Sunday Salon: Christmassy book thoughts

The Sunday SalonIt’s the last weekend before the Christmas holiday starts in the Nose in a book household, so I was expecting to be madly Christmas shopping or present wrapping, but I seem to have already bought everything I can until certain family members respond to my questions, so instead the weekend has been spent hanging out with friends, reading and binge-watching a TV box set that I’m not going to name because we’re about five episodes from the end and I really don’t want it spoiled for me!

One thing I did spot while doing my Christmas shopping was this rather lovely charitable giving project from Blackwells bookshops: the Giving Tree, donating books to less fortunate children. If I can get to a Blackwells in person I’d love to help pick out a book myself but if I can’t I’ll entrust the choice to their booksellers who, let’s face it, know what they’re doing.

It’s a timely reminder that not everyone is in the fortunate position I’m in where I have more books than I can read in a year already piled up invitingly. And I keep buying more for myself! Though I try not to do too much of that around Christmas, this week I did receive my first book from my Peirene Press subscription, which I bought as a present to myself last month. Because I just couldn’t keep resisting these beauties.


And last week I also received this rather fun advance reading copy of a book being published early next year, along with a kit for knitting a square of a blanket that I can only assume will be gigantic if every reviewer does that part as well. As an enthusiastic amateur knitter how could I not join in this project? They judged me well when they sent that invite! Keep an eye out early next year for my knitting and my review.

a to z of me and you proof

4 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Christmassy book thoughts

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz December 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love the idea of receiving a book a month, chosen from someone who knows your tastes. Fabulous.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon. I’d love to have you stop by!

  2. Bryan G. Robinson December 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Now of course we really want to know what that TV box set is that you’re watching. 😉 Well, let us know what you thought when you were done…and no spoilers 🙂 for those of us who might not have seen it either.

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow December 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The A-Z of You and Me looks good…enjoy! And thanks for sharing about your week.


  4. Kate Gardner December 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Deb That would be great. It’s not really how Peirene Press works though. They publish three new translations of European novellas each year and subscriptions give them a business model that keeps them afloat. So far I’ve read three or four of their books and liked or loved them all, so I figured I’d take the plunge.

    Bryan The box set has been on pause for Christmas parties and visits so we’re still not quite finished. I’m hoping this holiday gives us the chance to get to the end!

    Laurel-Rain It does, doesn’t it? And thank you, you too.

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