Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Santas for 2010: No Longer Secret

Thanks to my two Secret Santa bloggers, I'm starting the New Year with books from my wish list and some new cyber friends!

First up is Patty at Reflections From The Hinterland who participated in the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. It turns out that Patty lives near my hometown of Spokane.

Her package to me included Lemon Tea Bread made from an old family recipe. Lemons are a favorite of mine and her bread has been enjoyed throughout the season. My books from Patty included There Goes The Bride by M.C. Beaton, The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny and Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle.

My next package came from Melissa at Must Read Faster. It turns out that we are each others Book Lover's Secret Santa. My Amazon package from Melissa was beautifully wrapped and included a deluxe paperback edition of The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.

I also participated in Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange.  Cass at Bonjour, Cass! sent me greetings from a cold Boston a few weeks ago (which I'm sure is even colder now). She recommends I read The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. It's sitting right now on my long TBR shelf.

My other card came from Ryan at Wordsmithonia. His book recommendation is Deck The Halls by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark. I found a copy last week at Borders for $3.99 and purchased right away. Ryan also suggests I read author Timothy James Beck which I plan to do in the new year.

Have you read any of the titles I received? If you have a favorite let me know.


  1. I love the various holiday book swaps, but hadn't heard of the card swap. That sounds like fun too. Who hosted that one?

  2. Hi Helen..The card swap was hosted by Anastasia at BirdBrain(ed) Book Blog. Participants were asked to send a card, enclose a bookmark or other small gift, and write something book related. It was also a way for people to participant more frugally in a secret santa swap.

    Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

    Aloha from Rob

  3. Rob,
    I am new to your blog so I really don't know exactly what kind of mysteries you like or even if you've read Louise Penny's books yet!
    But, she is one of my favorites since I discovered her about 3 years ago. She is a wonderful writer and you become immersed in the story right away. The actual mysteries get better in the series but her place descriptions and characters are what make her stories so eagerly anticipated!
    Sandi L.


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