Our Bookish Christmas…

Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2019. Time is flying, but I’m still not letting go of Christmas yet. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we received for Christmas this year.

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Personally, I didn’t receive books as gifts this year, but I did purchase one other book for myself besides the Penguin Classics Christmas set I mentioned last week. I went ahead and took a chance on, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

I like reading books set during the time of World War II and many of my friends rated this one highly. I hope to read this while on Christmas vacation.


My 18-year-old son received a really awesome cookbook by Snoop Dogg titled From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. My son’s becoming more interested in cooking for himself and I thought this would be a good one for him. So far so good! It’s a fun cookbook and even though some of the recipes are similar to the dishes we already make, there are plenty new recipes to try. Each one has an interesting title like ‘Spaghetti de la Hood’ which we found hilarious.


My oldest daughter is twelve and she’s become so picky with the books she reads so, she only received one physical book set and that’s the Stargirl series by Jerry Spinelli. I’m hopeful she’ll enjoy it.


We used to get Owlcrate Jr. for almost an entire year, but I cancelled it because it seemed to be too expensive with the kids not really using everything they would receive in their box. I decided for a Christmas gift to renew it for 3 months and try once more. We were pleased with December’s box! The book we received is The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell. This one looks and sounds excellent.

Two that my younger boy received are the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown #13 by Jeff Kinney

…and Dogman: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey.


We also received The Guardians Collection by William Joyce. The whole family loves the “Rise of the Guardians” film, so we were all excited to get the books this Christmas. The hardcovers are beautiful and each one has illustrations within the text.


The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. I’m dying to start this one myself!

I took a chance onΒ Very Rich by Polly Horvath for a gift after reading the blurb because it sounded like a really good book that my kids would enjoy. I hope to read this with my kids. The book is about a young boy from a very poor family. He wants to do something important with his life so that he can help them out, but things end up falling apart after he takes a chance on something. I have a good feeling about this book and will be sure to review it when we’re finished.

And of course, picture books for the youngest…

Zetta the Poinsettia by Alma Hammond. This was a total cover buy and she ended up loving it. The illustrations by Zuzana Svobodova are so vivid and it’s a cute story.

Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. This is a wordless picture book that we’ve read twice already. It’s cute and we love the wintry scenes.

Jack Frost by William Joyce. This is actually the third in The Guardians of Childhood series, but we don’t have the other two yet. This book is amazing! It’s a very simple read and beautiful artwork too. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer with a little more text, but this is a book for children and it’s perfect for young readers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gennady Spirin. We enjoyed singing along to this one. It has pretty illustrations too.

Because we all love trees, this book is for everyone in the family. It’s titled The Book of Trees and is written by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski. I can’t say enough about this book! I was amazed when it arrived because it’s over-sized at roughly 15 inches tall and the content is so thorough! It covers the different types of trees, leaves, roots, seasons, tree animals, forests, houses and even tree monsters. I can’t imagine anyone with an interest in trees not loving this book.


I’m sure I’ll talk about these books more in the future. We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all did too. What did you get for Christmas this year? Please share below!

Happy New Year to all and see you in 2019!

47 thoughts on “Our Bookish Christmas…

  1. David R. Dowdy

    I can’t wait to read your review of We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. I’m a big fan of WW II stories. There was tragedy and deprivation on a scale never imagined. Millions were lost to guns and gas. Families and lovers were scattered. For a while the future didn’t look very promising and yet, the hopes and dreams of most of the world were fulfilled. The magnitude of control going from the antagonists to the protagonists had never been so great. We still owe so much to those who won the war.

    On a lighter note, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a recipe for “greens” in Snoop’s cookbook.

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    1. Me too! I often have a hard time reading about the subject, but it’s so important. Both my grandfather and grandmother were involved in WWII and it’s something I wish I would’ve taken more interest in when I was younger so I could’ve talked with them about it.

      We haven’t come across greens in the cookbook yet, but there is a caesar salad lol. πŸ˜‰ There’s a hilarious video on YouTube of him and Martha making green brownies. He makes some interesting references! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Happy New Year, David!

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    1. Thanks, Lana! Had I not bought myself the ones I mentioned, I wouldn’t have either. We don’t really do gifts with the adults and mainly just do the kids. Hope you find some good reads this year! Happy New Year! 😁

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I hope you love the book. I can’t wait to start it. Hopefully we both love it. β™₯️ Happy New Year, my wonderful friend, and thank you for all your support this year. πŸ€— xoxo

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  2. Happy New Year to you too Jenn! I wish you happiness, health and love in 2019.
    I love the Christmas book haul. Such a delightful mix. Dogman and Wimpy Kid also made it into my son’s stocking. LOL. I hope all the readers enjoy these.

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    1. Thank you, Nina! Wishing you the same including awesome reads in 2019! I hope your son enjoys the books. They are such quick reads, but are highly loved here. I think our kids are so lucky to have so many choices. Happy New Year! πŸ˜‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰β€

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    1. Thank you, Candace! My oldest used to read all the time, but sadly he doesn’t as much anymore. Hopefully it’ll pick back up for him in the future though. Happy New Year to you and your family! πŸ€—β™₯️

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    1. It does, doesn’t it? Glad you liked Stargirl. I’ve heard that a handful of times this week so, hoping she’ll love it too. Not sure how I haven’t read it yet lol. Thanks and Happy New Year! ❀

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! You’ll have to let me know how he likes it. We are cooking the Gumbo tonight and it smells so delish!

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Bonnie! β€πŸ€— xoxo

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  3. starjustin

    I just think the covers of the tree book and ‘Netta the Poinsettia’ are great. All of the books sound wonderful. I’m blessed to have received Antony William’s Liver book from my family . I’m really looking forward to reading it. Books are great Xmas gifts! Thx for sharing jen ! πŸŽ„πŸ“š

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  4. I love this post. The cookbook sounds hilarious. When my son moved out to go to University, I bought him a cookbook for Christmas called “A Man, A Can and a Plan.” He loved it. I am looking forward to your reviews of these wonderful gifts. I especially want to hear how you all liked the Guardian series. That Poinsettia book looks delightful, I love the cover as well. So many wonderful books here, lucky kids.

    Happy New Year Jen! Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe year ahead full of fun, adventures and good books. πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Carla! The Snoop cookbook is great so far. I’m going to have to look up that book you’re talking about. It sounds perfect for young ones just starting out! We had a wonderful Christmas. My only complaint is that it went too fast! 😁 Happy New Year, friend. Chat soon ❀

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  5. Happy New Year!! I love that your family is so bookish ❀ And I am a little jealous. I am really the only avid reader in my family! I read Stargirl when I was you daughters age and I really like it! I hope your family will enjoy all their books! (tho is sounds like they will ❀ )

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    1. Thank you! My kids read, and my mom, but I’m really the only adult reader as well. Its nice to be able to talk with people online about books though. Glad you liked Stargirl! I hope she likes it. She’s so picky. ❀ Happy New Year!

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    1. Lol! that’s what I said. It’s really good. We’ve done a few recipes now and there are are so many left to try. You’ll have to let me know what you think. The whole family loved the gumbo. πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

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  6. What an amazing treasure trove of bookish treats for Christmas! I pretty much want all of them. πŸ™‚ My triplets are 8 and two of them are avid readers. My daughter is into all things dragons, mythological, and/or magical at the moment and is working her way through the Wings of Fire series and The Land of Stories series. And one of my sons loves Dog Man. That Trees book though…I’m going to be on the hunt for that one for sure.

    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks! Your daughter sounds just like my 8-year-old! Shes also reading the Wings of Fire series. We’re are waiting for the second graphic novel to come out next month as well. Have you guys seen those? The Land of Stories is on our list as well.

      Thanks for your comment! Happy New Year to you and your family as well! 😁

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