06 December 2009

Christmas Reading

I have a confession. I've been 'saving' books to read over the Christmas holiday period. These are books that I've been dying to read but that I knew would end up squeezed between work and life. I want to savour the experience of reading them. So, on Friday I visited my local library and picked up (finally):

* Corambis (Sarah Monette) [The final book in The Doctrine of Labyrinths]

* Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier)

* What Remains of Heaven (CS Harris)

But I'm curious: do you save books for a holiday period or do you read them as soon as you purchase/borrow them?

Update: My new computer is now up and running! *happy dance* Shiny! My computer that is. So shiny. And so fast. I can't believe how fast. And so purple *grin* Internet here I come! And yes, you would have thought that upon connecting said new computer I would have gone berserk and been surfing for hours, but, unfortunately, chores took priority yesterday...


  1. I just got my copies of Son of Shadows and Child of the Prophecy today. I'm trying to decide whether to keep them for Christmas or put them straight on the TBR shelf.

  2. I have What Angels Fear by CS Harris in my tbr - is this a good series?? I know nothing about it. Someone at some time must have said it was for me to have that book..LOL.

    I don't know if I am necessarily saving anything for Christmas. I hope I get lots of time to read...we shall see :)

  3. Chores?! Blech.

    I haven't really been saving books for the holiday, no. This month I'm going to read whatever I want to! As long as it doesn't involve angels. :P

  4. I still have to read Corambis! I'm going to request it again when my husband catches up to me. (He just finished The Virtu, and needs to read The Mirador.) That way we can read it at the same time.

    The only time I save a book is an audibook. Sometimes my guy and I will want to listen to one together (like the Harry Potter books) and wait for a car trip so we get some good listening time in.

    I've had Daughter of the Forrest on my tbr shelf for about 2 years! Hmmm . . . maybe I need a reading buddy . . . ::looks at orannia::

  5. Kerry - oh...keep them for Christmas! Or, you could split the difference and read one now and save one for Christmas *grin*

    Mandi - I love CS Harris' Sebastian St Cyr series. It's historical suspense with a smiddgen of romance and very good IMO.

    heidenkind - LOL! That's why Christmas will hopefully be a chore-free zone :) And I'm not surprised you're over angels. Although...you're reading Angels' Blood aren't you? *looks hopeful*

    Renee - you haven't read Corambis? I thought you had. But it sounds like a lovely idea to read it with your husband :) Ohhh...Daughter of the Forest is on your TBR shelf... *looks at Renee* You're on reading buddy! When do you want to read it?

  6. Every time I try to save a book to read for my holidays I end up reading the book pretty much as soon as I receive it. The closest I came was a couple of years ago and I managed to actually get on the plane to go to Australia before I started reading the book.

  7. I don't have to tell you what an impulsive reader I am, you know already. I have to go with when the mood grabs me, otherwise it doesn't work.

    Now, to change the subject completely, in celebration of you having a shiny new computer and being able to go online whenever you want, I was going to paste the links to what I bought over the weekend into this comment rather than telling you tomorrow, but I can't seem to work out how to paste things into this little box. So you might have to wait until tomorrow anyway, unless you can tell me how to do it. :)

  8. I'm a dork. I had gotten Corambis out from the library but didn't read it before it was due. Since it was a new book, there was a wait list, and I couldn't renew it. So when my husband started reading the series, I figured I might as well wait.

    I'm working on an reply to the Shadow Magic email. Let's work on Daughter of the Forrest details, then! :-)

  9. I love that you do this. I don't, but I have a friend who is saving certain books for her deathbed!!!

  10. So funny you should ask. This is the first year that I've saved a book for the holiday season. I picked up the anthology The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Courtney Milan and Nicola Cornick a few weeks ago and am going to try to read it the week or so before Christmas break. Which ... uh ... oh my... should be about now?! How'd that happen so fast? O_o

  11. LOL ShellBell! So, which book was it? I remember telling myself I would save reading The Power of One (Bryce Courtney) until after university (college) exams...it didn't work :)

    Meredith - I'm very curious to know what you've bought now :)

    Renee/Daughter of the Forest Buddy *grin* - I look forward to that email :)

    CJ - I don't think I have as much willpower as your friend...that's too long IMO :)

    Christine - LOL! Break out the book!

  12. OK, I'm going to have another crack at this link-posting thing. I bought:

    Sean Kennedy's An Australian Christmas in New York

    Clare London's One Night Stand

    and Patric Michael's The Santa Mug (this one promises to be a tear-jerker).

    Haven't read them yet, of course, but that won't be any surprise to you. :)

    While I'm here, there's a new review I forgot to tell you about. :) :) :)

  13. Yay, it worked! That makes me feel all accomplished, lol

  14. Oh, congrats with the linking. I'm going to have to ask you how you did it now! Oh, and a new review? Am off to read ASAP!

  15. LOL ShellBell! So, which book was it?
    I can't remember the book, but I do remember being very disappointed with the story .. serves me right for being so impatient!