I am so excited to finally announce that the What a Nerd Girl Says Secret Beach Read Buddy.
If you have not participated before, here’s the 411:
Everyone likes getting packages, and a fangirl (or boy) loves getting packages with books. Back in December, I participated in The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa gift exchange and it was so incredibly fun and I decided to do it with my closest fangirl friends, and everyone had a blast. So then I decided to extend it out into my blogger world and did a Secret Valentine and again, it was super fun. So I’ve decided I’m going to try and do this four times a year: Valentine, Beach Read Buddy, a fall one which has yet to be named and Santa.
So basically, it goes like this… you sign up, and you get yourself a buddy. You will be provided with a little sheet of information on them: who they are, where they live, what sort of books they want to read, what fandoms they like and information like that. Its YOUR job to create a gift for them. Think a book or two, maybe an extra goodie or two. You ship it off to them and in return, someone will ship something to you!
Its SO MUCH FUN!
Check out some pictures from the Secret Valentine gift exchange!
Totally fun, right? It is and I hope that you can all join in for the Secret Beach Read Buddy.
I do want to make something clear though: Secret Beach Read Buddy is just a title, you don’t have to get “beach reads” for your buddy. I’m not actually a beach read sort of girl haha. You’ll get information about the type of books your buddy likes, so it’ll be easy cheesy.
Also…THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
As much as I’d love each and every single one of you to participate, please do not do so if you can’t commit to this. It takes time, money and effort and I want to make sure that everyone receives a gift. A few people last time did not receive gifts and yet they sent them out and that’s unfair. Please be aware that this will cost money to purchase the gift and to ship it out to your buddy. Only commit if you are 100% sure that you can do this!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, here is how you participate.
Send an email with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by MAY 14TH, in order to participate. If you do not send in the information by MAY 14TH, you canNOT participate.
Your Secret Beach Read Buddy will be sent out to you by MAY 17TH, and you will need to send out your gift by JUNE 15TH.
There are a few more rules that are required, basic things, but those will be sent out in the email when you receive your Beach Read Buddy.
For now, here is the information that is needed:
Your Full Name
Yes, your full name: First Name, Last Name. We cannot send a package out to “Amy”. It needs to be “Amy Smith”.
This is if you WISH to share. It can help your Secret Beach Read Buddy get to know you better :)
Your Full Address
Please, please, please double, triple, quadruple check that you send this information in correctly. I hope that packages make it to the correct house! Please send it in the format that it would be written out as on an envelope.
5-10 Books You Are Interested in Reading/Your GoodReads Link/Your Amazon Wish List
All three or two or one of these will work. Please keep in mind: list books that you will NOT be buying in the next month or so. If you buy a book on your Amazon wish list, please remove it ASAP. Make it as easy as possible for your SBRB to buy you a book you do not already own!
Please, please, please DO NOT request hardcover versus paperback. Please do not do that. That is incredibly rude. Your Secret Beach Read Buddy is putting together an awesome package for you, out of their own pocket, and they may purchase you two or three soft cover books as opposed to one hardcover, in order to make your package that much better. Set aside your book preferences for this, because its a FUN thing!
Fandoms You Love
Share! Are you a Potterhead or a Shadowhunter? Do you love Doctor Who or Supernatural or Disney, etc? This helps your SBRB find little goodies for you!
Anything Else You’d Like to Share
Do you collect bookmarks or keychains? What sort of snacks do you like to munch on while reading? That sort of thing.
International or Not?
Anyone can participate from any country. But there are some things to say:
If you would prefer not to ship international, please let me know! This is incredibly important. If you don’t let me know, I can’t guarantee you won’t get someone in a different country.
If you are IN a different country, you’ll probably be shipping to another country. I can’t guarantee someone from your country will be participating so please keep that in mind when you sign up.
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Easy, right? Just don’t forget to send this information in by MAY 14TH! Any later and you cannot participate. Don’t forget to send this information by MAY 14TH to email@example.com.