I totally blame a certain friend I shall call He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (cough) for my latest obsession – book swapping.
It all started so innocently…*Stares poignantly into the distance* —Actually I don’t know how it started, only that he told me about a site where people can list books they don’t need. You search for books you want, and make an offer to its owner by letting them choose from your list. If they accept, you send each other the goods. All you need to do is pay for postage. Simple! And all cheaper than Amazon.
I signed up, conscious of the fact I had a pile of books I needed to get rid of as I planned to bring back to Malaysia only the titles I could not live without. I didn’t really have very many titles I could swap however, probably about 20 I don’t mind letting go.
Maybe I’ll get a book or two, I thought, before putting the young adult novel, The Hunger Games, on my wish list. I went to bed.
The next day, a flood of offers filled my email inbox. Within a week, and I don’t know how it happened, but I found six books. SIX! In just a week.
The last one arrived today.
- The Hunger Games – thanks to the Canary for recommending this wonderful title, am enjoying it greatly!
- Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch – a Russian urban fantasy I’ve always wanted to read but couldn’t afford.
- Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice – I lost the ebook for this, grrr.
- The Solaris Book Of New Fantasy – Research on how to write publishable fantasy short stories.
- The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon – The only ‘literary’ title, and I blush to admit I chose it because the protagonist is a male bisexual who works in a brothel.
- And today, Ian Irvine’s first epic fantasy title from his View from the Mirror series: A Shadow on the Glass – Research, I’ve heard mixed reviews.
Some might ask, why don’t I just borrow from a library? Well, I figured that taking the bus to and from the library would set me back £2.60, so why not just send a book for about £1.23 and get one straight to your mailbox?
Besides, I can swap some of these new books for other titles I might want!
…And this still does not shrink my library any less.