How do you feel about giving away a book that is signed with a personal message especially for you? Probably pretty crappy. Sigh.
So, here is my problem. I won a Goodreads giveaway. I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to get the book in the mail. It finally came and I opened the book. The first page had a personal message to me addressing me by name. The author said she hoped I would enjoy the book and she signed it.
I was very touched. The personal nature of this will make me a fan for life assuming the book was any good (I haven’t started it yet). But, now I am not sure what to do with the book when I am finished with it.
I have 3 bookshelves and a boyfriend who doesn’t like clutter. Once the bookshelves get full (and they are always full) I have to start getting rid of books. This is a good thing. I have a friend who loves books as much as I do. She reads them and then gives them to her mother who is also an avid reader. The mother belongs to a group who trades books at her hair salon. So that means that if I get a book and am able to pass it on as I usually do that it will go through at least 4 readers. That is four potential new fans for the author. A great thing.
But, now I have a signed book. I would feel very bad about passing it on. I would feel like I have personally insulted the author. The only other option is to leave the book on my shelf after reading and allow it to gather dust and take up space that could be given to books I haven’t read yet.
Also, do you prefer to get books that are personalized if you win them from a giveaway? I imagine that in a year or two I will be giving away books on there and am just wondering what people prefer.