23 September 2015

#NEBookSwap 2015


If you caught my tweets, last week I practically bombarded your feed with my excitement for #NEBookSwap, an event Rhian and I have been planning for I don't even know how long now. It started with a simple tweet, a love of books, and a meetings over giant cocktails, coffee and biscuits to plan and organise what turned out to be a pretty awesome night (if I do say so myself).

The point of the event was to meet local bloggers, chat over tea or coffee then bring some old books that might just be sitting gathering dust on a shelf and swap them for something new. A chance to give a little, and get a little. Everyone brought between 5-10 books (as well as a wrapped book for a little "don't judge a book by its cover" swap). A book was swapped for a booktag and then piled on to a table, a pile made up of something like 90 books. Then, every book made it's way around the table, sometimes doing more than one lap, so our lovely bloggers could have a good browse and tag what they wanted. If a book only had one tag then it was a good day for the person who tagged it as they got to claim it easy peasy. If there was more than one tag, lady luck decided who would take it home with the good old fashioned pulling names out of a hat system. 

I was very happy to see some of the books I brought along full of tags because people wanted them. That whole, "One man's junk is another man's treasure" really applies. There were a lot of unclaimed books, so there was a chance to buy these leftover books for 50p which went towards our charity pot for Lumos! Along with the raffle tickets bought, everyone managed to raise around £60 for Lumos which is pretty damn awesome. I managed to bring a lovely pile home too:



The majority of my pile looks like crime and fiction, I normally go straight for Young Adult, Sci-fi and Fantasy so I'm glad I'll be able to broaden my horizons. So glad I got my hands on Child 44, I've been tempted to buy it because of the film for ages, so thank you to whoever brought that one along!

As well as swapping books there were games and, an aforementioned, raffle to get involved with to win a range of prizes. It felt like book themed pictionary/charades/20 questions went down well and there was a lot of concentration when everyone was creating their blackout poetry. It was such a good atmosphere so I just have to say thank you to everyone who came along for getting involved. I was so nervous about literally everything and the fact that the local bloggers who attended are absolute sweethearts just made everything go smoothly.

Everyone was asked to bring along a wrapped book for a "don't judge a book by its cover" swap and I went straight for one that had me hooked on the first two lines. It wasn't until I got home and read the last line I knew what would be inside. 


The Girl with All the Gifts. A superb novel I read earlier in the year, one I cannot recommend enough by the way. I've wanted to do something like this for a while because I am terrible for judging books by their cover or being put off because there is a really naff cover but this little exercise was good. Had I not read this one already, I would have been over the moon to have received it (I mean, I still am, and might even read it again because it's so good)

There was also a very cute goody bag to take home:


A huge huge thank you to our sponsors who either helped kit out the goody bag or supplied prizes for the raffle. UpSide Down Presents were massively helpful with the goody bags and lovely support, Inpress Books for giving a lovely treat in said goody bags, That Gent Mark for his beautiful bookmarks, Zoe Elizabeth Bags providing such a lovely bag as a raffle prize, Badger and Bear (yeah that's me but you know) for adding little stickers in to the goody bag, Waterstones Gateshead for letting us use the space and the refreshments and definitely Rhian for being the most organised of the two of us and pulling this off. I definitely couldn't have done something this event without her, or her Chris and his family because they not only let me visit their house for a crafty day but they made the beautiful cake:


Although I had to focus on more behind the scenes stuff (like waitressing and organising books) and get hella nervous around new people I had fun. If people are interested there might be another one after Christmas, although no planning has been done and nothing is official yet. You can read a bunch of other posts by searching #NEBookSwap, I have been frequenting the hashtag to catch all the posts written and you should definitely give it a browse.

14 comments:

  1. I'm so glad the event was a success, it looks brilliant!

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    1. It was so much fun! There is talk of another soon, so you could come to the next one (schedule allowing, of course)

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    1. You would have loved it, there was such a good choice of books on the go :)

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  3. It looks like such a great even, such an awesome idea xoxo

    Cateaclysmic

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    1. It was awesome :) this should definitely be a thing all bloggers do!

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  4. This sounds like so much fun!! I'd love to find something similar in my area :D

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    1. Organise it! It would be so awesome if this caught on :D

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  5. I'm glad the event went so well!!! That looks like so much fun to do!

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    1. It was so fun, I can't wait for the next one, now that we've got a better idea of timings and what works

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  6. I love the idea of a blind book swap. It look like you had so much fun!

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    1. Definitely! I wish there were more blind book swaps in my life

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  7. Such a good event! - Also I was the one who brought Child 44 - ENJOY!


    Alice-Christina
    www.aliceswonderemporium.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you! Haven't got a chance to read it yet but I'm so glad to just own it :)

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