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Beaches, Books, and Washington, D.C.: Bid Early, Bid Often!

June 22nd, 2010 (10:24 pm)

current mood: tired

The  auction continues for boxes of cool theme-related stuff to raise money for the 2011 BookCrossing Convention, to be held here in the Washington, D.C., area April 15-17. Each box is up for bidding for three weeks, and with each box, we're throwing in some BookCrossing goodies, in addition to the contents listed below. If you're local and win a box, we can find a way to get it to you in person. Otherwise, we'll add a charge for shipping and we'll mail it to you. (Shipping prices for each box are listed on the auction page.)

This is not like an eBay auction, where you put in the highest amount you're willing to pay and the software automatically ups your bid toward your maximum every time someone outbids you. In the BookCrossing Auction, you place a bid and when someone outbids you, you can bid again, up until the closing date. Each night, the auction coordinator will post on the site the highest bid at the end of the day, so you should check back each day to see if you're currently the highest bidder.

We've concluded the auctions for the Books To Movies Box and the Harry Potter Lover's Box. (I won the HP box!) But we've got three terrific boxes you can bid on:

Beach Lover Box
This one's as much fun as a weekend at the beach! In fact, if you're planning a weekend at the beach, this box is stuffed with some of the things you'll want to have handy. If you're not planning a weekend at the beach, this box will at least put you in that beach-y mood. The Beach Lover Box begins with a yellow woven tote bag, perfect for carrying all the rest of these sand-and-surf essentials. We've included a beach towel, a Sudoku puzzle book, sunscreen, size 9 flip-flops, a notepad with cute little surfboards on it, a refrigerator magnet that's really a little bottle filled with real seashells, and a bumper sticker from the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Since this is BookCrossing, the box also contains two beach reads: Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen and Angels by Marian Keyes. (As of Monday night, the high bid was $31.)

1001 Books To Read Before You Die Box
Have you seen the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die? It lists and synopsizes 1001 old and new works of literature that everyone should read sometime. You may or may not agree with the selection of books on the list. But you'll love the books in this box, every one of them from that list of 1001:

  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Lover, by Marguerite Duras
  • Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  • Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
  • Ragtime, by E.L.Doctorow
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  • The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy
  • The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
(As of Monday night, the highest bid on the 1001 Books box was $21.)

Visit D.C. Box
If you plan to be at the the BookCrossing Convention - or even if you don't - you'll love this box full of Washington, D.C., related items. They include a Washington, D.C., coloring book; a Bo the Talking Dog doll (the First Family's pet); a copy of Margaret Truman's thriller, Murder At the Library of Congress; a U.S. Marshal travel mug and pen; local postcards; a tin of Smithsonian mints; a Look Out Washington, D.C., book by Patricia Reilly Giff; the 2009 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornament; a patriotic comfort cuddler (heating/cooling pad); a D.C. note pad, pen, and bookmarks; D.C. playing cards; and commemorative coins. (Bidding just opened on this one.)


Posted by: arukiyomi (arukiyomi)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
1001 books spreadsheet v4

hi there... I saw you mentioned the 1001 books list. I guess as you know about the 1001 books list, you're aware of the 1001 Books spreadsheet and have a copy of the new v4 edition, right?

If not, head over to the spreadsheet page on Arukiyomi.

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