Birthday Presents

Today is my birthday and I’ve had flowers!

and jewellery!

and books!

From top to bottom they are:

  • A Kindle gift voucher – a lovely present because I can enjoy choosing as well as reading!
  • Blood Harvest by S R Bolton – I’m currently reading her first book, Sacrifice and I’ve read that Blood Harvest is even better. It’s about the disappearance of a little girl two years earlier. A fire had devastated her home but her mother is convinced her daughter survived.
  • How the Girl Guides Won the War by Janie Hampton – this looks absolutely fascinating. I was a Brownie and then a Girl Guide (not during the war – I was a post-war baby), and it made up a large part of my childhood and teenage years. This looks a very comprehensive book. In the introduction Janie Hampton reveals that she had intended to write a satire on Guides and Brownies, making fun of them (how could she!) but the more she read and the more former Brownies and Guides she met she came to realise what an important part of 20th century history the Guide movement was (hurray!) with Guides playing a crucial part in feminist history and the women’s equality movement. I can see that I’ll be reading more from this book very soon!
  • The Distant Hours by Kate Morton – historical fiction featuring a dilapidated castle, sisters and dark secrets. I can hardly wait to read this one as well.
  • The Confession by John Grisham. It’s been years since I read any of John Grisham’s books – I binge read his books some years ago. This one is another of his legal thrillers about an innocent man days from his execution, with the guilty man deciding whether to confess. Should be good, I think.
  • A Companion to the History of the Book edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose. This book was a complete surprise! A mammoth book, covering many aspects of the history of bibliography, literacy and the future of the book. It includes the history of the materials used – clay tablets, papyrus rolls etc,  book culture around the world, book issues, such as censorship and  finally there is a chapter on the book’s digital future. This looks fascinating and no doubt it will keep me occupied for some time to come.

Thanks everyone for these lovely gifts.

I think of all of these I may start How the Girl Guides Won the War first. Time to go reading! and later on a meal out to celebrate (this will be the second one – the first was on Friday with our son and his family).

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15 thoughts on “Birthday Presents

  1. Margaret – Happy birthday! What lovely gifts! I’m looking forward to reading what you think of your readable presents :-).

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  2. Happy Birthday, from one Leo to another. Your gifts are wonderful, but I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the girl guides book, it is one I have wanted for a long time. Enjoy the day.

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  3. Happy Birthday! I’m not much for jewelry, but definitely appreciate flowers and books! :–) Of those I’ve only read The Distant Hours, but enjoyed it very much, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the Gothic elements!

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  4. Margaret – Happy Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day! Lovely flowers and stove, I’ve always wanted one.
    I hadn’t heard of the Girl Guide book before but I think I ‘ll probably be buying it for my Girl Guide leader future daughter-in-law.

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  5. I’m a little late, but I hope you’ve been having a lovely day. Your gifts look wonderful – I’ve had my eye of the Girl Guide book especially.

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