I’ve dabbled in other book-swapping sites, but ReadItSwapIt is the one I always come back to.
I like the fact that it is one-to-one swapping, so you never send a book out without getting one back, and that I don’t end up sending out books and accumulating points without finding books I want to redeem them. And I love the fact that different people love different books, and so I can clear out what I consider disposable for literary gold.
My swapping goes in fits and starts though. From time to time I clear out books and have a burst of swapping, and then things settle down until the next time.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been tidying bookcases and I’ve listed a good number of books. A few of them have been requested, I’ve requested a couple of books, and now I have a fair sized pile of new old books on our dining table.
This had been my list of “classics I must get to soon” for a while now, so when this one appeared I checked the translation, and when I saw that it was by Pevear and Volokhonsky I pounced.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
I loved the film bit I’ve read mixed reports about the book. Recently though I read something that made me decide to go after the book. I had a couple of rejections, but struck it lucky on my third request.
Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
I borrowed this from the library when it was longlisted for the Orange Prize, but there was a long queue so I gave it back rather than rush it. It hasn’t appeared on the library shelves since, so when it was offered as I swap I grabbed it.
Sing Me Who You Are by Elizabeth Berridge
Now this was a wonderful find – an out of print novel by a Persephone author!
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastian Japrisot
We saw the film last weekend, and it inspired me to look for a copy of the book. There was only one copy available, but happily the owner was willing to swap for one of my books.
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, edited by Neil Astley
I rarely turn down a poetry anthology, and this one I’d enjoyed perusing in the library.
Stratton’s War by Laura Wilson
Now I’ve always enjoyed Laura Wilson’s books, and the library has this one. Trouble is, it’s long and complex and it always seems to be on the shelf when I can’t fit in that sort of books and absent when I can. So it seemed sensible to accept when it was offered as a swap so I can guarantee the book is on hand when the mood strikes.
And that’s not all!
My mother has a newish Danielle Steele paperback. She doesn’t read much, but she feels left out when lots of books come for me, so when it was offered I asked if she would like it.
And I’ve picked up a few books for my non-fiction reading fiance: a couple of military history books, a New Scientist book of questions and answers, and a biography of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hangman.
So we have all done pretty well.
I should mention that most of these offered up for swapping again after reading, and that I do take books to charity shops when they are too big to post or when they look as if they aren’t going to get picked up for swaps.
Now tell me, do you use swap sites – and what so you think of them?