For the first time in my life, I have a salary (scholarship) that lets me save enough money to buy books. In my previous life as a broke student, book buying was a luxury that I couldn’t afford. I relied mainly on overstock sale at the local bookstore and my friends’ bookshelves. Living in a country where English is not the first language made matters a bit more difficult. Although I still rely on the city library quite a lot, the selection of English books here is limited to classics, bestsellers, and award-winning titles.
‘Book hoarder’ is one of my descriptors but I really would like to try and give books away after reading, one book every month. So if you don’t mind reading a second-hand copy of a book, would you like me to send one for you?
All you have to do is leave a comment here (if you are not a comment leaving sort of person, send me a private message), tell me a bit about yourself and name one of your favorite books. I will keep it open from today until Thursday the 3rd of November, will randomly select one of you by the end and send the book by normal post. You can be living anywhere in the world, there are no restrictions, but it might just take a few days to get to you.
The only qualification you need is to be a book lover 🙂
This month I am going to send The Good Immigrant. Probably some of you might have come across this article on the guardian, which is one of the essays from this book. I read this book last month and simply fell in love with it. This is a non-fiction collection of essays edited by Nikesh Shukla. 21 writers of different ethnicities living in the UK have contributed to this book. I will put an excerpt from the blurb here,
Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly– real.
Looking forward to your messages
PS: published also on my book blog