I realized I haven’t posted anything about the books I’ve received as a gift during the Holidays. Here they are:


I’ve only recently received my gifts from the Book Bloggers Holiday Swap, but it was worth the wait. Over one of our weekly lunches, Joanna from “It’s all about me” (my Secret Santa) gave me:

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. We discussed this book the first time we met face-to-face, and it eventually became part of her top-10 of 2010. I also know she got the recommendation from Nymeth, which also listed it as one of the best of year. So you see, not only it has the potential to be an amazing book, but it’s also a symbol of the book blogging community at its best 🙂


Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, which has been doing the rounds at some of the blogs I read. So once again Joanna: right on target!

Anna Karenina and Ken Follet’s latest, Fall of Giants, was given to me by a Portuguese friend I met because she’s also a big Jane Austen fan and I was (still am) the only registered Portuguese over at The Republic of Pemberley. So she decided to email me to say hi, and we’ve kep close contact ever since.

The Tales of Beetle the Bard was my best friend’s gift – thanks Inês! – and it will have to do until J.K. Rowling decides to write more books (any news if she’s started anything, apart from the Harry Potter Encyclopedia?).

So you see, not a lot of them, but all exactly what the Doctor ordered.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?