09 January, 2010

The Goodreads/Vroman's Book Swap - Best of RNSL

This is a re-post of something I wrote on October 17, 2009. I'm posting it from my Wordpress backup as part of the Bloggiesta mini-challenge "Put Your Best Forward".

Although the post doesn't represent the best of my review writing, it was a very memorable book event for me (I got to meet the creators and staff of Goodreads!) and Oblio and I made away with some valuable loot. Although, if the object of the exercise was to make more space on our bookshelves, it was a complete failure. Though we came back with less books some of them were bigger than the ones we swapped!

I look at this post whenever I need to get excited about books and community, and whenever I miss my copy of This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. 

Ok, so I hadn't blogged a whole lot about this before because

a) I've been really, really stressed out lately

and

b) I know most of you guys reading this don't live out here in sunny SoCal

but today from 4 to 6 pm was the 4th GoodReads book swap, held at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena.

Here is my special episode of In My Mailbox, as hosted by The Story Siren:

Jason and I headed down there to meet up with Jane and Alfonso (Dale came too!), load up on books, and chat up the GoodReads folks. Yep, I got to meet Elizabeth, Otis, and Jessica from the good ol' GR team. I feel like I met movie stars today--with less fainting and awkward silences, phew. They were very friendly and I wish I could remember to bring my darned camera to things like this. (It's ok, Otis had a camera.) They're just over there in Santa Monica so I'm sure I'll run into them at a future event.

Here's what we scored:
I'll trade you!





Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet:


Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet

Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane:
Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane

Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.:Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.


This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, Giamatti! *swoon*:This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, <i>Giamatti</i>! *swoon*

This was the husband's big score.This was the husband's big score.

Formulas for everything! We could make our own ink for crying out loud.Formulas for everything! We could make our own <i>ink</i> for crying out loud.

Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.

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Great fun was had by all, and I hope someone is enjoying my copy of Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You. I thought it would be good book karma to swap a book I loved and totally wanted to keep. (But just one, hehe.)

Anonymous swappers, thank you for your fine taste in books.

As soon as I find out where the next one is, I'll let you know. I do hope they have another one there--it was an excellent location!

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