Sunday, August 12, 2012

Passing Books: A Bout of Books Challenge

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Welcome to Bout of Books 5.0! It's the first day, so pace yourself. Shaunesay and I have a challenge for you to get things started. Here are the details:

Congratulations to these winners:

Kimberly posted her response on her blog, On the Wings of Books, saying "After I’ve finished reading (and reviewing) a book it gets put on my finished reading shelf. It’s a nice feeling to be able to put it on that shelf. Occasionally I will loan books (but usually just to certain, trusted, people). And I rarely give books away. I know that’s very selfish of me, but that’s just the way I am. I gave away a ton of books several years ago and I regret doing it, so I don’t usually feel inclined to give them away now."

Melanie says "Most I keep, but some I give away (either to someone I know or via my blog)."

Kat C said, "After I read a book I will either keep it, give it to another blogger or trade it in at the used bookstore."

Tracy is a member of BookCrossing. Her BookCrossing member name is mattnem05.

To enter this challenge, tell us what happens to your books after you have read them. Shaunesay and I both belong to, an on-line community where books are given a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked, thus connecting its readers. So, we're going to give you an extra chance to win if you're a member of BookCrossing. (And you can join today if you're not already a member.)

Here are the details:

  • This challenge will be open for 24 hours, from 12:01 am CDT on Monday the 13th to 12:01 am CDT on Tuesday the 14th
  • You must be participating in Bout of Books to win. You must have posted your goals and linked them through the linky on this page.
  • Four participants will each win one book up to $15 from The Book Depository.
  • This is open to entrants in any country that The Book Depository ships to.
  • Winner will be selected using Rafflecopter and we’ll announce and contact the winner on Tuesday evening.
  • To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. You may answer the question in the widget or post your answer on your blog and supply a link to your answer in the widget. You get an extra entry if you're a member of BookCrossing.
  • You can submit your entry on either of our blogs. Rafflecopter ensures that duplicates are not received.
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  1. It's a interesting question ^^ Are you going to give us an idea of the most popular answers later?
    thank you a lot for your participation in this read a thon and the international giveaway

    1. Oh yes. I will indeed! I'm interested to see the answers. Over at, we've been discussing whether we're hoarders if we own more books than we can possibly read in a lifetime.

    2. sigh, yes.

      I'm hoping I live forever so I don't qualify.

    3. Me too Book Dragon! I think that's the only answer really, just to live forever! ;)

  2. I love this question! I'd be interested in seeing the most popular responses. I hadn't heard of Book Crossing before but it sounds very cool. Thanks for the fun challenge and the incredibly generous giveaway!

  3. Like I said over at 'The Space Between':
    Those books that I buy, I usually keep. I spend basically all my money on books every single month. I would love to participate in sth like book crossing, unfortunately such thing is pointless in my tiny country - I guess there's not enough interest. Most of the books I read are from the library anyway, so I must return them (bummer!) ^^.

    I would gladly donate some of my books for charity though. That would be nice.

  4. I keep the best of the best, but always loan to friends. But I usually donate mine to my school library, but I'm looking forward to checking out the BookCrossing site.

  5. 90% of what I read is from the library so when I'm finished it goes back (both books and ebooks are available from my library). As for books I own I mostly purchase ebooks that are unavailable to me through the library and they sit in my Kindle archive in the event someone would like me to loan it to them. If I buy paper books they are because they are one of the few books I'll actually re-read and they sit on a book case.

    Great question!

  6. Awesome question! I answered it more fully on my blog and provided pictures to my bookshelves.

  7. That Book Crossing thing is amazing! I joined and have started putting books up! Thank you for sharing!

    Short answer: I keep most of the books I read! But I do share when I know a friend has it on their wishlist.

    Full answer:

  8. Great question! Thanks for hosting the challenge!

  9. Book Crossing is really cool. I am going to print my own labels though instead of buying them!! Not sure how the library will like me putting stickers in all their books! haha!


    Here is
    Where my books go!

  10. I remember joining BookCrossing but it was so long ago I don't remember my login info.

  11. I keep ALL of my signed books :) If I am out at a signing and purchase more than one book/signed book - I pass them along to other interested readers :)

    If I have read a book and it didn't really interest me - I pass it along to someone who might get some joy out of it :)

    Great Question!

    Tabby @Insightful Minds