Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Greed. And Peanuts.

Hey folks, The World in Miniature should be back next week. And, yes, I did write a flash fiction this week, but it was for a wonderful little publication called Abe's Peanut, a postcard zine for children (and adults!). Every month a different artist and writer collaborate on a four part postcard story, one postcard being mailed out each week. Do you have a child interested in stories and art? A burgeoning imagination ready to explore the world? Would they be excited to get their own collectible art and fiction in the mail? Consider Abe's Peanut. The world needs more such creativity!

I also wanted to touch on book greed. You all like me? Ravenous for books? Because Christmas is the time, you know, for books. Plus holiday cheer and all that. But mostly books.

Now, when I was a kid, Christmas was all about the presents. What did I get? What did I get? What did I get? But as I got older this has changed. I become much less interested in getting and more in giving... and more in just gathering family together and having a wonderful time.

But the one area where I fail miserably in this is with books. I mean, I'm happy to get clothes. I love music. But, hey, I'm okay one way or the other. But books! Gimme gimme gimme! The obsession rears its ugly head. And rather than resolute and try to halt this addiction, I've decided, hey, what the heck, let's just run with it.

Books! And I'm guessing lots of other people picked up great books over the holiday season. So I'll show you mine if you show me yours! :)

Christmas gifts:

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The Sentimentalists, by Johanna Skibsrud.

Bought with Christmas money and giftcards:

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Snagged at the used bookstore:

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And what about you? What did you stock up on over the holidays?


Elena Solodow said...

I think my family members would be quite stumped trying to get me anything in the YA Fantasy department. "YOu haven't read Harry Potter yet, right?"

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I filled up my Amazon Wish list with writing books, some YA and MG, and a couple adult titles ... but everyone bought me writing books.

I guess they know where my heart lies!

Besides Robert McKee's Story, I received: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, Characters and Viewpoint by Uncle Orson, Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury, If you want to write: A book about art independence and spirit, by Brenda Ueland, and A Dash of Style (sound familiar?). All were books that my writerly friends recommended over the year.

AND my mother-in-law got me an awesome bag to keep them in! It says "Writing is my bag" and "Careful or you'll end up in my novel" along with a picture of my book cover on the side.

They love me. :)

Matthew Rush said...

No one buys me books, they just give me gift cards to Amazon or B&N, which is fine I guess.

I think I told you about the No Country gift for my Father in Law? There is nothing better than selecting a book for someone and having them love it that much. He read it in a day.

Then I loaned him The Road. He said he didn't like it because it made him cry. I thought to myself a book moving you enough to make you cry is bad? WTH?

So yeah, here is the list of books I gave as gifts:

No Country - Grampa Gene
The Search for Wondla
Princess Academy - Daughter Madison
The Necromancer
Night School 3 and 4 (Manga) - Daughter Kylie
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set - Sister Amanda
Two Anthologies of Charlaine Harris/Sookie Stackhouse style romance horror - Girlfriend Kelly
The Help - Grandma Cindy

M.A.Leslie said...

I am going to seriously look into the Abe's Peanuts for my son. He really loves drawing and painting and this would be right up his alley, thanks Bryan.

As for my book list, my favorite gift this past holiday season was my hand-me-down Nook, oh the possibities. The titles that our household got from Santa are as follows:

For me
Decision Points (Really want to read it but don't know why)
The Corrections (Read Freedom and I am hooked on his style)

My Son
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

My Daughter
Flat Stanley and the Haunted House
Judy Moody Girl Detective

Vicki said...

I haven't even touched my gift-cards yet, but I did receive 3 books:

A Princess of Landover ~ Terry Brooks
Masques ~ Patricia Briggs
Wolfsbane ~ Patricia Briggs