Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Reading

Remember the days of Summer Reading? In elementary school, my mom would give my sister and me prizes for the amount of books we read over the summer -- something about keeping the brain functioning when school is a distant memory.

Then school started assigning required summer reading accompanied by thought questions. Many a day was spent under the tree in the front yard plowing through coming of age novels set in far-off places.

As an adult, reading is infinitely more fun. It's relaxing, educational, and best of all, there isn't a quiz when you've finished a book. 

Before heading off to whatever beach you frequent this weekend, tabloid mags and New York Times Bestseller in tow, consider two literary-related FF finds that will help fuel your summer reading list.First up: Better World Books "Year of Books" 

The deal: Online bookseller and social enterprise Better World Books is giving away a year of free books to two lucky winners, plus $10 BWB gift certificates to 18 runners up. 

How to enter: Before the end of June, do one of two things...

1. Follow Better World Books on Twitter (bwbooks) and then click this link or copy and paste the following message to your Twitter followers to enter: “I just entered the @BWBooks ‘Year of Books’ Contest. I can win a year’s supply of books! ( #bwbcontest”

2. Like Better World Books on Facebook and enter the Year of Books Sweepstakes. Fill out the required form and share the contest entry with your friends with the following message: “I just entered the Better World Books ‘Year of Books’ Contest. I can win a year’s supply of books!” For every friend you tell on Facebook, you score an extra entry.  

And, a cool site FF reader Lauren discovered, perfect for the avid reader on a budget: PaperBack Swap

The deal: Swap paperbacks with PaperBack Swap members for free.

How to get started: Register for free on the site, then list the books you want to swap with other club members. When a book is requested, mail it to the reader, then begin requesting the books you want. Club members earn "credits" for the books they list and swap and can use them to request books. 

Happy summer reading!

*image: "Summer Reading" by Jennifer Young

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