Instead of doing a bookish holiday swap this year — because I need more books like I need a hole in the head — I signed up for the Book Blogger Holiday Card Exchange, a really brilliant idea from Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, where bloggers sign up to send cards with book recommendations. I signed up to send two cards, and got to very exciting ones in exchange.
The first was from Caitie at Pub Writes — I love that cute little puppy on the front! Caitie recommended a few books to me:
- Boys and Girls Together by William Goldman, which Caitie said is one of her favorite of all time.
- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
- After Long Silence by Helen Fremont
- Anything by Haruki Murakami
I’ve been wanting to read more Zusak since I read The Book Thief, so I’m glad to have another recommendation. I don’t know much about the other authors, so that’s exciting. Thanks Caitie!
My second card traveled pretty far, all the way from Iris at Iris on Books who is originally from the Netherlands but is currently in Sweden. I don’t think I’ve never gotten mail from that far away before, so that was exciting too. Because of how much I love journalism, Iris recommended People Like Us: Misrepresenting the Middle East by Joris Luyendijk. I found out that my local library has a copy, and I’ve already put it on hold.
A big thanks to Caitie and Iris for the cards and recommendations, and to Anastasia for organizing such a fun holiday swap! Any thoughts on which of Caitie’s books to try first?