Christmas Haul 2017

Want to ensure a peaceful ending to your Christmas day?  Give books to the loved ones in your life.  There’s nothing like settling into a good read after a busy day of celebrating.  Here’s some gift books my family received:

Christmas Books 2017!

Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection by P.L. Travers, 2014.  My children are readers, even the youngest one who was born with Down syndrome.  Ever since we read Mary Poppins together, she’s been asking for the sequel, Mary Poppins Comes Back.  I struck gold when I found this edition which contains all four Poppins books with the original illustrations by Mary Shepard!

The Owl Diaries series written and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott, 2015. Reading aloud to children, even older ones, is important.  But I’m always looking for independent reading titles also.  This can be hard when you have new readers or those with special needs like my youngest daughter.  That’s why I love this clever and irresistible chapter book series. No adult help required.

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, 2014. We don’t have HBO, so no one in my household has watched Game of Thrones.  But my teenage son is a mega fan of Martin’s book series.  This beautiful, pictorial history of Westeros is pricey ($35.99), but “well worth it” according to him.

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, 1950.  Years ago, I started a TO BE READ list to keep track of books I’d like to get.  When my husband asked for Christmas gift ideas, I gave him a few of these titles including this classic American thriller.  In it, two strangers meet on a train and discover both have problematic people in their lives.  One proposes they trade murders to get rid of them.

Innocent Blood by P. D. James, 1980. I love a good English mystery.  But I’ve never read one of the genre’s most famous authors—P.D. James.  Now I get the chance with this delicious 1980 title which met with rave reviews.

Hawkeye Vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Ramon Perez, 2016.  My teenage daughter loves Marvel Comics’, The Avengers.  So when I saw this beautifully illustrated book about Hawkeye, one of “Earth’s Mightiest Archers,” I had to get it for her.  It’s a hit.

The Green Mile by Stephen King, 1999.  My daughter requested a Stephen King book for Christmas.  She’s not quite grown yet, so I tread carefully choosing a title. Many of his books are just too creepy. I decided on this 1999 title about a guard working death row and the special prisoner he encounters. I have dibs on it when she’s finished.

BONUS BIT:  Reading a good book while enjoying a meal is a pleasure… except when your book keeps shutting.  That’s why I asked for a book holder.  There are many types on the market, but mine came from Books-A-Million.  It adjusts to fit most book sizes and folds up when not in use.

For hands free reading, I got this Gimble Book Holder.

Come Play… If You Dare

Halloween is nearing.  Why not celebrate by reading a scary book?  If you need ideas, play my new game called “In Three Words.” In it, I describe popular books using only three words.  Then you match the description to the titles below. The game’s theme this time:  Books made into 1970s-era scary movies.  Scroll down for the answers after you’re done.

  1. Demon Inside Girl
  2. House Needs Sacrifices
  3. Haunting Reincarnated Daughter
  4. Don’t Go Swimming
  5. Bad Apartment Choice
  6. A Red Coat
  7. Very Inhospitable Hotel
  8. Governess Goes Mad

A. Jaws by Peter Benchley, published in 1974; movie (1975)

B. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin published in 1967; movie (1968)

C. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty published in 1971; movie (1973)

D. Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco, published in 1973; movie(1976)

E. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, published in 1898; made for T.V. movie (1974)

F. The Shining by Steven King, published in 1977; movie (1980)

G. Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier, published in 1971; movie (1973)

H. Audrey Rose by Frank De Felitta, published in 1975; movie (1977)