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Subject: A Historical Fiction Christmas....
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 7:30 AM ET
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Okay, first of all I hate the fact that I'm bringig up Christmas in October, but we have to plan ahead, I guess. I don't usually start thinking about Christmas until I wake up one morning to realise that it is just days away, and I haven't bought any gifts, but we can't do that here because Media Mail is slow. ;-)

Anyway, I was thinking about some fun things we could do for the month of December instead of the BOM:

1. Secret buddy swap - I'd write the names down of everyone who wants to participate and then assign everyone a secret buddy. The buddy would send a book from the wishlist to that person.

2. Dirty Santa swap - This would work similar to the white elephant games in the Book Bazaar. Everyone would get a book for the game. We'd all take turns asking a member to reveal their book. The next person can either steal your book or ask another person to reveal. Books can be stolen three times.

Anyone interested? If anyone has a better idea, or even an improvement on the above ideas, let us know!

Anyone that enjoys historical fiction is invited to participate!



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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 7:38 AM ET
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I like the elephant swap idea but I'm thinking for this particular group a secret buddy swap would probably be better because we are such a bunch of reading fools in here that its likely with an elephant swap a lot of us would get a book we've already read :)  This type of thing would probably be better in december than BOM anyway since everyone is going to be very  busy. 

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Holly brings up a good point about people ending up with books they already have in the elephant swap. I also agree with people being busy in December and having less time for a BOM. But, with the mail system being so clogged up during December there is also a chance that if we did do the secret buddy swap in December that some of the books may not arrive in time for Christmas. So maybe we could start it a week or two before December?

 

One idea: There is a game-type in the forum where everyone makes a list of their four top wishes and posts it in the game. The we all PM the game mod and ask if we can mail a book to person X. If that person has not yet received a book, then we let the mod know which book off the list we will be sending. This gives us a chance to see if we actually have any of the books people are wishing for so we can read and send a book we already own instead of buying one. Does that make sense?

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 11:32 AM ET
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I agree w/ Holly that I'd be unlikely to even get one book read in December. What about an RAOK type thing, where those of us participating might 'gift' another with a WL book, perhaps? If we chose a date in Nov, we would have time to comb the UBSs and the 'net for a good price on a WL book for a buddy---? I don't want to obligate folks to spend $$, but I usually can find books pretty cheap, it would just mean that instead of buying a book on my own WL for myself, it'd be gifted to me, but my buddy'd get to choose which one.   ??

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 12:59 PM ET
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I love the secret buddy swap idea if we start it early enough for the books to be received.  I was thinking I would have to pass on the December BOM as well as I will be too busy with work etc.  This way I can still participate in a fun group activity and not feel the pressure of a reading deadline when I am busy and short on sleep.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 2:00 PM ET
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I like the secret buddy swap.  I seems less time consuming than the other one.  I don't mind buying a WL book for someone (as long as all their books aren't rare and out-of-print). 

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Great idea, Valli!!  I also would not mind buying a book if I had to, as I would also be getting one in return.  Sounds like fun!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 3:22 PM ET
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I like the Secret Buddy Swap idea too - as long as used books were acceptable (good condition)

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 3:23 PM ET
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I like the secret buddy idea too.  Even some older out of print books can be obtained inexpensively through one of the used books sites or ebay.  I would love to get a book on my wish list for Christmas!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I think the secret buddy swap would be best too simply because it's something we can do quickly. Doing it this way would mean we could get names assigned now and there would be plenty of time to choose a book to send and have it mailed before Christmas.

We can do it as Jennifer says or I can match everyone up in a random drawing, whichever you guys prefer. Either way, I get to be The Christmas Puppetmaster. Haha!

I think used books are perfectly okay. I think we all have wishlisted books that are out of print, but are available cheaply.

Should we choose a limit? Like 10, 15, 20 bucks? We do not want this to stress anyone's finances! This is for fun!

I'll start a new thread for this after we all hammer out the details.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 6:20 PM ET
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Sounds fantastic!

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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 7:58 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:04 PM ET
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I'm game either way. Sounds like fun. The way my October is going, I definitely don't want to commit to a BOM in December. :)

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:22 PM ET
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Secret buddy is fine with me too. I definitely wouldn't mind spending money on my HF buddies! I don't really mind about a price limit, but as other people have said, most books can be found pretty cheap on the internet, so that really shouldn't be a huge issue.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 7:43 AM ET
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I'm in! Secret buddy sounds fun.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Okay! Secret buddy it is! Watch for a new thread soon. I want to start a thread that is specifically a place to sign up so that I can make sure I have a correct list.

I guess we'll just do a price limit of no less than ten bucks and no more than twenty. Does that sound good and fair for everyone?

If you'd like to give your secret buddy an idea of what you most want, make a list of your top five wishes on your public profile. Just title the post "Historical Fiction -Christmas" and we'll all know to take a peek at each others profiles. That would be helpful for someone like me who is never sure of what to buy and takes forever to make up their mind! Of course, we may not get any of those top five wishes, but it's just a suggestion anyway.

If anyone has any ideas to make this work better or make it more fun, feel free to share!

Edited because one sentence was full of mis-spellings and made absolutely no sense. I think I have a sugar high and it's affecting my typing skills. (Someone gave me a box of homemade fudge today)



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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:28 PM ET
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Sounds great Valli! I will be watching for that new thread!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 2:05 PM ET
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The price limit sounds fine.  I think we are all expert bargain hunters when it comes to finding special books!  Thanks for being willing to pull the strings on this one puppetmaster!



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Date Posted: 11/11/2008 6:42 PM ET
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Has anyone started mailing out yet?  I havne't just wondering if I"m behind!

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 7:25 PM ET
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I've already received my books (yes, I got 2!).  I got them about 10 days ago.  I'm going to mail out mine tomorrow (today being a postal holiday).

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:41 PM ET
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I haven't mailed yet.  I'm planning on doing it next week before I go on vacation :)

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Wha????? I was planning on mailing mine out at the first of December. I'm such a slacker.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:15 AM ET
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I haven't mailed mine yet, either.  But I did notice on the PBS newsletter that Nov 13 is the last day that the USPS will guarantee media mail arrival by Christmas.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Michelle, I think that the PBS Newsletter was talking about guaranteed Media Mail delivery to APO addresses, not regular addresses. So we shouldn't have to worry.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 12:02 PM ET
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Pheww!!  I was not planning top mail mine out till early Decmeber either.  Thank goodness.  I was worried there for a second.

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