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Subject: HF Shopping Bag...Christmas Edition
Date Posted: 12/26/2010 9:00 PM ET
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Okay...spill the beans!  What awesome books did Santa leave for you under your tree? 

My fabulous DD gave me two books:

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.  My dad and I both love Mississippi fiction and he raved about this one, so I'm really looking forward to it.

and

The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble.  CF historical romance by one of my favorite "new-to-me" authors of 2010.

My DS, who has a quirky sense of humor, gave DD Wedding Planning for Dummies.  LOL!  She loves it!

 

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 10:02 PM ET
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I didn't get books, but I got gift cards - Borders & B&N.  So far I ordered The Distant Hours and The Accidental Billionaire.  I'm going to order Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie.

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 10:07 PM ET
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One of my students gave me a Macy's gift card.  Do they have a book department at Macy's??smiley

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 10:52 PM ET
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I have been trying to spend my gift cards at B&N and can't figure out how to apply them to my account!

I figured it out, but boy is this site slow tonight.



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Date Posted: 12/26/2010 11:28 PM ET
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<<One of my students gave me a Macy's gift card.  Do they have a book department at Macy's??>>

Unfortunately no.  I wish they did - I have $75 in gift cards for Macy's.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 7:46 AM ET
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Christa - I've read The Rock Harbor series by Colleen Coble and they are excellent!

I did not receive any books for Christmas but DH got me a Kindle, so I've been having a great time downloading my favorite classics to re-read some day (?). At least they are free so if I never get back to them, it's no big loss. I did get The Traitor's Wife by Higginbotham; Conn Igguden's Genghis: Birth of an Empire; The Forger by Schonhaus and a few others. So far, I have 25 books on my Kindle and have spent a grand total of $5.18. I better try to keep it to a low roar or DH will have a coronary thinking that this was not a good idea after all!frown

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 8:09 AM ET
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I got three gift cards to Amazon...whoohoo!!  I ordered (Kindle books so far) New York, by Edward Rutherford, and the newest Outlander books, which I have not read, and Child 44, which a friend of mine has been raving about. Jeanne, my dd got The Forger too; it looks good!  I snagged The Traitor's Wife as well, and I'm looking forward to trying Higginbotham.

 

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 9:06 AM ET
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Vicky - "somewhere" I read that they plan to make a movie out of the Forger. I also wanted to try out another free book titled "Valeria's Cross" - sounds pretty powerful. What I'm going to love about some of these freebies is the ability to try them and not be out any money! Thank you so much for the sources you recommended. Oh! BTW, I got hints from none other than our Valli on how to find books (esp freebies) and she doesn't even have a kindle - YET!! Wouldn't you just know it? lol!

Stay warm, stay inside. My SIL in Rhode Island got 12 inches of snow and it sounds like she is battling the same things that you are. That first snowfall is so pretty and then reality sets in and I don't miss that reality!

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 9:34 AM ET
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My stepsons (really the daughter in laws) each got me a book:

The Confession by John Grisham

The Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart

I want to get started on my 2011 HF challenge reading; but I will be reading these both soon!

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 9:54 AM ET
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BTW, I got hints from none other than our Valli on how to find books (esp freebies) and she doesn't even have a kindle - YET!! Wouldn't you just know it? lol!

 

LOL! I do have the Kindle ap on my Blackberry, Ipod, and my laptop (before it met the kitchen floor) so I really do need the freebies!

 

Vicky, I loved "Child 44"! I even bought the sequel, but I haven't read it yet.

Jeanne, I think you'd love Child 44 too.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Vicky, I loved "Child 44"! I even bought the sequel, but I haven't read it yet.

Ooh...good to know!   What's the title of the sequel?

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 12:00 PM ET
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My DH bought me two books, The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright and The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick.  He also got me a DVD set of

the Adventures of Robin Hood, a television series from the fifties starring Richard Greene that I adored as a child.  I never wanted to be Maid Marion and be rescued.  I wanted to be Robin Hood and do the rescuing.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 12:37 PM ET
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My mom got me 2 books for Christmas. While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin, and Who Do I Lean On? by Neta Jackson. Both are CF, but While We're Far Apart is set during WW2, so I will be able to use it for the challenge.

My mom also gave me $50 cash. I might have to spend it on more books.wink

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 1:06 PM ET
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Okay, I found the perfect example of why the kindle will be invaluable to me. That book I mentioned - Valeria's Cross? Well, I've been reading it this morning and the writing is very simplistic , dialogue is terrible, although the subject matter is very unsettling. No more of this author's work for me! Thank goodness it was free!

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 3:48 PM ET
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No historical fiction (most of the family think Kelly and I already have too many books) but one of my daughters-in-law bought me a cook book, Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks and a really nifty little book entitled A Compendium of Common Knowledge, 1558-1603, Elizabethan Commonplaces for Writers, Actors & Re-enactors.  Of course I'm not a writer, actor or re-enactor; but glancing through it I've found lots of very interesting little tidbits.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/28/2010 5:38 PM ET
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I didn't get any books (other than the ones from my secret santa here) or gift cards for books, but my husband did make me a very nice bookcase (which means I will have to buy more books - we can't have empty shelves, now can we?!!)

 

 

Date Posted: 12/28/2010 5:54 PM ET
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Oh, bookcases...a most excellent gift!

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 8:17 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/30/2010 9:29 AM ET
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I just read that book, REK.  I haven't read many books set in Asia, so the descriptions of life in Siam (Thailand) in the 1920's was very interesting, particularly the striking difference between the cities and the little rice field villages.  The writing was good.  The female main character got on my nerves after a while....very self-centered and self-indulgent.  I just wanted to scream at her to GROW UP!!  But I guess we find that a lot in HF.  Can't wait to hear what you think of it!