I just got home a few minutes ago from a book swap.
I love reading. Books are expensive to buy locally. English books are even more expensive. Even second hand books aren't cheap here, especially at the rate at which I devour books.
And the libraries here aren't free, and don't have such a large selection of English books.
That's why I love that some people in my area started making book swaps.
For a book swap, people bring all the books they no longer want, set them out on a table and people see what others brought, and take what appeals to them.
I am pretty non selective when it comes to books. If its new, I want to read it. I wouldn't necessarily spend money on just any book, but I'm game to read anything just once.
So I end up coming home from these swaps with a huge amount of books.
Sometimes it is just pure fluff, stuff to occupy my time when I want to read.
And sometimes it's something that I'd really wanted.
Today, I got Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" cookbook, a great cookbook I'd heard lots about and am really excited about getting. I also got 3 Hunger Games books- I saw the first movie, and wanted to read the books, and now I have my chance. I also got 2 religious books- one specifically that I'd told my husband that I wanted to buy eventually, and one a translation of a book my husband has in the local language that he'd really enjoyed and I wanted to read, but much prefer reading in English.
And in addition to that, I got 25 other books!
Look at my stash! So excited!
If you're a book fan, I highly suggest you make book swaps with your friends- its like a library, only without any late fines.
Have you ever made or been to a book swap? Are you a fan of reading? How do you tend to get your books? Do you think you'd want to make or go to a book swap?