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Friday, January 9, 2009

Book Swap

I started out this year obsessed with decluttering. It's now turned into fanaticism because, in my effort to get organized, I have created various stacks around my house to donate, to toss, to return, to recycle, to pass on to friends, to file, etc. These stacks are out of control and may not be helping my cause. It is supposed to get worse before it gets better, right?

There are two stacks that I am particularly proud of: BOOKS TO KEEP and BOOKS TO SWAP. My husband and I are voracious readers. We spend a lot of time and money on books. As much as we would love to hold onto all of them, we need to keep tight control of our book selection until the glorious day arrives when we are able to have our own library. (A girl can dream, can't she?!) So, almost exactly a year ago, I joined http://www.paperbackswap.com/ to help manage our bookshelves. It's been a great experience.

Paperbackswap is basically a FREE online book swap community. Initially, I simply committed to swap twelve books. By doing so, I instantly earned three points to "spend." Each book I request "costs" me a point and each book I send out "earns" me a point. You can buy points too, but I've never had to do that.

I've swapped over 40 books over the course of a year. This week, I received two books that I waited a few months for: A Thousand Splendid Suns and Water for Elephants. (These popular books had a long wait time, but most books do not). I didn't mind waiting and can't wait to dive into these books, although if they're anything like Kite Runner, I'm sure I will be up all night reading.

Like I need more dark circles under my eyes.

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Debbie said...

I also do Bookins which is like PBS but the person who owns the book pays nothing to send it. This is great for me because I have more to get rid of than I do on my "want" list. I've even sent away a lot of little kid books.
I loved both of your new books. Water is a much easier read. Suns is more emotional - just what you would expect from that author.

wendy said...

I would love what you think of water, 'cause I have mixed feelings on it & it seems like it is just me 'cause everyone loves it.
What a fantastic program!

Cammie said...

I looooooooove PBS.Com

Anonymous said...

That's such a cool idea. We had a system like that for children's books at the last school my kids were at. Except no one kept track--if you had books your kids had out grown or were just done with you brought them in, and if you found one you liked you took it. There were always a lot of books.

Deb said...

What a great idea! I might try it!

Lori said...

Ooooh, 'Kite Runner' is on my list. So, you loved it?

I'm reading 'Omnivore's Dilemma' now, and boy, it's an awesome book, but will freak. you. out. It's probably on my top 10 list of favorite reads.

Good luck with the stacks!

Anonymous said...

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Unknown said...

What a great program! I have done a few similar programs with movies and CDs and books, but they all tend to be pretty dead with not much trading going on. I have a huge stack of books to trade. I might just check it out! Thanks!

PS--I find it amusing that the word verification is "redness"!

Tim said...

Just wanted to let you know that your comment on the kids looking like something out of a Gap commercial got BIG reviews with GIGI (grandmother). She also used to work at the gap part time just so she could get the discount. Sad I know.

Thanks again.

Lara Neves said...

I've heard of this many times, but I still can't bring myself to get rid of books! Is that weird? I just go buy more bookshelves, and I'm trying to use the library more.

Both those books you got are on my reading list and are never in at the library. Sigh.

Kristina P. said...

Sounds like a great program! We have a lot of books that we don't have room for.

Anonymous said...

That is such a good idea! My problem is that I hate parting with my books unless I didn't like them and that doesn't happen often enough. lol

Counselormama said...

I loved Kite Runner! Some recommended another book similar, can't remember something about Tea? Ugh, I will get back to you on that. I also consider myself a voracious reader and am always wondering: 1. what to do with book when done. 2. How can I get my hand on another book? Thanks for this resource.

Helene said...

I love the idea of an online book swap! I'll have to check this site out! I usually put all my books that I'm done with in a paper bag and when it's full, I donate them to the library or swap them with other friends who have books they want to swap!

Tim said...


Thanks for stopping by and leaving another comment. You have quickly become my favorite person to receive comments from.

Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

How did I not know about this? Oh, that's right... because I sometimes forget about internet technology beyond e-mail and blogdom. I am impaired.

Krisi and Adam said...

I love PBS. I might have to check out Bookins -- because I also have more to get rid of than I want.

As for Disneyland - we are in N. CA and we drive. It's a long trip but the only part of vacations I remember from being a child are the road trips - something about getting in the car (or van) and going somewhere. Singing together, searching for things that start with A, B, C etc. Can't wait!!!

love said...

Sherrlyn of http://www.lovesimplyhappens.blogspot.com says. . . I just finished the book "What is the What" you will lovee it.

Hccm said...

Your award awaits you.

Niki Jolene said...

I've heard of this site but never got around to try it. Now I know I have to. We're a house full of readers too!


It's you know who! said...

A thousand splendid suns is better! You will be up all nite, that book was awesome! :)

Heather of the EO said...

The two books you just received are on my shelf. I've read Water for Elephants and just got A Thousand Splendid Suns for Christmas (because I LOVED the Kite Runner) Great suggestion for a book worm like me! Thanks! You're not the only one on her way to more dark circles.

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