The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa (Reveal)


This is one of my favorite Secret Santa exchanges that I take part in pretty much every year.  With the exception of missing one year.

In the secret Santa you have a few options that you could select a) 1 book and a small gift/candy b) 1-2 books and a couple goodies or c) 2-3 books and goodies and I opted for c and I was matched with someone who requested the same thing.

I was lucky enough to receive my gift Friday afternoon and I was going to wait to open it but then decided that I was because it was a rough week.

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As you can see it arrived all nicely wrapped. I almost didn’t want to open it. The candy canes were yummy. 

My Secret Santa is a fellow Canadian and her name is Kelsey and she blogs from her home in Ottawa region (which is super close to me roughly about two hours away from me and her blog is Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf . If you click on her button it will take you directly to her blog. I invite you to go and check out Kelsey’s blog and say hi.

Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

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Here is the lovely goodies she sent me. The candy canes were yummy as was the chocolate “C” which I managed to hide before anyone got home. I wasn’t as lucky with the jelly beans though. I thought they were hidden some what on the desk but someone spotted them. Not included was the Christmas card she sent because I hung it up already.

The books were all books I have posted on wishlists which Kelsey said was a huge help to her.

  • The Boy With The Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset (This is book 2 in the Otherworld Series)
  • Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood (book 2 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles)
  • Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood (book 3 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles)

I am super excited to read these fantastic books.

Thank you Kelsey I love my package. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

The Mailbox Post December 22nd to 27th

Its hard to believe its that time of the week for another mailbox post.
The hosts of the mailbox memes are:

Tynga's Reviews

Tynga’s Reviews is the host of Stacking the Shelves and the other host is Mailbox Monday which now has its own blog.

Mailbox Monday will no longer be hosted monthly by different bloggers.

Its hard to believe that this is the last Mailbox Post/Stacking the Shelves for 2014. Wow its crazy how fast the year has gone. Did anyone else find that it just flew by?

Alright so as promised this is actually going to be a huge gigantic mailbox this week. There might be a few things repeated in my mailbox post so don’t worry they aren’t doubles LOL

This is basically all the books we got for Christmas that I bought and for the 12 days of Christmas countdown.

Something that I did get and I don’t think I included was:


I got the DVD and book about two weeks ago.



This is what we got for Christmas:

  • Thea Stilton The Chocolate Sabatage
  • Thea Stilton and the missing myth
  • Lego Architecture The Visual Guide
  • Lego Things that Go
  • Lego Amazing Places
  • My Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian (fourth book in the series)
  • Lego City Snow Chaser! A Christmas & Activity Book  with mini figure
  • Lego City Sticker Storybook Merry Christmas Lego City
  • Contaminated by Em Garner
  • The Fallout by S.A Bodeen (2nd book in the series)
  • Searching For Sky by Jillian Cantor
  • Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner (Excited for this because I loved Skinny)
  • Spirit Animals Book 5 Against The Tide by Tui T. Sutherland
  • Make Up Your Life Guide To Beauty, Style and Success online and Off by Michelle Phan






Now the above books were purchased in the last month or so because I wanted to do a picture book advent calendar style countdown but sadly I couldn’t find the few other books we currently had for Christmas so I ended up just doing the last 12 days. I am trying to find a picture I took of them all wrapped up but I think it might have accidentally got deleted. Oh well this is the lot of them. If you want titles I can include them but I think you can see what they are from the picture. The last two ended up being favorites of ours.

Did you get any books for Christmas? Did you give any books?