Thursday, October 11, 2007


On the side bar is a link for You can't imagine how proud I am that I successfully got the picture link there. With the limited time I get each week to post, I spend most of it trying to incorporate hyperlinks. This is much harder than I thought it would be. I can't wait until my kids get big enough to help me design my web pages. As you can tell from this post, I still have a lot of learning to do.

So, back to the free book. I've been a member at since July. I just love it. Why, Lorna, why do you love it? Well, I'll tell you why. I am a book junkie. I have a hard time going to any kind of bookstore and walking out without a new book. My two bookshelves at home swell under the weight of all my purchases. Plus, I'm a slow reader. With the 3 kids, I only get to read a few pages here and there and tend to bring a book with me wherever I go (that is why I always carry a big purse). The 3 weeks the public library gives me is not enough time to finish a book.

For years I brought finished books to the Brandeis book fair, which is now the Little City Book Fair. I would drop off 1-2 bags of books and end up buying another 1-2 bags of used books. However, after getting that E-bay bug in me, I have a hard time giving away anything that is in really good condition. The problem with E-bay and Amazon is there are too many internet companies that sell the same retail $10-$25 books at $1.00 just to get their name out there. After fees, I would be making 30-50 cents on the book and couldn't justify the time spent.

So I tried You list your books that are in pretty good shape. No water damage, no dog earred pages, no ripped covers. That's most of my books. Someone chooses one of your books and you mail it to them through media mail (for $2.13). Hey, you say, why would I want to spend my money to send someone my book? Well, because you get a credit for each book sent, so you can pick books to be sent to you. So far I have received 9 books and mailed 8 books. The ones I received are in brand new condition (some are even hard covers). This is so cool!

Back to the free book. I had received Toast by Nigel Slater. It is written by a British cookbook author who relates the foods he grew up with and how they are intertwined with the events in his life. It was a very good book. HOWEVER, I brought it on vacation with me and spilled some pop on it. Now it has (very light) water damage. I can't send it on through So, I offer it to you, my readers.

If you are interested in this book, leave a post on my blog telling me how you like your toast. Personally, I am a butter and strawberry jam person myself. On November 1st I'll randomly pick a person, in the hopes there is anyone to choose from, and I'll send you this book.

Oh, and if you decide to join mention me, cookiemonster71 so I get my 1 credit kick back :)

Oh, and thanks for reading my blog :)