If that's something everyone thinks would be a good idea we could do that. It might also help weed out any flakers ahead of time as well.
And no worries on the books, Gozer
I read everything (Young Adult, Old Adult, children, mystery, horror, chick lit, non fiction, historical, fantasy, classic, and whatever other genres are out there.) I've never actually read Pride and Prejudice (which is something I should probably actually sit down and read), but Little Women was the first book I read that didn't have pictures in it so it has a soft spot in my heart. LOTR is my favorite book of all times. Having said that, I'm currently re-reading Percy Jackson, which I adore. What YA do you specifically like?
I also looked at the previous swaps that were book based and it looked like most swappers made items based on the book(s) they sent and or whatever they had read that their partners had read as well. Or just bookish things that were useful. (mug rugs, tea, bookmarks, totes, reading quotes.)
Personally I'm fine with it either way. We can do a pre swap book send with a month or so to read the book, and then craft time. Or have a swap where you craft based on your book (the one you're sending) or one that you both like.
What would you all prefer?