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Summer Reading Classic (USA)

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Summer Reading Classic (USA)
Swap Coordinator:Artistic (contact)
Swap categories: Books  Challenges  Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:7
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 30, 2018
Date items must be sent by:September 5, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

There are plenty summer reading programs at libraries and summer reading swaps here on Swap-bot. This one is a little different.

International version is here

You’ll be reading one book or author and delving deeper into the author and/or the book. First, select a single book or an author that you plan to read this summer. Read the book, complete a supplemental activity related to the book/author; write a summary, a short author bio and an explanation on why you chose that book/author and activity; and send a surprise that relates to what you read.

The supplemental activity may be reading another book by or about the author, watching a film or video, going to a reading or public event, etc. The surprise can be flat or otherwise, examples include but aren’t limited to a bookmark, postcard, a DVD, a book, a postage stamp, etc. The surprise can be store bought or handmade.

What you’ll send your partner:

  • The title of the book or the name of the author you’ve selected.

  • A letter that includes:

a) why you selected the book/author you did

b) what supplemental reading/viewing/activity you completed and why you chose that activity

c) a summary (at least two paragraphs) of the book

d) a short biography of the author. Please cite your sources if you pull bios from the internet.

  • a surprise that illustrates the book/author.

It may seem like a lot, but remember, you're reading one book and then further exploring the book or the author.

Swap examples

Here are some samples that illustrate the many options you have:

Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Read the book by Harper Lee; watch the Academy Award winning film starring Gregory Peck (or) read and comment on critical analysis of the book or film (or) read Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” (or) read articles about Lee’s relationship with author Truman Capote. Send your partner a “To Kill a Mockingbird” tote bag.

Book: “Outlander.” Read the book by Diana Gabaldon; stream the series on the Starz network (or) read the author’s graphic novel (or) subscribe to her newsletter and share what you learn (or) read one of her other works (novellas/short stories/Lord John Grey series). Send your partner a piece of “Outlander” merchandise (or) send a paperback copy of a book.

Author: Stephen King. Read one of his novels; read another of his novels (or) read his nonfiction book “On Writing” (or) watch one of the film adaptations of his work (or) read one of his son’s novels –his son writes as Joe Hill -- and compare the writing styles of the two (or) watch the music video “Ghosts” that King collaborated on with Michael Jackson (or) watch YouTube interviews with him or presentations. Send your partner a magazine or newspaper article about King.

You'll have all summer to complete the swap. Swap posted Memorial Day weekend (the unofficial start of summer) and ends Labor Day weekend (the unofficial end of summer.)

Ready? Let's go read!

International version of the same swap is here


kgeslab 06/15/2018 #

I'm reading The Red Queen. Very good and might fit well with this swap!

Artistic 06/15/2018 #

Excellent! Join us!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 06/18/2018 #

I will most likely be doing Stephen King The Shining OR Charlotte's Webb? I have the whole summer

Artistic 06/19/2018 #

Indeed! :)

messymama 06/22/2018 #

This swap is so interesting to me -- the kind of experience I'd like myself to have -- and a swap to give a deadline (make it happen).

I'm reading Why Buddhism Is True -- even though I'm not Buddhist. It partly is about Buddhism and partly about modern cognitive psychology. But I'm thinking this would not fit with Swap-bot's need to not be religious.

So I will consider this swap for my next book -- sounds like ideally a fiction book would fit best.

Artistic 06/24/2018 #

You can read any book you'd like for this swap. This is a personal journey you're on and you're sharing the experience and how you dig deeper with someone else. It can be fiction or nonfiction. HTH!

messymama 06/24/2018 #

Tx! That's a good way to look at it.

Artistic 07/ 1/2018 #

Partners are assigned. Let's get swapping!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 09/ 5/2018 #

I hope i didnt forget anything i maiked mine this morning

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 09/ 5/2018 #


Artistic 09/ 5/2018 #

The Summer Reading Classic is dropped in the box for pickup out to my partner. Enjoy!

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