Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Came Early!

I was elated when I came home after a long day at work yesterday to find an Amazon package waiting on my back doorstep. This is the first year I took part in the SantaThing, hosted by LibraryThing. And what great fun! I almost did not participate because I was worried I would never be able to pick books out for someone I hardly knew. Fortunately, there were several wonderful people who offered helpful suggestions, a few of which landed on my own wish list.

My Secret Santa turned out to be Myckyee from BookBound. BookBound is a completely new to me book blog, and I have to say, discovering it has been a Christmas present all by itself. Myckyee has great taste in books, not to mention dessert.

Myckyee's gift to me included a copy of Maria Doria Russell's The Sparrow, a book I had actually been eying for quite a while now, and Plum Island by Nelson DeMille, an author who I have been wanting to try. Myckyee did an excellent job of figuring out just what I might like. Thank you, Myckyee!


The kitten was not included in the package. Anya insisted on being in the photo, or maybe she's hoping for first dibs at reading the books.

30 comments:

  1. Awh hi kitty! I didn't think that amazon sold cats. If they did I'd probably have a new one at my door all the time.

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  2. Merry Christmas Kitty! Yay for new books!

    And Anya is beautiful! :)

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  3. Did you really think you'd get a picture without the cat? That never happens in our house ...

    Nice books, and now I have another book blog to enjoy as well!

    Hope everyone at your house has a very happy Christmas.

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  4. Aww, Anya is so cute :)

    SantaThing is such a cool idea. I'm glad you're happy with your gifts and that you made a new blogging friend! Merry Christmas, Wendy :)

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  5. *Waves at Anya* She's such an adorable kitty and I like that look on her face. LOL.

    Enjoy your new books and I'm glad you made a new blog friend. Those books look very, very good!

    Merry Christmas! :D

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  6. Your cat is adorable and your Secret Santa was fantastic. Merry Christmas and happy reading.

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  7. Merry Christmas to you Wendy, and Anjin and kitties!
    Wonderful books and well done on Librarything Secret Santa.
    I got stuck at 'too afraid to pick out books for someone I didn't know' and didn't participate. Maybe next year.

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  8. I read The Sparrow and Children of God together a few years ago - they're amazing books, and I'll look forward to finding out what you think of The Sparrow.

    Merry Christmas to you, Anjin, Riley, Parker, and Anya, Wendy!

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  9. Anya is a star!!

    What a great package to receive. I'm going to check out her blog too.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!

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  10. This year was my first year participating as well, and it was fun. I got The Observations and Five Quarters of the Orange, both, incidentally, by different authors with the last name Harris. My Secret Santa was amazing.

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  11. I wish you the best in this holiday season, full of joy and memories, and a healthy, bookish new year! Merry Christmas! :)

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  12. Looks like you've got some good reads there. Hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe holiday. And a Meowy Christmas to the kitties!

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  13. What a great surprise! Goodies are always a good time. Enjoy!

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  14. Looks like the cat can't wait to get those paws on your books! Merry Christmas and Happy Bloggie New Year! :)

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  15. Yay for Secret Santas who send you the right kind of books!

    Merry Christmas, Wendy!

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  16. Thank you so much everyone for your kind comments and Christmas wishes. :-)

    Anya loves all the compliments and says to keep 'em coming!

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  17. Wendy, I hope you have a wonderful Xmas! Make sure and give Anya some catnip. Ours always get a dose and by noon they are all sprawled out on their backs passed out. I wonder if that would work on the kids...

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  18. Ooh, Anya is so cute!

    Enjoy your books... and Merry Christmas, Wendy! :)

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  19. What a wonderful gift! I read The Sparrow a couple years ago - it was brilliant and disturbing and beautiful - and kept me thinking about it for days after reading the last page. Just what a book should do.

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  20. What a great gift - and a cute kitty! Marry Christmas!

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  21. That's a great kitty pic! I love Nelson Demille. Plum Island is a fun book. Enjoy your surprise!

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  22. sounds like you got a great Secret Santa. Good books there...are you going to let Anya read the books first?

    I still haven't gotten my gift from Santa Thing. :(

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  23. Hi from your (not so) secret santa! I hope you enjoy your books. You have a great blog here.

    I hope you and your family are having a great holiday!

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  24. Thank you so much for your comments! I am glad I entered the three Secret Santa exchanges that I did because otherwise I might not have received any books for Christmas from my family and friends. They did spoil me in other ways though.

    Serena - Anya's a bit too taken with her new toys right now to be interested in reading, but you can never tell. She might just beat me to it!

    Myckyee - Thank you for the wonderful books and the compliment. :-) I hope you are enjoying the holiday as well!

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  25. Glad you got some good ones! I'll have to make sure to participate next year.

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  26. A belated Merry Christmas to you, Wendy. I hope you had a lovely day.

    Enjoy The Sparrow. I've read it a couple of times and loved it!!

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  27. Jen - It's a lot of fun. :-)

    Les - Thank you! I hope you had a nice one too.

    I'm eager to read The Sparrow. I've heard good things about it.

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  28. Great gift and Anya is so beautiful. Looks she likes being the centre of attention just like my Buddy.

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  29. Dar - Yes, Anya and Riley, my dog, are always fighting for attention. So I give a lot of it to Parker. Just kidding. I try to spread it out to make everyone happy.

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