Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mondays come so fast!

Musing Mondays (BIG)Do you buy books as gifts for children – either your own or those of friends or family? Would you buy books for all children, or only children who are already practiced readers?

I have lots of nephews and nieces and I always gift them books, no matter what occasion along with other stuff. I have gifted many copies of Alice in Wonderland, all the fairy tales and of course Enid Blytons. I also buy classics for them. In recent past, I have been buying YA literature as all have grown up and are between 12-23 years of age. In a way, their reading habits have developed due to me. Nowadays, they come and simply pick up what they like from my bookshelves. I seldom forbid it. Yes, I do tell them to return it to me if they pick something I like to keep. Otherwise, I am pretty cool. No wonder, they adore their aunt!

I prefer to buy books as gifts for any kid. Most kid like that!

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I received 3 books:


Judah's Lion by Anne Caston, 2009, Toad Hall Press


Anne Caston 's first collection of poems, Flying Out With The Wounded, was awarded the 1996 New York University Press Prize for Poetry. Juda's Lion is her second collection of poems.



Alvor by Laura Bingham

Erin and her twin brother, Bain, never expected to find that the cabin in the woods near their home is actually a secret entrance to a magical world. Surrounded by pegasi, dragons, and fairies, they discover new powers within themselves and a secret they have unknowingly been preparing for: they are training to become elves. Now they are faced with the decision to stay in this dream world or return home to the life they knew.


Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

Not long after his own mother's death, sixteen-year-old Samuel discovers a set of deformed triplets hidden behind closed doors in his sleepy Georgia community. The babies—whose shut-in mother believes they were immaculately conceived and whose menacing brother is a constant threat—take control of Samuel's every waking and sleeping thought. His only escape, he realizes, will be to save the monster children. But to do so, he must rein in his darkest impulses as he undergoes a profound transformation from motherless boy to self-defined man—because sometimes the most terrible monsters are those that live inside us all

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog, "to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finish this week."

I read the following:

Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher

Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

Magdalene & the Mermaids by Elizabeth Kate Switaj (poetry)

Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson

I am currently reading:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevesky (only half way through!)

A Song in Stone by Walter Hunt

Reviewed:

Faces in the Fire by T L Hines

T'Aragam by Jack W Regan

Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher

38 comments:

Lizzy said...

I've heard that Alvor is an interesting read, and it's on my list. I can't wait to pick up a copy. Happy reading!

Jaime said...

Lots of good books! Enjoy!
My In My Mailbox is up Here

Susan B. Evans said...

I think books make wonderful gifts! I buy them for everyone in my life :)

Here's my musing.

caite said...

I think when they get to an age that they want to borrow your books, you really see the effect those gifts over the years had!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

I always give kids books. Always happy when I see my son disappear in his room to read.

Alvor looks particularly interesting, will have to check it out. I definitely need to get Ghostwriter.

Bluestocking said...

Good for you buying those books for your nieces and nephews. Here is mine

bermudaonion said...

I've read good reviews of Wait Until Twilight - I hope you enjoy it too.

Melody said...

I love giving books to children. I think it's good to cultivate good reading habits from young! :)

The Book Resort said...

You got some goodies!

Here's my Musings post:

http://thebookresort.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-mondays.html

Book Dragon said...

Looks like I'm adding another book to my wish list (Alvor!) I read Wait Until Twilight and am looking forward to your review.

Mae said...

Wow! You're steamrolling through all those books! I loved Crime and Punishment.

Blodeuedd said...

I have been wondering about Älvor, I do like the sound of it. Enjoy all your books

Serena said...

you've got some good titles this week. Happy reading.

Zia said...

Alvor and the Waiting for Twilight books looks awesome! Fun mailbox this week.

Kristen said...

Of course I buy books as kid gifts! For new babies, I buy copies of the award winners from the year of their birth. And I just get worse from then on!

My mailbox is up here: http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2009/08/mailbox-monday_31.html

Crystal said...

Alvor looks really good - thanks for sharing! Wait Until Twilight is great - hope you enjoy it.

Marie Burton said...

You are a cool aunt! That's neat. I would love to remembered for my library, how sad is that?!
And yes Mondays DO come too fast.
My mailbox is up at The Burton Review.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I am reading Alvor right now and really enjoying it!

Oh and as far as the books to kids question - all kids. Any time I can give a book to a friend of any age I do. readers and no readers I seem to find a topic that they would enjoy.

judys424 said...

Can I be your niece too? :)

Toni said...

Wait until Twilight sounds really eerie and good. Great Mailbox. Thanks for stopping by mine.

kaye said...

I'm sure they adore you for more reasons that your books :) my musings

Jennifer said...

I adore Crime and Punishment. Happy Reading! :) My list is here: http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-are-you-reading-monday_31.html

okbolover said...

Lucky you! you got Alvor and Wait Until Twilight. I wanted to read those books, I've heard good stuff about them.

Reading Crime and Punishment huh? I've read it. It's all right. If you get past the horse part that is....

carolsnotebook said...

I love giving books as gifts to everyone, kids, adults, family, friends.

karen! said...

I love giving kids books as gifts.

J. Kaye said...

LOL! I have "Wait Until Twilight" by Sang Pak listed too. But you already know this...sorry I am so late in arriving.

naida said...

Great books in the mail!
I need to read Crime and Punishment.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Anna said...

I think books make great gifts for children! My sister isn't a big reader, but you can bet my nephew will be getting tons 'o books for Christmas. :)

Hope you enjoy your new books. They all sound great.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

A Reader said...

Wait until Twilight sounds really interesting-- enjoy!

Jacqueline C said...

Wait Until Twilight is on my TBR pile too!

Yvonne said...

You're so lucky to have children to buy books for!

Enjoy your mailbox this week!

Staci said...

I love to get my nieces/nephews books for gifts. They know that I won't buy them toys, just books and they seem to love it. You got some great ones in the mail. Enjoy!!

Teddyree said...

Nice list you have there. hmm a Lisa Jackson, are you doing J.Kaye's Lisa Jackson challenge?
I'm another one with Wait until Twilight on my reading list (hopefully next week.) Have a great week :-)

Ruth Schaller said...

Have a great reading week! :D

Michael said...

I also enjoy giving books to children, and especially like seeing them engrossed in their books.

Callie said...

Enjoy!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I think there's a book for every child, even those who 'aren't readers.' We've given magic books, books about baseball, Guiness World Records; it doesn't have to be a novel to be a book!

Alice Teh said...

Great books, Gautami! I've seen Wait Until Twilight around!