My Christmas Books

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I’m thankful to be able to say that most of the gifts I got at Christmas were either books or book related, in fact I got so many I think I’ll be doing two posts on my haul.

I went a bit Dorothy Dunnett mad and decided to collect her Niccolo series, I hope I enjoy them.

As it gets towards Christmas I just tell Jack to wrap up any books that I buy in second-hand bookshops, most of the time I forget what the books are by the time it comes to unwrapping them at Christmas so it’s still a surprise, the kind I like. I really don’t enjoy real surprises as sometimes they turn into real shocks!

The Gaudy by J.I.M. Stewart
The Young Patullo by J.I.M. Stewart
The Madonna of the Astrolabe by J.I.M. Stewart
Papa La-Bas by John Dickson Carr
Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden
Mary Poppins in the Park by P.L. Travers
Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
Words of Mercury by Patrick Leigh Fermor

and by Dorothy Dunnett:

Niccolo Rising
The Spring of the Ram
The Unicorn Hunt

I didn’t read the Mary Poppins books as a child and after enjoying the film Saving Mr Banks at Christmas about P.L Travers’s relationship with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins I thought it was about time I rectified that and luckily I found an old copy in St Andrews.

This year I plan to concentrate on reading my own books!

10 thoughts on “My Christmas Books

  1. I love your idea of just handing off the purchases for future gifts — I have done this myself. And nearly all my gifts this year were books or book-related! Must post a photo next week.

    The only books from your haul that I recognize are Miss Ranskill, which I loved, and Mary Poppins. I read the first book last year and quite liked it though it is very different from the Disney movie!

    • Karen K,
      I’ve just bumped the Ranskill book up to near the top of the queue! I hate people to buy gifts just for the sake of it and I really don’t need anything so books are about the only things I want – as well as chocolate of course!

  2. Just those Dorothy Dunnett books should keep you occupied for six months! I’ve never read more of the Mary Poppins books than the first one, in fact, I don’t think I realized that there were others.

  3. What a great selection of books! I read Miss Ranskill Comes Home a few years ago and loved it. And I’m pleased to see you’re collecting the Niccolo books – it’s a wonderful series, although Lymond is my favourite of the two.

    • Helen,
      I was really lucky getting the Niccolo books all at once in a shop in Edinburgh. I’ll just have to finish the Lymond series before starting in on Niccolo.

  4. I agree the Mary Poppins books are an eye opener! Nothing like the Disney film and when you see PL Travers portrayed in Saving Mr Banks you can see why.

    I must pick my book up again and read some more.

    • Jo,
      I had heard that the books were very different. I’m wondering if I should read Mary Poppins in order, if so I’ll have to wait until I get the first one.

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