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Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Secret Santa Gift Arrived! ...Book Bloggers Holiday Swap

My Secret Santa Gift Arrived!!

There was a special package in my mailbox yesterday! It was from my Secret Santa! The Book Blogger Holiday Swap is an annual Secret Santa gift exchange between book bloggers, now in its third year. In November we submit our names and the wonderful bloggers who organize the swap email your Secret Santa recipient. Then the fun begins! Of course all of us bloggers read a LOT, so choosing a bookish gift may seem daunting, but we secretly search the reading lists and blogs of our recipients and have fun buying for that special person!

MY Secret Santa was Becky from! I LOVED what Becky sent me for my gifts! First she picked out a book, Beg, Borrow, Steal, a writers life by Michael Greenberg! A perfect gift! First our town had read this past Sept. Michael's book Hurry Down Sunshine for our One Book One Community read and I had wanted to read this newest book of his! And secondly I love memoirs and this book is about his life and "the life" of a writer! And Becky also gave me a beautiful journal! The binding makes it look just like a book when it's on a shelf! There's also a nice leather bookmark that is sewn into the binding so I won't lose my place or the bookmark! I look forward to writing all my bookish thoughts in it!

Here's a photo of my gifts...

What's also nice about the Book Bloggers Holiday Swap is meeting new bloggers. I had never 'met' Becky before, but after a nice note enclosed in my special package I was able to find her blog and enjoyed "getting to know her" through her writing (which is great) and her posts! I'll be emailing her now to say a Thank you! and a hello!

Happy Holidays! Suzanne


Alyce said...

Your Secret Santa gifts are great! I really enjoyed Beg, Borrow, Steal. I've been wanting to read Hurry Down Sunshine sometime soon.

That is so cool that your community had a book reading event!

Lisa said...

So BEAUTIFUL! Wow. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the book!

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a wonderful gift! I especially like the journal, being something of a journaling fanatic myself, and that one looks almost too lovely to write in. I'm sure you'll be worthy, though. ;)

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Alyce,
Yes, every year now the local university, high school and library all get together to decide on a book. The community is encouraged to make suggestions based on the "theme". And whatever book they choose, the author always comes to the university for a lecture and book signing. Last year was The Namesake! I'm excited to read Beg, Borrow and Steal too! And the journal is so nice!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Lisa!
I will definitely share my thoughts on the book! It fits perfectly in my Memoir Mondays!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Dolcebellezza!
The journal is almost too beautiful to write in! It's beautifully bound! It is calling my name as we speak to start journaling! I can't wait to start using it!!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Great gifts! I'm so glad so many bloggers joined in on Secret Santa this year. I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's presents.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Bookshelf M.!
It has been fun seeing what everyone has gotten! This is my first year joining in and just loved it! So much fun shopping for the other blogger too!

Literary Feline said...

Ooo! How exciting! Isn't the Holiday Swap so much fun? I had such a fun time picking out the gifts for my Santee.

Enjoy your gifts, Suzanne!

Nishant said...

So BEAUTIFUL! Wow. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the book!

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