Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesday Thingers!

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 totally do it! I joined Bookmooch in October of 2007. I started very slowly adding only a book or two at a time and right now I'm the most active I have ever been there. I haven't tried any of the other sites, Bookmooch is working for me right now so I think I will stay there. I have no idea how I found out about the site it could quite possibly be through the link on Librarything. I know I had heard of it long before I actually joined. I never had anything to give away though.

I think around the time Bookmooch was created I was busy giving away a few bags of books to Half Price Books. How I wish I knew about it back then, I would much rather put them on Bookmooch and give them to people that wanted them (and get books in return) than take them to a bookstore that will do whatever they want with them.

So far I haven't really had any bad experiences with Bookmooch. It seems like a lot of people go into it and list a ton of books and then have to go send them all out when they get mooched right away. I slowly gave away one every once in and awhile. I kinda liked it that way.

I used to look at the Librarything book swapping column before I actually joined Bookmooch, to see what I was missing. But since then I really don't pay attention to it. I rather just look at my wishlist or search right in Bookmooch. I am a member of the Bookmooch group on Librarything. I have asked several questions and everyone has been so very helpful!

A great deal of my books I've listed on bookmooch are library sale finds of books I already have. Slowly, I've been better about actually getting rid of my own books, it's just so hard!

Visit my profile here and my inventory here! Let's be friends :) A lot of the books currently in my inventory are my sister's. She's eagerly awaiting her first mooch request :)

I actually got two smooches a few weeks back and that really got me going big time. I started getting more mooch requests around the same time. It's been a very fun time!

In the last month I've mooched:
Coffee and Kung Fu
The Man of My Dreams
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Market
The Boyfriend List

and have Freakonomics and We Thought You'd Be Prettier on the way!

I think it's also helped to bulk up my wishlist. For the longest time I had like 40 books on my list. Really expensive nice graphic design books that of course no one would give away. I think I'm around 130 now. It's nice to actually see books available. I was very used to never ever seeing anything available.

Do you use bookmooch? What's the most exciting thing you have mooched?


  1. I friended you :-)
    I was excited to get _The Quitter_ by Harvey Pekar on Bookmooch- the only time I've gotten a graphic novel through BM. Manga comes up every once in a blue moon though :-)

  2. Marie- Yay! The first book I ever got on bookmooch was 32 Stories by Adrian Tomine. It's his early comics. I was so very excited by that! I had all his others and just hadn't gotten that one. And then I found it there, and it was in perfect shape!

  3. sounds like everyone likes bookmooch! I'll have to check it out!

  4. Bookmooch is great. Let me know how you like it if you join!


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