Christmas Swap 2014
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Welcome to Christmas Swap. I am hosting again this year. A big thank you to Caroline for doing a stellar job last year.
We keep this simple: Let me know if you are playing, PM me your address,( if you haven't participated before), I will draw names randomly and everyone will get a 75er to buy gift book(s) for.
We keep it to a $25 limit, so it can be affordable for everyone. This can be new books or carefully preserved “used” books.
This will be open to everyone, everywhere, since there are free shipping options available, like Book Depository.
The cut off will be about the 20th of November, so I can pick names and get addresses out. Once that is done, you can select from that Lter's wishlist or pick something on your own. I prefer the former. It is a safer bet. We do our best to get the gift books to the recipients, by Christmas, so ship accordingly. International shipping can sometimes take up to 3 weeks or more.
Make sure you have Christmas Swap or LibraryThing printed somewhere on the shipping label, so your giftee "knows" and can save it for a Christmas opening.
Still deciding members: Marianne, Lynda, Lori...
I am not sure if there is easier way to do this but just drop a post and I will add you.
>3 maggie1944: I have it Karen. Thanks!
Is it ok if my wishlist is gigantic and it lives at Goodreads? Should I pare it down, and put it over here for the xmas swap?
I'll spruce up my Christmas wishlist during the next few days. Make sure there's plenty in there and that I didn't pick any of these up along the way.
>13 jll1976: Welcome jll1976!! Nice to have you with us.
I will PM you my address, as I am in (with a grin)
Eta: just saw that you already have addresses from last year. So I won't be PMing you my address. But I am still keen, just so you know.
There are a few books that were on my wish lists and that I have added the Swap tag to that I think come out in early December. Any of those would be fab, but there also are some that are older and a nice second-hand copy of any of those would be fab, too. Whatev.
Mark - I'll PM my address, since I didn't participate last year (but I did the year before).
Please spread the word. I NEED to know if you are participating. I will have to cut this off by the middle of next week, so I can draw names.
**Also, make sure you are updating your wishlists! This is important too.
Thanks for doing this again, Mark!
I am in, I played last year let me know if you need my address again
Used is ok in very good condition. Just a note: highlighting drives me nuts! When I get "very good" this is not a problem.
Don't stress. I'm easy ;-)
Fa la la la la... I love book presents...
ETA: I love to GIVE them too :-)
^^ I have picked names and I will be notifying you, of your swappee!! This will take me a couple days, to get the addresses out, so please bear with me. And yes, get those wishlists ready.
Once again, if you have an international pick, you might want to make your purchases by the end of the month or earlier.
**I toughed it out and sent all notifications for international deliveries...I think.
Really looking forward to this this year!!! :)
Book elves, tis a joyful time
Mark Thank you for mentioning Book Depository - I have never used this before. :)
>44 ronincats: I think you missed it, Roni We'll see if someone else jumps in late. Sorry!
ETA- I will gladly accept Folio Editions or Drop Cap Editions...just sayin'...
The FAQ also mentions that they can't do personal messages, gift wrap or gift receipts (where they blank out the pricing).
So if you get anything from Book Depository in the next 2 months. DON'T OPEN IT. Unless of course you can't wait until Christmas, or don't celebrate Christmas and were only in it for a box of books from strangers, then open away.
>50 mahsdad: Thanks, for sharing that link, Jeff. That is perfect.
>51 LauraBrook: "Edith LT Wharton"! I love that idea, Laura. We should all put that name on our return address. LOL. I know I am.
>53 ronincats: No problem, Roni! We will see...
>54 lindapanzo: I only notified the international folk last night, Linda. I will try to do a few domestics tonight.
Looking forward to the Swap and to Santa Thing, once again.
Sorry, in advance, if I made any errors. I'll blame it on brain-freeze.
If you are sending international, you might want to give yourself 3-4 weeks.
I didn't purchase my books yet, but I have checked out the wish list and I think I know what I'll be sending.
^If anyone else wants to jump in, PM me. I have a stranded soul.
***You are welcome everyone. Just make sure you get your books ordered and keep it a SURPRISE!! Those are easy rules. right?
ETA: with Abebook vendors, there is no way to remove prices from invoices, etc., or to indicate that it is a gift. My apologies in advance for the social misstep to my giftee, but my goal was to maximize the # of books per $25 ceiling... :-) And I think I did a pretty decent job on that score!
I have ordered my giftee's books so they should arrive in a timely fashion.
Now if I could just get my swappee (giftee?) to add more books to his or her wishlist. Hmmmmm.
I love secondhand books and most of my books are :) - so whoever you are, I am not fussy at all !!!
I should say that I'm also ok with used books as long as they are in good shape and aren't smelly!
That's really bad. Losing my job is one thing about which I live in terror. It didn't bother me so much when I was younger, but age has changed my view on that.
I am also happy with used books.
I wonder what a decent length WL is? Mine has about 20 books on it. There are more books I want, of course, but I have to split up my whole WL between LT, my husband, and the rest of my family this time of year :)
I think most things on it are easily found, but I wonder if I should add more titles, just in case...?
>78 katiekrug: I think 20-30 is a good number, Katie. I keep my BIG wishlist over on Bookmooch. It's easier that way.
**It looks like I missed two LTers. Bad Mark. But it is all straightened out. Good Mark.
I'm very fond of used books.
Question II: Can you split up a shipment on Amazon? One package there. One package there?
So my swapee will be getting four books, all with LT Christmas Swap in the second line of the address, from:
-- River City Books
-- Free State Books
-- Hippo Books
-- Paperbackshop US
I think all have now shipped, and some may be showing up next week. Est. shipping time 4 to 15 days for all of them.
The person in question is someone I know on LT and can PM me to ask if they are unsure about mystery packages arriving.
Back to stressing out about Thanksgiving Dinner....(choosing books was more fun). Ho-Ho-Ho!
Its easy to make suggestions and rate books, but to take that next step and actually buy it... :)
Happy US Thanksgiving All!
Enjoy whats left of your weekends ....
Always fun wandering through someone else's wishlist!!
I'll add here that I'm very happy with used books. And I recently tidied up my wish list so I'd be thrilled with anything on that list -- or anything you think I'd like that I haven't listed!
Go Katie! Go Katie! I HOPE everyone follows this sacred path!!
>100 Morphidae: I probably will also wait until after the 1st, Morph. That is still over 3 weeks.
I am going to send mine as soon as I return from Thanksgiving. I've already picked out what I'm going to purchase, though. This is so awesome for those of us who love buying books!!
Hopefully I made it clear enough to my recipient that it shouldn't be opened till then! I only sent it so early because I'm sending internationally and I know I procrastinate a lot.
Free shipping world wide and they donate lots of books to literacy projects in Africa and other places.
I buy books from them often.
Oh, and secondhand books are fine. Heck, even Kindle books are possible. :-) If anyone wants to be very sneaky, some people here (you can check my life of LT friends) have my RL e-mail address, and my Amazon.com/Kindle account is tied to that. (My Amazon UK account is different, however.)
Gosh, Morphy is right, everyone seems to be sending out early this year. I'm not sending out until Dec 6 because I pulled a domestic giftee.
^^If anyone else would like to join, I have a lovely LT pal interested. Let me know ASAP. (PM, me)
My books for my Santa swap buddy have been chosen, ordered and are in transit!
Last night I went shopping for my Swapee. i went to the big used book store in Birmingham, AL. - mostly to get away from the football frenzy that had seized Tuscaloosa and I had a good time shopping for used books. I was a bit disappointed as I could not find many books on the wishlist, but I suspect that was because most of the books on the list are new, or fairly new titles. I did find one, and since most of the titles on the list were sci/fi fantasy I picked up a couple of other titles that I think my swapee might like. I did check the library of my swapee and the titles that I picked were not listed in it, so I think I am safe in making these "like" purchases.
And, I do have to say that I haven't yet met a book person who would turn down free books in a genre that they like, so I think my purchases will be appreciated.
Meanwhile, I keep finding new things to add to my list! Oh dear... But at least since no one actually buys me Xmas gifts any longer, there won't be a risk of any duplications! :-)
So if you have receive a random parcel from Book Depository- it's probably your Santa Swap.
Regardless, it's a wonderful day if and when this happens.
I will be good and not open it!
Part of the fun of the swap is trying to guess who my Santa is.
I've had my Swap package sitting nearby for over a week. A glance at it fondly, on occasion...
Presumably Santa and Santee can sort things out on/after Christmas. I intend to reveal myself to my Santee on Christmas if s/he hasn’t confirmed delivery.
>113 Chatterbox: If I don't do it now, something will happen, and get in the way, and stuff Will Not Get Sent In Time. This is, sadly, inevitable.
Yeah. I ordered early, and briefly considered having books sent here for wrapping and mailing and a card, but with my typical track record of gathering the components and transporting a package physically to the post office, international delivery by Christmas was iffy.
Judy, probably wise to give it to him for safekeeping. I know I'm always tempted...
Like, Joanne mentioned, hopefully, everyone will list their gift books over here, with accompanying smooches.
Oh, and books have been sent to my swapee!
Wherever, I can help, just let me know!
Take my advice Swapee - just wrap the box as is. Put it under the tree and open it on Christmas Day.
This year for Christmas 2014 and birthdays of 2015, we're gifting each other a weekend in Rome at some point in May, so that deals with problem of what to get very successfully!
My name does not appear anywhere on the package, but I will 'fess up on Christmas if you don't guess before ;-)
Will not open 'til 12/25. (I pretty much promise.)
Ron has appointed himself guardian of the Santa Package, so I don't have much choice... sigh
Now let's just hope I can hold off until Christmas. I'm not usually able to but I have the hankering to have presents to open on Christmas since MrMorphy and I have decided to stop stressing out about trying to figure out what the other person wants.
Christmas Swap books ordered!!
Hopefully, all international orders have been sent and I would highly suggest, you get your domestic orders in too. Just to be on the safe side.
>176 LauraBrook: " I REAAALLLLYYY want to open it up, but I'll restrain myself." LOL. You have plenty of company there, Laura!
I think the USPS is doing a great job of delivering packages. I mailed some yarn to my sister who lives in Montana on Tuesday and she got the package on Saturday. I will have another batch of packages ready to mail later this week. None of them books - sad face. My Christmas book buying is done.
This is gonna be hard. I would hide them, but it's pretty sure I will forget where I put them by Christmas. I'll just bite the bullet and be patient :-}
So exciting.... I rarely get books for a gift. People don't believe that's what I really want. *sigh*
Agree like many others, I don't get given books, I suspect it falls into the too hard basket - much more fun to get books from other book lovers though :)
Christmas + Bookstore Gift Certs = 2x fun
I have a Santa Swap vision of all these precious packages flying around the world.
>201 lindapanzo: Linda, those are the presents I use the day after Christmas! :-)
This is part of a conversation I had with a friend yesterday:
She : I'm stumped trying to think of a present for you for Christmas. What would you like for Christmas?
I mentioned a book I saw at the bookstore I'd love to receive (or buy after Christmas if nobody gifts it to me)
She : Oh ok. I'll get that for you. But what do you REALLY want for Christmas?
Me : Huh?? *names title of book again*
She : I'm not deaf, I heard and I've taken note of the title. But I'm asking for a hint here .. what can I get you for Christmas that you'd really like?
Me : What else is there to want? Ok, you can get me 10 more books if you really insist? Shall I give you the list?
She : Hmph! You're no help. I'm going to call your mom!
I give up!
>204 qebo: Yes, what is with that?? This year, the sole non-book item that I have said I want/need is a scanner. I know that this is extremely unlikely to materialize. Instead, I will either get a motley assortment of random items that cost more than an inexpensive scanner would have done, or nothing at all. *sigh*
I fell off the wagon yesterday. I saw a cheap copy of House of all Nations which fits in nicely with the ANZAC challenge I'm running next year. What can I say, the universe wanted me to have it. Or else, why put it right there where i could see it?
signed Elf on the shelf :)
Thank you my secret Santa :) .
I opened this box. I didn't have to wait.
We finally brought a tree home yesterday and decorated it. So now when my LT Christmas parcel arrives, it will have a nice spot to sit under until Christmas Eve. Wheeeee!
So today I bought A Little History of Literature which looks rather appealing. It wasn't on my wish list.
eta: Also, a very sincere apology to my Santee for mailing my package out so late (last week!). You should have it on Friday, and it's all wrapped up inside so you can open the package up and toss that thing away - no fear of spoilers or seeing anything ahead of time that you shouldn't! I'm sorry it's late!!!!!
Then, to my great surprise, yet another LT package arrived. (My Santa is way beyond generous.) But this package was different. I tore into it and - it was GIFT-WRAPPED. I had a huge attack of conscience and did NOT open it. Not for the time being anyway. It awaits with tantalizing appeal.
This has been so much fun. Can we do Christmas in July?!!
Thanks to my Santa to whoever it was 3 books Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
And that would be . . . TOMORROW!
Cheers to the first day of winter!
*wipes drool from chin*
It won't make it any easier to wait, but I'll enjoy the pretty wrapping paper. :-)
Summer solstice is tomorrow (Down in NZ) so means we can open all the things!
Though I think I'll wait a couple more days to open the Winter Solstice Swap. :)
Just about everyone should have received their gifts, right?
Merry Christmas to all!
Have a great day everyone, drink, eat & be merry
I look forward to the excited posts about their books !
I received the following books (I couldn't wait and opened them already!) from an unknown person, so thank you Unknown Person!
*Stoner by John Williams
*The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
As for me, I just opened my Swap books. I received three separate Book Depository shipments, from an unknown person. Thank you. I love them.
--The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguru, which is one of my top to-be-read books for the new year
--Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, which I'll read for the AAC
--Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami--this is popping up as The Briefcase so perhaps that's the American title. Anyway this one looks good though I'm not familiar with the author.
At the same time, I opened my Santa Thing books. Four cozies I've been eager to read, Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy, On Borrowed Time by Jenn MacKinlay, Going, Going Ganache also by Jenn MacKinlay, and Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross. Also a book of history, How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.
What a great haul of books I opened today. I'm eager to read all of them!!
I haven't opened mine yet so no idea what I've got, but I'm very much looking forward to finding out tomorrow afternoon.
REVEAL: I sent two books via Book Depository to Rhian, aka Sandune. I hope they have arrived.
I have two packages from Book Depository under my mini-tree, and as they are my only gifts, I'll wait until tomorrow to open them.
As I was feeling a bit down today (Christmas not being my favorite time of year for various reasons), I decided to cheer myself up by opening my box, which my husband actually remembered to bring to Florida!
I received two excellent choices from my WL:
What Matters in Jane Austen and The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
I like these choices as they are very different! I *think* they came from Jim/drneutron, unless there is another "James" living in Maryland who is doing the swap :)
PaulCranswick has not yet received the books I ordered over a month ago, though Amazon had been been exuding optimism about delivery before Christmas. I won’t reveal which books unless he asks. I’ve been watching his thread with some concern through the recent splurges, but so far I see no duplicates.
**You might want to send your Swappee, a PM, in case they see that sooner.
We always open one package on Christmas Eve and I chose to open my LT package. I received three excellent choices, all from series I am following:
In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie
Dear Teacher by Jack Sheffield
Benediction by Kent Haruf
I'm very happy and excited about all three of these books and I thank my secret Santa whose identity I don't know yet!
Well I'm the reason that Caro hasn't received her books (unless she got them yesterday).
Sent her three books from her wishlist via Book Depo. Hope you get them soon my dear. xx
>263 lindapanzo: I am glad that you received all the books - The Remains of the Day and Strange Weather in Tokyo are both absolutely wonderful books and I hope you will enjoy them.
Thank you very much to my secret santa :) I received and opened yesterday evening (we celebrate Christmas Eve in Germany)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
Thank you very much. I had listenend to The Ocean at the End of the Lane already at the beginning of the month, but I will read the book together with my son in the next few weeks.
I wish everyone a couple more peaceful and lovely days!
The books are: Virtual Light, (hopefully this will kick-start my Gibson reading), The Call, (this was highly recommended, at Booktopia Asheville) and If I'd Known You Were Coming, (a story collection that came highly recommended).
Thanks for picking perfect books Linda, (Panzo). Fine job.
>263 lindapanzo: Nice selections, Linda. Kazuo Ishiguru will also be part of Paul's BAC picks for January. Make room, my friend. It is a great book.
Thank you, Katie, your choices are perfect. Happy happy am I.
Mark - I loved The Call when I read it a few years ago.
Reveal I may as well out myself to Nancy, >231 nrmay: although I did include a note with my name along with the last gift. I'll let her say what the books were! I'll be opening my Santa gift this afternoon. I love the anticipation!
Wish I knew the identity of my Secret Santa...
And thanks to Karen (maggie1944) for the great copy of The Innovators!
I happily opened my three packages this morning (I asked P to wrap them for me and she had already mentioned that two of them were perhaps meant for her... ha).
Marianne (MichiganTrumpet) did a terrific job of choosing books for me! All three of these have been on my LT wish list and very high on my mental wish list:
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd and
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
Thank you, Marianne!
ETA: And they came from Book Depository, which means I got adorable book marks, too!
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman
The Exile and the Sorcerer by Jane Fletcher
The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett and others
A great haul--I will enjoy reading them all.
My giftee was also Anne, and I hope that my books made it successfully to her in time for Christmas.
The Remains of the Day which I see others have been wanting too!
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Bruno Chief of Police by Martin Walter
The Singer's Son by Emily St John Mandela
Excellent choices all...I am very thrilled to have them in my possession!
I sent gifts to Mahsdad (Jeff) all the way out in sunny California. I'll let him announce the titles!
Thank for coordinating the swap Mark!
Love your selections. Thanks again!
Lush Life by Richard Price
The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown
A great combination!! A novel I've never read but have been meaning to for eons, and a childhood favorite that has been republished recently in the UK and would have required a special order on my part -- but my Santa has lifted that burden from me! I thus suspect that the Santa in question is someone in the UK who would be familiar with the book... ???
Thank you! Now, back to bed with my tea and my sore throat and sniffles.
My 5 new treasures:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (I've read another of her books, which I loved)
Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens (how'd you know I adored Born Free and this reminds me of that)
Our Hidden Lives (the wish list book that I've wanted to read for a while)
Mrs Queen Takes the Train (I've heard good things!)
The Uncommon Reader (almost a companion book to the one above!)
Santa, you're a dear! Merry Christmas!
I received a box of four books from my Secret Santa, benitastrnad. One from my wishlist (Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner), two I have not heard of but look excellent (Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay and The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake), and my very own copy of His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, which I love but did not own my own copy.
Thanks so much Bianca! Merry Christmas!
Anyway - I just opened my gifts from >275 roundballnz: - Alex in NZ!!!
Thanks so, so much. After the day I had this is a great treat :-)
I got Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh which I think I'll start with... tomorrow
I got The City & The City which I have wanted to read for quite a while now... so excited to have it!
Love the choices... Thanks!
After I got the package all wrapped and rushed off in the mail, I remembered I forgot to put a note in to say who I was gitfing.
SO.... drum roll..... it was lycomayflower! aka Laura ;-)
Hope you enjoy the books, Laura. I had fun picking them out.
Merry Christmas to ALL! (I'm going to bed!)
I love my new books! One of them I did actually save till Christmas to open.
I received 2 from my wishlist -
Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain by Simon Garfield. Discovered this one on coppers wishlist!
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland by Jim Defede
The Fur Person by May Sarton. Read this right away.
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper.
Many thanks to my Santa for the excellent choices and happy holidays everyone!
You are the "bestest" Christmas elf! Thank you so much.
All of Us 75 Books Challenge friends
p.s. Happy New Year to Everyone
As I said earlier on this thread I gave Norabelle three books that were not on her wishlist taking a chance that they would be books that she will enjoy reading. Gormanghast novels are very popular in the U.K. and some people love them and others find their quality uneven. I also gave her one of Guy Gavreil Kay's books in hopes that she will love reading the rest of this author's oeuvre as much as I do.
Merry Christmas everybody and thanks to Maijkia for the books. I will start on Doomsday Book as soon as I finish reading my current fantasy.
I hope you like Homer's Odyssey. I wanted to share a book from my own shelf and from looking at your library, it seemed like something you might enjoy. I loved it.
Hope you had a Merry Chrstmas, Nancy! Thanks again!
And thank you, Mark, for running the swap this year!!
Big Reveal: I had Jean (majkia) - I'll let her post which books she received when she gets back home!
Aaaaand, I'm so excited that Lunacat was my Secret Santa!!!! I received:
The Waves by Virginia Woolf (I've long wanted to read this)
One Hundred Ways For A Cat To Train Its Human by Celia Haddon (looks very cute and perhaps entirely too accurate) ;)
and, what I'm most excited about,
Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music by, you guessed it, Stephen Fry! I adore him and have been having a mini-binge of "QI" while I've been sick. Seriously, he's the greatest!
Thank you, once again, to Mark, the head Santa, for organizing this fun round of Annual Book Love once again!!!!
I sent books to thornton37814. I'll let Lori share what she received.
I received delightful books from Caro (cameling.) It's a great selection of genres (mystery, romance, nonfiction, fantasy) from my wishlist. Thanks!
Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I received two books from my wish list:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and
The Unwinding by George Packer.
Excellent choices and a nice balance of fiction and non-fiction. I patiently left them until Christmas morning though they arrived the previous week. I'm looking forward to reading them both--Many many thanks!
I sent books to DeltaQueen50 (Judy) who has already revealed what she received.
I received Lawrence Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and Sara Nelson's So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading from Morphy. I should enjoy both of them.
I apologize for being so late at the reveal. I just haven't had much time for LT while at my brother's house with my Dad.
And I was Chatterbox's swappee, so she was right that it was someone from the UK although I have to confess I had not heard of either of the books I bought beforehand.
I can't wait to read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (rated a big 4.5 by Mark!) by Karen Joy Fowler and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
We are finally home in Florida after our trek up to North Carolina - where, funnily enough, it snowed right after we left :)
Thanks so much, Laura, for the great books, wrapped and all. And what a cool card!
You done great:
Laura sent me:
The City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
Desolation Road by Ian McDonald
Restless by William Boyd.