But it's not exactly a chain letter. It's an "informal book club". She put the address of the person who sent it to her on the back, and I am supposed to send a paperback or audio book that I have already enjoyed (no shopping necessary!) to that person and then send the letter on to 6 people with the address of the person who sent it to me on the back. No bad mojo. No "if you don't...." doom and gloom. Just "if you can't, let me know so I can give it to someone else". So, if all goes well, the person I am sending a book to will actually end up with 36 books. Neato bandito. I got one of these letters when I was a little girl - it was from Marty Rush's mom, and it was on Muppet stationery. My mom was supposed to send her a Golden Book and send it on. :)
I have no problem sending someone a book I have already read. Makes room in my bookshelf and spreads the love. The only problem is that I don't know who to pass it on to, because I know a lot of people don't like these things. So I'm opening it up to you guys! You only send one person one book, you should theoretically get 36 in return (but, hey, if I get one, I'll be happy. Cause.... free book! And it will be a fun surprise to receive in the mail!).
If you are interested in playing, send me an email at MaddestHatter(at)verizon(dot)net with your mailing address. Put "I'll Play!" in the subject of the email. If I get 6 takers, I'll send the letter on to you do you can join the fun!
Here is what the letter actually says:
1. Send a paperback or audiobook that you have already enjoyed to the person listed on the back of this sheet. (Note from me: They just used address labels) There is no need to use a box. A padded mailing envelope is fine. You should receive 35 books. It is interesting to see where the books come from and what others read.
2. Make six copies of this letter and put my mailing address on the back of each copy. (Another note from me: She included her own address labels for me). Put 6 of your address labels with each copy of the letter. Your friends will then have your address label to stick on the back of their letters.
3. Mail the letters to six different people, but do not send them a book! You will only need to send one book to the one person whose name is on the back of this letter.
If you cannot do this within a week, please let me know so that we can be fair to all of the participants I have been told that there is seldom a drop in the club because you only have to pay for postage for one book. The book can be sent with media postage rate (Media Mail/Book Rate).
So... make copies, mail your book, and get ready to receive lots of books to enjoy!