January 30, 2012

Old Books in Need of a New Home

Welcome to the first edition of Old Books in Need of a New Home where I'll be giving away a nice sized box filled with books to one lucky person.

How does it work?
First of all, this isn't a regular giveaway which means the receiving person will be handpicked by me and not random.com as I want to make sure the books find the best home. Now you may wonder what you have to do to convince me you're the best choice for the homeless books. Easy. Just comment and let me know why you want them. In case there are several highly convincing comments I'm going to do the good old drawing of a paper slip from a hat to determine the person who'll receive the box.

What's in the box?
I aim to have a themed box full of books from a certain genre, with certain authors, etc. and by full box I mean up to ten books. That'll also depend on their format/size. Titles and authors will be listed along with the condition the books are in.
Themes I have in mind (so far) are chick-lit, mysteries, and YA. Most boxes will be filled with English books, though there might be the occasional box with German books only too.

What condition will the books be in?
They are not going to be spanking new. These books have been read by me and can be in any condition ranging from almost new to having been pawed through several times before. I will always state the exact condition the books are in so you can decide whether you want to enter or not. I realize not everyone likes used books, especially when they look the part, but fear not, I will also be giving away books that have been very gently read by me only and those look almost like new from the store.

Who can participate?
You have to be a follower of my blog (any way you want to, I'm not picky - GFC, RSS feed, e-mail, Networked Blogs, Bloglovin', Linky Followers or Goodreads) and you have to live in Europe! I really hate to leave out my international readers, but it's just too darn expensive to send a box full of books overseas.

What's in the box?
Chick lit, yay!

Alexandra Potter

Kate Harrison

Except for the hardcover I bought all the books used and their condition ranges from good to very good. Some of the books have yellowed pages as they are older editions.

And now, comment away!
Tell me why you want to win these books.
Tell me which country you're from (to make sure you really are from somewhere in Europe).
Tell me how you follow (like I said, I'm not picky, so simply follow the way you like best).
Tell me how I can contact you in case you're being picked as the winner.

This post will be open for a week, but time may be extended in case of low entries.


  1. Thanks you for your generosity!. Whoah these books are very interesting and i own none of these so this is a great choice. Even more, i need to read chick lit book for a challenge and i've got none so this box would be perfect. This genre would be a new discovery for me so i can't tell you yet that's my favorite genre ( i don't want to lie) but perhaps it would be.
    Anyway be sure i take a good care of my books because i think all books are precious.

    gfc: miki


    I'm from Belgium

    all the best and again a big big thanks you

  2. Such lovely books and generousity!

    While I may not actually read the books myself I would take them to my Next Bookcrossing meeting and set them free! From there they would find many good homes and hopefully travel the world!


  3. This is a great idea. I've thought about something similar but worry about postage. Maybe I'll do one when I hit 400 followers and have an extra (lighter) prize for those further afield.

    1. I know, postage can be prohibitive which is why I do this just inside of Europe. Oddly enough, with the latest increase in postal fees, it costs pretty much the same to send one book (!) or a small box filled with books.

  4. Not entering-since I'm not in Europe. Just wanted to tell you I don't feel excluded at all- I have too many of my own TBR's to read (and bookshelves that are overflowing). It's a neat idea though, and I'm sure whomever wins will be very happy!

    1. Is there really such a thing as too many TBRs? Uhm ...

  5. Hi there! Thanks for the great opportunity. Those books all look lovely and it's so nice that you're willing to share them with others! I love used books even more than new books because they have a certain character to them and it's awesome knowing someone else has read and hopefully enjoyed them.

    Personally, I would love to get these books because I am a huge chick lit fan. A lot of people I know don't seem to give it a second glance but the genre is one of my greatest pleasures! While I love all genres, chick lit is the one that really lets me escape the world and takes me away into the world of the books. I love everything about them from their SUPER adorable covers that always catch my eye to their fun and light writing. The books usually make me laugh and who doesn't love to laugh out loud while reading? It's the best thing about reading, for me!

    Besides my general love for easy, happy reads; my mother, sister, aunt, cousin, neighbour and grandmother are all into chick lit as well and are CONSTANTLY swapping these kind of books. So, not only would they be read by me, they would be read by at least 6 other people who I know would cherish them and get lots of entertainment and joy from them! The books would be in good hands as we all look after our books well. I also review any book I read so hopefully would be able to convince other people to support these authors!

    As for my country, I'm from Ireland. Which makes me REALLY excited to see this giveaway is open to Europe because so often they're not! Especially not when it's a whole bundle of books. It's really great to be given the opportunity.

    Anyway, I'm sure whoever you choose will love and take care of the books. I hope you consider me (and my family ;) ) and thank you again for the chance!

    My email address is pocketofbooks@gmail.com. I follow you through GFC (Nicola, pocketfullofbooks) and Goodreads (Nicola O)

  6. Hello Birgit!

    I think your idea is awesome! Giving away personal belongings is very generous and personally I enjoy very much giving presents away!

    Currently I live in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, but originally I am from Bulgaria.

    I love reading books! However, I prefer paper copies instead of e-books. Unfortunately, the small amount of book giveaways open to Europe are e-copies of books :(

    I love chick lit - it is full of jokes and advises about the lives of women.

    I also love that you are buying your books secondhand. I do this myself. First of all is cheaper, second is better for the environment and I think the idea of reusing things that other people do not want anymore is a great one.

    Once again thank you for the opportunity!
    Have a great day!

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    liveitblog at gmail dot com