By Susanna Carr
Did you just get a buzz of excitement when you saw those two words together? Did your eyes widen and your pulse quicken? If you're a die-hard reader, you probably experienced all of the above.
Not everyone feels this way, and I'm often surprised when libraries can't – or won't – accept donated books. I think it's a shame these gifts are refused because I developed a love for reading thanks to people who gave away their books.
I started reading romances at a very early age, but they were forbidden in my home and at school. No matter where I hid them, someone would find my paperbacks and confiscate or throw them away. As a kid who only made a dollar an hour babysitting, I couldn't afford this kind of punishment!
My library didn't have a lot of romance books in their system, but they did have a shelf of used paperback books the patrons donated. I don't think the library made much money off them because it was something like twenty-five cents for three novels. But they had plenty of Harlequins and that was all I needed to know to trek to the library every Saturday afternoon with coins jangling in my pocket.
I enjoyed many hours of entertainment thanks to those who gifted the library with books. These days I try to find a library to give away the books I've read, but I'm wondering if there are other places who would accept used books. Any suggestions? Where do you donate books?
Susanna is generously giving away 4 copies of her book How to Be a Wicked Woman. Sounds interesting, huh? To enter, leave a comment here with your suggestions on how to help give away free books. This contest is only one day long, so don't delay! Please make sure that you leave an email address as well so I can easily contact you if you win!