I follow a couple YA literature review blogs, and I’ve entered contests to win books. I’ve even won a couple (although one is still missing in transit or someone is playing an evil joke on me)! It’s a real rush to win a free book. I’m a huge bookworm, and I spend entirely too much money at bookstores and time at the public library. So it follows that I’d be willing to do quite a lot to win another book. Today I found out just how much, because Lenore put out a challenge on her blog: say to what lengths you’d be willing to go to get a book, and you could win 3. Book in question is Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games, which I’ve blogged about here. I want this book. I need this book. And unless I miraculously win a contest, I will not get this book until it’s released in September. BUT! Back to the important stuff: things I would be willing to do to get novel I covet.
My automatic answers: I’d go wilderness camping - sans tent and camp stove - for a week. Or pass out fliers in a public place for an hour. I’ve done this before: it’s extremely hard and thankless. I’d sing karaoke or do a stand-up routine; under normal circumstances I’d be averse to any suggestion of public speaking/singing/performing. I might give up recreational reading for a week or two. And lastly, if I could read a sequel early, (insert your own anticipated event here) I would volunteer as the cleaning lady of whoever gave it to me. For a week. But that could be negotiable.
I was amazed to discover what I would (and what wouldn’t I do, really?) do to get something relatively small and unimportant to my survival. So I thought I’d ask a couple of my siblings what they would be willing to do if they could get their hands on an advance copy of a sequel of another favorite book of ours, Graceling.
Joey’s answer (submitted via text message): Find a semitruck carrying the books, shoot out the tires, and tase the driver before breaking into the truck with boltcutter and portable grinder while wearing safety glasses and gloves.
When I pointed out that above plan was criminal, the next response was as follows: Okay, so…find a copy you can download online…Or if that isn’t possible, revert to plan A, or just wait.
Ginny’s answer (also texted): Make a YouTube video or go on a food/hunger strike, or something like they used to do for 106.1 (local Top 40 music station in Seattle area) – stay in a Porta-Potty for days. This is hypothetical, right???
What would you be willing to do for a book/other-thing-you-crave?