Sending Books To Strangers

7 Feb

We have just had some very bad days. Very bad. Even though I knew they were coming, I wasn’t ready for how bad they would be and they have knocked me sideways a bit. I am trying really hard to not think about it but I don’t know if that will be doing more harm than good when I am forced to deal with it. Anyway, in an attempt to balance out all the bad, I chose something from the RAOK section of my Day Zero list to complete.

82. Send a random stranger an item off their Amazon wish list (completed 29.01.2011)

I thought this would be something I could do quite quickly one night but it took hours. Probably because I’m a bit nosey and ended up clicking through loads of lists, wondering about the kind of person who had written each one and what varying tastes some people have. Death metal and cheesy pop on the same list? Really?

After already looking through so many, just choosing the next person to send a gift to didn’t seem fair. I decided to hit random on my favourite songs playlist and use the first name of the person singing. A quick look down the list of people and one of them had mentioned a favourite author of mine. His list had an address, was up to date and affordable. I had found my man. If only finding a suitable man was always this easy…

A book was chosen and sent. I had no idea how good this would make me feel. I think I was probably more excited sending the surprise than the recipient would be when he received it. I know how nice it is to receive something in the post when you’ve sent for it yourself, how good would it be to have a book you’ve had your eye on just land on your doorstep unexpectedly? It still makes me smile just thinking about it.

If anyone knows of any shops other than Amazon that have a similar wish list setup, please let me know. I will definitely be sending another random gift or two so I hope all your wish lists are up to date, it might be yours that I click on next!

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8 Responses to “Sending Books To Strangers”

  1. rugbymadsdad February 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    wow thats so kind…….i am sure the recipient would have been thrilled i would have been……

    • ToastingMarshmallows February 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 It was just a little gift, hopefully it made him smile and he passed those smiles on to lots of other people too 🙂

      • A Sceptical Medium February 18, 2011 at 8:14 am #

        I love giving surprises and think it’s lovely you do the same. What a kind person you obviously are.
        Making someone smile is a lovely thing. I always say, I don’t mind if people laugh with me or at me as long as I leave them smiling and have brightened their day.

  2. A Sceptical Medium February 18, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    You’ve taught me something. I had no idea there were such things as wish lists for Amazon! Here’s a wish. I wish my book was listed on all the wish lists. Ha ha xx

    • ToastingMarshmallows February 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you for your lovely comments, they made me smile 🙂 Glad to hear you like making people smile too xx

  3. Shell Louise May 19, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    What a lovely thing to do! I would never have thought of doing something like this but I’d love to. Maybe I will one day 🙂

    • ToastingMarshmallows May 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Do it! You can find something quite easily for under a fiver. I have done another two or three since posting this, it really is fun! Just wish I had a hidden camera so I could see people’s reactions… x

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