What lovely things did you get for the holiday, if you celebrate?



My family knows me very well, so I got a big stack of books that I wanted, which have all found their place on my shelves, waiting to be read (or read again.) The typewriter key necklace caught my eye, and I coveted it in the way you sometimes want impractical and attractive things, for no reason other than their loveliness. I will wear it with great enjoyment.



If you’ve read this blog, you know I have a love affair with Pride & Prejudice, and so does the person who got this lithograph shirt for me–it has the text of the book on it, forming the shape of Lizzy out for a walk on the front, and Darcy among some columns on the back. You can wear all or most (about 40,000 words) of a book!


And, you guessed it… books!

I also received a shiny enamel bird clip bookmark, and a nifty handmade crochet flower bookmark. My writer friend sent me some bookmark swag, and a tin of special mixed tea for one of her books–how cool is that?

And most importantly for me, I got to spend time with my family and friends throughout the season, and catch up on people I hadn’t seen in a while. Some people you only pass through their life every so often, but they’re still an important part of your orbit. And the holidays always seem to be the time you can do that, even though it’s so busy. Go figure.

Hope you spent your holiday with the people you care about, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

7 responses »

  1. Sounds like a wonderful haul! Sounds like a Christmas of mine a couple of years ago. ^_^
    Have lots (and lots!) of fun reading those bad boys. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. OMG. S. YESSS! Read that one first. Do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then tell me what you think. I love that book.

    • caitlinstern says:

      I got it from the library, so I’ve already read it. But I need to read it again, slower, to make sure I didn’t miss any of the marginal notes or anything.

      It is amazing, though. A lovely multi-layered book, which reminds me just a little of House of Leaves.

      • I haven’t read that one. I’ll have to check it out.
        S. is a work of art, in my opinion. It reminds me of all the reasons why I want to work with books and why I love books. I’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • caitlinstern says:

          House of Leaves doesn’t have margin notes, but it does have text sideways, diagonal, or in tiny windows–it’s another layered story, but it’s basically about a house with outside dimensions that don’t match the inside… and then it gets weirder. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it!

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