7th Annual The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa


I just have to take a moment to do the happy dance because for the second year in a row I have spotted the Broke & Bookish Secret Santa in advance and its not just slidding in under the radar. I think it was because I actually remembered to look for it this year.

Its hard to believe that this is the 7th annual secret Santa. I have been lucky enough to take part in 5 of these. I still don’t know how I missed out on one of them. I presume its because I never saw it and never thought it of it at the time.

The Broke & Bookish Secret Santa has been one of my favorite secret Santa’s to take part in. We are teamed up with fellow bloggers and I have to say that I have been very lucky with my partners. I was very lucky to meet up with one of my fellow Canadian swap partners. You can read about it here.

Sign up for the Broke & Bookish Secret Santa is until November 13th, 2016 and all you have to do is click on the above graphic to take you to the site so you know how to take part if you want too.

I plan on taking part once again and I hope you will too.

5th Annual Broke & Bookish Secret Santa REVEAL



I have been on pins and needles for the post month wondering who I was going to get (http://www.instagram.com/octopieparty you can see what I sent) and who would get me.

The past few weeks have been a torture because everyone has begun to show what they got from their Secret Santa’s and I have been patiently waiting but through this process I met another awesome Canadian blogger (Lynne from http://wordsofmysteryblog.wordpress.com ) via twitter who is waiting for her gift as well.

Well my wait is over:


My package arrived yesterday while I was at work so it was nice to come home to find this box waiting for me.


Look how pretty it looks. I really wanted to wait until Christmas to open this but all those packages were calling out to me. I had so much fun opening them as you will see in a upcoming vlog. (I am trying to upload it but having problems so I will need to wait until tonight when Michael can help me out.)



So my awesome Secret Santa was Jenn from Lost In A Great Book. I actually got to meet Jenn at BEA,  I believe 2012 at a Harper Collins party and I do believe we might have passed each other at another publisher party in 2013. Jenn is a Canadian book blogger.

I felt completely spoiled by Jenn and I love the whole gift she sent. It made my day considering the week we have been having here so it was nice.

I love the card she sent and its hanging up on my wall right now with the other Xmas cards. She also sent along a penguin tote bag that reads ” I’d Rather Be Reading”, a super cute bookmark which will be perfect to use because when I take a book to work I am always pulling it out of my book because its put in my tote bag so now it will hold the place perfectly, Wonderland Sticky Notes (with everything that is going on with our families, work and hockey I am constantly using sticky notes to keep track of things so this is handy), and Mixtape greeting note cards (does anyone else remember the cassettes? These are too cute)

The books I got are:


I just recently heard about Little White Lies and it sounds really good and I will probably read that very soon along with Let it Snow (perhaps my xmas read) and We Should Hang Out Sometime (perhaps at BEA? LOL)


Its like Jenn knows me in real life because she sent me this mug and I love mugs. This one is really nice and it has the titles of 24 Banned Books. A few I have read and this will be perfect to use during Banned Book Week which I plan on taking part in 2015. I love the mug because has the word BANNED embossed on it.

Thanks so much Jenn for the Secret Santa gift, I love every thing you sent. I truly appreciate it. Merry Christmas to you and your family.