This year… no, wait, I mean, last year, I participated for the first time in a round of Secret Santa arranged by Danish book blogger Frk. Hyms, and it was such a wonderful idea!
I was lucky enough to get Sabina (who’s hidden behind the Frk. Hyms blog) as the person I had to put together a present for, which was so fun and easy, because we really enjoy a lot of the same books! She had wished for well-written fantasy books and was especially keen to learn about any good high fantasy; I got her “The Assassin’s Apprentice” by Robin Hobb, which I loved so much when I first read it (many, many years ago), and “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman, just because… Gaiman.
And of course, living in the chocolate capital of the world (so they say), I had to send along some Belgian pralines as well.
But now for the really important stuff, which is what I got from my Secret Santa! I was so fortunate to get Katja from Cautious.dk, whom I’ve had a bit of contact with over the last years, and what a wonderful package I received! Because I don’t live in Denmark, the package got sent to my mother, who was kind enough to bring it all the way here when she came for Christmas. And while I did initially plan to wait to open it until it was actually Christmas, I faltered under my own enormous curiosity, and had to see what was in my package of treasures.
It really was treasures! Katja had managed to find 2 books that were completely unknown to me, but sound so interesting and just like something I would love. And as if that wasn’t enough, she had sent me an extra book of her own that was perfect for some between-Christmas-and-New-Year-reading. And chocolate-covered almonds and pretty book marks and tiny candy canes that were instantly hung on the tree! Such a genuine treasure trove!
So, what were the books, you ask?
“Dark Eden” by Chris Beckett
YA dystopian that looks really different and perhaps even a bit creepy?
“The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
Another YA dystopian, but this one seems more in the vein of “Hunger Games”.
“Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
A really sweet and cute YA love story about reading and notebooks and Christmas in NYC, that I already read and really liked.
All in all, I’ve had so much fun participating in 2014’s Secret Santa with both putting together a parcel and receiving one, and I hope that I’ll get to do it again next year!