Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Secret Santas revealed

  

This year I chose to participate in three Holiday Book "programs": Reading in Color's Holiday Book Exchange; the Book Blogger Holiday Swap; and the Booklover's Secret Santa hosted by the Neverending Shelf and Bookworming in the 21st Century. I have received all three of my packages and couldn't wait to open them and share what I got! Since I leave town on the 17th I figured I get to open these presents early (yes, it's just an excuse).

The first package I received was from Pam at Bookalicio.us. I also sent her a gift...just coincidence? Totally cool. Check out what I got... a HUGE THANK YOU to Pam!
 
I have heard such good things about The Cellist of Sarajevo so I am very excited to add that to my TBR shelf. And, a Banned Books bracelet (the updated version)...I will wear it with pride in my library!

The second package I received was from Wendy at Literary Feline for the Book Blogger Holiday Swap and I was totally excited when I got the package in the mail!
She included 3 books all of which I will read for my Middle East Reading Challenge (The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, Women Without Men: A novel of Modern Iran by Shahrnush Parsipur and Tuba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur), beautiful post-it note set, 2 bookmarks (trust me, I can never have enough of those), lotion, a stocking full of chocolate, and fuzzy socks (which my daughter immediately stole from me). Wow! HUGE thank you to Wendy!


My final secret santa package arrived just an hour ago from Doret of the Happynappybookseller and I am excited again... no repeat books! My package contained 2 books: Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali and When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer. Another HUGE thank you to Doret!

10 comments:

Aths said...

Isn't it sooooo awesome to get secret santa books??? I just love doing them!

carolynforsman said...

glad you liked the I Read Banned Books bracelet. I designed it with ALA. we are shipping immediate.a necklace too. http://carolynforsman.com

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--I do love Secret Santa/ Book swaps. It's so exciting to get packages and when it's books it's even better

Carolynforsman--Congratulations on designing the bracelet! It's wonderful

Jenners said...

Wow ... what generous and wonderful gifts! Who needs Santa when you have fellow book bloggers! Enjoy.

Marie said...

Ah! I wish I did more Secret Santa's this year!

Great stuff!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Jenners--They were generous! The real Santa has some big expectations to fill!

Marie--The book secret santa thing really is fun. I also love the idea of someone opening the gift I sent them

Literary Feline said...

I'm so glad you like your Secret Santa gifts, Helen! I tried to pick books that you hadn't read yet and am glad I succeeded. :-) I was actually your Book Blogger Holiday Swap Secret Santa. I think we were each given someone different--so not an exact swap, but still fun. :-)

Your other gifts look wonderful! I hope you will enjoy The Cellist of Sarajevo as much as I did.

Amanda said...

Wait - so was that first gift, the one from Pam, part of the Neverending Shelf swap? Because in that swap, my partner and I got each other too. That makes me wonder if we were all just paired up...

Helen's Book Blog said...

Literary Feline--Thank you again! I am excited about all the books (and stuff) that I got!

Amanda--Maybe Pam was my Neverending book swap person...it would be strange for it to happen twice.

Doret said...

Glad to see the books arrived. Enjoy.