Christmas Loot (Aka: Books Galore)!

When you ask for around 40 books for Christmas, it’s a given that they will be the bulk of your gifts this year, but actually having almost that many new books in my possession at the same time is blowing my mind! How will I ever pick which one to read first?!

In case you can’t see the titles of all of those books they are: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, The Vampire Diaries (The Awakening & The Struggle) by L.J. Smith, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Unleashed by Kristopher Reisz, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Fallen 1 (The Fallen & The Leviathan) by Thomas E. Sniegoski, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Ruined by Paula Morris, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, Life as we knew it (Book 1 of The Last Survivors Series) by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Book 2 – Hardback) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter Book 3 – Hardback) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Beastly by Alex Flinn, Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph, Other by Karen Kincy, Sleepless by Cyn Balog, Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Percy Jackson & The Olympians Boxset (The Lightening Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian) by Rick Riordan, The Wicked Lovely Series (Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows) by Melissa Marr, The Magician (Book 2 of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series) by Michael Scott, and The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty.

In addition to all of these fun reads, I got the Webster’s Vocabulary Builder to help with my writing as well!

And of those books I also received one duplicate. I’m sending that book back and in exchange getting three in its place. Those books are: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, Daughters of the Moon: Volume One by Lynne Ewing, and Fallen by Lauren Kate (because I’ve already read it, but don’t own a copy myself).

Aside from books though, I did receive some other awesome gifts as well, such as:

Other gifts included: An exercise ball, motions lights for my Christmas tree next year, a bookmark, a funny notepad, a Barnes & Nobles gift card (as if I need more books – lol, oh, wait, I always need more books!), a decorative scarf, a thick scarf-gloves-hat set, a cupcake scented car freshener (so me!), a Vera Wang change purse, a CD, Love Actually, LOST Season 6, TRUE BLOOD Season 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 6 Aeropostale tank tops (my favorite), fuzzy socks, a Troll bead pen, Troll beads, and handmade earrings. And see that framed photo? Those are MY characters (Brynn, Bryce, & Teagan)! My fabulous friend and critique partner edgyauthor made this for me for Christmas! Isn’t it just awesome? Seeing my characters like this makes me SQUEE! (Note: Both of my critique partners spoiled me with amazing gifts this year. Their friendship alone was a gift enough so everything they sent me was a total bonus!)

I won this awesome Troll bead pen as the “Pickle Gift” this year. The Pickle gift is something my sister and I have competed in for years. Every Christmas morning (though it wasn’t the case this year because Rachel could only be there on Christmas Eve) my dad hides a pickle ornament somewhere on his 16’ packed to the brim tree and whoever finds it first gets an extra gift. Rachel wins almost every year, but this year I found it before her! And I’m especially excited about this years gift because it’s a sweet pen (since I actually hand write some of my book) and it’s loaded with Troll beads that I can remove and interchange with my Troll bead bracelet. And speaking of Troll beads, I also got several new Troll beads as well! *Also, you can’t see them that well, but the earrings hanging off of that box were handmade by a friend at work – don’t they rock?*

As mentioned in the previous post, Dad gave Rachel and I 15 of his old world blown glass ornaments, some of which have been in the family for many, many years and one additional new blown glass ornament to begin on our own collections so one day our tree’s can look like his. Below is my starter box and my newest ornament (in honor of Tay).

And lastly, also as mentioned in the previous post, my Maw Maw’s handmade goodies. YUM!

I feel so tremendously blessed right now. I know Christmas isn’t about gifts, but there’s no pretending they don’t make people happy. I am one of those people 😉

How did you guys all make out for Christmas? Did you get what you wanted? Share your Christmas Loot!

Peace – Sarah


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  1. poseiwriting

    December 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Christmas isn’t about gifts…? o_O

    Lol, but seriously how awesome is your haul this year!?! I’m so jealous of a number of the books (haha, you know all the ones I haven’t read yet) and excited to talk to you about the ones I have read when you finish them.

    You should know though that it made me JUST as happy to know how much you loved what I got you as it did to get presents myself! :)

    Woo Cupcake Paraphernalia! 😀

    • SarahWhisted

      December 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      Just out of curiosity, how many of those books have you read? And of them, which was your favorite? I’m excited to blab about them via email too, cause you know that’s how it will go down.

      I’m glad you enjoyed my gifts and you KNOW I enjoyed yours. It’s a nice tradition we’ve started I hope (though we don’t always need to go so overboard). Still, I really enjoy bringing smiles to the people I care about faces.

      LOL @ Cupcake Paraphernalia. SWEET! :)

  2. edgyauthor

    December 28, 2010 at 2:33 am

    SO. MANY. BOOKS. *drool*

    May I add how much I love seeing all the ones I corrupted you into wanting? Because I do. Being a bad influence is FUN!

    I desperately hope you like DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON. I can’t help but think you’ll hate it, since I love it so much. *shifty eyes*

    And I know I’ve said this a million times before, but I am so glad that you love the art I sent you! It’s so weird to see it somewhere other than here, and that it is in a completely different state to boot. Treat it well. 😉

    And aww, love how you got an ornament that’s totally Tay-like! So cute. :)

    I finally posted about Christmas on my LJ, so I’ll let you see all that over there instead of rambling about it here, haha!

    • SarahWhisted

      December 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Why does making my friends drool over my books make me giggle? Oh, yeah, probably the same reason I enjoy torturing Bryce. *I’m sick*

      I’m glad you enjoy being a bad influence because you certainly are. Half the reason my wish list got so out of control this year was because of you and your site. I’ve become a gluten because of you, so thanks. LOL.

      Your suggestions haven’t been far off yet so I’m sure I’ll like DOM just the same way you do. Maybe not as intense (because there’s already a series in that slot for me), but I’m sure I will enjoy it. Stop worrying, silly!

      And I definitely love the art. I bragged to some people at work and showed it off (hope that’s okay). I just can’t get enough of seeing my characters brought to life. I think they like it too because it makes me think about them that much more!

      Heading over to your Christmas post now — excited that you finally posted it!

      • edgyauthor

        December 29, 2010 at 2:44 am

        Haha, bragging is totally okay! It’s weird to think of it happening, though. Makes me realize my art actually EXISTS, and that’s always a total *whoa* moment. XD

  3. SarahWhisted

    December 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Hmmm… Reviews. I tried to keep up on them this year, but I blow through books like they’re going out of style these days so sometimes it’s hard to force myself to stop in between and write something about it. When they’re really good I do write about them (like I did with Linger or the Dark-Hunter series), but sometimes I’m so eager to get into the next book I barely even stop to breathe. So… we’ll see.

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