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Christmas? Bah! Humbook, they say

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Before starting this entry, let me introduce you to the word copinaute. It’s made of the word copain/copine (friend) and internaute (Internet surfer) Yes, we have a very nice French word for this, based on cosmonaute, which gives to internaute a nice feeling of a high-tech wandering into a structured void. So copinautes are friends who know each other through the Internet. Don’t look for it in the dictionary; it’s not in there…yet. I find this word lovely and very appropriate to our little book blogging community. Most of the time, we’ve never met and yet, a bond exists.

Last Christmas, Guy and I exchanged virtual Christmas gifts; I chose four books for him  and he chose four for me in return. I love surprises, I was quite excited to discover the books he had selected for me and I had a great time reading them afterwards.

This year, we would like to share this enchanting experience with others and organize the

Humbook Christmas Gift.

Here are the rules:

  • Choose the copinaute you will give books to,
  • Leave a comment saying you’re in and giving the name of your copinaute,
  • On December 1st, inscriptions will be closed and Guy and I will publish the official list of participants and copinautes with links to their respective blogs, 
  • On December 25th, publish a post in which you reveal to your copinaute the two books you have selected for them. 
  • In 2013, each copinaute reads the books and reviews them.

In addition, Guy and I will choose one book for each participant and give our virtual books on Christmas Day as well.

For practical reasons, each participant/copinaute shall purchase the books they receive and not the books they give. So, in your choice of book, don’t forget to make sure it is available at a reasonable price and in the right language for the copinaute you elected.

Now that you’ve read this, I guess you have some questions, like:

What if I receive more than two books, in other words, several participants decided to choose me as their copinaute?

I suggest that you read at least one book per participant.

What if the copinaute has already read the book before?

That’s a risk we’re taking if we want it to be a real surprise and not give away the book titles before Christmas. It’s like in real life; you can give someone a book they’ve already read. Of course, if you go for the obvious –like offering a Zola to Guy or a Romain Gary to me – the odds are high that your copinaute will have read the books…Good sense should prevail. And perhaps you can give another book instead; after all, no one has spent money on it.

What if the copinaute doesn’t feel like reading the books they were given?

If you’re both a participant and a copinaute, I suggest you try them anyway, that’s part of the game and who knows, you might have an agreeable surprise. And of course, no Humbook Police will check out that you’ve read them.

If the copinaute isn’t a participant, well, it’s like real-life Christmas presents: there’s no guarantee the book will be read.

How long does the copinaute have to read the books?

It would be nice to read the books before June 2013. But once again, no Humbook Police will give them a ticket if they don’t.

And from now on… Check on Guy’s blog for his introduction post to our event. I do hope you are tempted to join us. The more, the merrier, which is apt for a Christmas event, isn’t it?

Looking forward to hearing from you in the comment section.

  1. November 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    What’s lovely idea! Sadly, we spend Christmas at my mother’s, and she doesn’t even know what “online” means. I’ll see if I can find a way round this. If I can post mine a day early, would that be OK? I’m sure I can find some cafe on Christmas Eve that has wi-fi!


    • November 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Hi Himadri,

      Thanks. I hope you can make it.
      Your blog is on WordPress: you can schedule posts and they publish by themselves on due time. Problem solved!


      • November 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

        I didn’t know you could do that! That’s great – I’ll get back to you later with the details.


        • November 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

          That’s great, Himadri.


  2. November 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

    “Humbook” – that’s pretty good! And if Google knows its stuff, you coined it.

    I wish you many participants in your gift exchange.


  3. November 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

    It’s a fun idea and like Tom I wish you many participants


    • November 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Caroline


  4. acommonreaderuk
    November 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I think this is a great idea. I just posted to Guy’s blog that I wouldn’t be able to take part due to pressure of the reading list. But the more I think about it the more appealing it becomes. Is it possible to take part but for you or Guy to choose my blogging partner? If anyone else asks the same question perhaps you could match them up with me (so long as they’re not into zombies, conspiracy theories, or fifty shades).


    • November 16, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Hello Tom,

      If you decide to participate, the main thing you have to do is choose the blogger who will receive your virtual book gift and publish a post on Christmas to give him/her the books.

      You’ll get one book to read from Guy & me and if another blogger chooses you, you’ll get two other books to read.

      Is that OK for you?


      • acommonreaderuk
        November 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

        I think choosing the blogger would be problem – I don’t actually know any of my fellow blogees all that well. Perhaps I’ll wait and see if anyone else suggests something. Best of luck with your idea.


        • November 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

          You can choose books for me, if you want. Most of the times, I feel like reading the books you review.


  5. November 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I just adore the word copinaute! I’m going to use it all the time now – I have needed this word for goodness knows how long!


    • November 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

      It’s a wonderful word, isn’t it? I love it too. I think that internaute is good as well; sometimes the old men at the Académie Française are quite creative.

      (PS: What’s the British equivalent of l’Académie Française regarding the language?)


  6. November 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ok, I’m in. My copinuate will be Tony from Tony’s Reading List http://tonysreadinglist.blogspot.com.au/. He’s always suggesting brilliant books to read, this will be his chance to make sure I read two of them.


    • November 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Great Lisa, welcome aboard.

      Are you going to choose two books for Tony too?


      • November 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Oh yes, he’s probably quaking in his boots LOL!


        • November 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm



          • November 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

            I’ll reciprocate – so, I’ll choose two for Lisa, and she’ll choose two for me, right?


            • November 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

              Sounds good. Welcome aboard!


  7. November 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Oops. I spelt it wrong, it should be copinaute. (Typical Anglaise, unconsciously Anglicising everything, eh?)


    • November 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

      It’s hard to resist the use of English words.

      The Académie Française is in charge of inventing new words to face new concepts. Sometimes they fail and the words aren’t used (like mercatique for marketing, it came too late, marketing was already deeply rooted) and sometimes it becomes the French word, like internaute.
      I like courriel for email but we don’t really use it.


  8. November 19, 2012 at 1:33 am

    For no specific reason, I have chosen by copinaute to be Brian Joseph,of Babbling Books, who, I hope, will be happy to play this game!


    • Brian Joseph
      November 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Wow! Thanks Himadri. I will gladly participate!


      • November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Hi Brian! I’m glad you’ll be with us. It’s going to be fun.


    • November 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      That’s great! I’m curious to see the books you’ll choose for him.


  9. December 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Sorry – I missed the reply. I’m not very good at following up comments!

    Am I choosing two books for you now? I’m happy to do that if you like.


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