Some mornings I spend hours upon hours at the computer, just re-ordering supplies/re-stocking Black Apple stuff. Yesterday was one such morning, and as I was staring, glazed over, at the various types of bubble mailer I might or might not need, I wished that I was making a list of all the great books I got for Christmas.
So here, my friends, is that list!
Josiah spoiled me with tons of new comics...Skim, which comes highly recommended, The Lagoon, 'cause I'm a big Lilli Carre fan (remember my original drawing that I was so psyched about?), French Milk, a book I had hyped to myself so much that when it was finally in my hot little hands couldn't help being kind of a let-down, Gasoline, Dame Darcy's newest and insanely ambitious (and as per usual, crazy) offering, and Bottomless Belly Button, a book I wasn't familiar with but found really immersive.
One the non-comics front, I received Vintage Shoes (which I had seen at Amy's and not-so-subtly hinted about), the charming Boulangerie-Patisserie, a beautiful vintage pocket-sized edition of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales from my crafty mom, who bought the book right under my nose when we went on that trip to Powell's. Also from mom, the Taylor's Guide to Roses...because I'd like to grow some someday, and there's no better place than Portland. My hip grandmama gave me the entertaining I Was Told There'd Be Cake (Sloane Crosley can't hold a candle to David Sedaris, though). And, complete with my very favorite Madeline story (The Bad Hat), Josiah gifted me Mad about Madeline.
Back in Athens, my pals Mandy + Devlin gave us a smorgasbord of rad stuff...a little pile of wonderful-smelling vintage paperbacks, two Golden Nature Guides for me, and a dime-store edition of Alice for my collection. All told, I'd say I'm a very lucky girl indeed.
I've got a new little project underway that I'm pretty excited about...I think I'll be able to share it by the end of the week.