Pay It Forward Book Exchange

I read about Overwhelmed with Joy‘s book exchange idea on A Wrung Sponge and I think it’s so perfect and simple I have to do it, too:

Most all of us love to read and get “new-to-us” books, right? And if you’re anything like me, you love winning things (what a rush), not to mention getting fun stuff in the mail! So here’s what this book exchange is all about:

1) Once a month I’ll pick a book to give away to one lucky reader (you don’t have to have a blog to enter). It may be a book that I’ve purchased new or used, or it may be a book that someone has shared with me that I really like. It’ll probably be a paperback, just to make things easier, but no guarantees.

2) Details on how you can enter to win will be listed below.

3) If you’re the lucky winner of the book giveaway I ask that you, in turn, host a drawing to give that book away for free to one of your readers, after you’ve had a chance to read it (let’s say, within a month after you’ve received the book). If you mail the book out using the media/book rate that the post office offers it’s pretty inexpensive.

4) If you’re really motivated and want to host your own “Pay It Forward” giveaway at any time, feel free to grab the button above to use on your own blog. Just let her know so she can publish a post plugging your giveaway and directing readers your way!

So there you have it, the Pay It Forward Book Exchange, designed to encourage people to read, to share good books, to possibly get you out of your reading comfort zone, and to get fun stuff in the mail instead of just bills!”

So here’s how to enter: leave a comment saying, “I want to enter.” That’s it. No muss, no fuss. I’ll randomly choose one lucky commenter on August 12th and mail the book out; you agree to give the book away when you’re done with it, via your own Pay It Forward Book Exchange or, if you don’t blog, by donating it to a local library or shelter.

Oh, and this month’s book: Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a campy, complicated, self-referential murder mystery and love story. And now you could read it for free!


  1. Overwhelmed! says:

    Caroline, thanks for participating in my Pay It Forward Book Exchange by hosting your own giveaway!

    I love your suggestion that non-bloggers who win can if donate the book to a local library or shelter after they’re done. I’m going to have to put that in my guidelines! 🙂

    I’ve linked you on my post!

  2. This is great! I am so glad you are playing. That book sounds interesting! I’d love to read it but I am already in two other drawings so maybe it isn’t fair of me to be in yours too. 🙂

  3. Libby says:

    Ooh, I want to enter for this month’s book! And I’ll do it, too. Fun!

  4. Darci says:

    I have this on my “to read” as does a girlfriend so I already have my pay it forward….So I want it!

  5. Joyful Days says:

    That sounds fun! I’d like to win that. I have a book up for giveaway too & a CD.

  6. Violeta says:

    I’m reading this now and really enjoying it. Great idea!

  7. Stacey says:

    I want to enter and I definitely want to play the Pay It Forward Book Exchange game! The book sounds great…

  8. Magpie says:

    I want to enter! This is great. If I were home with my books, I think I’d put up a post today.

  9. Paige says:

    I’d like to enter your drawing, please.

  10. ru4real says:

    I love the book exchange idea! Please count me in.