Books Given: (click on the pics to find out more about each title)
For those to whom reading is Hard Work: (my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and 11 year-old daughter)
For those preferring NonFiction: (my father and a sister-in-law)
For the Deep Thinkers: (my brother and 12 year-old son)
For the Lit Lovers: (my other brother, step-mother-in-law, and grandmother-in-law)
All right, so there were (admittedly) some friends and family that didn't get books. My other sister-in-law, my other mother-in-law and father-in-law...but since we haven't had our gift exchanges as of yet, I've still got time to decide for them! Also, I didn't include the picture books for my little one or my nieces...rest assured that the little ones weren't neglected!
and...Why Powell's Books is Amazing:
bookstore based in Portland, Oregon, when I found (and subscribed) to their Indiespensable program at the beginning of the year--I've been nothing but happy with them since.
Recently my "happy" status got boosted up a few notches when Powell's went above and beyond for me in the crazy few days before Christmas. I had placed an order with them towards the beginning of December, and had my books shipped to our vacation home (500 miles away) where we are spending the holidays. I somehow forgot that the USPS won't deliver there, however, so when we arrived at the house a week before Christmas, my Powell's package was nowhere to be found. (*cue utter despair, wailing, gnashing of teeth--Christmas without books?? Nooo!!!)
First thing, I checked their website, which led me to a very thorough package-tracking-log. Sure enough, my package had been returned to them. I called them first thing the next morning, and was completely impressed with the lengths they (er, Mike, actually--hi Mike!) went for me. I'd been dreading having my husband suggest canceling my Powell's order and placing an Amazon Prime order instead...fortunately it didn't come to that (I like to use my Prime shipping for larger items...like chipper shredders. True story.) First, they attempted to locate my package. When it looked like the post office had mixed it in with the masses of incoming books [from publishers etc.] I was about to accept my fate, but Mike had other tricks up his sleeve. It ended up being a most-of-the-day ordeal on his end (I'm guessing), including him searching for additional copies of the books I'd ordered, and looking for my package multiple times. The result? My package was ultimately found and sent out via UPS, arriving in 2 days at no extra charge to me. All of my stuff, before Christmas, even though it was my goof-up, not theirs.
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Oh! and Wait! the Books I Received for Christmas!
It isn't every year that there are books under the tree, you know? So often my family thinks I've got plenty of books already, or they look at my wishlist and get overwhelmed. This year I lucked out--so much fun! My parents got me a BookBook for my iphone (*swoon) and my darling dear husband got me some actual books--that's because he knows that when I say "I already have too many books," he's supposed to laugh. That's my idea of a good joke. So, here's the goodies (including a zombie treat from my brother):
Also over the last week, since I'm around my other set of TBR books, I've been doing some massive culling and reorganizing. I'm getting rid of quite a few books, which somehow--in combination with the end of the Christmas Craziness--leaves me with incredible urge to go on a book-buying-spree. Shopping carts in a book store sounds like just the thing right now, don't you think? Half of me hopes I'll resist, half of my wants to fill up my Powell's shopping cart before I have the opportunity to change my mind. Either way, hope you all are having a happy week. I may not be getting mountains of reading done this month, but it's filled with some bookish happiness all the same. I hope that goes for all of you as well--thanks for being such grand literary company!