Yesterday I spent Christmas with my family and consequently got a lot of books as presents. (We’re a pretty bookish family—my father got more books than I did!) The only book I didn’t get for Christmas was The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson. That was recommended to me a while back and I picked it up as I did my last-minute Christmas shopping on the 23rd.
Anyway, here are my new books:
- Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- The Devil’s Concubine by Jill Braden
- The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
- Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
- Earth Bound by Aprilynne Pike
- Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Frankly, I’m really excited to read all of these. So excited, in fact, that last night I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish Bitterblue. The review is to follow shortly.
The Devil’s Concubine is a book I reviewed for Wayzgoose press and I asked for it for Christmas because I had only an ebook copy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happier with ebooks now than before when I didn’t have a Kindle, but I still prefer paperbacks. Ingenue is the second book in the Flappers books by Jillian Larkin and I’m really interested to see where the stories of the girls go. The same goes for Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout because of the cliffhanger at the end of Obsidian, the first book.
Song of the Nile is yet another second book and this time it encompasses a period of time that’s very rarely written about: after Cleopatra Selene married King Juba. I’m interested to see how Stephanie Dray fills in the gaps in the historical record and I’m hoping that she does as good a job as she did in Lily of the Nile.
The only book that I really know nothing about was Earth Bound, a gift from a friend. It’s not the sort of thing I would normally pick up on my own time because there’s going to be a love triangle (it’s mentioned right in the blurb), but I’ll try my best to read it with an open mind.
If you celebrate Christmas, did you get any books as presents? Which ones? Do you see anything you like here?