I love the Secret Santa that happens every year in the Virago Modern Classics Group on LibraryThing.
It’s lovely to choose books and send them off to a distant location, it’s lovely to watch so much bookish joy as those parcels land and are opened, and of course it is lovely to receive new books.
I opened my packages tonight, and I am more moved than I can tell you by my santa’s thoughtfulness and generosity.
Here are the wonderful gifts she sent me, temporarily lodging on the Virago bookcase before being catalogued and found new homes:
From the top:
A lovely Persephone Book : The World That Was Ours by Hilda Bernstein. I have read so many words of praise for this book, and I have long wanted to add it to my shelves.
Possibly the biggest Virago Modern Classic in the world – Cecilia by Fanny Burney in a green VMC edition. I have wanted this book for so long.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley in a quite beautiful edition. I’m reading a library copy of The Rose Garden at the moment and I am smitten, so it is wonderful to have another, unread title to hand.
Sing Sorrow Sorrow edited by Gwen Davies. An anthology of dark tales by Welsh women writers that has been on my wishlist forever and a day.
Love You Forever, a charming little book that I know nothing at all about.
And bookmarks too!
No Santa could have done better, and I have been wonderfully lucky.
Thank you so much Belva!
(Still waiting for the parcel I sent to be opened …)