The truth is, I am a hoarder, but only of certain things. I hoard those lovely blank journals that you're supposed to carry around and write in. (I never write in them, though. I just hoard them.) I hoard notecards and postcards. (Usually the only souvenir that I buy when I'm traveling--and then I can't bear to part with them.)
I have blogged once before about how I hoard old clothes, primarily clothes my sister gave me.
And I hoard books. I find it extremely hard to get rid of books that I like. And if I really like the book, I've been known to buy another copy if I come across it in a bookstore, just to give it a home.
They do pile up, though.
But now, thanks to a brilliant idea by the fabulous Mrs. G., there's hope. But you have to help.
Mrs. G. recently hosted a book giveaway on her blog. Somehow--and this is probably a bad idea, because I will end up hoarding it--I won one of her books, a novel by Ha Jin. I haven't even gotten it yet, but I'm already thrilled. I love getting free stuff! Especially really nice free stuff.
So I'm going to do the same for you here.
Below is a list of seven books that I have read and liked, or Doug has read and liked. They aren't books we loved; those, of course, I am (all together now, in unison) hoarding. But these are pretty good books; I won't give you crap. And they're yours for the asking.
Leave a comment and let me know which book you're interested in. This isn't first-come, first-served; this will be determined by a random drawing some time this weekend. Everyone's welcome to give it a try--even Mrs. G. herself!
The Dive from Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer.
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields
The Truth, with Jokes by Al Franken
Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton, by Sara Wheeler (this is the guy the movie "Out of Africa" is about.)
Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, by Janis Cooke Newman
Downtown: My Manhattan, by Pete Hamill
Before, by Irini Spanidou
Leave a note. Give it a whirl. If this works out, I might move on to offering up my notecards, postcards, and old clothes. (The blank journals I think I'll keep.)
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