Sunday, September 25, 2016

Okay, so since some people over on #booksfortrade didn't want to read the post first and didn't understand why I was asking so much for shipping or why I preferred not to trade unless it was for something I really want, I'll just put this here again before showing what's left:

As I said in a previous Weekend Update post:
Be on the lookout for a new trade post soon...a different kind of post, too. I know there's been a lot of drama over on the #booksfortrade tag lately, but I still want to complete my collections and help some others along the way. I've thought about posting something regarding all the drama, but what I want to say most is that just because that's what you see on the tag doesn't mean that there isn't beauty happening behind the scenes. I've helped more than a couple people with their collections without asking for anything in return...except maybe some good karma. :) I just wish people focused on that aspect more...
So, here's the deal, guys. I have a ton of books that I just don't plan on ever re-reading, and if Katie ever shows a desire to read them, well, we have access to the capital's library and she has a Kindle, so we're square. But I don't want to pack them all up and haul them all the way to Half Price Books -- which is an hour away from my house -- only to get some paltry amount for the lot of them, which I'd likely then turn around and spend on more books. Or Funkos.


Which is not an altogether bad idea, but there is another option: put these books into the hands of people who really want them. People who possibly collect them.

For the cost of shipping, of course. (Or trade. I'm always open to a trade, if it's mutually beneficial, but I already have too many books -- obviously -- to just trade for any old thing.) I paid for a lot of these books, so it's only fair that I not have to come out of pocket to ship a free book to someone else, right? But -- and this is a big but -- I ship US Priority Mail, which only takes 2-3 days, comes with tracking and picks up straight from my office so I don't even have to make a special trip to the P.O. But the bubble mailer costs around $7 to ship and it only goes up from there, depending on how many books a recipient is requesting. So, if you find that you want several, I can ship a medium size box, which holds around 7-8 books for $13.45. And I'd require payment via PayPal upfront so that I can use those funds to immediately pay for shipping and send the package out ASAP. I mean, I want these books out of my house, stat.


Before I show you what I have, I wanted to share my own wishlists. Maybe we can make some magic happen and make everyone happy. I'm going to be optimistic about this and pretend that I'm not about to be inundated with requests. And I feel like I shouldn't have to say this, but I do reserve the right to turn down any trade...or to request a picture of your collection so I can see the pretties. =) Or if you're getting greedy with the freebies, I'll put the kibosh on this. Also, I really want these to go to collectors, first and foremost, so if several people request and I see that one is a big-time collector of a series, they get first dibs. My books, my call.


First, my unicorn wishlist(s). You know...the titles you'd give your left kidney for. You only need one, right? I will only trade items from the picture to the right for these items or ARCs with similar release dates, except for swag items. (If you have one of my swag wishlist items, let me know what you're looking for and I'll see if I have it.) Also? That Divergent ARC? I will only trade for either the TOG ARC, TTTT SDCC ARC, Caraval (UK) ARC, Wintersong ARC, or TTTT (UK) ARC. But honestly, I'd just really like it to go to a hard-core collector...and I already have one in mind. ;0)

The Unicorns

ARC of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
ARC of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
ARC of On the Fence by Kasie West
ARC of Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
ARC of Asunder by Jodi Meadows

The New & Future Releases (some may not be available yet)
ARC of Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
ARC of Caraval by Stephanie Garber (UK ARC)
ARC of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
ARC of Hunted by Meagan Spooner
ARC of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
ARC of Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (UK ARC)

Swag
Admit One bookmark/ticket for Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Raven Cycle book hugger illustrated by Maggie Stiefvater
Sampler + buttons of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Crooked Kingdom poster by Leigh Bardugo


Other than that, please note that I usually prefer to trade like for like (meaning ARC for ARC, HC for HC, PB for PB), though there always exceptions to the rule. The pictures below start with newer and unreleased ARCs, then move to older ARCs and then on to finished copies.

My full wishlists can be found here and here (both Goodreads) or together here (2nd tab on spreadsheet).






I'll be adding these to the #booksfortrade tag later in the day, but I hoped to ease myself back into this. Also, I'm re-upping on supplies so I can send out the books next week. I'm ready to have my spare bedroom back! Especially since I need to get it ready for holiday visitors soon!

So, if you see something you want, email me at mrsjbruce @ gmail dot com or tweet me @starryeyedjen. Leaving a comment on this post is probably the worst way to broker a trade, just sayin'. And if you have something from my wishlist but don't see anything here, hit me up because I have other books I might be willing to part with for the right trade. =)

Happy trading!


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