Thursday, September 27, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Friendship

Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.

What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?

I mostly give books to friends or family as presents for gift giving holidays, but every now and then I give a book away at random. Maybe it is a book a friend took an extra special notice in while I was reading it or maybe the book had that person's name all over the cover when I discovered it in the store. I do my best to match the book with the reader depending on taste and preference.

As it turns out, I discovered a couple of duplicate books among my TBR collection. A rare occurence, but unavoidable now and then given the size of my TBR collection, I suppose. I would like to find homes for them, and what better time to do so with Buy a Friend a Book Week just around the corner? I think a drawing is in order!

The Books:
The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

If you are interested in one of the books listed above, leave me a comment specifying which of the two books you might like to add to your TBR collection. You are welcome to put your name in for one or both.* October 4th will be the close off date and a name will be drawn on the 5th.

*Overseas entries welcome.


  1. Hey Wendy! I'm back!!! :D

    Like you, I have some duplicate books amongst my TBR pile and I think this is a great opportunity to give them away! Also, it's a bonus to me to hear someone telling me that he/she enjoys the book especially when he/she has never read that author before. :)

    I'd like to win a copy of Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult, please put my name for the draw. Thanks for sharing, Wendy! :D

  2. What a great idea! I'd love to win Perfect Match as well, so please enter my name. I may borrow this idea for my blog.

  3. If you're sure you don't mind shipping overseas, please put my name in the draw for The Fencing Master. I've yet to read anything by Arturo Perez-Reverte but his name's been floating around on my reading radar for a while.

  4. Hi Wendy! Coincidentally, I'm thinking of a book giveaway too. Will be doing that on Oct 1 and be giving away two books as well.

    I'd like to be entered in the draw for Jodi Picoult's Perfect Match. That's very nice of you to be doing that. :)

    PS: Welcome back, Melody!!

  5. I have eliminated my duplicates now. When I catalogued all of my books I put them aside to give to friends for birthdays etc and am selling the last few copies on Amazon for now. If they don't all go I will probably give them away or exchange them online with someone. I tend to buy people books when I think they will enjoy them randomly anyway, especially my husband.

  6. Count me in for "Perfect Match" by Jodi Picoult. I live in India though!

    I had a lot of duplicates for children's books. I gave those away in thelast BAFAB!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  7. This is so great! Now I really want to give a book away next week, too. Please enter me for either. They both look interesting.


  8. I'd love to read The Fencing Master--the setting sounds fascinating!

  9. I actually have a few duplicates myself!

    Perfect Match is one of the few Picoult's I HAVEN'T read!! So, sign me up, if that would be ok!

  10. This is very generous of you. I'd love to read another Picoult book - put my name in the hat for that one.

  11. You know I've never read Picoult, so count me in. Happy BTT (a day late;)

  12. Melody - Welcome back! LOL Yes, I agree, it is definitely a plus when someone enjoys a book given to them that the sender hasn't yet read. :-) I added you to the drawing for Perfect Match.

    BookGal - You're in for Perfect Match! I figured this might be the only way the books leave my house. Haha

    Tanabata - I don't mind at all. The books are both trade paperbacks and so shipping won't be too horrible. :-) I've got you down for The Fencing Master. My husband actually had a copy of this book and I hadn't realized it when I got my copy--hence the duplicate.

    Alice - I'll watch for your book giveaway. Any chance to win a book! I've got you down for Perfect Match. :-)

    Rhinoa - These are my last two unintentional duplicates. The rest are all ones we've collected on purpose. I like to find books for my husband to read too. He is a bit picky with his taste though and so it can be a challenge. Usually though, the books I get him are ones I want to read too so either way, it works out. :-)

    Gautami - I've added you in for Perfect Match. BAFAB is a great way to share our duplicates, isn't it?

    Niki - I've got you down for both. :-) I enjoy giving books away. I wish I could buy you all copies of these books so no one loses out, but I think my husband might put his foot down about that idea. LOL

    Marsha - Doesn't it? I am looking forward to reading The Fencing Master. I've got you down for that one. :-)

    Stephanie - Of course it's okay! You're in for Perfect Match.

    Elizabeth - It'll give me room for two more books, anyway. :-) I've got you down for Perfect Match.

    Kristy - You must try a Picoult book. I've added you in for Perfect Match. :-)

  13. LF -

    Shoot. Add my name to the list. Since I've got a Picoult in my TBR stack already, I'll take a chance at the other.


  14. CJ- I added your name in for Picout. Which book do you have by her? I've read four of her books and enjoyed each of them, although I haven't yet read Perfect Match.

  15. What a great idea! Am I too late to join in? If not put me down for The Fencing Master!

  16. I'd like to be entered! Either book would work for me.

  17. Jaimie - You're aren't late at all. :-) I've got you down for The Fencing Master.

    3M - Gottcha in for both! :-)

  18. Phew! Made it just in time I think. I'd love to have my name entered for either book. Thanks!

  19. Dewey - You did make it just in time! Haha I've got you down for both. :-)

  20. Hi Litty Kitty! I would be interested in the FENCING MASTER.


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