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The 'Book Exchange Challenge' Is A New Way To Get Excited About Reading

You can receive books from all over the world, and all you have to do is buy one!

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Recently one of my Facebook friends posted a comment on her page asking if any of her friends wanted to participate in a book exchange. The message said:

I'm looking for people to participate in a huge book exchange. You can be anywhere in the world. All you have to do is buy your favorite book (just one) and send it to a stranger (I'll send you their details in a private message). You'll receive roughly 36 books back, to keep. They'll be books from strangers around the world. Inbox me and I'll send you the details.

Needless to say, I was intrigued. I absolutely love to read and lately I have been struggling to find new things to read. This is exactly what I was looking for. But it sounds like a catch right? How can you get so many books in return after only having to purchase one?

It's all about promotion via social media.

When you copy and paste the status above on your social media pages, hopefully your friends will comment that they want to participate. Designate one friend to be the friend who "starts" the book exchange. Your other friends who wish to participate will then send a book of their choice to this "starter" friend. These friends will also need to post on their social media pages so that their friends will send books to you! So the more of your friends participate, the more books you will ultimately receive!

Since people have friends on Facebook and Instagram from many different places, you could potentially be getting books from all over the world, thereby allowing you to read a wide range of books you may never have been exposed to otherwise! You'll be receiving your friend's friends' books so they will likely not be things your friends have already recommended to you.

If you use the website called book depository they ship for free worldwide so this shouldn't even be a high cost to you for the one book you have to purchase to begin the exchange.

This is the message that you can send to your friends who wish to participate:

Here's all the details for the exchange if you want to do it! 🙂
#1. copy & paste my status about the project on your timeline, Instagram status or any other social media site (this is how we'll find the next participants).
#2. You only need to send ONE book you love to the person below:
(address of the person YOU got the book exchange notice from) ((**or if you started the exchange, the address of the friend you designated to "start" the exchange))
3. Finally, send this message to the people who commented on YOUR status, and give them MY address: (which will replace name and address in step #2)
(your address should go here)
4. Then those who comment on your friend's status will send you books too, and that's how it all works.

I'm so excited both to get packages from all over the country and world and get to read some new books!

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

Maybe next time...
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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who 'Float' Between Friend Groups

We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.

Shocker.

Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.


Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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7 Signs You've Found An Authentic Friend

Never take true friendships for granted.

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In a generation like ours, sometimes it's hard to distinguish a lifelong friend from a temporary one. There are friends for every part of your life: your childhood friends, college friends, work friends, and even friends that you play poker with at your retirement home. But one thing holds true during your life journey, hold on to your authentic friends. Here's how to distinguish one from an ordinary friend.

1. They remember specific details you've told them in the past.

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How did they remember that your dog was turning 12 on June 6th? It's because they genuinely take the time to listen to you. This shows how much they care and want to know about your life.

2. They care about your well-being.

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If you've heard your friend say things like "drive safe" or "text me when your flight lands", this shows how much they care about your safety. Authentic friends will make sure you are protected and feeling happy.

3. They always want the best for you.

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We all know there is a big difference between a jealous friend and a supportive friend. Surrounding yourself with friends that want the best for you is important. More positivity will be brought in your life if you are aware of maintaining an encouraging environment for yourself.

4. They will be extremely honest with you.

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True friends say it like it is. They won't lie and tell you your skirt matches your shoes if it doesn't. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to distinguishing a genuine friend.

5. They keep your secrets safe.

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You can trust them and tell them anything. Authentic friends won't repeat secrets you've told them to anyone else, and this is such a refreshing feeling! These are reliable and trustworthy people.

6. They will go out of their way to help you.

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This relates to caring about your well-being because they will do anything for you. Your true friends will go the extra mile without hesitation. They will be there for you wherever you need them and won't expect a favor in return.

7. They embrace your goofy side.

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Everybody's got one! If you are able to be your true goofy self around your people then you, my friend, have found a true one! Enjoy being weirdos together.

If any of your friends meet these criteria, then you are blessed! Never take your true friendships for granted.

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