Thoughtful Thursday: Housecleaning! (aka book giveaway)

Ruth is taking a break from Thoughtful Thursday during August while she finishes her dissertation — Go, Ruth!fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

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While Ruth is gone, we’re using this opportunity to clear out some of these stacks of books we’ve got in the way around here. And when we say “stacks”, we don’t mean those nice rows of organized shelved books like Ruth’s hiding out in at her university library. These are more like stalagmites jutting up from a cave floor (or stalactites for those of us who read upside down on the ceiling), except that these are teetering.

We need to get rid of some of them. We’d also like, at the same time, to distribute some of our lovely FanLit bookmarks (featuring art by one of our favorite authors and artists, Janny Wurts) across the United States and the UK.

So, here’s your job (the part where you do the thinking):

1. Leave a comment telling us what perfect place(s) you can leave/distribute FanLit bookmarks and how many of them you can handle. (Hint: if it’s a bookstore, library, etc, you may need to ask permission).

2. Find a couple of books or audiobooks you want from our teetering stacks. If you’re a winner, we’ll send you one of your choices. We’ve got old books, we’ve got new books, we’ve got red books, we’ve got blue books.

3. Contact us and give us your address (United States or UK) and tell us your first two book choices from the stacks.

We’ll pick a few of you and send you one of your book choices and some bookmarks to give out.

And, to whet your appetite, here is a small sampling of books we’ve got to give away:

The Windup GirlSeanan McGuire October Daye 1. Rosemary and Rue audiobookfantasy book reviews Elizabeth Moon The Deed of Paksenarrion 1.  Sheepfarmer's Daughter audiofantasy book review  Jesse Bullington The Sad Tale of the Brothers  Grossbart audioKelly Meding Evangeline Stone 1. Three Days to Dead 2. As Lie the  Deadurban  fantasy book reviews Lori Devoti 2. Amazon QueenKasey MacKenzie Red Hot Furyfantasy and science fiction book reviews23. Burning Shadowsfantasy and science fiction book reviewsKate Elliott book review Crossroads: 1. Spirit Gate 2. Shadow Gate  3. Traitors' Gatefantasy and science fiction book reviewsSusan Hubbard Ethical Vampire: 1. The Society of S 2. The Year of Disappearances 3. The Season of Risksfantasy novel reviews Max Frei Labyrinths of Echo 1. The StrangerMarjorie M Liu Hunter Kiss 1. The Iron Hunt 2. Darkness Calls 3. A Wild Light


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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26 comments

  1. I work at a bookstore, so I know I could leave some bookmarks there. I would also probably drop some by the library and also hand some out when I lend books (I’m the “what should I read now” girl for about a half-dozen people).
    I could handle quite a few, bookmarks go well at the store.

  2. Craig /

    I work for a large software company. Believe me there are plenty of people there who are into fantasy fiction but haven’t encountered your site. I think that a number of bookmarks in the coffee room would work wonders. They might even reach a whole new set of people!

  3. Melanie Goldmund /

    I live in Germany, but read lots of English books. I could distribute a FanLit bookmark each time I trade a book online at Tauschticket (Tradeticket), and I could probably get through twenty or even thirty by the end of the year. Paranormal romance books are very popular at this swap site, although I personally prefer other kinds of fantasy.

  4. My sister-in-law is a high school teacher so I can leave some bookmarks there and on the community table in my library’s entrance.

  5. I forgot to say that I can probabl give out 40 or 50 bookmarks at the library and at least that many at the high school.

  6. Perhaps I should clarify my comment to say that I’d distribute a FanLit bookmark each time I trade an English book online at Tauschticket. There’s a thriving community of English readers there.

  7. Aloha!=)

    I have a perfect place to distribute bookmarks and the head book seller welcomes it. Book buyers flock there since it is one of the only places that place out bookmarks any more. The B&N and Borders in Hawaii- Oahu where I live doesn’t put anything out- sad really.

    This place is a book and music store located right in Honolulu for easy convenience.

    I’ve never listened to a book via audio before. I’ve attempted a few but it feels different but I’d be willing to give it another go.

    I would love to read Amazon Queen=)

    lllinthe808[at]gmail[dot]com

  8. I’d like to mention that I would send out bookmarks with the giveaways I host. I like to tuck in a few bookmarks that I have extras of.

  9. Ooh, the ceiling! As soon as I outwit that pesky gravity, I’ll have a whole new surface to stack books on.

  10. First of all, good luck Ruth with finishing the dissertation, I think I have blacked out that part of my life. I teach chemistry at a small college and most science students have at least some interest in scifi or fantasy books. So I could definitely leave some out in the lounges and maybe some at the library. I probably see more of my students reading books in the lounge than studying like they should be I could probably handle around 30 bookmarks.

  11. I take them in, by the handfulls, to the library in the next town over, every few weeks, when I take my daughter in to get some books. They are tickled to get them and seem to go through them fast.

    I took some to the Used book store I frequent but their deskspace is limited and there’s some competition, so they’ve been moving slower there..

    But I’ve had the most luck when I wrote my phone # on them. The ladies lined-up for them then.. LOL.. OK.. that last one is a lie… :-))

  12. These are great ideas! Bookmarks are coming to those of you in the US at least (is Hawaii the same postage rate?)
    Sandy, I sent you some with a book this week.

    Ruth and Joe, I was updating my CV last night and had to search for my dissertation so I could get the title down correctly. It took me a while to find it…

    My library is thrilled to get the FanLit bookmarks, too, Greg!

  13. I can leave bookmarks at the library as well as 2 used bookstores in my area.

  14. Christa Holland /

    Amazing! : )
    My husband works at a university so when school starts back up, I can sprinkle them around campus. : ) Also, my father-in-law has his own business which might take some & I know I can sprinkle some in library books & other wonderful hidey-spots. And I’d be happy to drop one in each book I trade on PBS/Goodreads. : ) Bookmarks are awesome! I’ll let you determine how fast you want them distributed as to how many I can handle. : )

    Thanks for sharing your stacks of books.

  15. Robin K /

    Very generous offer! I can certainly add bookmarks into contests I hold, that’s is not a huge distribution but it is something. About 20 or so would do me. As for preference to books: Web of Lies, Demon Possessed, Red Hot Fury, Total Eclipse and Forbidden Sea.

  16. I work at one of the largest universities in the country. It would be easy to give some away in the student union.

  17. Oh this is awesome! I am in a “paranormal” romance reading group for moms, and I could totally use some books for a summer giveaway!

  18. Don’t forget to send your name and complete mailing address with your choice of books. If you’re a winner, we’ll need your address!

  19. Jeanette Juan /

    I would be able to pass out bookmarks to my local library, my blog, nearby bookstores and probably the library at my university campus.

  20. my library, my local bookstore maybe two, a local usb store that is enourmous and sells books, games, music, and dvds all.

  21. I work at a library, so I’ll definitely have permission to stash some bookmarks around the place. :) Not to mention I visit bookstores (Borders, BN, Hastings) probably way too much, but I’m sure they’ll take some.

  22. Thanks everyone!
    We have packages with a book and bookmarks put together for:
    Teri, Melanie, Christa, Throuthehaze, Hawkeyegirl, Seak, Sandy, Pam, Joe, Chas, Craig, Mike, Jeanette

    Robin, send your address (see instructions in the post).
    Did we miss anyone?

    And here’s a reminder that we cover bookmark and postage costs with the referral fees we get from Amazon. You can help us with this by clicking through to Amazon from FanLit whenever you buy anything at Amazon (not just books). All you need to do is click one of the book covers to get to Amazon. Thanks!

    UPDATE FOR NEW COMMENTERS:
    We’re not sure how many more requests we’ll fill after this — we’re running out of bookmarks and postage and eventually we’ll run out of books, too. :shock: New commenters can send a request and if it’s compelling and easy, we may fill it.

  23. I can place some in a couple local bookstores and libraries. They have never had a problem with it in the past, cant imagine they would now either.

  24. I go to a lot of used book sales. At least, 1 or 2 a month. I could pass them out to fellow shoppers. I mean who doesn’t love a free bookmark? I know I do!

  25. UPDATE: Okay, we’ve sufficiently depleted our stock of books, bookmarks, and postage. THANKS, everyone! Please let us know how the bookmarks go over!

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