Tuesday, 15 December 2009

My Secret Santa!

My Secret Santa delivered her present last week!
I got a big box which didn't fit into the chimney so Santa left a note saying that my present had to be collected at the post office...and I couldn't even wait to get home to open it. I'm so bad. But what's the point of getting packages if you don't open them as soon as you get your hands on them??
So inside were not one, not two, but THREE books. All from my wishlist. Two of them hardbacks!
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw.
Remember my pretty covers post? That one was on top of that list:)

What they always tell us by Martin Wilson.
The fact that I coveted this book is a tangible proof of the influence that the Nerds heart YA Tournament has had on me (and I'm sure on so many others). I had never heard of it before. It's not published this side of the Atlantic (yet?) so it would have remained in the dark as far as I am concerned, if it hadn't been for that wonderful thing Renay put together. PLEASE Renay let's do it agaaaaain.
Read Jodie's review for the 1st round.

and last but not least is....

The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents by Terry Pratchett!
How fitting that I just wrote a post about how much I loved his two kids books I read and then ZAC!, I get another one.
Santa's magic, I'm telling you :)

Now I wish I could have a time-extending machine, or a timeless hole where I could hide for as long as I like, only to reemerge after I'm finished reading everything I want. Alas, such things don't exist. Hope someone invents them soon.

Secret Santa didn't just send me books. I also got a badge "Spell check yourself before you wreck yourself" (good advice!), a pretty necklace, and a beautiful bookmark by Suzanne Woolcott. I wasn't familiar with this artist but the more I look at her stuff, the more I like it!
Look how cute this bookmark is!:

For all her awesomeness, my Secret Santa has decided to stay secret.
But I'd LOVE to know your name, Secret Santa, so that I can thank you personally. So if you don't mind, let me know. I promise it won't spoil the magic :)

ETA: I completely and shamefully forgot to thank the amazing people who made this Santa Exchange possible. It's my third year taking part in it, and I wouldn't want to miss it for the world! It's just so much fun. This is Holiday Swap central and this is the crew who made it possible: Amanda, Amy, Ana, Chris, Debi, Eva, Jen, Jenn, Jill, Kelly, Lena, Lenore, and Nicole.


Jodie said...

Oh yay I get to tell you :) It was me! I'm so glad you liked it, had a bit of a panic that you had already read 'Maurice' after I bought it, but luckily santa magic is working and you have not! Sorry the postperson had to take it away but I coudl not fit them all in one padded envelope, hope your post place is not too far.

valentina said...

ah no way!! I even linked to your review! lol
Post office is only a short stroll away and I had to go out anyway so no hassle at all! I loved getting a big mysterious box. Thank you so much. You're a star:D

Amanda said...

What a wonderful gift!

Aarti said...

What a great gift! I read and really enjoyed The Girl With Glass Feet. And the badge sounds AMAZING :-)

Nymeth said...

Wow! Jodie is amazing :D What a wonderful package!

Serena said...

Looks like you got some great books and a cute bookmark, and that icon on the bookmark looks familiar! Wonder if that is the same one from http://www.bookroomreviews.com/?

Anonymous said...

Such a great and thoughtful gift! That is quite the beautiful bookmark (:

Happy Christmas

valentina said...

Serena, well spotted! it's the same artist:)