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SantaThing

Since a lot of people are showing off what they got from their Secret Santa this year on LT, I thought I might do so as well. I got two books:


and


The Observations has been on my TBR list for a while; and Five Quarters of the Orange is the only one of Joanne Harris's books I haven't read. So in all, a very good SantaThing! Thanks go out to xrayedgrl for doing this for me.

As for what I gave: I feel bad now, because other people gave two books, but I only gave one to my SantaThing person:

My person had a lot of Ken Follett in their library, including World Without End; but not this one, so I thought they'd enjoy reading the prequel.

If you partitcipated in SantaThing, what did you give/ get?

Comments

Literary Feline said…
What a great surprise! I haven't yet read anything by Joanne Harris, but I do hope to someday. My Secret Santa was very good to me too. :-)
debnance said…
I got a note from my Santa. Santa said she was running late! That's okay with me. I run late most of the time, too!
Here is the link to my post about SantaThing. You got some great things, too! I wouldn't worry about only getting one book - the one you sent is huge! :)
Danielle said…
I did the LT Santa Thing last year and had fun with it, but I didn't sign up in time this year. You received two good books--well, I've read The Observations and I really liked it, but I only own the Joanne Harris book--it looks good anyway! Happy Holidays!
cali said…
I really liked "Five Quarters of the Orange." It was a book club selection...kind of melancholy.
Andi said…
Enjoy your goodies!
Sandra said…
I have the Harris book and look forward to reading it. The only other of hers I've read is The Lolly Pop Shoes, which I enjoyed very much. I loved The Observations. I look forward to your comments on it. Happy reading.
Serena said…
Enjoy those books. They look like good ones.

I haven't gotten my Santa Thing yet, so now I'm worried.
Lenore said…
I read The Observations. It tries to be 'shocking' but it really isn't. I loved the main character's voice though. She made the book.

Didn't do SantaThing this year. I had 58 books to bring back in my suitcases as it was!!

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