Courtesy of The Boston Bibliophile
Today's topic: Book-swapping.
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.
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