Officially it may be January but my heart is still with Christmas. I was surrounded by a blanket of white whilst I was home for the holidays and returned to normality when I arrived back to London ... until today when I woke to white flurries once again. I was sad to take down my Christmas tree but consoled myself with the snow outside and now with sharing some of my Secret Santa gifts this year! One arrived at the same time as my Persephone Secret Santa and the other just missed by departure for home but was waiting for me at the Royal Mail depot.
My Holiday Swap blogging Santa was Brooke from Brooke Reviews who sent me -all the way from Florida- the wonderful colour-coordinated contents above. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke is a book from my wishlist; the third in the Inkheart trilogy, which I have greatly enjoyed, I have been lusting after the final installment since its release last winter. Brooke was very generous and also sent me two very cool bookmarks and a notebook; I am a crazy collector of both so these were perfect gifts for me! Also in the package was some promotional material -including sampler- for the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I've been aware of some of the hype surrounding this book so look forward to the teaser and coincidentally Brooke reviewed the book today! Thank you for your generosity, Brooke, and for being so worried that it had been lost. I have really enjoyed the Holiday Swap this year and you can view my Santee's post here.
My other Secret Santa, photographed above (beautifully wrapped by Amazon) was arranged through the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group, which I partook in Christmas 2008 and in 2009. This time around my lovely Santa sent me Virago copies of My Cousin Rachel and The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one of my all-time favourite years and yet in the fourteen years since first reading it I have never attempted another Du Maurier novel in case it didn't live up to my expectations; last year I decided that I would love to read more of her work -especially after hearing great things from blogging friends- and my Santa treated me to two that I can now indulge in. I am particularly excited about reading My Cousin Rachel after reading that another cookie crumbles preferred it to Rebecca! I intend to pick it up soon as it should make perfect reading during a dark, bleak winter.
I shall be sharing some more acquisitions over the weekend, including some that Santa also dropped off at home for me.