Four years ago this very day I decided to give away 30 copies of my books to people who maybe hadn’t been able to pick one up yet. I gave them out quite quickly but then lots of other people were like, “I WANT TO GIVE BOOKS TO PEOPLE” and suddenly people were buying each other books and sharing their favorites and adding to their lists of what to read and listening to others about what book they really HAD to read this year and it was fucking incredible. Honestly the only thing that would make it better would be if we all had otters to bathe, but I can’t provide otters so it’s BYODO. (Bring Your Own Dirty Otter) That gives us something to aim for in the future, I guess.
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We called the whole thing “Booksgiving” and have celebrated it every year since and this year is no exception. SO. Here’s what you do if you want a book. Make a brand new wishlist with the one book that you want (and make sure that you assign a shipping address to it because otherwise it won’t work) and leave a link in the comments. I’ll pop in and send a copy of Furiously Happy, or Let’s Pretend This Never Happened or YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds to 30 lucky people.
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If you’ve already read all of those then feel free to chose a different book. Depending on how much I have left (the books are different prices) I’ll try to send other books as well.
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The only rule is ONE BOOK PER PERSON ONLY ON YOUR LIST, with the exception being if you have a child and want to add a book for them too.
If you want to share your favorite book you’ve read recently in the comments that would be awesome. Or if you wrote a book and want to pimp it out then go ahead. And if you want to buy a book anonymously for a stranger just check through the comments. A few books I’ve really loved this month are My Sister, the Serial Killer, The Woman Inside: A Novel, and The Hazel Wood.
Click here for a quick run-down of how to make a new wishlist (Don’t forget the step about adding your address to this specific wishlist!) and when you’re done just leave a comment with a link to your wishlist. (If you don’t live in America just add that info in the comment so it’s easier to search for people in your area). Make sure that the book you select is available for Prime shipping and isn’t from a 3rd party seller or a used bookstore because those can’t be shipped to wish lists.
If you decide to gift someone with a book just find a wishlist that has a book on it and buy it. When you check out select the person’s wishlist address or registry address (You’ll just see their name and city, but not a whole address for privacy reasons). If they don’t have an address they forgot to add it so delete the book from your cart and try another.
Now, let’s go book shopping! (PS. This is the best pick-up line in the history of the world.)