How it Works
- The Trick or Treat Swap should probably more accurately be titled The Trick and Treat Swap. You sign up as normal but also include a list of three of your favourite books and the genres that they fall into, plus a genre you would like to read more from and we will then match you up with a person who has a favourite in the genre you'd like to read more of.
- The parcel you receive should then consist of - a 'trick' book from the genre you want to read more of. This doesn't have to be the book the person making your parcel listed as their favourite but should be one that they have read and enjoyed themselves. A 'treat' which can be a book from your wishlist and/or some little gift type items based on your list of likes. It could also include optional Halloween items/sweets etc as long as your person hasn't listed Halloween in their list of dislikes!
- Please make sure you include a treat as well as a trick. This doesn't mean you have to include two books, although it's nice, but you must include the trick book and either a treat book or a gift items that you think the person you're buying for will love.
It is important to note that genre is open to interpretation on the part of the person making your parcel. Therefore if you need to give us specifics (e.g I'd like to read more mystery or detective fiction but I don't like gory crime, I'd like to read more science fiction but I already read and loved The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, I'd like to read more romance but don't like love triangles etc) then please do that in the 'Additional Comments' box - that's what it's there for!
Please bear in mind that people's tastes differ and that the person creating your parcel will have put time and thought into the 'trick' recommendation that they include for you. If you think you're likely to be upset or disappointed if you receive a book that you feel isn't necessarily 'you' then please stick to signing up for the original swap, where the only books included will be from your wishlist!
There have been a few little rule changes over the past couple of swaps so please make sure you check out the full list of what you have to do to take part (don't worry it's not all that long!). We want the swaps to go as well as possible for everyone involved so please do make sure you've informed yourself fully before committing to taking part.
If you haven't participated in the swap before we'd love to have you join us! Just make sure that I'll know who you are on the sign up sheet by chatting to me on twitter or my other blog. If I don't recognise you your sign up will be deleted, so come say hi, I'm friendly I promise! The swap is international and you can specify if you want to send internationally or domestic, although with some countries we don't have enough participants to always make domestic shipping possible but in that instance you will be contacted for the country that's easiest for you to ship to! In the past we've had participants from UK, USA, Canada, Oman, Australia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, India and South Africa, so wherever you're from in the world please feel free to join us when sign up opens on September 24th (or slightly before if I get impatient) and spread the word so the chances of you being able to send within your own country are higher!
You can have a look at the How it Works and FAQ pages if you're unsure on anything, and if it's not covered there just give me a shout on twitter, I'm happy to explain!