The Gift of Giving

I signed up for the reddit gift exchange for books and eagerly awaited my match. I like to think I’m above average in finding a good book for someone. Today I got my match and I was reminded that I’m not like the rest of the world.

I got a Nicholas Sparks fan. WHY??????

hate Nicholas Sparks. He’s arrogant, unoriginal, and smug. He reuses the same story line over and over again. Person (usually a woman) meets someone. For some reason, this is not the greatest idea. Dramatic tension as they fight it then fall in love anyway. Cue huge dramatic reason they can’t be together. Something brings them back together and they decide to make a go of it. 9 times out of 10, it ends with one of them dead.

However, my match also likes Harry Potter. I may have to stretch myself a bit but there was stuff there for me to work with. She likes stories where people fall in love and you get swept away by the story. Move aside Sparks. It’s time for writers with more than one idea to work some magic.

I hit up BookOutlet.com (tread carefully, those deals are addictive) and cross-checked their inventory against books I’ve enjoyed, personal favorites, and what the deals were. Since it’s President’s Day and I use ebates, I got some extra savings.

There’s Cake in My Future by Kim Gruenenfelder

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

A Million Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton

My Big, Fat, Supernatural, Honeymoon edited by P. N. Elrod

There’s Cake is smart, funny, and engaging chick lit. Water for Elephants is a beautiful and captivating love story. A Million Little Mistakes let’s us play the ‘what-if’ game with lottery winnings since you choose your own adventure. My Big, Fat, Supernatural Honeymoon will give her romantic fun and more exposure to genre.

She is also getting a mini-bookmark with young Hermione on it, Just Married MadLibs, and 4 gorgeous blank cards from society6: Cliffhanger, A Quiet Spot, Never a Quiet Year at Hogwarts, and The World Belongs to Those Who Read. Those cards come in sets of 3 so 1 of each for my first match, 1 for my rematch person, and 1 for me.

I could just shove a book in an envelope and call it a day but that’s not nearly as much fun. My first reddit exchange I wasn’t sure what to expect but my Santa went above and beyond what I anticipated. My second was a rematch and they were incredibly considerate of what I said I liked. They even printed me homemade stickers of Jane Austen and the deathly hallows symbol. The Nicholas Sparks fan got stiffed on her last gift exchange so I think my creativity will help make up for that Secret Krampus.

P.S. – These are gifts so they don’t count toward my final 16 since nothing I ordered is for me. Iron will? Not really. Torrid was having a buy one clearance item, get the other for $1 so my cosplay options have now increased. At least I’m selling stuff on Poshmark.

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