The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.

According to Emily Elisabeth's master list, November 1 was National Author's Day and National Family Literacy Day, November 6 was Book Lover's Day and November 17 will be National Young Reader's Day. According to an email I got from Better World Books, November 8 was also National Bookstore Day. So I guess November is trying to tell me something, and that something has to do with books. I have decided therefore that I will hold a couple of used book giveaways on this here blog (idea shamelessly ripped from EE¹). I have several books to give away but I'll try to spread them out throughout the rest of the month.

So come and get a free book, everyone!

Today's book will be one of my favorites, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which I always seem to have an extra copy of because I cannot stop buying it over and over. Several times I have bought a copy at the Friends of the Library's monthly used book sale because I felt sorry for it, so lonely and unbought. Then I get home and say to myself, "I already have several copies of this. Why did I buy this?" and donate it back to the sale. Then I go to the next month's sale and go, "Oh, but it's so lonely!" I am stupid, but at least my stupidity results in some profits for the Friends of the Library.

If you would like to break the cycle and get a free copy of this book, please leave a comment below and share a fun fact about Botswana, where the book takes place. It's fine if you don't know anything about Botswana yet - you can just do some research and tell me something you learned that you thought was interesting. You can comment any time in the month of November, and I'll select a winner at random at the end of the month. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact the winner and get their mailing address!

¹ If you do not want to learn about detecting in Botswana and would instead like to learn about Donald T. Regan or word origins, please visit Emily Elisabeth's blog! There will be something for everyone this month, assuming that everyone likes detecting in Africa, Donald T. Regan or word origins. And why shouldn't they?

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:26 PM
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Comments (9)

gravatar Emily Elisabeth - November 9, 2010 - 9:17 PM -

Interesting fact about Botswana, at 600,370 sq km, it is slightly smaller than Texas. And its baskets are widely regarded as some of the finest in Africa, and certainly the best in southern Africa.

gravatar srah - November 12, 2010 - 9:06 AM -

Well thank you. So far, you may be the winner by default. Hopefully we can attract some more people to this contest.

gravatar Eve - November 12, 2010 - 9:56 PM -

Fun fact about Botswana:
2 TV stations - 1 state-owned and 1 privately-owned; privately-owned satellite TV subscription service is available; 2 state-owned national radio stations; 3 privately-owned radio stations broadcast locally (2007)

I've read one of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. It was different than your usual mystery, but interesting.

gravatar Eve - November 12, 2010 - 10:00 PM -

Wow! How did I manage to post twice? I'm good. =)

gravatar srah - November 12, 2010 - 10:32 PM -

:D Thanks for entering!

gravatar Liza - November 18, 2010 - 10:58 AM -

I feel your pain with the library book sales--I'm like that with Princess Bride (GREAT book!). Haven't read this one yet, but I want to, since it inspires such great love.

About Botswana: it is a democratic state, with fair elections, and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

gravatar Rachel - November 18, 2010 - 11:40 AM -

The Republic of Botswana is a sub Saharan country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are referred to as "Batswana".

gravatar harini - November 30, 2010 - 1:14 PM -

its at the center of Southern Africa
it is the largest producer of diamonds in the world (..by value)
Botswana was never actually colonized.

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