Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pay It Forward Book Exchange

I am slow. I am sooo slow. I am terribly tardy and late. I should be taken out into the frozen wasteland of my field garden and whipped with dried and frozen pea vines.

Way back last August, Leigh at 5 Acres & a Dream offered a Pay It Forward book exchange to her readers.

And I was the lucky winner of this very informative and useful book on saving seeds. My responsibility, in turn, was to offer my own book giveaway to my readers.

Well, here I am five months later finally getting my act together and fulfilling my part of the deal.

I am offering the above book to you, dear readers. I just got this copy for the giveaway. It's entitled, "Hit By A Farm - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn." Written by Catherine Friend, it's an informative, funny, poignant, emotional true story of Catherine and her partner Melissa as they struggled to learn how to mesh their individual desires of being a writer and a farmer respectively.

I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine and Melissa summer before last which has made this book all the more special to me. It's a book that I had trouble putting down and one that I think many of you would enjoy just as much.

So what to do? If you're interested in having your name put in the drawing for this book, just leave me a comment saying so. I'll draw a name out of a hat at 8 a.m. this coming Saturday morning (January 8th) and announce the winner that day.

Then the person who "wins" my offered book must in turn offer their own choice of book giveaway and "Pay It Forward" to someone else. As Leigh originally suggested in her giveaway, since most of us are homesteaders/gardeners, we might want to keep the books offered within that area of interest.

Anybody interested? I promise, it's a really good book!

P.S. Check out Catherine's blog "Farm Tales." You can find it here.

21 comments:

Erin said...

Don't put my name in that hat, I have that book and her subsequent one that is also FANTASTIC, called The Compassionate Carnivore. Whomever gets your book is in for a real treat, and by the way to any of your readers with kids, that 2nd book is absolutely appropriate to read aloud to the age 6 and above crowd, she has a fantastic way of explaining the humane meat issue without resorting to guilt, it's a must read, my kids were actually pointing out "good farm/bad farm" on our drive home to MN, kind of a modern day slug-bug game :)

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Sounds like a great read! Count me in and I would be happy to carry on as well!

(stop beating yourself up!)

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Yep, I thought The Compassionate Carnivore was superbly written also.

APG - You're in and counted!

Yes, Mother.

MaineCelt said...

Don't put my name in the hat-- I have the book too, and love it! I'm just echoing Erin. "Hit By A Farm" is a wonderful, wonderful read!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Ooooh, I'm interested for sure! And I was just thinking of starting my own "pay it forward" book give-away... winning your book would give me a reason to just continue someone else's! :) Thanks Mama Pea! -Anna.

Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Looks like a great read and I'd love to have it, so please put my name in the hat and I'll be happy to "Pay it Forward" if I win...

Anonymous said...

I would love to be in the drawing for this book! It would be a great b-day present as my 54th birthday is on the 9th! yay!:-)

Beth said...

I would love to be entered into the book drawing as my birthday is on the 9th. Yay! Happy birthday to me?!

Dirt Lover said...

Put my name in your hat, also. Sounds like a great read. What a fun idea of paying it forward, too. Don't be so hard on yourself, either, okay??? We all get sidetracked, and just have to take one thing at a time. Your book just had to wait its turn!!
~~Lori

Sue said...

Oh neato-I LOVE books!! And what a great idea of paying it forward. Sign me up!!

Stephanie said...

I'm not going to enter, because I read the book, and LOVED IT! Just wanted to throw that out there for anyone unsure of whether to enter or not. You WILL laugh!!! You will "awww", you will cry in some bits...definitely a fabulous read!

Tiny Gardener said...

I would LOVE to be in the book exchange! What an awesome idea to keep it going!

Mama Pea said...

Okay, we've got a few names in the hat . . . and a few great reviews so don't miss the chance to own this book. Anybody else??

Penny said...

Too funny .. earlier this week I requested my Library get this book for me by ILL.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

Oooh Oooh Me Me Me!! *said with hand raised high* I'd love to read a book from a fellow Minnesotan!! Got the book I'll pay forward picked out already too :-)

Love it!!

Mama Pea said...

Penny - Coincidence? Hmmm, strange vibes flying through the air!

Freedom Acres - Yeah, I feel a particular kinship to Minnesotan authors, too. You'd like this one, I'm sure.

Leigh said...

Don't count me in, but this definitely looks like something I'd enjoy reading. I'll have to see if our library has it!

Gelfling said...

Would love to read this book and pay it forward with one of my favorite selections from my homestead library, "Animal Vegetable Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Thanks!

Jill said...

Sounds very interesting, put me in, please. :) Thank You!

Tom Stewart said...

OK, It looks like I maybe the only guy that wants this book! And I know its real close to the dead line, BUT PUT ME IN TOO, PLEASE! I just finished "The dirty life, About farm, food and love" What a great read. I love farm books as much as I like farm Blogs.

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - Heck, you shoulda joined the fun!

Gelfling - Howdy, thanks for commenting. Your name is in the hat!

Jill - You're in, too!

Tom - Welcome, and you've commented in plenty of time.