My birthday gifts

For my birthday Michael got me a printer and an Amazon.com season pass to the TV show Elementary and dinner at a restaurant of my choosing. Dad got me a poster and also he paid for my new car last month. For the rest I got $280 worth of Amazon.com gift cards. And somehow, by accident, I managed to spend EXACTLY $280.00 and not one penny more or less. I got:

  1. A pair of slippers
  2. A Sprout watch
  3. The Book of Ruth: The Journey of a Kindertransport Teenager by Helen Kon
  4. Breach of Promise to Marry: A History of How Jilted Brides Settled Scores by Denise Bates
  5. Cheshire’s Execution Files by Derek Yarwood
  6. The Diary of an Old Lawyer: Or, Scenes Behind the Curtain by John Hallum
  7. Exploring an Alien Culture: What Can We Learn from the Vikings, Scandinavian Immigrants and Nordic People Today? by J.B. Hove
  8. Fortress of My Youth: Memoir of a Terezín Survivor by Jana Renee Friesova
  9. Goodnight Children Everywhere: Memories of Evacuation in World War II by Pam Schweitzer
  10. Gothic Grammar, With Selections for Reading and a Glossary by Wilhelm Braune
  11. A Grim Almanac of Birmingham by Karen Evans
  12. A Grim Almanac of Manchester by Michala Hume
  13. A Grim Almanac of York by Alan Sharp
  14. Hanged for Murder: Irish State Executions by Tim Carey
  15. The Hidden Life of Polish Prisons by Pawel Moczydlowski
  16. The Invention of Curried Sausage by Uwe Timm
  17. The Lapp King’s Daughter: A Family’s Journey Through Finland’s Wars by Stina Katchadourian
  18. The Leaves Have Lost Their Trees by Dorothy Marie Darke
  19. More Frontier Justice in the Wild West: Bungled, Bizarre, and Fascinating Executions by R. Michael Wilson
  20. Murder Most Moscow: True Stories of Russia’s Worst Serial Killers by Jon Lawson
  21. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  22. A Pied Cloak: Memoirs of a Colonial Police (Special Branch) Officer by Derek Franklin
  23. The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory by Erzsébet Báthory, edited and translated by Kimberly L. Craft
  24. Rations: A Very Peculiar History by David Arscott
  25. Reluctant Refuge: Unaccompanied Refugee and Evacuee Children in Australia, 1933-1945 by Glen Palmer
  26. Stronger than Iron: The Destruction of Vilna Jewry 1941-1945: An Eyewitness Account by Mendel Balberyszski
  27. The Yellow Duster Sisters: A Wartime Childhood by Susan Kennaway
  28. Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima During World War II by Yoko Moriwaki, edited by Paul Ham
  29. You Are Respectfully Invited to Attend My Execution: Untold Stories of Men Legally Executed in Wyoming Territory by Larry K. Brown

With the exception of the Kindle books and Mycroft Holmes, which is Christmas gift for my dad, the only book I plan to actually keep is The Invention of Curried Sausage. I got that out of the library a few years ago and loved it, and I look forward to reading it again. The rest of the books I plan to donate to the library when I’m done with them. Before I buy a book, I check and make sure that the local library and OhioLink don’t have it.

People who know me won’t be surprised by most of the stuff on this list. We’ve got the Holocaust and World War II, and some true crime and death penalty books, and not a whole lot else. The Bathory book arrived yesterday and I’ve been reading it. It has turned out to be a lot more interesting that I thought it would be.