"Can you grow kumquats here?" Wei-Ching asked. "I've always liked kumquats." "I can grow just about anything you like!" Hsun-ching boasted. "You tell me what you want, and I'll plant it." Wei-Ching laughed and said, "Too bad you can't plant books."
I ran one of these a few years ago, and would like to start another bookbox of LGBTQ+ books. This box will probably start at the end of June, as I still need to collect more books for it, but I figured I would go ahead and start collecting names.
This box will be for fiction of any genre and non-fiction. I would like to try and have primarily books with LGBTQ+ people as a main character, not just "the gay friend", but if you come across a particularly enjoyable LGBTQ+ side character, feel free to their book.
Interested in joining us? Just post below. I will need at least three participants to start this box. Sorry international BCers, this one's US only to keep postage down.
RULES *Try to make sure there is some variety in genres when the box leaves you. There's no need to be too fixated about what is in the box, but keep in mind that the next participant may disappointed to find a box full of nothing but paranormal romance, or humor, or pulpy action stories. *When you get the box please post here so we can track its progress. *Journal all books you take out of the box and make sure you put the same number back in. *Make sure the books you add have the BCID in them. It seems obvious, but I have had times when folks forgot and I had to try and track them down. *Books do not have to be the first in a series, but before adding them, take into consideration how they will read as a stand-alone. If the future reader is going to be completely lost, particularly if the series isn't easily found, consider finding it a home another way. *Please pass the box on within 2 weeks. If something comes up and you are going to have to hold onto the box a little longer, let me know so we don't have to worry.
I wish I could say that I bought a lot of books there, but it was a bad week for me $$$wise. But I would not mind another chance to swap out LGBT books. I am not sure how many I have at the moment... but I know that I have at least two...
The tracking number is 9114 9999 4431 4715 9783 85. The box is kind of excessively big for the number of books, but most are paperbacks. If anyone down the line has a smaller box and wants to swap it out, that is fine!
Books starting the box are listed below, don't scroll down if you want to be surprised!
Picked up the box from the post office this morning. Had a BCinDC meeting this afternoon and people gave me two books to put into it in addition to the ones I've already set aside. Hope to have it out this week, as I've got a convention to go to this weekend.
Mailed the box to lynmarenjensen today, tracking # 9549 0121 0346 7206 0854 19.
My choices below - skip if you'd rather be surprised!
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers Best Gay Love Stories 2005 Middlesex Carry On Rainbow Road Hotblood! A Centaur in the Old West Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I'm going to be listing what I'll be taking out and putting in, and I'll PM the next person about what address to send it to--but just now I realized I hadn't even acknowledged receipt yet! Yes, I got it, and I hope to send it along sometime this week.
I took out: "Shinobu Kokoro" (this manga--not this copy but this title--came to me and left me about ten years ago, so I welcome it back) "Max & Sven" "Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction" "Changing Pitches" "Indestructible: Growing up Queer, Cuban and Punk in Miami" "Family Dancing" I read and put back in: "Adam & Andy" (It's great!)
I put in: J-Boy (BCID 390-12846624) Prince Charming, vols. 1, 2 and 3 (BCID 586-12833978, 521-12833772, and 597-12833768) Junjo Romantica, v. 5 (BCID 535-14294420) "Dr. Hackenbush Gains Perspective," a novel by Ginger Mayerson, and this title/publication isn't in this site's database. (I'll let someone who knows how to add a new title to the database give this book a BCID, whenever it does find a new home.) I slipped in a Yaoi Press catalog, too.
I also found a more suitable box than the one that I received, so my mailing to Greyflank is nice and new!
"Dr. Hackenbush Gains Perspective," a novel by Ginger Mayerson, and this title/publication isn't in this site's database. (I'll let someone who knows how to add a new title to the database give this book a BCID, whenever it does find a new home.)
Re registering books with no ISBNs or existing BC copies: just use the "skip" button on the "search" page of the registration process. Then you can enter the title/author/category information yourself, and complete the registration that way. If you go ahead and register the book you can PM the next in line with the BCID, if the package is already on its way; I expect they'd be happy to label the book even if they don't want to take it out, and that way you won't lose track of its future travels!
I'm not in the box, but I wanted to say that you shouldn't publish the entire BCID--as there's some people who will try to register the book without having the book itself. If you want a link to the book you can use www.bookcrossing.com/journal/(all the numbers after the hyphen here). For example your Junjo Romantica vol 5 book's URL would look like this: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14294420
I was really hoping to have more books read for this bookbox, but as it turns out being an active published writer is slowly me down. Also, I've joined the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce (even tho I am not, strictly speaking, a business person) because I wanted to do something to make the world a better place and this place seemed a good starting point.
I have six books in I'm going to let these a surprise. You can always check my shelf if you need to know. :-) Two non-fictions, 1 anthology (with my writing in it), and three thin books of fiction.
I am rescuing "Dr. Hackenbush Gains Perspective," because I can't resist an indy book that needs to be labelled. Also: PASSING STRANGE HERO CARDINAL SINS (little known fact, my first M/M story involved a mermaid) CYCLER HALLOWED MURDER
I'll get this out to the next person, probably on Friday.