My First Virtual Book Exchange {We Heart Books}

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I happily kicked off 2014 in the online world by participating in The Virtual Book Exchange, hosted by brilliant bloggers Katie {one of my online kindreds}, Kalyn & Emily. This post is part of their linkup to share our book exchange fun!

I love this simple, yet genius idea:  Get together a group of women {or men} by pairing them up from a sign-up list, sharing their book likes/dislikes and wish lists,  and each person buying/giving a book to their appointed online book buddy–I mean, what’s not to like?

I signed up early, so I was quite excited to receive my match email last month.  Chrissy is a teacher, and takes her online privacy pretty seriously, so I won’t divulge any other info, other than to say she is a kind, fellow book kindred.

I searched through her Amazon wish lists, and really enjoyed the diversity of books I found.  I was torn, because she had a few on there I want to read as well, but haven’t yet. {Like Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson and Creative Thursday by Marisa Cummings.}   There were a few on her list I’ve read and loved that I almost picked, like  Seven by Jen Hatmaker {a runner up on my life changing books list}, or Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

I finally settled on a book not on her list, because it is a favorite of mine, and I thought it would resonate with her. 

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a Newbery Award winner, and was my favorite YA read last year.  I so wanted to include a copy of A Wrinkle In Time as well, {Its my favorite YA read of my all time, and ties in beautifully with the plot of WYRM}, but I decided to give her another book from a completely different genre that comes highly recommended.

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Because I’m also an AVID journaler, I think its important to give journals to people who might love them any chance I get.  This favorite of mine was the perfect addition for a fellow book nerd.  The journal was already in my personal collection, and both of her reads were priced just right, so I got away with giving her multiple items and came in on budget – per the exchange guidelines.  A win for everyone!

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When I went to Montreal last month, I discovered this gorgeous card catalog stationary set.  I had fun writing Cassie a card, and included one of my favorite book quotes on the envelope.

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Cassie’s package to me came in the mail to me a few days before she received mine.  She wrapped it so beautifully–I could tell she had given it much thought and consideration, which I loved.    Not only did she give me a fantastic book (so I’ve heard), she included a personal note, and a handmade bookmark from her current hometown–so thoughtful!

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I’d actually forgotten that I included The Fault In Our Stars on my wish list.  Truthfully, I’ve been a little apprehensive about reading it, as I’ve lost multiple family members {including my Mom} to cancer.  I’ve been reassured by many-a-reader-friend {including Chrissy} that I will still enjoy this read, so I’m looking forward to it.  {I’m also glad I’ll have read the book before the movie comes out.}

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For someone who loves reading, books, and beautifully wrapped packages in the mail {who doesn’t?}, my first book exchange experience knocked it out of the park.

If you want a fun, economical way to give and receive some good reads, sign up here to be a part of the next book exchange!

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Did you participate in the Virtual Book Exchange?   If not, would you be interested in doing so next time?  Let me know in the comments!

{affiliate links used in this post keep the ‘virtual’ lights on here –thanks!}

3 comments on “My First Virtual Book Exchange {We Heart Books}

  1. I love love love how much both of you ladies enjoyed the exchange – which is so evident in the time you spend wrapping and sending gifts. Thank you for participating and making this an amazing event. Every time I visit a blog who linked up, I’m always adding more to my “to-read” list!

  2. I wish I could’ve participated this time. Thanks for writing a post about it, really helps me better understand how the whole thing worked. I’m hoping I get to join next time : )

  3. Loved everything about it! I’m so glad we were partnered up with each other! I enjoyed meeting you so much and will gladly update you as soon as I have read the books. Thanks so much for a great experience!!

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