Friday Favorite-Paperback Swap

It took me a bit of time to come up with another Friday Favorite and then it hit me when I checked the mailbox earlier this week.

I have a deep love of books.  My husband would call it an obsession but this is my blog, not his.

Ever since I was old enough to read on my own, I have loved losing myself into a story.  My parents tell of multiple occasions in my childhood when they stood outside my closed bedroom door and YELLED for me to come to dinner, help with the dishes, etc. and I was so wrapped up in how the Ingalls were going to survive “The Long Winter” or crying during Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe’s wedding, that I never heard a word they said.

My favorite childhood past time during the summer was to ride two miles to the library on my 10-speed bike with an empty backpack, fill it up with as many books as it would hold and pedal (slowly) back home, devour the books and come back the next day to do it all again.

When I met my husband’s mother for the first time, I was in awe with their home.  Every wall has book shelves from floor to ceiling.  My father-in-law had built bookshelves in every room, down the hallway, around door frames and windows which are jam packed with books in English and German. I was in love (with Rick and the books, in that order).

16 years later, I have books in every room of the house…minus the bathroom.

As you can imagine, books aren’t cheap and since I live in a smaller community, the library doesn’t always have what I’m looking for and then….I found Paperback Swap.

Dude, you have GOT to check this out.  Paperback Swap is exactly what is sounds like.  Post a book on their website for FREE.  When someone requests the book, you’ll get an email notification.  Tell the requestor when you can mail the book, print out a shipping label and mail it by media mail (under $3).  When the book arrives, the recipient will log on that they got the book and then you get a credit to request a book from someone else.

I’ve used Paperback Swap to read fairly new books, stock my library with the classics, beef up my kids reading shelves and I’ve even been able to get reference books from my kids school supply lists.

  • Membership is free.
  • Post 10 books and you automatically get two free book credits.
  • Paperback Swap generates both the mailing label AND the package wrapper from your printer (using your standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper) which works for almost all paperback books.

If you love to read but don’t want to spend a fortune, click here and check them out.

(As with all my Friday Favorite posts, I just write about something that’s my favorite. No one has solicited me to write about them, their website or their products. No compensation has been sought or received)

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