Free Books From Me and You

I love books. I love the smell of them, the way they rasp against my fingers in the dry of winter air, the way they feel as I bend their pages back.  My house is full of handmade bookshelves that my dad has crafted just for me. 

Now, my bookshelves are full, and I’m trying to live into the principle of God’s Whisper that says we use what we need and give what we can away. 

So today, I’m giving you the opportunity to “win” 19 books from my collection.  Most of these I have not yet read, but I will read them – probably on loan from the library – in time.  They are, however, books I have gathered to me because of recommendations and a genuine interest in what they have to say. I hope you’ll find something here that intrigues you.

Here’s how this works. You can name up to three of the titles below that you would like to receive, and I will pick who receives each title using a random number generator and announce the winners tomorrow morning here and on Facebook.  The only things you have to do to be eligible are to tell me the titles you’d like to read and tell me who you will receive one of your books or a book gift certificate from you. You can name a friend (first name only please) or an organization like a library.  That’s it – just tell me what you want and who you will share with.  Then, you’re “in.”

Let’s get started.

  • About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  • Bound by Antonya Nelson (ARC)
  • Then Came The End by Joshua Ferris
  • The Terror of Living by Urban Waite
  • River Horse: A Voyage Across America by William Least Heat-Moon
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Birthday Pie by Arthur Wooten
  • Visions of a Wild America with John Muir, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, and others
  • The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
  • In a Country of Mothers by A. M Homes
  • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  • Round Mountain by Castle Freeman, Jr.
  • We Need To Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • Affinity by Sarah Waters
  • Affliction by Russell Banks
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allenda
  • Banana Kiss by Bonnie Rozanski
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

That’s it. Start commenting with the titles you’d like and who will receive a free book from you.  Comments close at 7am Eastern on Monday, January 28th.

Feel free to tell friends . . . I’d love to see tons of books flying around the world out of our shared love for great writing.

What books would you like? Who will get a book from you? 

  • Lauralee Hudson

    Banana Kidd
    Bday Pie

    Penny. :)

  • Lauralee Hudson

    *Banana Kiss – I was typing from my phone!

  • http://www.eatingneonyogurt kirsten lablanc

    I’d love to read Bee Season. I love books & how they smell. As a child, my parents never limited the amount of books they would buy me. This was the one thing I could have as much as I wanted. There was no talk of moderation and books. When my godson/ nephew learned to read, he also developed a love of books and I enable him by buying him books of all occasions. Ty is 8 yrs old now and reading 2 grades above his own. His birthday is coming up in March & I intend to enable his book love even more by giving him a gift card to a local bookstore. BTW, my 3 yr old daughter also loves reading time and can’t wait to learn to read “BY MYSELF!”

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been wanting to read We Need to Talk About Kevin….

    I also love the sensual elements of print books. I’ve been giving away books, too, some every month, and have created a Reading Room with those titles at my Curl up and Read blog.


  • Trudi Albertine

    Very generous!

    About a Boy
    The Baron in the Trees

    Dianne would receive a book from me. THANKS!

  • Emily Apmadoc

    I’d love to have “Speak” to put into my 8th graders reading library. It’s a book that I think every teenage girl should read.
    “Visions of a Wild America”, because I love essays on nature.
    “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, timely due to the Conn. shootings last month, also I really liked Shriver’s “The Post-Birthday World”, and would like to read more of her writing.
    So lovely of you to share your bounty!

  • Lisa

    I love to smell books too!

    Little Bee
    Bee Season

    I would love to give back by giving these away on my blog to encourage others!

  • Gwyn

    Ooh! I’d love to read the Visions of a Wild America anthology as I’ve always loved nature writing and could pass this on to my dad once I’d finished; We Need to Talk About Kevin for reasons mentioned by others; and River Horse because I read the author’s first book ages ago and really loved it.

  • Steve Thomas

    I would like to thank you for your kind offer, but no thanks. I read a book to my grandson this morning – he’s all of two years old this month – and while turning the pages posed no problem – they are more than 1/4″ thick – I had to use a lot of guesswork to read the large print.

    I have diabetic retinopathy, and once a month for the last three months, the retinologist has poked a needle into my right eyeball and injects 0.05 ml of a drug the FDA approves for chemotherapy, but also the off-label use of shrinking the capillaries in my retina, then follows up a week later by treating my left eye. It’s very painful, that poke, and rather expensive – close to $2000 per eye per month, but it seems to have arrested the deterioration. If it wasn’t for Medicare, I couldn’t afford it, and without Medicare, there would be so few patients that nobody would have bothered to invent the treatment.

    In any case, to me, a “book” means Kindle, because I can click on a picture of the cover to select a book, the type being too small to read, and I can enlarge the type of the book contents until it’s large enough for me to comfortably read.

    I miss the smell of fresh ink on a virgin page, the crackle of the book spine as it is opened for the first time, the excitement at seeing the pages swell in thickness to the left and shrink on the right, but if I’ve lost those delights, I’ve gained others. All my life, I’ve heard references to fine books I’ve never read, and when I remember the titles and check for them at the bookstore, I find they are $8 to $15 or more – but many of them were written before 1928, and the Project Gutenberg folks has them in Kindle format, free for the download.

    I have a friend with many Louis L’Amour titles, others with Dick Francis and Rex Stout collections, and they can loan me a Kindle title for two weeks. I’ve read all those books in dead tree format, and love rereading them in Kindle. I’m hoping to find someone with Erle Stanley Gardiner as well, but I’m finding other gems as well. I’d never heard of Frank Merryat, but I’m partway through one of his delightful titles. The Gutenberg Project has lots of his titles!

    The guy who does those “American Picker” TV shows says he’s telling American history, one piece at a time, but I’m reading American history, being told as current events. Someday, one of your grandchildren will ask you what a phone booth is, or why people talk of “dialing” a phone number. History is dying before our eyes, and we aren’t even noticing it.

    It’s a wonderful time to be alive – but aren’t they all?

  • Donna

    Then We Came to the End
    River Horse
    Round Mountain

    Will regift these–offered first to local library
    Also giving a copy of Chasing Silhouettes to local school library

    Great idea Andi.

  • Brock

    Water for elephants, Little Bee and In a Country of Mothers! Brianna and Briley said they wanted the first 2 I will pass it on to them! My mom would like to read In a country of mothers! After I finished reading I pass them on!!

  • Andi

    Folks, here are the winners.

    Lauralee – Banana Kiss, Birthday Pie, and Affinity

    Kirsten – Bee Season

    Laurel-Rain – We Need To Talk About Kevin

    Trudi – Affliction, About a Boy, and The Baron in the Trees

    Emily – Visions of Wild America

    Lisa – Little Bee

    Gwyn – River Horse

    Donna – Then We Came to the End and Round Mountain

    Brock – Water for Elephants and In the Country of Mothers

    Please email me at with your mailing addresses, and I”ll get these off to you as soon as I can. Thanks so much.

  • Marie at the Lazy W

    Fun!! I saw this too late, but wanted to say… what a cool idea for a giveaway!! : ))

  • Bonnie Rozanski

    I just happened upon your giveaway, and frankly was surprised and a little disappointed. I am Bonnie Rozanski, the author of BANANA KISS. Two years ago, in response to my query, you said you would be happy to read it and review it on your blog, but that an e-copy would not do. You specifically asked me to send a physical copy. I agreed, and paid the postage to send you the book. A year ago I emailed to find out if you had ever read it. You did not reply. Now you are giving the book away, unread. I am not going to request that it be sent back to me, and I no longer want it reviewed. I just wanted to let everyone know how Andi came to have BANANA KISS.
    LauraLee, I hope you enjoy it. It’s a very good book.

  • Andi

    Bonnie, I am sorry you were not happy I gave your book away. I had hoped you would appreciate this bit of publicity I gave to your title.

    Unfortunately, while I do wish to read every book I receive and review every book I am asked to review, I simply cannot because I get over 50 requests a month.

    I did read your book, Bonnie. I simply did not review it on my blog. For many reasons, which I will not explain here.

    I hope you will know – as an author – that I very much respect your hard work in your book. I simply cannot review every book . . . even the ones I receive in hard copy rather than e-book copy.