Sunday, July 11, 2010

Free To Good Home: The Giveaway

Books....are....everywhere. Even ones I decided to get rid of long ago. There are piles in every room. There are A) the books I shouldn't have picked up at BEA, B) books I shouldn't have let people send me for review, C) books I shouldn't have purchased, D) books people gave me as gifts that I have no interest in, E) still lesser known ARCs that I've already read and F) random used books that I knew I probably wouldn't like and for some reason let people give to me anyway. They've all accumulated to produce an epic and mind-blowing explosion of books that is beginning to make living at my house among them and the rest of my assorted accumulated stuff a terror.

So fair readers, I am here to ask you a favor. Please take my books. This house is badly in need of a book purge, and my gain can also be your gain. I've chosen a random assortment to present to you in hopes that you'll take them off my hands. Some, I'd prefer went to bloggers because I somewhat mistakenly picked them up at BEA or accepted them as review copies only to find that they're not well suited to me, but I'd still like to see someone review them, even if that someone is not me. Others are fair game for everyone.

I've also decided that I'm not in the mood for a massive comment leaving, choosing, behemoth of a giveaway, so I'm going the first come first served route. If you see a book on the list and you want it, leave a comment to claim it, then send your snail mail address to toadacious1 at yahoo dot com. One per person please. Please note, all but the "BEA Mistakes" category stand the chance of coming with a Bookcrossing label in them. You, of course, are not required to journal them (even though I would like that), but I'd appreciate it if you would leave the label intact in case you ever happen to give the books away to people who might journal them. If the prospect of the book having a Bookcrossing label in it displeases you, please don't enter.

I love my international friends, but I also love having a few bucks in my checking account, so I will give away books to those outside the U.S., but only 3. Please put your country in your "book claiming" comment so that I will know when to cut off international entries. Also, please note, some books I've made U.S. only right off the bat because they're big heavy hardbacks or otherwise massive.

All right, I think I've covered all the rules and regulations and exceptions to the exceptions. Now, on to the books!

First the BEA mistakes. They look good, but not so good for me.

The first 4 are ARCs of middle grade titles coming in the fall from Little, Brown.

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
School of Fear: Class Is Not Dismissed! by Gitty Daneshvari
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn

Then, a nice hardback book that came in a tote bag that I didn't know contained a book!

The 72 Names of God by Yehuda Berg

And a book that was pressed into my hands at the last minute that seemed a bit a lot too sci-fi for my tastes...

Redemption Corps (An Imperial Guard Novel) by Rob Sanders

A few books I meant to review, but it didn't work out so well between us.

The Girl Made of Cool by Alan Fox
Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan

Review copies I've Read/Reviewed that need new homes:

Canvey Island by James Runcie
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown (US only)
Willing by Scott Spencer
The Widows of Eden by George Shaffner
In the Country of Brooklyn by Peter Golenbock (US only)
The Glister by John Burnside
American Rust by Philipp Meyer
A Painter's Life by K.B. Dixon
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Take them, please! If you don't want them, please tell all your friends, so they will take them. Thanks! =D


  1. I'm in the process of giving away tons and tons of books right now (mostly to Half Price Books), so I don't want to acquire anything, but I will send out a tweet to try to help get people here to take some of these off your hands!

  2. I would love to take:
    Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han off your hands! Thanks so much...I need to do this to my BEA books and past ARCS!


  3. I would love Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan. I would definitely review it for my blog -

  4. Wow, that is a lot of books! Too cool that you are giving them all away. Some gems in there too :) Some there that look good but must. resist. more. books! Toooo many already to read in my BEA piles!

  5. Ahh there are too many good ones in there! OK I REALLY want The Hand That First Held Mine so I'll go for that one. But there are two more I have my eye on, so if you don't get people to take all of them, email me and let me know! I can be persuaded to take a few more. ;)

    I'm going to DM you my mailing address, I hope that is okay.

  6. I will be doing something similar soon, but I just might package them up into a box of book giveaways. I should resist, but I can't. i would really love Orange Is The New Black. Thanks! WIll send an e-mail.

  7. Perhaps I should follow your example and get rid of some of my books this way. I've been worried about the postage issue though . . .

    As it is, even of all the books I want to keep, I need to start boxing them up and moving them to the garage. I hate to think of it--and how do I know which books to put out there versus ones to keep handy that I'll read sooner than later?

    I wish you luck finding homes for your books!

  8. I am interested in American Rust by Phillip Meyer.

    Thank you so much!


  9. I would like 'The Glister' by John Burnside. thanks!

  10. I would be interested in First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria. Thanks!

  11. The Widows of Eden would be really nice to read! I think it is a series that I have not read yet!

  12. dang it! Heather beat me to The Hand that First Held Mine.

  13. I was going to ask for Orange Is the New Black, but luckily Nicole beat me to it. (Luckily, because I have way too many books to read as it is!) I wish Canada had media mail rates -- I'd do something similar. But at $10-$20 for postage for a single book (even within Canada), it's just not going to happen!

  14. Megan...what a sweet gesture. I don't need any more books, in fact today I made a bag for the library ongoing book sale.

  15. I realize it's been a month since you posted this, but I just recently found your blog and became a follower. Is it still okay for me to request a book? If so, I'd love to read All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown.


  16. Brooke - Glad you spoke up! It's definitely not too late. I've got one more trip to the post office to take, and I'll be getting All We Ever Wanted Was Everything in the mail to you. =)