Book Lust: Christmas Edition
Christmas is just around the corner and, before I begin, I want to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas. We just held our book club’s Christmas Party last Saturday and I was so happy to receive gifts in the form of books this year. This is actually the first time in my life that I received a lot of books for Christmas so you can imagine my glee. Not to mention the slew of tokens and candies that I also received making this year’s Christmas so awesome.
These were the books that I received for Christmas including one that I bought for myself (sorry for the slight tilt):
- Meaning and History: The Rizal Lectures by Ambeth Ocampo – This was from Kwesi (Thank You!) and this is the first work of Ambeth Ocampo that I will read. I was a history nut in high school so I’m really excited to read this.
- Estremelenggoles by Rio Alma (Virgilio Almario) – I took this from the book pile during our book club’s Christmas party. Any work written by a Filipino National Artist is worth getting so I took it without hesitation.
- Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus – This was from Rhena (Thank You!) and it’s such a thoughtful gift. She knows that I like my books synchronized and, since I have The Stranger in the same format, she bought me this book to complement the other.
- The Insanity Defense by Woody Allen – This was from Celina, my Kris Kringle mommy (Thank You!), and I am so ecstatic when I opened my gift because this is actually hard to find and because this was the gift that I want the most from my Kris Kringle wishlist.
- My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro edited by Jeffrey Eugenides – This is the book that I got for myself. I got it for a bargain and it’s perfect reading for February which is just less than three months away.
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – This was from Monique (Thank You!) and I was really glad to receive this because I was having a difficulty looking for this. I want to read this as soon as possible because it is highly recommended by another bookish friend.
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – This was from Aldrin (Thank You!) and this is also highly recommended by him. I actually only have the faintest idea about the book before but now, after reading the reviews and the blurb, I am actually quite excited to read this.
- Who Can Save Us Now: Brand New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories edited by Owen King – This was also from the book pile and I just couldn’t resist indulging the geek in me by reading short stories about superheroes.
Well, I came home a very happy man. What about you, dear readers, did you receive anything awesome this Christmas?