The English Book Club
The English Book Club

Secret Santas have been swapping book favourites—again!

This holiday season, we continued a book club tradition: the Secret Santa Book Swap.

For this term’s December session, all fifteen participants selected a book that they have read and wanted somebody else to enjoy, too. The books were brought wrapped in paper, with only written teasers hinting at their contents, genre, and time period. After all teasers had been read, book after book found its new owner—some without much competition, some by a draw of “Ho ho ho” versus “No no no” lottery tickets. The cerimonious unwrapping was a feast of surprised reactions, expressed love for the book favourites, and joyful anticipation of the upcoming holiday reading.

Secret book favourites
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Unwrapped holiday reading
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These books were entered into the Secret Santa Book Swap 2023:

  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • Fated by Benedict Jacka
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton
  • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
  • The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
  • Spark of the Everflame by Penn Cole
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay

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