At the beginning of last month I though it would be a great idea if bookstagrammers that lived in Pakistan swapped books during Eid.
I’d been thinking about it for a while now and finally decided it was time to set my plan in motion. Hence, I became the host of the first ever #eidbookswap ( #bookisheidi2016). My goal was to promote the love of reading and a means for positive, meaningful interactions within the #bookstagrampak community.
I honestly, didn’t even know if anyone would actually be willing to participate. Thankfully my attempts were not in vain and five wonderful fellow bookstagrammers joined me in the swap.
The rules were as follows:
Rules for the book:
- It is necessary that you enjoyed reading the book that you are willing to swap.
- It shouldn’t be pirated ,torn, have yellowing pages or any writing (must look relatively new).*
- Must be recently published (by that i mean nothing from before 2000).
- You are only allowed to send one book with a card/note/bookmark.
- Only fiction.
- It has to be more than 200pages .
* It was initially meant to be a book swap where you swapped books you already owned but along the way most people thought it would be best if they swapped new books.
Rules for participating:
- Comment if you are interested(please mention your city). You are encouraged to link your #goodreads account or a list of the books you’ve read -so you don’t get something you’ve already read.
- Send a book according to your partners’ prefrences.
- If you are under 18 you must have permission to send/recieve books.
- Have permission and are okay with sharing your address with your partner.
- You are not allowed to reaveal the book to your partner-it is supposed to be a surprise.
- By agreeing to take part you are promising to adhere to the rules and mail the book to your partner before the deadline.
- You will upload the photos of what book you got on eid day with the tags#eidbookswap and #bookisheidi2016 -you are not allowed to reveal the book before.
After we had an even number of people I randomly paired us up.We swapped addresses and had two weeks time to ship the books to each other. We had finished swapping twelve days before Eid (so everyone could get their parcels before Eid Day as it was Ramadan and courier companies have different schedules and I didn’t want anyone to miss out on getting it before Eid).
The books swapped were as follows:
In the end it was a lot of fun and I thank everyone who participated.I’m glad to say I made a lot of new friends and I look forward to doing the #eidbookswap again next year.
Have you ever been a part of a book swap? Did you have fun?
TILL NEXT TIME ❤