Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book Blogger Holiday Swap

My Holiday Swap parcel arrived today and I just had to open it up right away to find out what was inside. On a side note, someone at Japan Post was apparently also curious about the contents as it was opened and inspected at Customs. I wonder what they thought it might contain - it was distinctly book-shaped - and if they were disappointed. LOL. I'm thrilled though. Inside was a copy of The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, a book that has been on my wish list ever since it was making the blog rounds a while back, along with some yummy-smelling foot soak and lotion. A very big thank you to my Book Blogger Secret Santa, Marion of the blog, Books & Fiber. I'm very much looking forward to reading the book, and treating my tired feet to a nice hot soak, preferably with a good book, some chocolate and a big mug of tea at hand. :)


And in other good news, I only have one more day of work (tomorrow, which is Friday here) and then I'm off for two weeks! Some of that time will be spent doing the New Years thing with the in-laws but I so can't wait to catch up on my sleep, to have some 'me' time, and some quality reading time. Let's not talk about the Christmas New Years cards that I haven't written or sent yet, ok?

Happy holidays!


  1. What an awesome package! :) I think it's hilarious they opened it in customs. :D

  2. What a great gift! I've been eyeing this book pretty heavily myself. And enjoy the foot soak. :)

  3. I would love to soak my feet in some HOT water right now! :)

    So funny, I know Marion from my Dutch online bookgroup, the Boekgrrls... It's a small world!

  4. I really enjoyed The 19th Wife and hope you will too, Nat! Looks like your Santa chose very well for you with all your goodies. :-) Enjoy!

  5. Sounds like an awesome package! I haven't seen that cover for The 19th Wife before, and I'm not sure how I feel about it - I think the knife might make it look a little more... sensationalistic? than it actually is.

  6. I'm looking forward to reading The 19th Wife myself--enjoy your gifts.

  7. Ooh lovely! I've been wanting to read The 19th Wife for some time.

  8. Great Secret Santa book!! Enjoy your holidays!

  9. Im so glad you like it, AND customs left all the gifts inside :) Happy holidays!

  10. Back when I lived in Japan, my mother-in-law sent us a Christmas package. It's a shame she didn't realise that importing meat is a punishable offence. We received a torn parcel with some sweets, puddings and tea with a note from customs attached informing us of the incineration of a few kilos of cooked ham and turkey...

  11. That looks like an awesome gift! Enjoy the experience, and happy holidays!

  12. I really enjoyed The 19th Wife when I read it earlier this year. In fact, I recommended it for my church book club and we will be reading it in the spring. Hope you like it!

  13. Great swap package! I liked THE 19TH WIFE, interesting weave of historical fiction with contemporary story.

    Enjoy the holidays!

  14. I keep hearing great things about The 19th Wife. Might make for a good book group discussion.

    I haven't started my Christmas cards yet, either. I hope to work on them later next week while sitting in the Florida sun! :) Have a great vacation!

  15. lol, those nosy customs inspectors :P

  16. I reckon they smelt it and were confused - a scented book, what's going on?

  17. Amanda - Me too! Not sure what they expected to find.

    Andi - The story sounds pretty fascinating, doesn't it?

    gnoegnoe - It is a small world sometimes! :)

    Wendy - The book sounds great. I'm looking forward to reading it, just need to find time to do so.

    Fyrefly - It's the UK trade paperback. I had to go look up the American cover again. Interesting the different focus of the different covers.

    Diane - Thanks, I'm looking forward to reading it too.

    Claire - Yup, I've had it on my wish list for some time. Now just to find the time to read it.

    Staci - Thanks. I hope you had a great holiday!

    Marion - Thank you again!! :)

    Tony - Oh no! LOL. At least her heart was in the right place. :)

    celi.a - Thanks, and happy belated holidays to you too.

    Lesley - There were so many glowing reviews when it made the blog rounds a while back. Glad to hear that you liked it too.

    Dawn - I've enjoyed that story structure before so I'm really looking forward to it in this one.

    Les - I imagine it would make for a good book group book.
    I hope you had a fabulous time in Florida!!

    Nymeth - Seriously! :P

    Jodie - That very well could be. The smelly lotion and foot scrub threw them off.

  18. Nat, we wound up canceling our trip. We had a blizzard here right when we were supposed to fly to Florida. We had a few days advance warning, so we canceled everything (only lost a little bit of $ on our hotel deposit) and will plan to go maybe later this spring.

  19. Les - Oh that's too bad that the weather forced you to cancel. How disappointing! I hope you do get to go later. Even though you might not think it right now, remember that winter won't last forever. :)


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