I’ve heard a number of sad statements regarding books at this seasonal time of year. People saying they have never given or received a book as a present, and that books number among the most unwanted presents.
To redress that balance I bagged a bumper haul from under my tree this year. Family and friends may tire of wrapping flat rectangles but they know what will make me happy.
A little something for the many corners of my reading personality, plenty of pages to dip into through the year ahead.
- Drawing Matters - Jane Stobart
- The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
- ABC 3d - Marion Bataille
- 4000 Animal, Bird and Fish Motifs : A Sourcebook - Graham McCallum
- Bird by Bird : Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
- 52 Projects : Random Acts of Everyday Creativity - Jeffrey Yamaguchi
- The Haiku Anthology - CVD Heuvel
- Crow Country - Mark Cocker
- A Prickly Affair : My Life with Hedgehogs - Hugh Warwick
- Tossed : 200 Fast, Fresh and Fabulous Salads
- Vegetable Heaven : Sensational Seasonal Vegetarian Cooking - Mason & Abramson
- The Virago Book of Love Letters
- Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales
- The Penguin Book of Classical Myths - Jenny March
This morning I also received a copy of The Art of Being Dead by Stephen Clayton. I have no idea where it came from or who sent it. I don’t recall asking for it, or ordering it, but I’m very pleased to give it a home as I’ve read a lot about it and want to read it. What a pleasant surprise! They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but this morning it almost felt like books did!