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Subject: Pimp Your Shelf Here
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 8:51 AM ET
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Ok, just for fun, tell us what is on your shelf. Tell us about why your poor little books need new homes. Make it fun, funny, sad, whatever you want. No deals required. Tell us what everyone is missing out on my not looking at your shelf.

I'll start and tell you about my poor little shelf. It used to be full, and then I had a rummage sale. The poor books that are left, are ones I thought would be good for PBS folks. Perhaps your life is boring and you need some MYSTERY in your life, I have that. Maybe you are a Diva who wants has yet to sell her soul, I can help you out with that. The kids want something different to read, feel free to give my shelf a peek. Since I have downsized, my shelf has been kinda whiney. Looking for all the other books that had to go.  And that is why I think folks should look at my shelf. *lol*


Date Posted: 8/3/2008 8:54 AM ET
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A lot of the poor books on my shelf are the only of there kind in the system.  They are about to go extinct.  They need someone who will love them and take care of them.  Please bring one home today!  LOL

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 8:58 AM ET
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Becky, I just requested your Jennifer Cruise books. I don't know how I ever missed that title, its a new one for me. Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:01 AM ET
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Thank you!  Anyone But You is a really nice book.  It is hardcover and looks brand new.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:23 AM ET
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It seems that I have become known in the neighborhood as the Book Rescue Lady.  Everyone who can't find a good home for their books drops them on my doorstep.   I have no daughters, but seem to have become foster mom to some teen chick lit.  How did that happen?

Yes, I have sons....... but I have managed to get most of their books adopted out long ago.  Except for Euripides and Tom Sawyer and a wolf dog named Kavik.   Their beloved owners at college, these relics from high school and elementary school wonder when they will be needed again.

The oddest thing is the cute little bear from the hundred acre wood and his happiness at celebrating holidays.... I scratch my head as he rummages in the kitchen for honey.   He is a new arrival, and is confused about the way that children grow so fast and leave him behind.  He is the most precious foster book of all.

There is poetry and essays and mystery and a few guilty pleasures..... From the far flung corners of my little neighborhood.  I cannot turn down a request to find a good home for a needy book.  And apparently, they have not been spayed or neutered as recommended because they seem to multiply!

House the Homeless - adopt a book!



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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:00 AM ET
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My poor little books need a new home..... You might find something you really, really, really like by adopting one or more.

Just Added  3 new ones by Gregory Maguire (Author of "Wicked").  One Now, two have already been adopted, so that leaves:

Lost by Gregory Maguire (Author of WICKED)  ISBN 0060988649

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (Author of WICKED) ISBN 0060987529

Someone has stolen these poor babies' identity with different ISBN numbers

They don't mind being separated from their siblings, so go ahead and browse my shelf and don't feel guilty about splitting the family up.  Besides, I happen to know that someone is "Wishing" for them - but with different ISBN numbers.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:15 AM ET
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My shelf has something for everyone!

It leans toward non-fiction, but there is everything from mystery to romance, paranormal fiction to Bible Study.

There are only 27 books, but they are a diverse crowd.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:21 AM ET
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The books I have are feeling unloved because so many of their friends have left recently. One was actually picked and rejected after a sob story about how there was another received in the mail that someone forgot to marked mailed. That book is bereft because it was actually wrapped and ready to go out when it was returned in shame to the shelf. Oh the humiliation of it all!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:30 AM ET
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Help!  Unfortunately because of the space confines in my house my older books have been peering over at my immense 5 shelf book case of historical fiction with unbridled jealousy.  Although they were all once loved they are forced to live with the knowledge that they have been replaced and that their replacements are seated right next door on my historical fiction shelves staring smugly back at them.  Please help my scorned group of books find new homes!

I have romance books looking for someone to show them chivalry is not dead, Forgotten Realms and a few other fantasy books looking for someone to take them back to their magical world, Stephen King books waiting for someone to jump in fright at their scariness, thrillers waiting to, well, thrill you, and mystery solving cats just looking for the next crime to solve.  Come check out my shelf and see if you can offer them a new home!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:48 AM ET
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Right now I have 336 books on my shelf that are almost all paperback romance books.  I have a 6 for 1 endless deal going for the Harlequin books.  Order 1 Harlequin book and get 5 more Harlequin books free.  Anything published by Harlequin is included in this deal.  I think that about 80 - 90  of the books were published by Harlequin.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I currently have slightly >600 books on my shelf and have been sending them out at a fairly good rate, but the demand over the last week or so has seemed to stop----not sure why.  I have a lot of mysteries, plus quite a lot of fantasies and SF as well as a great many other things.  I have tried to avoid the classic "trash" romances, but have some of almost everything else.  I would offer 3 for 2 credits, to anybody who is interested in perusing my pile of books---I'd recommend looking at it in categories, as wading through the whole thing is a rather daunting task!!  GOOD LUCK!!

I have a wide variety of stamps that I got on Ebay for <face value, and if you mention the stamps, I will be sure to use a good mixture on your book package.


Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:55 AM ET
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I just added about 35 books to my shelf this weekend and so far no takers! 

These books are all housebroken and you never have to feed them.  You might want to take them to the park though. They would like that.  They all have names and love to be handled.   You can take them to bed with you and they won't hog the covers.   Be warned though....they might keep you up all night while you try to figure them out.  Once you pick them up, you may not want to put them down.


Won't you give my bookshelf a look and see if there is something you want to take home with you?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 12:45 PM ET
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i will gladly send a handmade bookmark with each book order.......until i run out of bookmarks :(

if you order a book from me please PM and tell me not to forget the bookmark..

lol lol

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Subject: History, mystery, foreign language too! All these waiting just for you!
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I just added a bunch of books in French.  My bookshelf is pretty varied, fiction, non-fiction, mystery, foreign language, children's, teacher books for gifted education, and some books on tape.   I just finished reading Katherine Heyman's The Accomplice and posted it.  What a great book!  I don't have any romance or Harlequin.  Take a minute and check out my bookshelf.  I'm open to reasonable deals! Happy browsing.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I picked up some homeless romances and promised them I would find them loving and caring places to call home. They are beginning to look at me like I was fibbing to them. A chosen few were WL and happily shipped right out to adoptive parents. I told the rest they would get a chance, but so far they are huddled together waiting. I am willing to split them up if they are promised a well cared for home. If someone has a home for a sibling group I am willing to extend a deal toward the upkeep required for a large family of books.

I have a wide array of other books on my shelf. I tend to read in streaks. I might be in the mood for horror now and a good action book next. I have found a good supply of new authors to read here and now it is starting to show in the books on my shelf.

Don't be shy, I would be happy to see these books on their way to be loved and read. I have some nice BIG boxes to ship multiple books. Can I pack one for YOU?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:11 PM ET
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I have a bunch of very sad board books.  They have been taken from their children's shelf and placed in a big plastic bag awaiting yard sale.  They would love to see a new face to bring them joy again.  (Remember Jessie from Toy Story!)

I also have a variety of literature that adult readers would enjoy for example Ellen Foster, Reading Loliita in Tehran, Stolen Lives, Prodigal Summer, Beloved, Back When We Were Grownups, and more.

After reading the havy stuff perhaps a walk on the lighter side would be best.  I have eight the Cat Who books, a handful of Janet Evanovich, Le Divorce, and some other light hearted books.

For those teens or adults that are into historical fiction, I have a variety of Ann Rinaldi books including A Break with Charity (About the Salem Witch Trials), Cast Two Shadows (Revolutionary War), The Fifth of March (Boston Massacre), Finishing Becca (Benedict Arnold story) and one or two more that I can't think of right now.

Have an beginning reader?  There are a handful of easy readers on my shelf.

There is a handful of teaching texts on my shelf too.

Now that you have read about the wonderful, fabulous, out of this world variety on my shelf, I will let you in on a secret.  I am offering 2 for 1 on adult books and board books, 3 for one on kids books, or 5 for 2 for anything.  All books will be going out with the overwhelming stack I have next to the door.  Thanks for reading and happy shopping: ) 

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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:41 PM ET
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I have 133 lonely little books which are a mix of all kinds of genres.  There's romance, christmas romance, some chick lit, maybe one or two paranormal types, self-help, action/adventure, very few kids books, and some other miscellaneous adult fiction. 

The two Amber Brown books can be a 2-for-1 for anyone who is interested.  Send a PM and let me know. 

I also have some Unpostables listed on my profile.  I'll send one free with each book ordered. 

Would love to see any of these books find a good home!  Honestly these guys are kinda spoiled and perfectly happy to sit where they are!  But I need to clear out some space so please take a look-see!



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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:41 PM ET
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You guys are KILLING me!! I love your pleas!!!

Subject: CHRISTIAN FICTION........
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:00 PM ET
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Well, my bookshelf is not only lonely, it's sad. I have 32 christian books that desperatley need to be adopted. They all need loving homes.

I will be posting new christian fiction books later this week or the beginning of next. I just had surgery not too long ago and am still recupperating. I need to build up points to order more books. My recovery time has been a wonderful way of being able to catch up on some reading!

Have a wonderfu day.........Happy reading!


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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:41 PM ET
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My bookshelf is actually happy because I'm leaving on a short vacation and they knew they can create all kinds of havoc while I'm gone. AND, they know they'll get away with it, because NO ONE CAN SEE THEM!!! With my shelf on vacation hold, they are going to go wild!!

Janet Evanovich's HOT SIX are going to be FLIRTING WITH PETE in A WOMAN'S PLACE and THE KING OF TORTS is going to try to tell THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORYMC'CLOUD'S WOMAN is going to claim it's all a BODY OF LIES  and Dr. Phil is going to shout at everyone to go into THERAPY.

So, while I am gone, please FALL ON YOUR KNEES  and say  A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY . I know that my books would really NEVER LEAVE ME and will keep me in The Loop, but just in case, show up here at TWELVE SHARP on August 8 and you'll make THE RIGHT CHOICE!

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Subject: Books needing adoption or at least fostering
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Oh, my. This thread has cost me credits. What a clever idea.

I keep my shelf at around 300 because I am trying to move 20,000 books. My books are all excited about their new adoptions now that I have completed their Terminations of Parental Rights. Some are sad that other books have found homes first, but know the right homes will show up for each of them soon. They are seeing a lot of turnover. A happy thing is that so many of these books are longed for by their new families. About 40% I post are just what their new families have on their wish list.

It's a very multicultural shelf with a lot of diversity. Fiction/nonfiction. Many books have romance in them, but no real Romance as a genre. Spy/mystery/thrillerA lot of children's books. A good section of true crime (keep about 30 on the shelf for true crime). I keep putting science, history, cookbooks, and gardening but they get homes quickly, like infantss do!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I LOVE all the creative ways people have used to describe their shelves!! 

I'm going to 'Watch This Topic' just to see what other posts are added to it!!

I, too, have some poor forgotten books that have been on my shelf since I first joined PBS last year and they would desperately love a new home. I know they are getting tired of looking at the same covers that have been crowding them on the shelves for several months.  Please, help my books find new homes! They really are all very well behaved, some are a little racier than others, but for the most part they won't cause too much embrassement.  Some may even make you laugh...or cry.

I'm always more than happy to make a deal with other book lovers, just pm me and we'll work something out. I have just about every genre people might want except...NO SCI-FI AND NO CHILDRENS/YOUNG ADULT.

This is a non-smoking home [that always sounds like it's the house that doesn't smoke!!] but we do have 3 cats, 2 of which have been known to climb on the book piles....the other one is too old to get up there.

Happy reading to all!!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 4:42 PM ET
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My books have been sitting in thier little box for a quite a while now, waiting to be adopted by a loving home.  One by one they have seen thier brothers and sisters leave, yet here they still sit, thier sad little book covers looking up at me with hope.

So if you need some romance in your life, there are many new friends awaiting you on my shelf.  :)  And I'm willing to deal.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 5:21 PM ET
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There are about 85 books on my shelf and they are all very well-behaved.  Just like a dog, they will be happy to see you whether you've been gone 5 minutes or a whole day. They never talk back, argue, or try to manipulate you. My books are very loyal, fun, eager to please you, always ready to go with you to the Dr's office and anywhere else you need a little company.  They don't need a leash, have a great attitude and love to please you.

Please take a peek at my shelf where there are Cook books, Self-help, Mystery, Cross-Stitch, and a handful of romance.

Mystery (John Grisham, Tom Clancey and more)

Romance (Catherine Coulter, Mary Higgins Clark, Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts)

Cookbooks (Better Homes & Gardens)

I'm running a 2 for 1 today but I'm always willing to deal (since I am a Boxer, I'd love to swap boxes with you).

:)  Dawn

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 6:35 PM ET
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It was nice here in Michigan today...I think.  I've been busy at my local library and at my computer selecting and posting books!  Love that dollar-a-bag day!

On my nearly 150- book shelf, I have around 50 non-fiction and about the same number of children's...from board books to YA.  Current deals include 2/1 on non-fiction and 3/1 on kids' (books, that is).

Got a toddler you're training (On Your Potty) or trying to amuse (I Spy Little Animals)?  Perhaps you want your child to turn off the tv and go outside! ( Anna Banana:  101 Jump-Rope Rhymes)!

Has hubby been on the couch long enough watching that game?  If he needs a push in the right direction, you can choose:  Modern Home Plumbing:  Repairs and Improvements, Basic Carpentry Illustrated, or Everyday Home Repairs( Black and Decker Home Improvement Library).

If DH does a good job on his chores, he might be rewarded with a tasty tidbit from The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet.  If not, serve him something from Cooking for Nitwits, the funniest cookbook you will ever open!

Now it's time for you to relax with Country Decorating (Country Crafts) or Twelve Sharp.

 Besides those genres, I have  books from plenty of others with just a tiny smattering of romance.  Give it a look, won't you?

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