After a lifetime of reading and a couple of decades of The Thrilling Detective Web Site, I’ve ended up with a house full of books. Way too many books. Books from sea to shining sea: ARCs, gifts, ones I’ve actually bought myself. New books, old books, special editions, books I already have two or more of. Some because they were recommended, some because I’ve always wanted to read them, some because they were just too cheap to pass by, some because I liked the cover.
But they sure pile up.
I’ll never read them all, despite my best efforts, although it would be nice to think I will. And so, what to do?
I could try selling them online, but from experience that would take forever, and the amount of energy versus the income generation just ain’t worth it (for the most part, these aren’t “collectibles–just reading copies. Or ARCs, which arguably shouldn’t be sold at all).
Or I could donate them to the library or the Goodwill, which I have in the past.
But then I thought to myself, “Hey, these are mostly crime and detective books. The people who visit my site like crime and detective books. So, why not give first crack to people who will actually enjoy them?”
And so, I’m going to give away some books. All you have to do is leave a comment on one of the pages of this site (preferably not this one), and I’ll choose a few of the better ones every month, and send them a few books. After all, books are a promise to the future, and this is my way of paying it forward.