Monday, January 17, 2011

Reaping the benefits of a book giveaway

I got a mystery package the other day.  I didn't remember ordering anything and it was in a normal padded envelope with a handwritten return address.  Perhaps I should have been more cautious with such things but I'm pretty sure I made an off-handed comment about how I hope there was no anthrax in it as I opened the envelope.  A book fell out.  I was thinking to myself that I should continue to open packages from strangers.  Then I remembered I was the benefactor of someone else's book giveaway. 

Back in mid-December, Ben from Dead End Follies tweeted that the first person to answer him back would get a free book.  I love free and I happened to be doing nothing better with my Saturday than sitting online so I won that contest.  Ben won the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson in a giveaway but already had a copy so was kind enough to put me in touch with Elise.  Hooray for more books!

Since getting my Kindle I've bought 1 eBook, Bryson's At Home and acquired 4 actual books: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore, Soul of the Age by Jonathan Bate and now Speak.  Thus far the eReader has done nothing to quell the number of books I'm buying.  

This also makes me want to get to hosting my own giveaway soon.  If anyone has any tips for a giveaway, please let me know!