Would you like to receive a random book recommendation in the mail from me (independent bookseller, writer, reader extraordinaire)? If this sounds like an excellent way to kick off the new year, read on!
A few weeks ago I came across this beautiful postcard set at the bookstore, and I wanted it. I yearned for it. I needed it. And yet (that niggling voice in my head reminded me), I had nowhere to send 100 delectable literary postcards. And I certainly couldn't just keep them around the house. I don't have enough house for that sort of shenaniganery. But I couldn't resist buying them...which meant that I needed some way to make use of them! So I sat down and thought.
At first I thought that I would use them to mail greetings to people I hadn't been in touch with for a while. Then I realized that I'm not sure I really know 100 people I haven't been in touch with for a while...at least not 100 I'd care to be back in touch with. So I thought some more. And it came to me: BOOKS! (The answer's always books, isn't it?) BOOKS! And PEOPLE!
What I landed on is slightly more complicated than the wonderfully simple BOOKS & PEOPLE, but not by much. I read a LOT of books in a lot of genres. And I like a fair number of them enough to recommend them to others. I then go to work and gush about each new read with my coworkers, customers, and the internet until we're all sick of me gushing about how much I loved it. And from now on, there will yet another way to get my book recommendations: by mail! Here's how it works:
- I read a book. If I don't like a book, I don't recommend it.
- If I DO like it, I write up a recommendation (defined loosely as enthusiastic words) on a postcard.
- I mail this postcard to one person, who will then be treated to:
- The joy of receiving physical mail.
- A gorgeous literary postcard.
- Enthusiastic musings on a (perhaps otherwise overlooked) book that will hopefully spark readerly interest. Serendipity!
- Rinse and repeat as long as I'm reading (forever) and people sign up (hopefully almost as long!).
I can't guarantee any specific time frame or genre, as this project is feasible in part because of how well it works with my natural reading schedule. If you want to know what sorts of books I tend to enjoy, check out the Month in Review tag.
Sound like something you would be interested in? Morbidly curious? In a reading slump and a weird recommendation wouldn't go unappreciated? Go here to become part of the inaugural Project Postcard cadre!
Any questions? The comments are open!