I was really going to wait until December, I really was. But I’m certainly not the sort who has ever been known for having patience. Some while ago—I can’t precisely recall the date and I’m far too lazy to look it up—I mentioned that I had a bookish project in the works which I wanted to really develop and build upon. And the truth is that I’m just far too excited about this idea to keep it to myself. Now, let me be completely frank, I desperately want this project to work. So if you decide to sign up for it you need to be serious about it.
I’m a big fan of the book community as a whole and I genuinely think the vast majority of you guys are all amazing people. But the truth is that this project I’m trying to start requires quite a lot of trust on my end and enthusiasm on yours. I really want it to work. And so, as I 100% love this blog a tiny bit more than I love Twitter, I’m opening sign ups to you guys first.
And now for the bookish project reveal!
I’m calling it The Passalong Pages Project and how it works is that I am going to pass along a few of the books I’ve read for others to read and once the person I’ve passed this book on to has finished reading it, they must pass it along to someone else. There are a few extra things involved in this project to make it a bit more fun and are listed down below in the rules.
I intend to send at least one of these books internationally if not more depending on my finances come January 1st, 2019. I’m not entirely sure how many books I will be sending out, but I am committing to sending a minimum of two of these books out, but I am aiming for five or more as a goal.
I’ve currently compiled a list of books that I’m considering sending out as part of this project and they are:
The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown — January is this book’s release birthday and I think that makes it a really wonderful idea to send it out around the time I plan to begin this project.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan — this is my arc copy and I intend to have finished reading it by 2019, naturally, and would love to send this out and include it in the project.
Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce — I’m including this book largely due to the fact that I was deeply impressed with the story and am kind of devastated that it didn’t get more attention. This is one of those books that I truly believe did not get the attention it deserved and likely wont get a sequel because of it. Maybe we can change that?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer — How could I not include a book by my favorite author? I mean, really, that would just be blasphemy. Also, I have an extra copy lying around so why not include it and pass the book along?
Pride by Ibi Zoboi — this is another arc copy of mine that I would love to see sent around to everyone. I really enjoyed reading it and I think a lot of others will, too.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken — this is one of my favorite reads and I just so happen to have an extra copy that I can send out. It’s truly a wonderful book and I’d love to send it along to someone.
Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy by Richard Due — the author was a genuinely wonderful person and sent me two signed copies, one for myself and one to pass along to someone else when I commented that I was sad I didn’t live near enough to attend his book signing. This book is wonderful and endearing and I was truly so honored to have had the opportunity and I certainly think this book deserves to do a little traveling.
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas — I know a lot of people really wanted to read this book and I feel like it would be wonderful to send it along for you all. This book is signed by the author as well, which is kind of a cool addition since it would be only one of two books on this list that is.
I’ve also included an option for you to nominate a potential book for consideration either this year or next year.
If you sign up to receive one of these Passalong Books you agree to the following:
- You will pass the book along to someone else who agrees to pass it along after they have finished. This can be someone you know personally, but I’d really appreciate it if we always try to eventually come back to someone in the online book community (as a side note, if anyone has trouble with shipping costs please reach out and I will do my best to help).
- In terms of passing the books along, you should be willing to either have your e-mail or twitter handle available to participants via the project page (which will eventually be put up) or kept privately and able to be given upon request to whomever is passing the book along so that they can contact you for your mailing address when the time comes (of course you may change your mind and opt out at anytime).
- You will leave something in the book, whether it is some sort of bookmark, a commentary in the margins, an inscription, your signed name, or anything else you can think of.
- Take a picture of the above and submit it to me so everyone can see what we’ve added to the books! You can submit just the photo, a blog post, or even a social media post. I’ll feature it here to keep everyone updated!
- You will update, at least vaguely, where the book has traveled to. This can be done anonymously by e-mailing me. Part of the point of this project is to show how far we can get a book to travel and how many people it can reach. At the end of the year, I plan to create a map with pins on all the places the book has been in 2019.
- You will leave a brief review of the book (unless you decided to DNF and don’t believe in reviewing books you’ve not completed) that is at least 50 words. I will also feature any reviews submitted to me here on my blog.
- And finally, I know we all read and review at our own pace, but if you’re participating in this I would like you to at least try to set a goal to have the book no longer than a month. I would really love if we were able to pass these books along to a good number of people throughout the course of the next year.
So, if you’re interested and feel like you could adhere to these conditions, please fill out the sign ups! The books will be set to send out on January 1st so long as nothing prevents me getting to the post office and I wil be e-mailing those randomly chosen to receive the books at some point in December. Feel free to spread the word about this to anyone you think might be interested. Remember, I really want this project to get these books to travel all over the place as I think it would be a wonderful way to share them.
I’ll update you all as this develops, of course, and hopefully this will turn out to be something truly amazing that we can all be a part of.
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