Book Exchange, Because BOOKS!

Nov 30, 2018

Giving myself a dumb New Year’s Resolution of not buying any new books in 2018 was just ridiculous. Do I have a pretty decent stack of books to read by my bed as we speak? YES. Do I also have a Little Free Library mere steps from my front door? ALSO YES.

Does any of that matter?! NO! I want all of the books. More than that, I want to share all of the books, too! Last year I took part in an online book exchange with one of my book clubs (I’m in a few…heh), and it was soooo much fun. This year I figured why not host one myself, and open it up to whomever?

I originally saw this on Angry Angel Books, who originally saw it elsewhere, including Jenny Lawson’s Bloggess. I’m tweaking it just a teensie bit, but wanted to give credit where credit was due. I tip my hat to you, ladies, and thank you.

Let’s get to it! I’m going to give you instructions for Amazon because that’s what a lot of people use. However, feel free to post a link to your local indie bookstore, especially if they’ve got a setup which keeps your info private but still gets you your book. If this is the case, then PLEASE yes support local. Okay, here we go. 

First of all, I don’t actually care how many books you put into your wish list. Some say one, I say go crazy! But comment here with perhaps one you’d realllly like. Last year, I typically went with that one book, but on a couple of occasions I saw something on a list that had really spoken to me personally, so I’d sent that one instead. If it’s on the list, we know you want it. If it gets purchased by someone else, it won’t be available for the rest of us anymore, so don’t worry. So, check it out:

  1. Make A BRAND NEW wish list on Amazon.
  2. Here’s how you make a wish list:
  • Under “Accounts and Lists” on the right, top side of Amazon select “Create a list”.  
  • Choose “Wish list” and name it something like “book(s) I really want!” and choose “Public”.
  • Then click “Create list”.  
  • Now add a book/books to your list by searching for that book, then clicking the “add to list” button on the bottom right of that page. Make sure you assign it to the new wish list.
  • The most important thing (that many people forget to do, so please don’t!) –  You have to assign a shipping address to that specific wish list or it won’t go to you.
  • Click on your wish list, it should already be “public” but if not, change that. It’ll take you to “List settings”.  
  • Click “view details”. Where it says “shipping address” add yours. (Your city and first name will be shown to others, but not your full address.) Save your changes!!
  • Next, leave a comment on this page with a link to your wish list. In your comment, say which book you want in case someone specifically wants to buy you that book. Also, if you’re not in America put that in the comment so we can match people better by location and not have crazy shipping fees.

Here’s how you buy a book for a stranger: click on their link, which you’ll find in the comments below. Choose a book. Select their name so it goes to their address. If it doesn’t give you the option of picking their name it means they didn’t add a shipping address so delete what’s in your cart and go to the next person. Consider someone’s day made!

Once you’ve purchased a book for someone, please reply to their comment with a little wink, woo hoo or general I BOUGHT YOU A BOOK, so that others will know to choose someone else. The goal is for everyone to get a book! Sharing is caring!

The only rule is that this is just for books. No gift cards or clothes or anything else because it gets out of hand really quickly. Just a simple book to take you away from the world and help you find new ones.

Happy Holidays, y’all. Whichever you celebrate, however you celebrate, if you even celebrate at all. May you soon be rich in reading material. Thanks for playing!

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  1. Amanda Janik

    November 30th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I’d really love the meditation for wiggly people book!

    https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1T1535J61ZHQL/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

  2. Rebecca Concepcion

    November 30th, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I hope I did this right! I’d love any of the books on my list -pick the one you’d like to read too (or a different one; I’m not the boss of you). I love this idea! Xoxo

    Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2QMVBZW6MJIW3

  3. Amanda Janik

    December 2nd, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Something is coming your way, friend!

  4. Nikki Dertouzos

    December 1st, 2018 at 4:53 am

    I am so excited about this!! How fun!! Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1GXIKKFZREK3A

  5. HEATHER

    December 5th, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Here’s my link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/4P8piB2

    I really want all of them so any one would be cool 🙂

    I love doing this!

  6. Nikki Dertouzos

    December 9th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Amanda Janik 😉

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