Boxing Day Books

Nicola here with the Wenches’ second blog of the festive season. Every year, for as long as I can remember, one of the special treats of Christmas has been the Book Present. It’s generally understood in this house that if all my Christmas presents are books, that would be an ideal situation. Whilst I heartily endorse the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod – the giving and receiving of new books, and reading them together on Christmas Eve – there is a problem with this happening before Christmas. Once I get my head in a book, it may not come out for several days, with the possibility that I might miss Christmas Day altogether. Which is where the Boxing Day read comes in. Once I’ve been out for a walk, I can dive into the pile that’s waiting for me. The Boxing Day jigsaw is also waiting in the wings. This year I have a great mix of books, as you can see: fiction, a guide to a magnificent 18th century house, and a book of word and phrase definitions, which is the sort of thing I find fascinating. Did you know that the “inexpressibles” referred to by Regency authors when describing gentlemen’s trousers could also be called ineffables, inexplicables and “round-me-houses,” which is less elegant but quite fun.

Did you receive Christmas book gifts? And how do you spend Boxing Day? Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, have a very good day!

7 thoughts on “Boxing Day Books”

  1. I am packing because I am moving from one state to another. It is a daunting task. And reading is something I must do most days. No books for Christmas, but I don’t actually need any more books…..I realize that is absolute heresy, but it is truth. All those books are part of the problem of what to take and what to rehome.

    Happy New Year !!!

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    • When I said I do not need any more books, I hope everyone realizes I was being dishonest…..I am a book addict and there are books I will rehome, but there are so many I will take with me because I cannot bear not to … and I love every one of them.

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      • I understand exactly what you mean, Annette! Earlier this year I was re-decorating my study and tried to get rid of some of my books. It’s so hard when you are so attached to them – and when you want to buy more rather than throw them out! I hope the move goes smoothly and you settle happily in your new place.

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  2. I got two book vouchers of a sizable amount which I love. My husband bought me two books. My daughter bought me an absolutely beautiful edition of Persuasion which is my favourite Austen novel. I also had a birthday last Wednesday and yes, you’ve guessed it, more vouchers and books. I’m always at my happiest getting these gifts though I did get a few other things too. So I have lots to sink my teeth into now 🙂

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    • That is very exciting, Teresa! So many bookish treats! Persuasion is my favourite too and that is a wonderful gift. Happy reading!

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  3. Enjoy your stack of books, Nicola. Have a safe move, Annette. Happy belated birthday, Teresa.

    My daughter gave me four Kindle books which I look forward to reading. My husband gave me a gift certificate to a thrift store that has a wonderful used book selection, and my sister gave me an Amazon gift card which I will almost certainly use to purchase some books. Oh, and I got a fun book related scarf ~ https://www.etsy.com/listing/211496117/date-due-library-scarf-book-scarf?click_key=3a9226e9575b8683be9ed12702a4face9aae66cd%3A211496117&click_sum=eed57beb&ga_search_query=due%2Bscarf&ref=shop_items_search_2&pro=1&frs=1&sts=1

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