I’ve been lucky enough to make it all the way to my half-century, and although I also asked people to make a donation to Fareshare Midlands if they wanted to mark it, and I was also the lucky recipient of Kiva loan vouchers, book tokens, lunches, meals, a chunk of money to spend through the year and other lovelies, my main gifts were these lovelies.

Henry Eliot – The Penguin Modern Classics Book – a massive book all about these truly iconic volumes from the lovely Meg.

Maya Angelou – Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now, Even the Stars Look Lonesome and Letter to My Daughter – it’s been so lovely reading Angelou’s volumes of memoir over the last few months with Meg and Ali, and I’m so pleased to have these volumes of her essays from Ali.

Lars Mytting – The Bell in the Lake – could I resist adding a Nordic book about a bell in a lake and the community around it to my wishlist a while ago? No, and thank you Sian for picking it from the list!

Molly Clavering – Susan Settles Down and Touch Not the Nettle (a pair that go together), and Love Comes Home, and D. E. Stevenson – The Tall Stranger and Anna and her Daughters – a super selection from Dean Street Press given to me by Emma on our day out in Oxford.

Helen Taylor – Why Women Read Fiction – a lovely-looking book from Gill; she also added to my Christmas bonanza with David LodgeQuite a Good Time to be Born (the first volume of his memoirs) and Stuart Hall – A Life Between Two Islands (his memoir!) as we hadn’t been able to meet up for a while.

Tom Nancollas – Seashaken Houses (history of lighthouses), Deborah Frances-White – The Guilty Feminist (the book of the podcast) and Nefertiti Austin – Motherhood So White (class, race and gender in perceptions of motherhood in the US) made their way to me from Cari, spreading the birthday joy across the world!

Have you read any of these? How well do you think I did fitting them on my bookshelves? Have I, indeed, rejigged my whole TBR shelf? (you’ll have to wait to see until Tuesday …)