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An experiment in book swapping

As you may have observed already, I am a pretty avid reader, and while I greatly appreciate the services of my local public library, I find sometimes that either don’t have a book that I am looking for or I prefer to own a copy. As someone on a rather limited book budget and severely lacking in shelf space I need to find a way to obtain books as well as get rid of books.

I’ve gotten quite a few suggestions on how to go about this- donate and purchase from library book sales, donate and purchase books from Goodwill, visit used book shops, or solely utilize the local library. I’ve done alot of those things. I’ve even swapped books or borrowed books from friends, as well as loaned a few copies out. But I find that for acquiring specific books it can be a little challenging. I don’t keep a mental list of the books I am looking for  in my head and no matter how hard I try, I don’t always have my list of books to find in my head. Or, as I mentioned, occasionally the library doesn’t have something I’m looking for…so what then?

One of the alternatives that I have found is After you enroll, you list 10 books that you’re looking to get rid of …er…swap, and then you get two credits just for signing up. Every time you send a book to someone and they confirm they receive it, you get points, which you can use to get books back. I only had four books handy, but immediately after posting them I already had two of the four requested. I confirmed that I could mail them in the next 48 hours (one of the rules), printed the mailing pages, and I’ll go by my local post office this afternoon to mail them.

The cons as I see it so far:

  1. They may not have any of the books that I am looking for.
  2. The site is a little confusing to navigate.
  3. I may wind up with more books than I started with.
  4. I have to pay for postage.

The pros as I see it so far:

  1. I’ll be getting rid of a few books that have lying around too long.
  2. I can get a few new books to read.
  3. There’s a review site if I want to post reviews. (Although I do most of my review posting here and on Goodreads).

Once I’ve explored the process a little more and have had success or failure, I’ll be sure to report back. Have you given programs like paperbackswap or bookmooch a try? Do you like them? How do you manage your reading habit and your budgeting issues?


The Spoils of a Randomly Discovered Book Sale

I live in a beautiful and delightfully quirky river town in New York which I found myself falling in love with all over again this weekend. Often there is quite a bit to do downtown, but I’m usually so busy I don’t notice. This lovely weekend, however, was a wonderful exception- a full 24 hours that were largely unplanned and so I ventured downtown.

My plan was to pick-up a library book on hold for me and then pick up an iced coffee before heading down to the water to read, but I was enjoyably sidetracked by all of the happenings downtown- an artwalk, a sketch mob, and the coup d’etat for a booklover, the library book sale.

Taking the opportunity to enjoy the cloudless and temperate day, I walked through town and admired some of the art. The artist I admired most along the was Kerri Lee Green, whose work actually appeared on the artwalk guide. Green is a painter, whose canvas is wood. Her scenes seem to be a nod to biblical imagery, such as the Garden of Eden, or classic artistic themes, such as Madonna and Child, but with a more modern twist. She uses muted colors, and alot of texture in her work.

I did make it back to the book sale, and though I missed out on a complete hardcover volume of O’Henry, I found a few others:

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (there is one by Edgar Allen Poe in there, casting doubts on the claim of Southern, but we shall see)

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

Six new books for me, a Curious George book for my nephew, a birthday gift for a friend, and two books I plan on shipping to another friend- all for $5.75. That is my kind of book shopping!

I did also retrieve my reserve item- Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell, and my cup of iced coffee, but both seemed to pale in the gleaming light of my booksale high, my glorious weekend surprise. 🙂

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