Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2014

Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

The Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is organised by me at Leeswammes’ Blog and by Courtney of Stiletto Storytime. Two years ago, Anastasia of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog passed the baton on to us. Anastasia is the originator and ran this very popular event for two years. Courtney and I took over two years ago and had two very successful events in which 80 people took part.

The Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is an event in which book bloggers send each other a holiday card around the Christmas period (the end of December). This isn’t just for people that celebrate Christmas, though! Everyone is can join in the fun. We’re very late announcing the card exchange this year, so timings are tight!


1. Sign up for the exchange by December 5th, 2014.

2. Emails with partner info go out December 8, 2014 (please check your spam folder if you didn’t get the email, then contact us).

3. You have until December 13, 2014 to send your card(s). Buy them in advance!

4. Since it’s a book-lovers’ card exchange you have to include something book-related in your card. Some ideas:

  • Write about a book you’ve read recently.
  • Give a few book recommendations to your partner.
  • Tell a book-related story.
  • Something else book-related that you think up yourself.

5. Since this is a book blogger holiday card exchange, to participate, you need to be a blogger who blogs at least sometimes about books.

6. The swap is open internationally. It’s too cumbersome trying to pair up people who do/do not want to send internationally, so everyone must be willing to send internationally.

7. You can exchange up to five cards. You won’t always get a card from the same people you send your cards to. It will nevertheless be an awesome thing.

Some Things to Remember

1. You HAVE to send a card. A card is something like this. You can make it yourself or buy it at the store. Everything you write must be contained in the card itself. Letters are not cards. The card doesn’t have to be book-themed OR holiday themed (but it might be nice if it was). We suggest you refrain from sending specifically religious-themed cards, because that sort of thing tends to offend people, even if you didn’t mean to offend them.

2. You HAVE to write something book-related in your card (see above). You can’t just say “happy holidays.” You COULD just write a list of books and that’s all, but I don’t think that’d be a lot of fun, do you?

3. You DON’T have to send anything else but the card, but if you want to stick in something else that’d be fine. A bookmark, for instance, would be really nice. Whatever you send: it has to be flat enough to fit in the envelope– no upgrading into package territory, here.

4. The most you should spend is $7. The point of the exchange is that it’s cheap enough for us money-less people to participate in, so everything should cost $7 and under.

Quickie Privacy Policy

Courtney and Judith are the only ones who will see ALL the information. You partner(s) will be the only ones besides us who will see your address/email/etc. After the exchange is over all the info will be deleted.


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or email us!  leeswammes @ gmail dot com 

Also, please do spread around the link for this post! Feel free to take the graphic at the top of the post and post it on your blog, etc. The more people know about the BBHCE the more fun it’ll be! Since we’re quite late announcing this, we’re not sure we’ll reach everyone who’s interested so please, please, spread the word!

If we get loads of signups, we could probably use the help of one of our blogging friends around December 5th to match people with their partners. Anyone?

Sign Up

Fill out the form below to sign up for the exchange!

Fill out THIS FORM. Partners will go out December 8th.

Oh, and the Twitter hashtag is #bkcardex.

Book Review: Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales by Susan Ershler and John Waechter

Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales by Susan Ershler and John WaechterConquering the Seven Summits of Sales: What it is about

From the publishers: “Two experts who have summited the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents—and scaled the highest peaks in corporate sales and business—examine what it takes to achieve success.

In making the grueling journey to the top of Mount Everest, Susan Ershler and John Waechter joined the elite group of climbers who had conquered the Seven Summits—the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. This same determination has made them star performers in corporate sales and established them as business leaders. And both of them cherish the deep sense of satisfaction that comes from attaining a seemingly impossible goal through focus and persistence.

In this unique guide, Susan and John draw on concrete experience to inspire sales professionals—as well as all team members—to overcome limitations and reach new heights of success, illustrating how anyone can achieve peak performance. They will show you how to define your goals clearly, commit to a vision, “choose the right sherpa” (build the right team), “travel light” (manage time), and “measure the mountain” (track progress).

Weaving together stories from harrowing climbs and lessons of indomitable perseverance with actual tested methods for high achievement in sales, business, and life, Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales proves that anyone can overcome limitations and accomplish something real and meaningful in business and in life.”

Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales: What I thought

Since I have a small business myself, but sales is not my strongest point, I was keen to read this book and find out all kinds of sales secrets. It turned out the intended readership was corporate sales people, which I am not, of course. Because of that, the book was not as useful for me as I had hoped.

The book very systematically describes what to do in the sales process: first you set your (realistic targets), then you research your prospect’s business to some detail, and then you go out, talk to them, and persevere. That’s basically what the book says, but there are to-do lists and schemes that seem very useful if you’re into corporate sales.

The basics are having a vision, setting goals, and never giving up. I’ve heard that before. :-) However, the systematic approach seems worth trying out and sounds likely to lead to the intended result.

The combination with the authors’ climbing story was interesting, if you like to learn a bit about mountain climbing, but it felt a little random to me. Any other experience may have lead to the same story. I wasn’t convinced but it made a fun diversion from the sales talk.

I did pick up a few new tips but will look further for a different book to learn how to turn prospects into customers.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (okay)

Number of pages: 208

First published: 2014

I got this: for review from Harper Business

Genre: Non-fiction, business


Book review: I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

brysonI’m a Stranger Here Myself: What it is about

From the publishers: “After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliensas he later put it, “it was clear my people needed me”). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I’m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man’s attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.”

I’m a Stranger Here Myself: What I thought

I prefer books over short stories and short stories over columns. The longer I can enjoy a good story, the better. However, I very much enjoyed this book of columns. They were exactly the right length.

There were all stories about the differences between England and the US or what it was like to be back in the US after many years in the UK. In fact, this was quite recognisable. The book was written 15 years ago, and meanwhile, the food, level of service (or lack of it) and other quirky issues have made it to Europe. Yes, we are a little behind here, not only with the good things, but also with the bad. :-)

I chuckled aloud now and then. A good thing I was reading this mainly in bed (although, why can’t we laugh in public over a book? It is like breastfeeding in public? People… object?).

So, while the book is a little dated, it didn’t feel dated for this European. I had great fun reading this book, a story at a time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (good to very good)

Number of pages: 304

First published: 2000

I got this: bought at a publisher’s book sale

Genre: non-fiction, columns


Winner of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop


It’s the end of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop! Around 30 blogs joined me in giving away books and there were some real gems to be won.

There was a lot of activity on my blog and other blogs. I saw lots of tweeting and other activity.

It’s time to draw a winner! Well, it’s way over time! I blame my visit yesterday to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam where I saw the real doll’s house that The Miniaturist is all about. That is the book that I’m giving away in this blog hop. The doll’s house is large and has lots of tiny, tiny items in it. It looks like a real house; it’s wonderful! I also saw The Nightwatch, the famous painting by Rembrandt, which looked impressive. Great colors and very life like.

The winner is…

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Laurie C @ Bay State Reader’s Advisory

Congratulations! I’ll send you an email to ask you for your address details. Please answer this within 3 days.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I think we can say the blog hop was another great success.

Did you take part in the hop? And… did you win anything?


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