Monday, December 14, 2009

Persephone Secret Santa

I've mentioned it before that one of the main reasons I'd held off buying any Persephone books, even though I love the concept and the design, it was because I knew that once I started, I would want them all! But when Stacy of Book Psmith decided to organize a Persephone Secret Santa, I knew the time had come for me to finally become a Persephone collector. So it was with much excitement that I opened up the parcel from Persephone to find this inside.

Persephone Secret Santa

Even though the bookmark hinted at what was inside, I didn't open it right away. Instead I admired the wrapping, and simply revelled in the fact that I now had my very first Persephone! Well, tonight, with camera in hand, it was the moment to peel back that hot pink paper to reveal the contents... Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski.

Persephone Secret Santa

Thank you so very much to my Secret Santa, Karen of Book Bath. I couldn't have been more thrilled with your choice, and I can't wait to read it. In fact, can I tell you a funny coincidence? This is the very title that I ordered for my Santee! When I was browsing the site, I decided on this one because it sounded so fabulous, and I'd also heard some very good things about it from other bloggers. I so wanted to order one for myself as well but knew I should wait until after the Secret Santa exchange, but in my mind I determined that it would definitely find a home on my shelves next year. Well, you should've seen the delighted smile on my face when I opened the package! So really, you made the perfect choice! Thank you. I will always remember you for giving me my very first Persephone.  And thank you to Stacy for making it happen.

Persephone Secret Santa

The catalogue arrived not too many days after the parcel and as I expected, I'm now coveting pretty much the whole library. Ah well, there are certainly worse things to desire.

Did you get a Persephone book for Christmas?  Which one was your first?

17 comments:

  1. How lovely and serendipitous! Little Boy Lost is a wonderful Persephone so it was a fabulous choice by Karen (and yourself).

    Beautiful photographs too, especially with the poinsettia.

    I shall be posting about mine later; it is my twenty-forth Persephone and my first was Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Like you I now covet them all!

    I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  2. I never heard of them before! What a great gift, tho :-)

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  3. This is one I'm planning on reading for a challenge this year so I may just end up buying my first Persephone! Like you, I know that once it starts, it will be like a snowball!

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  4. The book is gorgeous and I don't own one of these gems...yet!!

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  5. Your post has me smiling huge:) It sounds like your Santa made an awesome choice for your first Persephone. That is the danger(?) of the catalogue...the wishlist just gets longer and longer. I wish you happy reading for your first Persephone and a very merry Christmas!

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  6. I am so glad you love my choice for you! After following your blog for a while now and hearing so many great things about this Persephone I thought it would be a good choice for you - I'm so glad I was right! I hope you enjoy the reading of it as much as the receiving. Happy Christmas!

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  7. What a great coincidence, Nat, that you got this same book for your own Santee. :-) I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. What a GREAT gift! A very thoughtful Santa :)

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  9. Enjoy your first Persephone! That sounds such a wonderful book, I hope you love it! It's one of my most coveted ones as well. My first Persephone was Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. :)

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  10. Oh the catalogue, the catalogue will get you in trouble.

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  11. That's so cool that you got the exact book you wanted! You're the second participant of this exchange that sent and received the same book. Crazy! I got Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple from my Secret Santa. Lovely. :)

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  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is so funny too. The same book. It is a sign for those of us new to collecting the grey. Happy reading and happy holidays!

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  13. Oh my, how lucky you are! And what a funny coincidence :))

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  14. Beautiful! I wasn't in this swap group, but I wish I had been. Great line of books ... maybe next year :)

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  15. Isn't the wrapping gorgeous? I'll be a little sad to open mine when Christmas comes :P

    Little Boy Lost does sound wonderful - enjoy!

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  16. Claire - I knew it was one that you recommended so I figured it was a good choice. :)
    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is high up on my list so hopefully I'll get that one soon but it's going to be hard resisting all the other tempting ones.

    Janet - They're lovely books. I can't wait to read this one and collect more of them.

    Kristen M. - Oh yes, you should definitely get the Persephone edition. You will want them all but I tell myself that supporting a small independent publisher by buying beautiful books can't be all that bad. :P

    Staci - They really are gorgeous books! You know you want one. :P

    Stacy - Merry Christmas to you too! Thank you again for organising this. A Persephone is such a wonderful gift for the holidays. I can't wait to read this and many other Persephone titles. :)

    Karen - Thank you, thank you!! It was absolutely a wonderful choice. I'm very much looking forward to reading it. A very happy Christmas to you too and all the best for the New Year!

    Wendy - It's serendipity! :)

    Lena - A very thoughtful Santa indeed. :)

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  17. claire - I've heard great things about it so I'm really looking forward to it! Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day seems to be another popular one that many people have bought and read. I have a feeling it'll be one I get next year.

    Jodie - LOL. Yes, I have a feeling I'll be in big trouble. I might have to hide the catalogue for a little while until I can place an order.

    tuulenhaiven - That's so funny that others also gave and received the same book. Great minds, and all that.. lol. ;)
    Someone at a Distance sounds really good too. Well, they all do but you know what I mean.

    Frances - You're very welcome! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Happy reading!

    Gnoe - I think I laughed out loud when I opened the package and saw that it was the same book. Too fun! :)

    Dawn - A Persephone makes for a lovely Christmas gift. I hope Stacy does this again next year and you should definitely join in. :)

    Nymeth - Thanks, I'm looking forward to reading it. And the inside is just as gorgeous as the wrapping. :)

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