Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's New on the Shelf? Post-Holiday Edition

Okay, so it's a few weeks past Christmas and maybe this post is overdue. But the post-holiday book haul really includes two categories- those books I received as Christmas gifts, and those I bought for myself during my post-holiday shopping. There are always some.

My friend Dave, knowing I'm interested in studying Japanese, was sweet enough to get me a book on Japanese writing, entitled simply Japanese Kanji and Kana. I can't wait to dive in!

The second of the three bookish gifts I received is Gnarr! How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World, by Jón Gnarr, who is also the author of The Pirate, one of my favorite novels of last year. My husband got me Gnarr!

Finally my aunt got me a book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop. I got this to start stretching my wings in the direction of less traditional piecing. I'll let you know how I do!

That's it for gifts! Now, what did I pick up for myself?

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
The Madonna of Notre Dame, by Alexis Ragougneau
Smoke, by Dan Vyleta,
His Bloody Project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet,
Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit
Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay,
The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism, by Kristin Dombek
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, by Giorgio Bassani

I've already read Beautiful Ruins and I'm enjoying Bad Feminist. And I have lots of great reading ahead of me!

What did you get for holiday gifts? I'd love to know. P.s. I've been getting spammed a lot lately so I've disabled comments for a while. So I guess you can't tell me. :-(