Let’s face it: Buying obligatory gifts for loved ones and acquaintances gets a little tedious. So rather than go into debt only over everyone else’s needs, I advocate for, well, not selfishness, exactly, but something I like to think of as the act of generosity toward one’s self during this most wonderful time of the year.

So when I started making those frantic, last-minute Internet purchases from my favorite online bookseller, I figured the sitch would wash no harm/no foul were I to add a couple or four novels for moi to the clickster flick that was the pre-holiday relationship between my touchpad and credit card.

That’s how my mumbled qualifications of, “Oh, that’s just a little something, you know, for...business,” started peppering gift-preparing conversations as my husband held up packages for vetting which I promptly snatched from his hands and made off with like Golum at a QVC Black Hills Gold tent sale..

But really, there were a bunch of books calling out for me to read over the holidays.  Like “Ideal Wife  ,” the Mary Balogh novel that inspired “A Precious Jewel  ,” an awesome reissue with a most improbably appealing beta hero (Check out my tribute to Sir Gerald here!). And I couldn’t pass up another Balogh with a friends-to-lovers-to-what-do-we-do-now? theme, “Irresistible  .”  

Maybe you’ll note that I’ve chosen books that were released years ago. That’s what I love to do over holidays: lay off the new stuff and get to the ones I’ve been meaning to for awhile, or some of the greats you’ve recommended.

So I also scored – along with my kids' gifts, so don’t go calling me Bad Mom – Lorraine Heath’s “Love with a Scandalous Lord  ,” a classic, she-picked-the-wrong-rake romance.  And to round out my not-so-guilt-inducing guilty-pleasure purchases, I finally, finally, bought the Suz Brockmann Troubleshooter I’d missed in the line-up, “Flashpoint " , in which we meet the Troubleshooters, and catch the story of Jimmy Nash and Tess – and get teed up on the Sophia/Decker/Dave thang.

So. Make me feel a little better, will you? What book “just for you” did you slip among the holiday gifts you bought this year? Or which one will be the first you score when the credit card’s paid off – or you take back the most unfortunate of your holiday swag?


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by Author MonicaBurns on ‎12-25-2009 04:56 AM

Because I have so little time to read anymore, I have to be extremely picky about my reads. I'm grabbing up Anna Campbell's latest Captive of Sin and Nalini Singh's Blaze of Memory.


Merry Christmas to one and all!!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-25-2009 03:43 PM

Those are both great reads, Monica! I just finished FANTASTY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb and I think I'll read Wendy Markham's THE BEST GIFT, while I'm still in the holiday mood. That better last awhile, because I just bought some more Christmas books, based on Michelle's recommendations!

by 1AnneB on ‎12-26-2009 08:06 AM

Hi Everyone - AnneB here - Happy Day After - After I go to the gym, I'm planning on hitting B&N to spend my gift card money - although some will be spent online to pre-order some things. Becke I have a question -  was that an ARC of Fantasy in Death ? How was it - I really liked Kindred and thought it was the best in a long time. I hope Fantasy keeps this up.  Hope you all had a great day...




by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-26-2009 02:34 PM

Yes, Anne -- first time I've ever received an ARC of a J.D. Robb book. While I've read every book Nora Roberts has written under her own name, I've only read a few of the J.D. Robb books -- the novellas (including the Roberts/;Robb novella) and the first couple books. I just haven't kept up. I read this one even though there's a huge gap in my knowledge, but it didn't really affect my understanding of this book. I'm always amazed how she writes so knowledgeably about such a variety of topics -- in this book, video games (in a future form) are the theme. I'll post a review after I get the introductory posts up for the January features at Garden and Mystery!

by Author Eva_Gale on ‎12-26-2009 04:20 PM

I bought myself Grace Draven's Master of Crows and Courtney Milan's Proof by Seduction. *izhappy*

by bookwormmom4 on ‎12-28-2009 06:23 AM

Bought myself Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble.  Cute, light read which is what I needed after the pressures of the Christmas season.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-28-2009 09:40 AM

Ah the joy of purchasing for oneself during the holidays. Well I'm not allowed to purchase anything with pages from Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas. My family takes my list of what I want for a present and buys me what I want. But I always take off the week after new year and boy I hit my local B&N LOOK OUT. I don't know yet what I'll buy, but be assured that the Barnes & Noble in St. Peters MO at Mid Rivers mall will make their January goal when I leave.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!


by 1lovealways on ‎12-29-2009 02:02 AM

Hi Everyone!


The book that's number 1 on my list is My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs.  I saw a video on B&N and fell in love with that book.  I can picture the scenario in my head so clearly.  There are several more to go with it, but that's the one for me!


Happy New Year!  :smileyhappy:



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