Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mailbox Monday: Merry Hall and Cookies

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday!  I was thrilled to host in December.  Have a very happy New Year!

MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event.  It looks like the idea now is to return Mailbox Monday to its permanent home, so check back there next week to make your first MM post of the New Year.


Will you make any book- or blog-related new year resolutions? Please share!

MY RESOLUTIONS: My resolution is to get this blog more integrated into social media.  In particular, I want to do more with my Rose City Reader Book Blog facebook page, because I think there is potential there to use it to post interesting short bits in addition to linking to the blog posts.

With that in mind, please "Like" my Rose City Reader Book Blog facebook page! If you have a blog-related facebook page, please leave a link to it in a comment and I will be sure to "Like" your page as well.

MY BOOKS: I got some books for Christmas this week:

Merry Hall and Laughter on the Stairs -- the first two volumes of a trilogy by Beverley Nichols. I somehow ended up with the third volume, Sunlight on the Lawn, but asked Santa for the first two to complete the set.

The Merry Hall Trilogy was first published in the 1950s, but Timber Press of Portland issued this nifty facsimile edition in the late 1990s.

The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson.

I'm not a bread baker, but Grand Central has the best cookies I have ever eaten so I have long wanted this cookbook. Yum!


What books came into your house last week?  Leave your link below or in a comment.  If you don't have a blog but want to play along, leave a comment listing your new books.


  1. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Gillion. Yes, my reading objectives for 2014 are fairly modest but I have nonetheless recorded them in this post...

    Thanks for hosting MM!

  2. I didn't know that Nichols was still writing. I have and read his Down the Garden Path, one of my favorite books. I must look for his others.

    Book Dilettante

  3. Hi Gilion,

    I am not much of a baker myself, but I love bread and biscuits (cookies) of any description, so I do try not to buy either very often, as I really don't need any more extra calories!!

    Thank you for being such a considerate host fo MM and I am sincerely hoping that the new arrangements work, to ensure the continuation of this great little meme.

    I hope that you have enjoyed a lovely holiday season and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year,


  4. Thanks for hosting MM in December! I just liked your Facebook Page. :-)

  5. Books make the best gifts! I hope you enjoy yours!

  6. The Grand Central Baking Book sounds absolutely delicious! And now I'm getting hungry for cookies myself.

  7. Happy New Year, and thanks for hosting!

  8. Thanks for being such a fab MM host this month. Happy new year and enjoy your new books!

  9. High praise for the baking book! Thanks for hosting MM in December.
    No book or blog resolutions per se but I did join a Finish the Series challenge that should help me, well, finish some series ;-)

  10. I like the looks of those Beverly Nichols books!
    Your New Year's resolution is a good one. I have been trying to remember to post my Monday post at my page:

    Not sure I am making resolutions just yet. :-)
    Thanks for being a grand host this month.
    Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

  11. Love both covers on Nichols' books and that cookbook sounds like a great one. Hope you enjoy it.

    My only book related goal this year is to whack away at my extensive TBR pile.

  12. Hope you had a great Christmas! Thank you for hosting this month and happy new year :)

  13. Great new books - the cookbook looks wonderful.

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  15. Perfect theme for this week.

    ENJOY your new books...Laughter on the Stairs looks good to me.

    Happy New Year!!

    THANKS for being an AWESOME host this month.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  16. I love baking, and even though Christmas is over I still long to do more. Thanks for hosting us this last time in December! Happy New Year!

  17. Thanks! for being a host, enjoy! your books.

  18. I want your baking book! :) (like I don't already have a couple of shelves full of cookbooks - can't help it - I'm a sucker for them). I liked you on Facebook! I do have a Facebook page, and definitely should do more with it myself:
    Enjoy your reading week!


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