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Subject: You know those WL books that you've been waiting for?
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:09 AM ET
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I have a terrible premonition! After playing the HF newbie game in the games forum, I see a disturbing trend. WL'd books are being given away in the SWAPS!!! And to make matters worse, our own dear Shelley seems to have caught the bug and is now playing in another game. Before we know it, she will be hosting HF games left and right and we are never going to see our WL fulfilled! Waaaaah!!!!;(

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:38 AM ET
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Yes that is true. And people in the swaps tend to read those WL books and put them back in through another swap. They could stay in the swap pool for a long time!  On the other hand, some of these books had been sitting on people's shelves for a long time and it was the specific requirements of the swap that lured them off the shelf.  So at least they are now circulating instead of sitting on a shelf.  

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:54 AM ET
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Christa, you sound way too serious and practical about this. I need to whine....;)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:55 AM ET
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LOL!  I'm not going to be hosting anything any time soon. I'm still getting the hang of the games!  I'll leave the hosting to Christa, and I'll wait for her to do another HF game.  The other one I'm in isn't HF specific, and since that's pretty much all I read, I haven't been wild over the reveals so far.  There are some HF-ers playing, though, so hopefully I'll end up with something good.

I must say, I did luck out in Christa's swap! 

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:15 AM ET
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My problem with WL books in the last 6 months or so is that they've been keepers!!!  I intend on posting them when I start reading and by the time I'm done I think, "I can't let this one go!!!"  Anyone else have this problem lately?  I need to pick a stinker of a WL next time since I'm so low on credits due to keeping the really good books!

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:20 AM ET
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Michelle - Usually nothing is a keeper for me, but I can't seem to bring myself to post A Burning Land, although I know many of you are salivating over it (and rightly so).  It's the first Uhtred book I actually bought.  The other books in the series I got from the library.  Part of me, of course, says that someday I'm going to re-read the whole series, so I should really hang on to this book (and maybe even acquire the other books in the series).  However, the chances of re-reading are slim, and if I do re-read, there's always the library.  Yet, part of me would like to have the whole series, in hard backs, proudly displayed in my home.  It is, after all, my favorite HF series.  Hmmmm, what to do?  I guess it'll just sit on my nightstand until I make a decision. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:36 AM ET
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I played in the swaps for quite awhile and then I got bored of the regular no specific genre ones because there really wasn't any HF (alot of chick lit/paranormal/romance stuff).  The last swap I was in I ended up with a madelyn alt book (paranormal mystery?) so I gave up the swaps.  I think the only ones I'll participate in now are the reading challenge games and maybe the occasional buddy swap (and probably any HF swap that comes up).

So Jeanne my WL books will still be coming here- and don't forget Valli the games forum outlaw.  I'm sure hers will be coming here too :)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Whew, Holly, that's a relief! I feel much better now.:)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:15 AM ET
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Jeanne - Yes, never fear!  I don't foresee myself becoming a gamer.  After I finish the two games I'm in now, like Holly, I probably won't do anymore unless they are HF specific, and probably only if Christa hosts!  ;)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:39 AM ET
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You know how when a group of friends is sitting around visiting and every time someone says something, you want to say, "Yeah, I agree," or "I know exactly what you mean and also what about xyz?" That's how I feel reading through this thread - like we're all in a room together visiting over coffee.

Linda & I have a terrible time getting books moved along (I should say I do, because Mom gets through so many more books than I do, so they bottleneck at my house!).  Then we have the "keeper" problem as well. Bernard Cornwell books are nearly all keepers, as are Elizabeth Chadwick's. My Dorothy Dunnett books aren't going anywhere, nor are the Sharon Kay Penman's. 

Why? Who knows? Probably pointless, because, we share the Shelley situation - getting through all the great books that are out there the first time will be challenge enough, without indulging in re-reads. Guess we just like having favorite books by favorite authors on our bookshelves. But, because they are favorite authors, I want to read them, thus not getting another book back into the system. And in the meantime, Linda finds more and more great books for us - credits shrink, TBR grows & keeping the WL under 200 is a constant challenge ... You see the problem & probably share our angst!

Michelle, I had to laugh - "a stinker of a WL" - that's something of a contradiction in terms, isn't it?!? :P

And with respect to the games - I quite agree with Holly & Shelley - the HF Swap has been great fun, but it's the only kind of swap I think I would be interested in. And, Christa is such an excellent hostess, why would we want anyone different? Kind of like Valli's Secret Santa program - she does such a great job, we'll never let her out of that chore!

One other thing though about the game. It is interesting to me how the majority of all the players far exceeded the minimum requirements for the game. The requirement was for a book that had no more than 15 copies posted into the system. Instead nearly everyone picked wishlisted books and posted several from which the final recipient could choose. I love book-lovers!  And, natch, HF readers are the brightest & best!

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 4:28 PM ET
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Christa's game was fun. (I'm now out of it.) But I'm not likely to play again. I prefer the HF forum challenges.

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Date Posted: 2/13/2010 6:06 PM ET
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Ah but the games are fun. I have picked up a few really good books, and few not so interesting ones. The monthly author one is good. I got two historical fiction off of that one. I think it is sometimes easier to nab a HF book because there are less HF readers so easier to get., but yes I do like the genre specfic swaps HF and mysteries. They have a classics game that I am going to play. I have lots of classics to move. They have been sitting on my shelf looking at me for a very long time.

Alice



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Date Posted: 2/13/2010 6:23 PM ET
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I am just not a book keeper.  My keeper shelf is literally one shelf.  It has two series that were very meaningful to me and that I hope my children will read one day.  A few of my Nancy Drews from my childhood.  A few written by my dad.  A few others signed by the author.  So they are all very sentimental...not just "great books".   So pretty much all of the WL books get go back into the PBS system, either through a swap or posted directly to a buddies WL.

I'm glad you guys have enjoyed the HF game.  You  have offered some great books and the non-HF-forum players are really getting their eyes opened to the world of HF!   If you want to do it again, I'll do one every three or four months so you don't get burned out.  Next time we'll add a twist or two.  I agree about the open genre swaps.  I'll only do them if they have a very  unique format, or I see a lot of my CF buddies (and now my HF buddies!) playing so I know some things I'll like will be offered. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 8:51 PM ET
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I just joined the Classics one too.  Thats another genre I'll usually participate in but Classics swaps only come up once in awhile.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:16 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:33 PM ET
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Ditto, REK. this forum is where it's all happening. I commented in a PM  to Kelly what a blast it would be if we could all get together. I don't think that there is a room, convention ctr or whatever that could hold us! or mange us, for that matter!;)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:35 PM ET
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Now, Jeanne, THAT post is worthy of your signature line!  Too much sunshine for one house!

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:59 PM ET
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As usual, Kelly took the words right out of my mouth -- in a far more articulate and eloquent manner than I could manage.

And yes, Christa -- I loved the HF swap and would likely do it again as long as you're the hostess and don't add too many twists (I'm still not ready for doing the limbo while riding a white elephant). ;)

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 8:48 PM ET
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Happy to take the compliment - I mean, who wouldn't ?!? - but, really Deb, gotta call Pshaw, pshaw on this one.

Anyone who can pen such a clever post as the "Advice to Newbies" (http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=186454) is deserving of my ceaseless admiration and high acclaim from all other people who attempt the daunting challenge of stringing words into sentences.

But, I gotta admit to a wee bit of disappointment that you aren't willing to do the limbo while riding a white elephant. ;( Are you concerned about finding a white elephant ? Is that it ?

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 9:43 PM ET
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Hey Kelly  -- Finding a white elephant is easy...

Cartoon Outline Elephant Clip Art

 

...it's the limbo that scares me.

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FpC5SD8MFOk/Rin83OM425I/AAAAAAAAB-c/7fCFj0FHxrc/s320/Limbo.jpg

But if you lead the way, I'll follow!

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 10:25 AM ET
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I totally agree with Kelly, there are some books that will never leave the bookshelf...the Dunnetts, most of the SKPs ...some of the BCs.  I might be able to part with the new Uhtred after a paperback version comes out.  I know my daughter will want to read The Burning Land.  Some books are like friends or pets maybe, you just can't bear to part with them.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 12:42 PM ET
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But if you lead the way, I'll follow!

Yeah, I'm quite sure that will happen! I can tip my head back to get the last sip of goodness out of a cappacino, but that's about the extent of my limbo-ing! :P

But I appreciate your confidence in me ...

Kelly