Thoughtful Thursday: Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas From FanLitWe wish you a Merry Christmas!
(And for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, we wish you a lovely holiday season!)

We hope you are able to have a joyful time with the people you love.

We also hope you’ll have time to spend with some wonderful books.

How are books involved in your holiday? Will you be giving any books as gifts? If so, which ones and why?

Do you hope to receive any particular books? Or perhaps gift cards or cash to spend on books?

If so, which books do you hope to acquire, and why? We want to know!

One commenter gets a FanLit T-shirt or a book from our stacks.


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  1. I’m giving my son a copy of Italo Calvino’s INVISIBLE CITIES and a collection of stories by Arthur C. Clarke.

  2. I didn’t do this myself because we don’t have children/grandchildren, but I was totally jazzed by the idea of the book-a-night advent calendar. I think that’s a wonderful thing to do with your kids.

  3. The only other big reader I know well enough to buy a gift for is my Dad, so he will be getting a gift card for books. I am looking forward to many books and would love to get too many books to list, but if I could get my hands on a ARC of The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley I would be the happiest reader ever!!

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

  4. Matt Owen /

    I’ll be receiving Wake of Vultures! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. Margo Hurwicz /

    I’m giving e-book gift certificates to people who have e-readers (or software), along with recommendations. I’m never sure who will like what, but I’ve liked & recommended recently published books by Ann Leckie, Kameron Hurley, Zen Cho, Aliette de Bodard, NK Jemisin, SL Huang, T Frohock, Robert Bennett, Ken Liu & others I’m forgetting ATM.
    I’ve got such a long TBR list that I’m not sure I’m going to get more books as gifts, but if I do I’ll write another post.
    Oh, and I plan to give e-copies of TFF-X (The Future Fire 10th year Anthology) to some friends because I have a story in it!

  6. Melanie Goldmund /

    Books play the same role in my holidays as in the rest of my life — they are my constant companions and keep me alive and sane. I would love to give other people books, too, but I married a non-reader (opposites attract!) and our kids take after him in that respect. Sigh. I buy my own books for Christmas and give them to my husband to wrap; I got a nice stack this year, but I’ve still got a bigger stack on my wishlist. :-)

    Book-a-night advent calendar? Where do I sign up? Out of the way, kids, this is for me!

  7. dr susan /

    My friends and clients gifted me with a plethora of cards for both ebooks and dead tree books, so I will be completing some of my dead tree sets and getting Generation V, Marked, The Book of Life, Murder of Crows and Vision in Silver, and Magic Shifts. I was also gifted with an autographed set of Carol Berg’s Flesh and Spirit, Breath and Bone, Dust and Light, and Ash and Silver. This Christmas has been wonderfully book-filled.

  8. I got my mother a signed copy of one of Erin Hildebrand’s books, and I asked for Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.

  9. Becky Aswell /

    I lucked into a small collection of ERB paperbacks just prior to Christmas. I immediately saw them as potential stocking stuffers. Each person got 2 or 3 books. What better way to share the fun of ‘meeting’ Tarzan or John Carter and company? I had a lot of fun with it.

    • dr susan /

      How awesome!! I love the original books so much I have never watched the movies.

  10. I got a copy of Ink and Bone. I’ll start it today!

  11. I did not receive ANY book related gifts this year! I’m going to have to have a talk with my family ;-)

    I did, however, give my niece a magazine subscription to MUSE as she likes science and art.

    • Oh, I also give my brother a list of recommended reads every year in his stocking. He is really lazy about finding new books/authors to read and is always asking me so I started this tradition. He looks forward to it every year.

  12. I got an obscene number of books for Christmas/Hanukkah this year because everyone I know just defaults to giving me books off my wish list (not that I’m complaining).

    Luna – Ian MacDonald
    Blood Song – Anthony Ryan
    The Godless – Ben Peek
    Uprooted – Naomi Novik
    The Girl With All the Gifts – MR Carey
    Iron Council – China Mieville
    The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway
    Twelve Kings in Sharakhai – Bradley Beaulieu
    The Fifth Season – NK Jemisin
    The Inheritance Trilogy – NK Jemisin
    The Abhorsen Trilogy – Garth Nix
    Bone Clocks & Slade House – David Mitchell
    Vermillion – Molly Tanzer

  13. DJ, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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