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T-3 Days and Counting

December 23, 2015

Christmas is in three days. And you can tell. It’s been remarkably busy at work this week, which surprises no one. So, what have been the must-have books of the season?




All the Light We Cannnot See
 by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



Coloring Books

Secret Garden by Johanna Bassford
The Official Harry Potter Coloring Book 
Art of Coloring Star Wars 





Crimson Heart by Mal Moore
SPQR by Mary Beard
My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg
The Generals by Winston Groom
Dead Wake by Eric Larson

Crimson Heart is regional specific. Mal Moore is a former athletic director for the University of Alabama, so if you’re not around here I wouldn’t expect it to be a big seller.

The fiction list is a little smaller because everyone is getting those three books and then some people are getting all the other books.

It’s been an amazing year for coloring books. I, myself, have about five of the various adult coloring books. I got one just because it had a peacock in it. I don’t, however, have that much time to color right now, what with the jobs and the stuff. But I’ve got them for that mythical day when I can use them. I also have many, many colored pencils to play with. I’ve been collecting for this moment my entire life! (Or I hoard art supplies. witchesWhatever.)

The surprise… flop is not what I mean because it’s doing respectably, but it didn’t do as well as expected is The Witches by Stacy Schiff.
Cleopatra was far and away the breakout hit of 2010, but The Witches is slow, but steady. Possibly because the topic is less sexy.

What are the books you’re getting for everyone?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2015 10:32 am

    We got The Nightingale as a gift for our niece. After looking at the Goodreads entry, maybe I need to get it for myself.
    Also got two friends The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (ed. Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams) because I kind of know a couple of authors with stories in it.
    Finally, had to get multiple copies of Voices From the Dark (ed. Roger Lubeck, authors- the Writing Journey), the latest anthology from my local writer’s group. Because, you know, friends and family need copies!

    • December 23, 2015 10:59 pm

      Awesome! I actually haven’t gotten too many books for people this year (the dog had unexpected oral surgery,) but I did manage to give one friend a copy of Angelmaker because I think EVERYONE should read Angelmaker. ^.^

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