Tuesday, December 27, 2011
What books did you get for Christmas?
I'm sure most, if not all of us, asked for books for Christmas. They're kind of the best present anybody can get. So I have a two-part question for you: 1) What books did you get, and 2) How were they picked?
I'll do three of the books I got. Each was on a list I gave my mom, which is how they were picked out, but I'll try to remember how they ended up on my list in the first place.
Out Stealing Horses, Per Peterson: I had this one on my list because whenever I go to Barnes and Noble, the title and cover always jump out at me as particularly gorgeous, so I pick it up and the first paragraph is equally awesome. I don't think I would consider random shelf-hunting as my typical way of picking books, but it worked for this one.
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel: I might be mixing her up with someone else in my head, but I think I heard of Amy Hempel through my college creative writing professor, who said he had a literary crush on her. He also said his wife was okay with it.
The Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen: Ok, I most definitely discovered this one because of the authors name, and please tell me I'm not the only one who looks themselves up at bookstores. She's on the NY Times best-seller list too, which honestly isn't saying too much in and of itself besides the fact that she's sold a lot of books, but I figure if a lot of people read someone named Sarah Allen, I should too. Just to, I don't know...be prepared.
So there's mine for this year. What about you?
p.s. That is not my picture up there, just in case you were wondering. Though I'm not saying I wouldn't like it to be mine.