The Booking Through Thursday question for this week is one I submitted (thanks for using it!):
What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)?
Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?
To answer the last question first, I almost always have books on my “wish list.” I keep a running list of books I might want to read (which has grown exponentially since blogging), and our family likes to work with a list of ideas when a gift-giving occasion comes up, so I peruse that list to see what I might want to add. But when a favorite author has a new book coming out, I don’t usually wait to put it on a wish list — I usually go ahead and get it. I don’t feel too badly about spending the money — it is an investment in entertainment (and we don’t spend much money on entertainment in general), in education and brain stimulation, sometimes in spiritual growth, and I am supporting working artists. 🙂
And though I usually prefer books from my “wish list,” I am not opposed to receiving a book that someone else thinks I might like.
This Christmas I received:
A Novel Idea: Everything You Need to Know About Writing Inspirational Fiction with chapters contributed by Karen Kingsbury, Robin Lee Hatcher, Jerry Jenkins, and others who have been published in this genre. I think about the possibility of writing sometimes, and this looks like a great resource for both inspiration and instruction.
The Tartan Pimpernel, and autobiography of Donald Caskie, “minister of the Scots Kirk in Paris at the time of the German invasion of France in 1940. Although he had several opportunities to flee, Caskie remained there to help establish a network of safe houses and escape routes for Allied soldiers and airmen trapped in occupied territory.” If I remember correctly, I think I saw this recommended by Chris Anderson.
Detour, a non-fiction sequel to Dr. Frau: A Woman Doctor Among the Amish by Grace H. Kaiser (my short review of that book is here). The doctor suffered a spinal cord injury which left her a quadriplegic, resulting in a reversal of roles with the Amish ministering to her.
Parting the Waters:Finding Beauty in Brokenness by Jeanne Damoff. I first read Jeanne when someone (Janet? Sherrie? I’m sorry, I forgot to note who) linked to her articles “How fiction can powerfully inform the practical application of truth,” part one and part two. Both her insights and her writing style resonated with me, and I wanted to read her book about the drowning accident that put her fifteen-year old son, Jacob, in a long coma.
Where My Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson, Christian fiction about the struggle the “good daughter” has when her prodigal sister comes home.
Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book, a “mini-book” compilation of quotes from her books.
Sew Sunny Homestyle by Tone Finnegar. I’ve mentioned others of her books before: I’m delighted to get this one as well.
Sewing In No Time by Emma Hardy. I think I must have seen this recommended while looking at the above book: I don’t remember. But if I am going to do a sewing project, I want a quick one!
I have looked at the last two page by page and seen several projects I want to do, but otherwise I have not read these yet. I am looking forward to them!
How about you? Did you get any books for Christmas?