Book Blogger Holiday Swap Package

I signed up for this year’s Book Blogger Holiday Swap and really had a lot of fun putting together the package for my Santee. I saw a package waiting for me when I got home yesterday and I had a feeling it was for the Holiday Swap. Little did I know that my Santee is also my Santa – fellow Filipino book blogger, Maricar of Blackplume! So it really is just a swap for both of us. (Click here to see her post about the package that I sent). Here are the contents of the package that I received:

I admit I got excited when I saw that there’s an Accessorize item included in there. That’s my favorite accessories store! I’m thrilled that Maricar included a necklace in the package. The two books that she gave me are I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Yay, I’m so happy I got a pretty, pretty hardcover of I’ll Be There! The paperback cover for that book isn’t as nice as the hardcover design.

And because I love the necklace, here’s a closer look with I’ll Be There in the background:

It has a notebook pendant with a ribbon, a tiny flower and a pencil too. What’s great is that the book opens and closes, isn’t that cute? This is what it looks like when it’s open:

THANK YOU so much, Maricar! If you can’t tell based on this post, I loved the package and I appreciate all of the thought and effort that you put into it. 😀 I hope you like the package that I sent too. What about the rest of you who joined the swap, what did you guys get? Or are you still waiting for the package to arrive?

Book Blogger Holiday Swap

It’s that time of the year again! Sign ups for the yearly Book Blogger Holiday Swap are now open. Click here to learn more about it. I had so much fun putting together the package for my Santee – I included this shirt:

And several used books that I thought my Santee would enjoy. I also loved the package that I received. So it’s not surprising that I signed up again this year. But instead of giving my Santa my super long wishlist on Goodreads, I decided to pick several titles and just list them down. Some of these have been featured in my Want Books meme. I’m posting the list here to remind myself NOT to buy these books until I get my Holiday Swap package:

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart
A Straight Line to my Heart by Bill Condon
Foxmask by Juliet Marillier
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Northlander by Meg Burden
The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund
Elfland by Freda Warrington
There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
Blankets by Craig Thompson

Seeing as I got my package January of this year and that these are my most wanted books, it’s sort of a book buying ban, yes? Who else is planning to sign up? 🙂

Book Blogger Holiday Swap Package

I posted about the Book Blogger Holiday Swap back when I signed up for it. I was lucky because I got Tarie as my Santee and I knew her already so it was easy enough to choose presents for her. I was worried that my Santa’s package might get lost in the mail but thankfully, I got a notice from the post office yesterday and promptly went there after work today. I got so excited when I saw that the package arrived and it looked like it came from somewhere far away. My Santa is The Norwegian Book Girl and yes, she’s from Norway.

These are the contents of the package when I opened it:

Aww look how thoughtful she was, she gift-wrapped everything! I love opening presents and it felt like Christmas in January. These are the contents of the wrapped presents:

A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede
Morning is a Long Time Coming by Bette Greene
Evermore by Alyson Noel
a journal with bookshelves on the cover
Lara Adrian bookmarks
Lara Adrian ballpens
a Christmas card that says, “Christmas wishes from Norway”
some candy that I can’t pronounce – I love these! I’m a huge fan of sweets

I didn’t expect to get so many things! I’m truly grateful. Obviously, she browsed through my blog or my wishlist to see what kind of books I’d like. I love the other things that she added. I already tried the chocolate candy, which is like KitKat and I’ll probably start on the gummy things this weekend. I love the journal with the book design! I’m trying to think of what I can write in it. Oh and before I forget, the Alyson Noel book is signed:

Isn’t that great? This package is all sorts of awesome and I love it. I can’t thank you enough, Norwegian Book Girl. 🙂