Monday, 14 December 2009

I Was Dreaming...


... of a grey Christmas. I hear that it's foggy at home so when I'm there for Christmas I shall be in good company with Persephones to read. One of the Persephones that I will be packing to read over the festive period is my newest acquisition, Every Eye by Isobel English. This novella was sent by my Persephone Secret Santa and I am very much looking forward to reading it. I also received an exceptionally sweet pencil case that is very me (or Matilda, if you prefer) and a Jennifer Gordon designed bookmark; I have been coveting one of her bookmarks ever since she was profiled by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. Open gifts of any kind is such a joy, especially when they are book-related, but to receive a Persephone book is a joy in itself. Thank you so much to my generous -and secretive- Santa, whoever she may be, and to Stacy at Book Psmith for organising this exciting gift exchange; may we all have a wonderful grey Christmas.

Thomas of My Porch was my Santee and you can read about the Persephone I sent to him (including review!) by popping over to his lovely blog.

22 comments:

StuckInABook said...

Lovely! I've got two copies of Every Eye, and still not read it.

The Literary Stew said...

What a lovely present Claire. I've had my eye on Every Eye for a while. It sounds like an interesting book.

Isn't this all fun? I'm eager to see what everyone received.

dolcebellezza said...

There are so many secret santas out there who seem to remain secret; in any case, what a lovely package you received. The Jennifer Gordon bookmarks are especially fetching, I agree, and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Every Eye, a Persephone I have yet to discover.

softdrink said...

I LOVE that pencil case!

Book Psmith said...

I will have to consult my trusty Persephone catalogue...I don't remember this title. That is a beautiful bookmark...is it by the same artist on Carl's button for the RIP challenge. I love the pencil case too:) You were such a great help to me in all the advice you gave...thank you! Happy reading and merry Christmas!

claire said...

Super! So fun seeing what everyone's received. Hope we get to hear about it soon. :)

Karen said...

Gorgeous! Looking forward to hearing what you think of the book.

verity said...

Ooh - aren't you lucky! I enjoyed that title so hope you will too.

Vivienne said...

Looks like you got a lovely christmas gift.

leaningtowardthesun said...

Ohhh your Secret Santa has done an excellent job!Enjoy your goodies!

Jodie said...

Hiya I was told you wanted to know who your Santa was (never know how secret these things are suppoused to be) so I thought I'd reveal it was me :) And we make a nice little Secret Santa circle because Thomas was my Santa and sent me that lovely package I posted about a while back.

Aarti said...

Such an adorable bookmark, too :-)

Nymeth said...

What a lovely gift! I love the pencil case and bookmark.

reviewsbylola said...

Great gift--I especially love the bookmark!

Frances said...

What a thoughtful package! And I also will be heading to the catalog to check out your book. So much to learn, so much to read and collect with this new Persephone interest. Happy reading and happy holiday!

Marie said...

What a beautiful present! wow. Every Eye looks great- but then, all the Persephones look great!

Eva said...

What an ADORABLE pencil case! I'm totally coveting it. :D I've ILLed my first Persephone; I can't wait to receive it!

skirmishofwit said...

What lovely gifts! That pencil case is so sweet. I haven't read Every Eye so look forward to hearing your views!

Paperback Reader said...

Simon, I'm planning to read my copy over Christmas so perhaps my review will motivate you. It's a novella so should be a quick read.

Astrid, you "eye on Every Eye" made me smile! It sounds very interesting; I read a review during Persephone Reading Week that intrigued me so very glad I have a copy now.

bellezza, there are so many Persephones yet to discover... I shall give my thoughts on this over the holidays.

Jill, the pencil case is very cute, isn't it?

Stacy, it's odd how some titles pop out at you from the catalogue and others don't. It is indeed the same artist from Carl's RIP button.
Merry Christmas and happy reading to you too!

Claire, I think most of the posts have been made now- it's been exciting to see what everyone received and read their thoughts. It spreads the festive and Persephone joy :). Have you posted yet? Looking forward to it.

Karen, I'll definitely be reading the book over the holidays so you will have my thoughts fairly soon.

Verity, pleased to hear that you enjoyed Every Eye - I'm looking forward to it!

Vivienne, I did receive a lovely Christmas gift; I'm a lucky girl.

Paperback Reader said...

Danielle, my Secret Santa did a wonderful job! Enjoy yours too!

Jodie, again thank you so much. You did an exquisite job as my Santa and through a process of elimination I guessed that it was you. I love that you, Thomas and I made a little triangle and that we are all happy with our gifts!

Aarti, I love my Jennifer Gordon bookmark!

Ana, it is a lovely gift. I love bookish gifts!

Thanks, Stephanie; I love the bookmark too!

Frances, it was very thoughtful of Jodie and I am delighted. There is so much to discover and enjoy from Persephone and I am very excited that you are just starting out in your obsession with them! Enjoy your holidays and reading time.

Marie, they do indeed all look great! It is always so hard to choose which Persephone next.

Eva, it is thoroughly adorable and I am so pleased with it!
Which Persephone did you ILL? I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Miranda. I love the sweetness of this parcel; it was very thoughtful. I should have my thoughts on Every Eye with you before the end of 2009.

mee said...

I have that bookmark! I bought it when the artist was featured on Carl's website. I love the pencil case. That's so ME too! :D

Paperback Reader said...

How lovely, mee! I love her art and was tempted by the offer Carl posted. The pencil case is ME for a number of us, I think!