This year, I participated in The Secret Santa Book Exchange, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It was really exciting to buy a gift for another book blogger, and I enjoyed wrapping it up and sending it off. I’ve actually been checking her blog all week to see if she’s said anything about it because  I hope she loves it!

If you’re interested in another book blog to follow, you can visit her at Book Snob. (Coincidentally, we both reviewed Joyland recently, so that was cool to see!)

Go give Laura some love, guys.

But today my Secret Santa gift came in!

It was pretty exciting, and I had to contain myself and no open it until I could take some pictures (which meant backing up all of my phone photos and deleting some of them. Exhausting!).

UntitledHow smart to put this on the box. I wish I had thought of that when I mailed mine out.

UntitledPretty pretty pretty!

UntitledWe have some peppermint tea, which I can’t wait to drink at night because I always forget to by caffeine-free tea. Or I only like kinds that are caffeinated. Plus this is the best time of year for drinking peppermint tea. Rock on!

There’s also The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.

I’m pretty excited about this considering I hadn’t even heard of this book until I opened the box. But the cover is pretty (win!) and on the back are two quotes that make me excited to read:

“Opening one of Jasper Fforde’s novels means stepping into a playful new universe” — New York Times

“Harry Potter fans outgrowing Hogwarts should dive in.” — People

Now, let’s be honest, here. I’m never going to outgrow Hogwarts. But this definitely got me interested seeing as I’m a total HP nut (I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo, so that should tell you something).

Then, I read the inside cover, which I’ve stolen here from Goodreads:

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

Anyone else excited yet?

Now to figure out what book is getting replaced on my winter  break reading list! 🙂

If you’re reading this. . .Thanks, Santa!