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Subject: Gift Books
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 8:09 AM ET
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Did you give or receive books for Christmas?   Share reactions here if you choose. 

1.  Teenager - the wonderful Lunar Chronicle series by Marissa Meyer.  She was ecstatic!

2.  Daughter - a group of four by John Green because she waited all year for someone to finish their copies.

3.  Niece - the humorous and delightful Native American tale The Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse by none other than Louise Erdrich.  She lost her father and needed some laughter in her life.

4.  Husband - Not a gift but introduced a science fiction series called The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer.  Rented the first, Annihilation, from the library which he read after I did.  I am still not sure I liked it but he was hooked enough to buy all three.

5.  Daughter - Wanted to read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.  PBS didn't come through but I did.

6.  Daughter - Ex Libris:  Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman which she liked and Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories by Women Celebrating Women by Sue Thomas.  She said, "Hmm," so not sure she was excited about this one but I love short story collections.

7.  Didn't get any as no one knew what I wanted to read!  Next year:  A list!!!!!

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Date Posted: 12/28/2014 8:50 AM ET
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Both --- Gave and received!!!

Date Posted: 12/30/2014 1:43 AM ET
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Gave my mom a copy of the latest Stephen King - Revival.


Date Posted: 12/30/2014 12:36 PM ET
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I gave my niece 2 books by John Green - All the Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.  I gave my nephew the Percy Jackson boxed set and Treasure Island. They're not very big readers (my niece actually said that reading was SO boring (!!). But they need to read for school so I told them to shut up and enjoy them - well, not in those exact words ;)

Date Posted: 12/30/2014 12:42 PM ET
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I specifically said no books this year because I have way too many I need to read but I did get 3 new bookshelves to organize my hoard! Woohoo!

Date Posted: 12/31/2014 10:42 AM ET
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ExLibris and Silent Spring are on my lifetime favorites list - great choices! 

I gave my hubby Endurance, which is about Shackleton's expedition, and gave others in the family B & N gift cards.

I received Twelve Drummers Drumming and Swamplandia, as well as a B & N gift card.



Date Posted: 12/31/2014 11:12 AM ET
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Way too many books scattered around in piles and stacks for me to even consider asking for books.

Aubree, I'm envious of your new bookshelves -- though what I need is an entire room of bookshelves.

Carolyn, I enjoyed both Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns (listened to the audio version of both). I also loved the movie of the first title and am looking forward to the movie of the second (to be released in June). I'm also a bit in love with the author, John Green. Your niece may want to check out some of his videos (including a TED talk on Paper Towns). He and his brother, Hank, make up the Vlog Brothers who together have created a video blog series on YouTube which has a huge teen following. But what I especially like are their "CrashCourse" videos -- my favorite being "How and Why We Read." Folks, if you have not watched this video, stop what you are doing and watch it now.

Donna, I thought Endurance was a terrific book. I hope your hubby finds it as enthralling as I did.