Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Joy to the World (via books, of course)

There are some truly fantastic things in the world. Winning the lottery, organic rootbeer, hitting the winning jumpshot as the buzzer sounds...

And there's this:



There's nothing like getting books in the mail. And, what's more, free books. Booyah. One came from Jessica Bell, while the other came from:


There's something about heading out to the mailbox and finding a package... a book-shaped package. Paper! Possibly twine! The friendly smell of pages upon opening.

Maybe ebooks of the future will come with 3D holograms of mailboxes and packages that can recreate this experience. But I shall miss using my Moroccan knife to open the packages, splitting paper and tape to give me that first view of the treasure inside.

Anyone else here in love with getting books in the mail? Please say yes or I will feel strange. I find the truth is very flexible in these situations.

14 comments:

Marlene Nash-McKay said...

I do, but I can't think when last I got one. The smell of them, the feel of them... amazing stuff. I think the only thing that could top it would be receiving MY book in the mail :)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I adore getting books in the mail, although most of them go to my parents' house so I have to wait ages to pick them up :( Still, bonus books make my day :D

Steve C said...

Since I just checked my mailbox with the hope of finding a book, even knowing good well it wouldn't be here by now, I'd say finding a hefty flat package in the mail is one of the best parts of my days.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never won any books, but I do order them online or through the Sci-fi & fantasy book club.

Steve Abernathy said...

Getting used books in the mail I dig. There's a gambling aspect; the chance the "good" condition book I ordered is brand new, and the "like new" book is filled with snotted-together pages.

D.G. Hudson said...

Getting books in the mail, or getting books off the shelf in the bookstore, it doesn't matter.

A physical book is tangible, it has weight, and it's 'me precious' until I've finished it. We know that an adventure, entertainment, or knowledge awaits us in that package, whether fiction or non- fiction.

Nothing strange about that.

JM Leotti said...

Oh, I'm so there with you! Amazon is my favorite to order from, and they ship so fast it's like old time magic before the discovery of ebooks. Going to the book store is fun, too, but with books in the mail it's like someone has shipped you a birthday present!

Don't like watching the bank account go down, though. Major drawback, but not enough to stop me! :)

Ted Cross said...

I always love receiving books, though it sure messes with my huge to-read pile, as some books leap to the front of the queue while others go to the end.

aspiring_x said...

hee hee hee! i was so anticipating wonderbar the other day, that when i was driving home after dropping my baby off at preschool, i came to the intersection near my house, eyes glanced up at my mailbox, and took in the image of a little cardboard box propping the lid of the mailbox open! i was so entranced i almost rolled right into oncoming traffic! word to the wise- do not drive under the influence of booklove. eeks! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Free books, especially unexpected ones, are the shiznit.

But ... um, Bryan? You forgot to tell us what books you got. And I'm a little pissed that Jessica sent you a book before I did.

Last time I offered, you refused. Okay, granted, mine was a loan ... but still.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Books are the best thing that lands in my mailbox. Granted the competition isn't that stiff (bills, junk mail), but the books are ALL MINE (hands off kids!).

Jessica Bell said...

Glad you received it! :o) Yeah, I still haven't ventured into e-book-dom.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Matt,

I won Margaret George's The Memoirs of Cleopatra from a contest on Jessica's blog.

The other book:

American Woman, by Susan Choi

Adele Richards said...

Absolutely with you.