Monday, January 18, 2010

In praise of PaperBackSwap

I've been a member of PaperBackSwap for almost three years. Joining PBS was one of the best decisions I've ever made, book-wise. In the past two years and 10 months I have received 589 books, and I've mailed out 565 books. In the last month I've received 31 books and mailed out 23.

Last week I received:

The Feast of Santa Fe: Cooking of the American Southwest by Huntley Dent
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Characters and Their Landscapes by Ronald Blythe
Beyond Your Doorstep: A Handbook to the Country by Hal Borland
The Pleasures of Diaries: Four Centuries of Private Writing edited by Ronald Blythe
Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard

The week before that I received a book that had been on my wish list since I joined PBS. I had searched for a copy of A Country Parson: James Woodforde's Diary 1758-1802 for 20 years or more - ever since I read several Miss Read novels in which the fictional teacher, Miss Read, mentions reading Woodforde's diary.

And over the months of November and December I used up all the credits I'd been "saving" and got between 40 and 50 books to give as Christmas gifts to my children.

I love PaperBackSwap!



Blogger Anne said...

I love PB Swap, too!!! I've received 206 books and mailed 245. I've gotten some real gems through them, too. One time I got a request for a book, printed out the label and it was my dear friend about a mile & a half away! :-)

11:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Isn't that fun! I've gotten books from Dana (Hidden Art) and Carol (Magistramater).

My favorite wrapping came recently - a woman used a page from an out-dated road map atlas to wrap my book in.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love pbs too. I joined several years ago and have lost track of how many I have sent and received--but it is a lot. I have 12 to mail out tomorrow and have lots of credits saved up!
*smiles and happy swapping*

9:56 PM  

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