Yesterday I received this box of books and assorted gifts in the mail from my secret Santa with the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I’d tell you from whom I received the box, but even after sending an e-mail to receive a clue to guess the blogger’s identity I haven’t received a reply yet. The books were:
The latter also is available as a free book via Google eBooks for your e-reader. Click the link to be taken to the book.
The assorted gifts were a marshmallow caramel chocolate Santa, which lasted all of about two minutes after I opened the box, and a metal bookmark with the following quote on it:
When I have a little money, I buy books….if any left over, I buy food and clothes.
Whoever sent this box did a wonderful job with including both a modern mystery and a classic mystery. I must applaud my secret Santa in that regard. I have heard other book bloggers talk about about both books, and I keep shelving, checking out and re-shelving the French series, so it must be good…or at least have good buzz about it. I also must applaud him or her for the inclusion of the other two items, especially the chocolate. Good choice, sir or madam.
As part of the Book Blogger Holiday Swap, I just didn’t receive books, but, of course, I also gave books. However, since my recipient hasn’t acknowledged her receipt publicly, I won’t talk about that yet. I did purchase the books from From My Shelf Books in my hometown of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania as I try to do my best to support independent bookstores.
As for my reading this week, I read The Black Camel, the fourth Charlie Chan mystery by Earl Derr Biggers, and The Good Thief’s Guide To Amsterdam, the first in a series by Chris Ewan. The Charlie Chan series is getting better as it goes. Unfortunately, there are only two more to go: Charlie Chan Carries On and Keeper of the Keys. The first of the Ewan series was okay, but not anything you have to purchase. I picked up my copy at the library and it’s worth at least consideration at your library too. However, it is only the first of the series so maybe it will get better than this one. I already have the second one, The Good Thief’s Guide To Paris, out of the library, so we’ll see.
Today, I’ll be reading and probably finishing A Grave In Gaza, the second Omar Yussef mystery by Matt Beynon Rees. I have started Children of God by Mary Doria Russell, the sequel to The Sparrow, which I read last month. I’m reading Children of God for a book club, which meets at our library in January. However, I’m going to wait a little bit more before I continue it so I can finish the Charlie Chan series before the end of the year and a few others to which I’d like to get.
Two others coming in January, on which to keep an eye:
- Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk, which I’ll be reading in January with a group of book bloggers prompted by a conversation on Twitter.
- Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry, the author of Population: 485, the former which my wife and I will be reading for a book club at From My Shelf in January.
Oh, and one footnote to last week’s Bloggerhood of the Traveling Book Blog Tour. One of the bloggers on the tour, 00dozo, received a reply from Reg Keeland, the translator of The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, which was the book we were discussing on the tour. He also translated the other two in the Millennium Trilogy. I am very jealous.
So what have you read this week, what are you reading today and what are your plans for reading for the near future?