Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Books for Christmas

I was very excited to receive a Kindle from my husband for Christmas. It wasn't a surprise as I had been dropping not very subtle hints for months. All I've downloaded onto it so far is a short story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch called Hero Dust. I'd heard part of it on Radio 4 Extra a few weeks ago and it sounded interesting. When I investigated it on Amazon I discovered that it was only available as an e-book, so I made a note of it to be my first download.

I also got Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935 - 2005 by Paul Baines. The blurb reads:

Ever since the creation of the first Penguin paperbacks in 1935, their jackets have become a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture and design history. Rich with stunning illustrations and filled with details of individual titles, designers and even the changing size and shape of the Penguin logo itself, this book shows how covers become design classics.

I love Penguin books, especially the logo, so this should be an interesting read.

Billy got a collection of Famous Five books, a big book of Disgusting Facts, and various annuals. He's examined his Chelsea FC annual quite closely, but his Nintendo DS has pretty much taken precedence!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas holidays, and getting lots of good reading done.


  1. I want to get "Penguin by Design, A Cover Story." Thanks for letting us know about it. I have been reading "Old Filth" by Jane Gardam and loving it. Happy Holidays!

  2. Sunday, I have heard of Jane Gardam but never read anything by her, I'll keep an eye out for 'Old Filth'. I hope you're enjoying the Christmas holidays.

  3. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Joanne. It is just short of 40 degrees here today; how I envy you the snow.

    Penguin by Design is a wonderful book and I am sure you are going to love it (although I am all for encouraging a celebration of the books themselves and the many forgotten stories they contain, and I think it is unfortunate that so many people collect them these days only for their covers).

    I hope Billy enjoys his Famous Five books. My daughter is currently obsessed with Enid Blyton, and we are always on the lookout for her books. She tells me that The Secret Island is the best one.

  4. Karyn, thank you, we have had a lovely Christmas, I hope that you did too. I thought of you when I got Penguin by Design and wondered if you'd read it. I do love Penguin books, though I don't collect them. I think the ethos behind them appeals to me - great literature at affordable prices - it must've been quite groundbreaking in its day.