Søndag hadde jeg en liten bestillingsbonanza. Først ute var en bestilling på to romaner på The Book Depository. Ikke helt fornøyd, jeg var mer klar impulsshopping. Better World Books har jeg lest om i bloggosfæren, men aldri brukt. Better World Books er en amerikansk organisasjon som selger brukte bøker og hvor pengene går til veldedighet. Nå er jeg en anelse skeptisk til alle organisasjoner som sier så, men om min bokhandling skulle komme noen til gode så for all del. Å surfe rundt på sidene der er som å være på et loppis i USA, både med tanke på utvalget og prisene. For under 150 kroner er det tre bøker på vei til meg. Da bøkene ble sendt fikk jeg følgende (standard) e-post fra Better World Books, hvorfor være kjedelig når man faktisk kan ha det gøy?
(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
Holy canasta! It's me... it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!
I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?
I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.