Sunday, August 19, 2007

Signed up for Bookmooch

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by my books lately. In a bid to declutter some of my library, I've signed up for Bookmooch. I'm pulling out books that I am willing to part with - a lot of them yellow with age. It's difficult to select the babies you want to give away. *sigh*

Also, is it ethical to giveaway a copy of A Clockwork Orange that I received free with Sight and Sound magazine?

I will probably be doing a fair amount of overseas postage, so I am concerned about what the postal will cost me in the long run - but I think I'm going to write it off as good karma. Maybe someone out there will get to read a book I mail out at a reduced cost.

Right now my list of books to giveaway:

  1. The Profesor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
  2. Ramses Vol 1: The Son of Light, Christian Jacq
  3. The Cement Garden, Ian McEwan
  4. The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
  5. Name All the Animals, Alison Smith
  6. Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade, James Reston, Jr
  7. Wild Girls, Diana Souhami
  8. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  9. The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs, Lesley and Roy Adkins
  10. Remembering Babylon, Davi Malouf
  11. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, Simon Singh
  12. The Tomb of God: The Body of Jesus and the Solution to a 2,000 Year Old Mystery, Richard Andrews & Paul Schellerberger
  13. Samarkand, Amin Maalouf
  14. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  15. The Athenian Murders, Jose Carlos Somoza
  16. Rule By Secrey: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, The Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids, Jim Marrs
  17. Dharma Punx: A Memoir Noah Levine
  18. The Rasputin File, Edvard Radzinksy
  19. Expect Nothing: A Zen Guide, Clarice Bryan
  20. Perdido Street Station, China Melville

How's this for a start? Ironically, the title I am really looking for is Robertson Davies's A Voice in the Attic: Essays on the Art of Reading. I can't seem to find a copy available to be mooched.

Oh well. Just do it for the good karma.

3 comments:

Kim said...

I have such a hard time parting with books that I actually buy books I don't plan to read in order to post them. It's an addiction, I swear.

Dark Orpheus said...

Good for you, Kim. I'm starting to regret my decision joining Bookmooch.

Pour of Tor said...

I am not surprised you met with such instant BookMooch success (albeit with a good deal of overseas shipping trauma) - this is a great inventory!

At least you can sooth yourself with the knowledge that you got three times the mooching points for every overseas shipping hassle, and try to lure someone to add "Voice in the Attic" by putting it on your wishlist. That way they will know that it is in demand.