Tuesday Thingers

Here is this week's Tuesday Thingers
Courtesy of
The Boston Bibliophile

Today's topic: Book-swapping.

Do you do it? What site(s) do you use? How did you find out about them? What do you think of them? Do you use LT's book-swapping column feature for information on what to swap? Do you participate in any of the LT communities that discuss bookswapping, like the Bookmooch group for example?

Book swapping amongst friends and family is a normal thing for me, most everyone I know reads (many different types of reading genres). So there are always books changing hands, promises made that "you get this book next" and often a surprise book with a note saying "you have to read this".

As for online bookswap sites - I was a member of bookmooch, but found that it became a bit unreliable. Many people would mooch or offer books for mooching and then change their minds, and there were the people who sign up, offer a huge list of books and never return to the site again.

Thanks to taking a walk through the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens one afternoon, I discovered the BookCrossing website. Lying on a park bench was a paperback, and book lover that I am I picked it up. Inside was a note telling me about how the book was travelling - I could take this book to read and then release it back into the wild. It sounded too good for words! Since then I have released many books into the wild - then exciting part is discovering where they may pop up again. I try to drop a few at the airport everytime I can so my books can journey.

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.


Kathleen said...

I think bookcrossing sounds really cool... if only I could bring myself to let go of some books!

*ph and I don't think your LT link is working*

Lallybroch said...

I love the idea of book crossing, but live in a small communtiy and just don't see the books getting picked up and passed on. Next time I go to the airport I might try a release.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I was just at Lenore's blog and after reading her response wondered how many Book Crossing members there were on LT. I am a BC member too. :)

Library Cat said...

I have often thought about joining Book Crossing, but it seemed like a lot of trouble - however, I love things like this and am an active poster on www.wheresgeorge.com where money is tracked.

Julie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, love yours! Book Crossing is awesome, maybe I will give it a try...

thekoolaidmom said...

Sorry you've had bad experiences on BookMooch. I agree the inactive users can be annoying it, and the people who sign up and list a bunch of heavily wishlisted books then mooch and run, never mailing the books they've promised are criminal.

I've tried a couple of books with the BookCrossing thing, but it's never really gone anywhere. No one who's gotten my BC books ever followed through.

Book Zombie said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting ... I enjoyed reading everyones blogs!

(I have no idea what happened to my BC page ... it says Im no longer registered. Oh well I sent a message to support hopefully they can figure out whats up)


sheistoofondofbooks said...

Great post - I loved reading about your BookCrossing success story (and the accompanying photo of that beautiful park!).

jgI've read about BookCrossing but have never released/adopted a book thru the system.