I am SO excited to finally announce the next of my secret book exchanges: The Secret Booooook or Treat!
For those of you who have participated in the past, you know how fun this is and skip to the bottom to see how to sign up!
For those of you who have NEVER participated in one of my exchanges before, welcome! I’m so excited to have you here. We have a TON of fun with these and I hope that you can join us.
Back in December, I participated in The Broke and Bookish’s Secret Santa book gift exchange. It was for bloggers only and it was a TON of fun, and I thought, you know, I’m going to do this with my friends! It went so well that I expanded it out to all of you in the first Secret Valentine exchange and then I did so again just this summer for Secret Beach Read Buddy. Its been SUCH a blast and I’ve decided to do it four times a year. This fall is the first fall one and after much thinking, its officially called the Secret Booooook or Treat Buddy exchange!
So basically, it goes like this… you sign up, and you get yourself a buddy. You will be provided with a little sheet of information on them: who they are, where they live, what sort of books they want to read, what fandoms they like and information like that. Its YOUR job to create a gift for them. Think a book or two, maybe an extra goodie or two. You ship it off to them and in return, someone will ship something to you!
Check out some pictures from the Secret Beach Read Buddy exchange!
Totally awesome right? I bet you’re just DYING to sign up now!
Before get to that part, I want to just say a few things that are VERY important:
First off, this is the time table for the exchange: You MUST have your sign up information in by August 31st! You will receive your information about your buddy on September 10th! You will need to send out your package to your buddy by October 13th! Please be aware of this timetable when you sign up!
Tracking information is required when sending your package!
You will spend at the very least twenty dollars on your buddy! You will need to send a 1-3 books and a few goodies. Books CAN be used but must be in VERY good condition :)
This is open internationally but I cannot guarantee that someone else from your country will sign up. If you’re in the UK area, you should be totally fine. Any other country, please be aware that you will MOST likely be shipping internationally!
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART:
As much as I’d love each and every single one of you to participate, please do not do so if you can’t commit to this. It takes time, money and effort and I want to make sure that everyone receives a gift. A few people last time did not receive gifts and yet they sent them out and that’s unfair. Please be aware that this will cost money to purchase the gift and to ship it out to your buddy. Only commit if you are 100% sure that you can do this! If someone bails again in this exchange, I will no longer have this open to anyone who wants to participate!
Okay, now that I got that out of the way, here is how to sign up:
Send an email with the following information to email@example.com by AUGUST 31ST, in order to participate. If you do not send in the information by AUGUST 31ST, you canNOT participate.
Your Secret Booooook or Treat Buddy will be sent out to you by SEPTEMBER 10TH, and you will need to send out your gift by OCTOBER 13TH.
There are a few more rules that are required, basic things, but those will be sent out in the email when you receive your Booooook or Treat Buddy.
For now, here is the information that is needed:
Your Full Name
Yes, your full name: First Name, Last Name. We cannot send a package out to “Amy”. It needs to be “Amy Smith”.
This is if you WISH to share. It can help your Secret Booooook or Treat Buddy get to know you better :)
Your Full Address
Please, please, please double, triple, quadruple check that you send this information in correctly. I hope that packages make it to the correct house! Please send it in the format that it would be written out as on an envelope.
8-10 Books You Are Interested in Reading/Your GoodReads Link/Your Amazon Wish List
All three or two or one of these will work. Please keep in mind: list books that you will NOT be buying in the next month or so. If you buy a book on your Amazon wish list, please remove it ASAP. Make it as easy as possible for your SBOTB to buy you a book you do not already own!
Please, please, please DO NOT request hardcover versus paperback. Please do not do that. That is incredibly rude. Your Secret Booooook or Treat Buddy is putting together an awesome package for you, out of their own pocket, and they may purchase you two or three soft cover books as opposed to one hardcover, in order to make your package that much better. Set aside your book preferences for this, because its a FUN thing!
Fandoms You Love
Share! Are you a Potterhead or a Shadowhunter? Do you love Doctor Who or Supernatural or Disney, etc? This helps your SBOTB find little goodies for you!
Anything Else You’d Like to Share
Do you collect bookmarks or keychains? What sort of snacks do you like to munch on while reading? That sort of thing.
International or Not?
Anyone can participate from any country. But there are some things to say:
If you would prefer not to ship international, please let me know! This is incredibly important. If you don’t let me know, I can’t guarantee you won’t get someone in a different country.
If you are IN a different country, you’ll probably be shipping to another country. I can’t guarantee someone from your country will be participating so please keep that in mind when you sign up.
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Easy, right? Just don’t forget to send this information in by AUGUST 31ST! Any later and you cannot participate. Don’t forget to send this information by AUGUST 31ST to firstname.lastname@example.org.