Missed last week’s because day job was hectic and I was too wiped out to even read blogs, let alone compose a post. This week’s prompt is:
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?
I don’t use the book-swapping sites, for two simple reasons. One is that “swapping” implies that books will leave my possession. This is against the natural order of things, and not to be countenanced. The other is that until recently I lived a very short walk from a large used bookshop specialising in non-fiction and genre fiction, and I could buy books in there for less than the cost of postage on the book-swapping sites.
As a direct consequence of the second reason, I’m having to budge very slightly on the first. The To Be Read pile has grown to the size of a small mountain range, and I have been told by Other Half that I am not to buy any more bookcases, and that I am not to leave the books in piles on the floor, either. Thus, I must discipline myself and make some feeble gestures in the direction of a new book into the house means an old book leaving.
Which still leaves me with no good reason to join a book-swapping site, because the only reason I’m going to be getting rid of a book is that I’ve just had a shopping accident and need more space on the shelf. Swapping books will not reduce the actual book population as required…