Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Persephone Secret Santa- Revealed!

Today's the day when we participants in Paperback Reader's Persephone Secret Santa open our packages...

Here is the beautifully-wrapped book, gorgeous tin and pretty card I received:
...and when I opened them up...
Wow! Reuben Sachs, by Amy Levy, along with an incredibly generous (might I say, extravagant?) tin of homemade chocolate shortbread cookies. And they're delicious, too!

And whom do I have to thank for this very thoughtful and lovely gift? Why, it's Karen of Karen's Books and Chocolate. She says these cookies are her family's favorite during the holidays and I can certainly see- and taste- why. They're wonderful! Thank you so much, Karen, for such a sweet and thoughtful present!

And thank you to Paperback Reader for hosting. There are a lot of book-blogger gift exchanges out there but what I especially love about the Persephone swap is that it takes place among a smallish group of bloggers, many of whom I know already, and I know my giftee will like what I send. And I know I'm going to like what I get, too! It's also a great opportunity to support a specialty small publisher whose books I love. It's just such a nice, cozy community activity and I've met some great people because of it. So thanks to Claire for organizing it and to everyone who takes part!

18 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Very very nice Marie.

Connolly-Ahern (Col Reads) said...

Cookies and a book! What a great surprise. Happy Holidays, Marie!

Karenlibrarian said...

It was so fun to play Santa, I'm glad you like them! I was so excited to see the photo of your gift! I hope you love the cookies as much as we do. And I'll be following your blog to read your thoughts on Ruben Sachs -- I have a copy from my library waiting so I'll be posting on it soon also. Happy holidays!

bermudaonion said...

I love that she sent you a book and chocolate just like her blog name! Enjoy!

Zibilee said...

What a great gift! Those chocolate cookies look amazing and I hope you enjoy them. I still haven't ordered from Persephone yet, but lucky for me, a catalog just arrived the other day, so this might be the perfect time. Their books are gorgeous and I can't wait to try them. You will have to let us know how this one is.

gnoegnoe said...

Well, you lucky grrl! Better eat those cookies quick or you're going to have a LOT of spontaneous visitors! LOL

Booksnyc said...

wow - those cookies are making me hungry!!!

Frances said...

That is so sweet! But I have to admit that yours is one of those Persephone titles that I know nothing about. Off to the site to check it out. Eventually, I will know them all! Merry Christmas!

jewwishes said...

Lucky you, how nice!

contemplatrix said...

fabulous gifts! man, the loot in that tin looks delicious!

~L

Paperback Reader said...

You are most welcome, Marie!
Karen sent such a beautiful gift & those cookies looks delicious. Reuben Sachs is not a Persephone I have read yet so look forward to your thoughts.

stacybuckeye said...

Those chocolate shortbread look delicious. Feel free to re-gift them this way :)

iwriteinbooks said...

Oh what fun! What a pretty package. :O)

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

This was my first year participating in the Persephone Secret Santa fun, and I am so excited to read the book that I received! I got chocolate, too! I'm trying to not eat it all tonight...

Erin said...

What lovely gifts! Enjoy :-)

Bellezza said...

I like the nice cozy aspect of this gifting, too. Plus, making a new friend such as yourself. I was tickled to see the wreath ornament you sent Frances which is so similar to the one you sent me last year. It's on my tree now, as I comment, and it gave me great joy to hang it up. This Persephone Secret Santa has far more reward than 'just' the book, and we all know how treasured those little "gray" babies are!

Darlene said...

What a great gift! I love to collect tins and that one is sure beautiful. Enjoy!

Kathleen said...

What a lovely gift. Enjoy!