This year we’ve had the privilege of joining forces with five fellow YA bloggers in order to more extensively highlight new books and authors on our different sites. While working together, we’ve gotten to know each other and become friends. We chat about everything under the sun from movies, music, cooking, men, relationships, kids, work, and we even manage to discuss books. So we all jumped on the chance to be “Secret Santas” to each other. Here’s a look at our Secret Santa experience:
Diana’s Secret Santa Experience:
I was more than happy to participate in the Secret Santa exchange. We used secretsanta.com, and I was assigned Kristina from Gone Pecan. I knew that the others were going to send out some ARCs they had, but unfortunately, I don’t have those since Sandie is the head of our operation and gets all the books. The books I do have, I share with my 17-year-old daughter, who’s loath to part with them.
One thing that most people don’t know about me is that unlike my little sister, I don’t like to go shopping. Instead, I LOVE to shop on Amazon. I’m a Prime member and do all my Christmas shopping there, so that’s what I did for Kiki. I had fun trying to find the things she wanted and trying to stay within the budget set forth by the group. I hope Kristina enjoyed the items, even though I didn’t have a bunch of extra books to send her.
After I had Kiki’s gifts sent to her, I eagerly waited for my own Secret Santa package. I was very excited when the box arrived and I discovered that Tammy from YA Crush was my Secret Santa. I was thrilled to get a candle, three books and Godiva chocolate pretzels. I loved the candle and chocolates and was especially excited about receiving a Meg Cabot book since I haven’t read any of her books yet. A couple of days later when my husband went to get rid of the box he found a travel mug monogrammed with my initial, so I had an extra surprise. I’m so glad I still had the box!
I placed all the items, except the chocolate under the tree so I could get a picture of them later. I placed the chocolate on the coffee table to await the picture. The next day, we found a torn and empty box of Godiva chocolate pretzels. Our dog Snowball had gotten into them. Since she’s a Maltese, I didn’t think she could get to the box. Luckily we had all eaten some already. So, Tammy, thank you so much for the wonderful gifts! I can’t wait to read the books, drink coffee in my mug and light the beautifully scented candle. I know that Snowball thanks you too!
Sandie’s Secret Santa Reveal:
I LOVE Secret Santa exchanges. In fact, it’s one of the things I miss most about working full time in an office — all of the seasonal parties, luncheons and gift swaps. So when one of the ladies suggested we host our own little Secret Santa among the seven of us, how could I refuse? I was assigned Tee from YA Crush and slowly but surely gathered the items I thought she would love. Because I’m what you’d call a procrastinator, I was one of the last to send out my box, but I hope Tammy thought the box was worth the wait.
On the flip side, I was among the first to receive my package, because Daphne from Gone Pecan rocks and sent it back in late November!
Daphne sent me a lovely note and a box full of goodies:
- Community Coffee: Daph (and Kiki) are from Louisiana, so even though Daphne now lives somewhere else, she wanted to send me some local coffee from her home state. I actually HAVE had Community Coffee, Daph, because my good friend Kim, who runs From Left to Write is also a Louisiana girl and has enlightened me to the joys of Community Coffee. So thank you; I’m a fan of the coffee (being a caffeine addict and all).
- “The Lonely Hearts Club”: Daph sent me one of Elizabeth Eulberg’s books. I had recently bought it at YALLFest and had it autographed by the author, but Diana doesn’t have it yet, so I plan to give it to her when I see her at Christmas. Daphne, you’re right, I really enjoyed the book; Eulberg has a knack for sweet stories with likable protagonists. All I have left of hers to read is “Take a Bow,” which is waiting on my shelf.
- Fragrant Soap: I have a bit of a stationery and soap fetish, so I was thrilled to see a bar of Fig & Cranberry -scented soap in the box. I keep all of my soap in a special cupboard in my bathroom, and my husband knows not to mess with it, lest he get exiled to the kids’ bathroom. So, thank you, Daph, for adding to my collection!
- Graphic Notebook: Like I said, I have a thing for paper and notebooks (which, by the way, my daughter must share, since she’s constantly swiping my notepads and journals to sketch in or write stories). I have to take notes all the time for work, and I hate having to search around for loose paper, so these notebooks help keep me organized — well somewhat organized, because I occasionally forget which notebook I’ve written in!