What books did you get for Christmas?

essaysinlove_coverChristmas is over and it’s time to talk about the new books. I didn’t get many books but the ones I got were exactly what I wanted. Actually one was on my amazon wishlist, the other one I talked about some time ago, but had completely forgotten. So I was surprised as well as pleased with my bookish gifts.

The first one is Alain de Botton’s “Essays in Love”, the fictional story of a relationship, starting with meeting for the first time until I’m not sure when, since I haven’t finished yet. But given the analyzing and reflecting that is going on I assume the ending is not an altogether happy one. I am going to read this for the relationships topic of the One, Two Theme challenge and I can already say that Alain de Botton, as opposed to Greg Behrendt, is my new hero. horns_cover


The second one is “Horns” by Joe Hill. I am not a horror fan, but I read a good deal of Stephen King when I was younger and this second novel by King’s son sounds interesting, but at the same time not too horrible. I might be mistaken though, I can already see myself hiding under the covers, afraid to go to the bathroom at 2am. 


So, what did everybody else get for Christmas book wise? Were you happy with your new reading material? Or did you get other book related items? Let us know!

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  1. Hey, I read both of these. I really didn’t enjoy de Botton’s book but loved Horns. You might think opposite or like them both. Enjoy!

    I didn’t get any books for Christmas (but I got a beautiful laptop!), but I did buy at the insistence of my husband, A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks and Your Presence Is Required at Suvanto by Maile Chapman. Both in Waterstone’s book shop. The second one is a find by my husband and it looks great.

    Happy reading!
    Leeswammes (Judith)’s last post ..The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux


  2. Oh, already two people who loved Horns. That’s good.

    Judith, really, you didn’t like Essyas in love too much? I totally enjoy reading it. He is such a keen observer and so good at analyzing. I think he has relationships figured out.

    Hey, a laptop is not bad at all. What a great present!


      • Did you review it on your blog? I did a search for it but didn’t find it? If you reviewed it at all, where can I find it? I’d like to read your thoughts on it.


        • No, there is no review on my blog – I read it before blog life. But here is my Shelfari review:

          I found this a bit boring and didn’t finish it. It’s my own fault for picking it up!

          If you like a bit of a love story with a lot of philosophizing about love and relationships, then this is a good book.

          In the book, the I-person (in his 20s) meets a woman and falls in love with her. He tells the reader about his (sometimes illogical, but always quite believeable) thoughts about her and how to start and maintain a relationship with her.

          He’s happy to dust off the old Greek philosophers and anyone else that has some statements to make about love.
          Leeswammes (Judith)’s last post ..The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux


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