A Blizzard of Books

The handsome fellow posing with Santa is Yukon, the book-loving Norwegian Elkhound.  As you can see, he’s got quite the pile of presents there, and I can guarantee that some of them will be books.

My family loves giving and receiving books for Christmas.  I’ve already checked out everybody’s haul, and there are a few that I’m going to be “borrowing” for myself.   My step-mother has one particularly interesting book in her pile: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who, without her consent, made medical history.  The book has been getting great reviews, and it sounds both important and fascinating.

I also got a few swell books under the tree, ones I had been hoping Santa would bring me to help with my research.  The first is the revised edition of The London Encyclopaedia. This tome – and I do mean tome – can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about London, seemingly from the dawn of time.  It’s lucid and beautifully written, and full of cool stuff.  Want to know about the Kensal Green Cemetary?  It’s in there.  About the history of electricity in London?  That’s in there too.  An invaluable research tool, and it’s also just plain fun to read.

The other book I got was Georgian and Regency Houses Explained.  It’s not a very big book, but it’s meaty.  Not only does it give details on things like the kinds of building materials used during the period, it explains the socio-economic factors that influenced the development of style and function.  Another very cool book.

What books did you get this holiday season?  Tell me what you got, and one commenter will win an e-book copy of my VK Sykes contemporary romance, CaddyGirls.

18 thoughts on “A Blizzard of Books

  1. Ohhh… I got five books as a gift yesterday from my brother :D!

    Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman by Lorraine Heath
    Mad About The Duke by Elizabeth Boyle
    The Handmaiden’s Necklace by Kat Martin
    A Duke’s Temptation by Jillian Hunter
    The Year of Living Scandalously by Julia London

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  2. Hi Venessa

    I hope you had a good christmas. I got Red Wine and her sexy ex by Kate Hardy,The French Tycoons Pregnant Mistress by Abby Green , The Brazillian Millionaire’s Love Child by Anne Mater and Boardroom Rivals,bedroom fireworks by Kimberly Lang as gifts.

    What did you get ?

    Have a nice day

    Desere

  3. I received several books this year. I received I’m In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson, which I read in 1 day. I also got The Red Pyramid and a gift cert from Borders Books!

    Enjoy your reading! 🙂

  4. My sister gave me a gift card to Borders but so far I’ve only been buying calendars and lattes.

    The Henrietta Lacks book is very interesting, but I have not read the whole thing yet. I have quite of few friends who have worked with HeLa cells (although technically they’re not her cells but her cancer cells).

      • Yes, and not only the cultural aspects of the treatment of poor minorities of that era (the Tuskegee syphilis study comes to mind) but the scientific history as well – without her cancer cells, we wouldn’t have all the medical advances that we do (since hers was the first cell line not to go through cell apoptosis).

        • My jaw was dropping open when I started reading the book. I was completely ignorant on the subject. To think we all owe this one woman so much, and how long she and her family went unacknowledged or compensated.

  5. Wow Vanessa, you really are in a Christmas giving mood! 🙂
    Another contest, how sweet of you! ((hugs))

    I’m more than happy to share my list of Christmas books, but I’ll pass on the contest part, I do not have an e-reader.

    I was pretty happy with Santa this Christmas, he’s one smart guy who know’s how to make me very, very happy! LOL!!

    I received WEDDING OF THE SEASON by Laura Lee Guhrke, WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY by Kieran Kramer, also by Kieran Kramer DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME,PRINCES TO THE RIGHT, THE DUKE’S NIGHT OF SIN by Kathryn Caskie and
    ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND by Karen Hawkins.

    The one book I couldn’t get my hands on for some odd reason my son managed to find and send it to me from Chicago.

    It was all wrapped up in a big box with the prettiest bow and ribbon.
    SEX AND THE SINGLE EARL by the one and only Vanessa Kelly!!

    Now that made my day! 😀

  6. What a goof, I left out one book, last one, I promise. LOL!

    PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL by Delilah Marvelle.

    We share the say first name, just a different way of spelling it. 🙂

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