Although the last thing I need is more books, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in a few bookish swaps for the holidays. It’s such fun to pick books that I think other book lovers will enjoy, and of course it’s also fun to find a bookish present in the mail.
Today is the day in which participants in the Persephone Secret Santa hosted by Claire. I got my book weeks ago but waited until last night to open it. Because the bookmark was on the outside of the package, I assumed that it was one of the books I most wanted, but I didn’t want to assume and have my hopes dashed.
So let’s take a look:
The book is The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, just as I had hoped! A big thank you to Carolyn of A Few of My Favourite Books. I’ve wanted to read this book about a 1920s couple with a homemaker husband ever since I heard about it on Simon’s blog. It may in fact be one of the first Persephone books I put on my wish list.
And that’s not all I’ve received. Just yesterday I came home to find a box from Amazon at my door. I hadn’t placed any orders, so after checking that it was in fact addressed to me, I opened it up and found this:
If you know my tastes at all you will know that a box full of Sarah Waters and Kate Atkinson books would make a perfect present. I’ve read and loved Case Histories and Fingersmith but didn’t own either one. In fact, both were on my mental list of books to keep an eye out for when I’m hunting book bargains, so I’m very happy to have them! And I haven’t read Not the End of the World, Kate Atkinson’s story collection, and I’m eager to do so. If it’s half as good as her other books it will be a delight. And topping off the package is a lovely bookmark.
The packing slip included a note that it was from my Book Blogger Holiday Swap Santa. The packing slip also includes her name but no blog URL. With a little strategic Googling I’ve figured out that my Santa is most likely Laurie from ReaderGirls. Thanks so much, Laurie! Your choices were perfect!