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Christmas? Bah! Humbook they say : THE COME BACK

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bah! Humbook, they say



Hello dear copinautes!

December has arrived and Guy and I would like to invite you to another edition of the Humbook Christmas Gift event.  The idea is to virtually give another blogger two books as a Christmas present. It’s a way to exchange gifts in our virtual and international literary salon. So, let’s review the rules together.

  • Choose the copinaute you will give books to,
  • Leave a comment saying you’re in and giving the name of your copinaute,
  • On December 25th, publish a post in which you reveal to your copinaute the two books you have selected for them.
  • In 2014, each copinaute reads the books and reviews them.

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

For practical reasons, each participant shall purchase the books they receive and not the books they give. This is to avoid sending books abroad, experiencing delays in delivery or whatever other problem. This means that you need to pay attention to a few things when you pick a humbook for a copinaute: check out that it’s available in their language at a reasonable price.

FAQ, in French, Foire Aux Questions

What’s a copinaute ?

Copinaute is made of the word copain/copine (friend) and internaute (Internet surfer) 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 friendly little book blogging community.

What if the copinaute has already read the book before?

That’s a risk and part of the game. It happens when you offer books to bookworms! Good news: the book hasn’t been purchased yet. So, you just pick another one.

What if I don’t feel like reading the book I was given?

It can happen. But we don’t always like the books we pick for ourselves, so give your copinaute the benefit of the doubt. It may be a good surprise and a way to step out of your comfort zone. I’m sure your copinaute will avoid vampire stories if they know you’re not into fantasy.

I’m not at home for Christmas, how am I supposed to post a billet that day?

If your blog is on WP, you can write it earlier and schedule it for Christmas. I suppose the same option exists on other blog platforms.

How long does the copinaute have to read the books?

You have all 2014 to read them. No pressure of any kind, reading is a pleasure, not a duty.

If you have any other question, just ask in the comment section or on Twitter (@Bookaround). All the questions are welcome. Check on Guy’s blog for more information.

I do hope you are tempted to join us. I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comment section.



  1. December 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I already have one of your picks, Emma.


    • December 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      I know the perfect one for you but dammit, it’s not available in English!!


  2. December 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I added a line about people who MAY want to participate but who don’t have a blog.


    • December 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Yes, curses. Now you’re aware I know some and how frustrated I am that Carlos Salem is not available in English. (especially after reading The Blonde because it’s the same kind of book)


  3. Brian Joseph
    December 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for hosting this again Emma. This was a really fun event last year and I have no doubt that it will be again!


    • December 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Brian. Does that mean you’re willing to participate or you’d rather watch from the side lines this year?


      • Brian Joseph
        December 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

        If someone wants to choose me as their copinaute I am all in. Otherwise I am thinking of choosing someone.


        • December 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          It’s à la carte. You can ask someone to be your copinaute for this Christmas. We’ll pick a book for you.


  4. December 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Stu from Winston’s Dad and I have been plotting behind the scenes for this and we are copinautes for 2014, thanks. Thanks for organising it again:)


    • December 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks for plotting behind the scenes, I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves.


  5. December 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Have fun. I can’t read three books chose by someone else these days but I’m looking forward to see what everyone gets. Carlos Salem, hmmm I’ll have to ihave a closer look.


    • December 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks. Yes Carlos Salem is fun.


  6. December 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Wonderful idea, Emma! I love the word ‘copinaute’ 🙂 Looking forward to following the reading adventures of all of you copinautes!


    • December 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Vishy. I find the word copinaute lovely.
      As far as I know, Brian is still looking for a copinaute to exchange books for Christmas. Would you like to join us? (no pressure, it’s OK if you don’t want to)


      • December 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

        Let me think about it, Emma. This month is not looking good for me right now, and so let me see. Thanks for inviting me though 🙂


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