December Haul

Oh yes, in December I spent a little bit… Among books, tools and gifts let’s see my Christmas haul!

First we talk about books. In December there were many offers, before and during Christmas, because what could be better than gifting a book? So here the books I bought, they are three (I thought more!).

Gli adepti by Ingar Johnsrud.

This is a Norwegian book, translated in many European languages but not English; the Original Title is Wienerbrorskapet

It seems a simple case of disappearance, the one on which the inspector Fredrik Beier, of the Oslo police, begins to investigate. Of course, it risks clamoring, because to disappear into nothingness was the daughter of a prominent exponent of the ruling party and because the girl lived within a Christian sect, the “Light of God”. But the picture is immediately complicated: in the villa that houses the sect a massacre is consumed and in the basement a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory is discovered, of which the use is not clear. There are those who call into question fundamentalist terrorism, who blows on the fire. But Beier, joined by a young and brilliant Muslim agent, Kafa Iqbal, understands that behind the laboratory and the massacre, there is a much more complex truth and that it sinks its roots to Vienna, in the years of Nazism. Critically acclaimed at home and already sold in twenty countries, “The adepts” marks the debut of a new master of Scandinavian crime.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.

Eight book in the Will Trent Series, which I love.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished… and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case… and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

All the descriptions of the books are from Goodreads.com

And the book haul is over. Not too many bought, I know, but I have already bought 27 books that I have yet to read. I think I have a problem… I buy too many books…

At the beginning of December, or maybe it was still November? Since I did not do a “haul” in November I’ll talk about it now, I bought the Planner punch board. To the delight of my planner, or maybe mine, I bought the punch from TimbroScrapMania an Italian scrap site. Finally I do not have to make a hole at a time to my planner! I did not even put the washi anymore because I was bored to take measurements and punch six holes twice. Now I have no problem. I put washi and insert the sheet up to the guides, one punch and boom, three holes made, turn the sheet and boom three more holes made!

And then there are the various gifts. First thing at Sanit Lucia :D (I know I’m too old for Sanit Lucia, but I brought the gift to my friend’s child and to my friend and then we exchanged gifts that day without waiting for Christmas). A few years ago she gave me the blanket with sleeves, a wonderful tool for a chilly person like me, this year she gave me the boots feet warmer. Now I can cover up to the tips of the hands and up to the tip of the feet!

I must say that in addition to these I also received Christmas slippers and then the Christmas pajama that I still haven’t pot on yet because of the size of the shirt (I had to take it from the seamstress because the pants were my size, but the shirt wasn’t).

In addition to these, I also received a turtleneck and a hat (yes, everyone knows I’m very cold person) and from what I understand the hat costs more than the turtleneck…

The most expensive gift was a silver chain with “Intellectus” inscribed on the pendant.

The mother of the girl who I help with chemistry lessons, was so kind to make me a little gift, a cup with a ball-shaped chocolate.

That’s all!

Happy New Year!

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