of Bronze and Gold!

    • Heidi says:

      I know, right!? It’s a WordPress plug-in…I don’t know if you can do it on a site or not. I think I remember Chachic having it on her blog last year, so probably?

  11. VeganYANerds says:

    Congrats on a Penguin approval! I’m sure I’ve seen many discussions between US bloggers about Penguin and how they never approve anyone – I hope it’s good, I LOVE the cover!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, it’s just frustrating because they never offer feedback or anything to indicate why they don’t approve, so it can be quite confusing. Also frustrating to just get ignored for two months and then told that I didn’t request it soon enough, which just feels passive aggressive on their part. I know I’m not entitled to books, so I don’t mind being declined, I just find Penguin’s process baffling. So glad they approved this one though!

  12. Chachic says:

    A Face Like Glass was released early? And you loved it! I can’t wait to read it then. I hope copies are available in bookstores in Manila. You know it’s funny because I was just telling my co-worker earlier today that it doesn’t feel like Christmas is only a few days away here in Singapore. It’s not a big holiday over here, I miss looking forward to Christmas like we usually do back home. I do hope you enjoy your holiday reads though. :)

    • Heidi says:

      A Face Like Glass has actually been out here for some months, but I just finally picked it up! It’s absolutely wonderful, just as good as The Lost Conspiracy, and I hope you do find it somewhere. That’s sad that it’s not a big holiday there so that you don’t really get the feeling of Christmas. Are you getting to go home for the holiday? I know it’s really hard to be away, I’ve been having a very hard time this year and it’s not even my first. I’ll be going home for a second Christmas at New Years though. :)

  13. Ah that is so amazing you received Strands of Bronze and Gold for review! Definitely looking forward to reading that book. Also I plan on reading Sepetys’ Shades of Gray and then Out of the Easy. I have a feeling I’ll really enjoy them.
    I love that you also are really into the Christmas spirit and reading holiday-themed books. Seems like fun! I’d be especially interested in what Tolkien wrote.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, I’m so excited for Strands of Bronze and Gold! I haven’t read Shades of Gray yet either, but know that I need to and that I’ll likely love it just as much as everyone else when I do. I’ll probably end up reading Out of the Easy first since it’s on hand. Glad to know I’m not the last one to that party!

      I finished Letters from Father Christmas yesterday! I’ll be posting about it on Friday. :)

  14. Letters from Christmas sounds so fun!

  15. I love the Tim Curry version of A Christmas Carol, but I’d imagine the Jim Dale version is quite good as well.

    AND OMG LETTERS TO SANTA AND TOLKIEN IN ONE BOOK? Hello Christmas is here in more ways than one 😉

    • Heidi says:

      The Jim Dale version is (no surprise) fantastic thus far!!

      And yes, Letters from Father Christmas is all sorts of Christmas awesomeness. I highly recommend it!

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