In My Mailbox: Sinterklaas-at-Christmas Gifts

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We celebrated a belated Sinterklaas during the Christmas weekend with my family. I received 3 books and I bought a fourth book the day after Christmas, because I came across it for 1,50 euros and I simply could not pass that up.

  • The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt: This is the book I am most excited about. I know Ana and Violet loved this book and I am fully prepared to follow their example.
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai: My parents and sister did not get my hint that they should order from the Book Depository and when they went to the bookshop with my wishlist, the bookshop personnel told them that I was quite impossible and too specific in my choices (I wouldn’t have been for an average English bookshop, but I guess I am for the selection Dutch bookshops have). So I had to think of other books that would be available in Dutch shops 2 days before Christmas. I looked at my wishlisted books out of the 1001 list, and this is the book my sister chose for me. I don’t know much about it, but I think I would like it.
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: This is another book I do not know a lot about, but I know it has been mentioned quite a lot on book blogs, so I’m curious to see how I’ll like it.
  • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier: This was too cheap to not buy! I do not like each of Chevalier’s books, but ever since this came out I have wanted to read it, since it is set in 18th century England and mentions the poet William Blake.

The pattern beneath the books is a new blanket I received as a Sinterklaas gift. To me, there is nothing more perfect than reading a book while sitting on the couch, under a blanket, with a cup of tea. And it is blue/white with flowers, it is a pattern I like a lot.

29 responses to “In My Mailbox: Sinterklaas-at-Christmas Gifts

  1. I bough The Children’s Book in hardcover because I though the books was so beautiful, but I haven’t read it yet. I have had some trouble getting into Byatt’s work before. I am hoping that this one will be different.

  2. I LOVED The Children’s Book. Loved, loved, loved it!

  3. some great books I ve read two white tiger I loved it is a wonderful insight into modern india and childrens book which I enjoyed ,all the best stu

  4. That looks like a really nice blanket! I have both The Children’s Book and White Tiger on my own tbr pile (I borrowed White Tiger from my mother) so I’ll be watching to see what you think of them. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Inheritance of Loss myself, but I do believe I am the exception with the book – everyone else absolutely loves it. The Chevalier book also sounds great. Happy reading!

  5. The Children’s Book was my best favorite of the year (tied with Infinite Jest) a couple years back. I’ve not read the others, so I’ll be reading your eventual reviews with great interest.

  6. Oops! Of course I meant either the best book or my favorite book in the above! Actually it was both!

  7. I will definitely have to read The Children’s Book. I really enjoyed Possession and I’ve read so many good reactions to Children’s Book.

  8. I hope you enjoy The Children’s Book as much as I did–and as, apparently, many other readers have!

  9. I haven’t read any of those yet, but I’ve been meaning to read The Children’s Book for ages! I hope you enjoy it. The Tracy Chevalier book sounds interesting too. The only book of hers that I’ve read so far is Remarkable Creatures and I’ve been trying to decide which one I should read next.

  10. I’d be most excited by The Children’s Book, too! It may be the first book I buy/read when the tbr dare is over. I don’t like the cover of the US paperback edition, though… not nearly as pretty as the hardcover.
    Enjoy your new books!

  11. I am reading The Children’s Book right now and absolutely loving it! Lucky you to find yourself with a copy.

  12. I loved ‘The Children’s Book’ although I still don’t think I have explored all its riches despite having read it twice. I have it stored away ready for a third read at some point in the future. I envy you coming to it for the first time.

  13. I like that paperback cover for The Children’s Book way better than the American one! I’m actually thinking of buying it in hardcover even though I usually vastly prefer paperback, just because the hardback design is so beautiful. Love the dragonfly.

    And um, I also have things to say about the actual content here? I haven’t read any of these but will be particularly interested in your thoughts on the Byatt and the Adiga, both of which I’ve been meaning to get to.

  14. I got The Children’s Book for Christmas too! Looking forward to reading it and also to hear your thoughts:)

  15. I’ve had some mixed feelings about some of Tracy Chevalier’s books too but I read her latest one last month, Remarkable Creatures and loved it. I want to read Burning Bright. I hope it’s good!

    Enjoy all your goodies!

  16. Loved ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ – another classic Indian tale :)

  17. What great presents! I agree with all the others who loved The Children’s Book. It one of the most memorable, fascinating books I’ve read in the past few years. I adored it and hope you do too!

  18. Lucky you! I really want to read White Tiger and The Childrens’ Book.

  19. Enjoy your new books! I’ll be looking for your thoughts on The Children’s Book and Burning Bright.

  20. I also enjoyed The Children’s Book. It took me a while to read it though. Enjoy your goodies!

  21. You sure got some amazing books! I esp want to read Inheritance of Loss and White Tiger! Maybe it’s time for me to hop to the library and grab them.

  22. I read Burning Bright and loved it! It was nothing like Chevalier’s other books :)

  23. Those look interesting! I’m still too intimidated to try Byatt :D

  24. I have The Inheritance of Loss and White Tiger waiting for me, too! And The Children’s Book is on my list. I hope you enjoy them all, curled up under your new blanket with your tea :-)

  25. What great books! I have read Inheritance of Loss and White Tiger and liked both of them immensely although they are quite different from each other. Inheritance of Loss is richly layered and expertly executed while the White Tiger gives a view into modern India that isn’t always so honestly written about.

    Hope you enjoy them!

  26. Sounds like some good books! I would particularly like to read The Children’s Book myself, as I keep hearing enticing things about it. I’ve also enjoyed all the Chevalier I’ve read, although I’m not familiar with this one.

  27. Great loot! I loved the White Tiger and Inheritance of Loss both. Really want to read The Children’s Book, too. Burning Bright, I also have on hand, only because I found it for 99c at the thrift store, the hardcover. I don’t particularly like Chevalier’s style but did love Girl with a Pearl Earring because of Vermeer. I am also only interested in Burning Bright because of Blake. So many didn’t like it but let’s see..

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