Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Want To Swap A Book?

A few weekends ago my friend B and I decided to head a neighborhood called the Centre Market. While we often go there to have a fish sandwich or grab a piece of pie, very rarely do we ever take the time to saunter up and down the street perusing the eclectic shops, venture into the charming antique shops, or visit the curious little used book store. On the particular day we were there, only a handful of people were milling about. It was cold and blustery for a May Saturday. After spending some time chatting with some patrons in the antiques store, we headed to the book shop.

It has literally been years since I've set foot in the book store, but when I did I immediately loved it. Small and packed from floor to ceiling with books while the Juno soundtrack played in the background, B and I immediately got to work digging through the shelves to see what treasures we might find. Its the sort of book store where books are haphazardly placed on shelves, and you have to turn sideways to get down the narrow aisles. We found some literary classics for 50 cents a piece, a book of poems written by Appalachian poets who so beautifully capture the essence of life in the hills, a Congressional cookbook signed by a local former congressman, a children's book complete with the signature of the author who is also local. We spent more than two hours in the tiny bookstore and barely skimmed the shelves. We are literally counting down the days until we can return and see what else we can find. Its definitely a place where one could easily lose track of time and spend the better part of day.

Katie a fellow blogger who wrote so eloquently about her love of books the other day, explained that to her, reading is as essential as breathing. I know many of us feel the same way. I've kicked around the idea for a few weeks and have finally decided to go ahead with it. I want to have a book swap!

If you would like to participate, leave me a comment with your email address or feel free to email me directly-- mandy(dot)smalltowngirl(at)gmail(dot)com. For the next few weeks we'll spread the word. Then I'll send you a name and address (and blog address) of a person you can mail a book to. Not necessarily a new book though. I think that in the spirit of passing it on, pay a visit to the local used book store or simply pull a book you've really enjoyed off of your shelf. I know for me personally, I am always looking for something new to read and I love getting mail, so I figured why not combine the two! What do you say, want to swap a book?

Feel free to spread the word, the more people who participate the more fun it will be!

23 comments:

Kylie said...

Heck yeah! Email me with an address and I would love to send a book out!
My local library has a shelf in the lobby just for book-swapping. I really been wanting to take advantage of it! :)
kylie14smoke(at)gmail(dot)com

Auburn Kat said...

Great idea! Definitely count me in! I think you have my email=)

Bayjb said...

I love old bookstores! Let me dig around and see if I can send a book out!

Erin said...

Fun! Count me in! stateiamin1(at)gmail(dot)com

Amandaaa said...

LOVE this idea. and i am clearly
in. i'm actually pretty pumped
to see who i'll get paired with
and what kind of adventure they'll send me. hollla.

Amandaaa said...

ohh. and was i supposed to give my
email? i didn't follow directions properly!

stout03@gmail.com

Katie said...

I like you! And I like this idea! I'm in. I think you have my email. Just in case:

secondstartoright@gmail.com

AntonucciFamily said...

Wow, I am officially jealous.

Jenn said...

LOVE, LOVE this idea!

whitter.jennifer.l@gmail.com

nory said...

Um, you know I'm in for this fabulous idea! I believe you have my email but just in case nora(dot)laylou(at)gmail(dot)com. I'm excited =)

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I want to swap a book, but I need to finish reading my book before I can swap it. And given I've been reading it for months already, I'm gonna say I won't be finishing it anytime soon. But, this is a great great idea!

wekeepsaying said...

this is a great idea! how are you going to make sure it's a book they haven't read before though? not that i have any problem re-reading a book, just wondering!

count me in

luck(dot)lys(at)gmail(dot)com

Jess said...

OK, not sure I am reliable enough with trips to the post office to participate, but this is a great idea! Have fun!

Barb said...

I've been reading for a while but this is my first comment - This sounds like so much fun!! I'd love to take part! craftynerdy(at)gmail(dot)com

Vanessa said...

Since I already give away a ton of books, of course, COUNT ME IN!

vanessalongman (at) mac (dot) com

Maris said...

Oooh I want to play! :) should I email you my address?

chickbug said...

I'm in. Just emailed you.

Single Girl said...

yesimsingle. girl (AT) gmail.com


I love books!

Je said...

Yep! LOVE, love, LOVE books! I will most definitely take part in a book swap. :)

doniree said...
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doniree said...

I love this idea and am definitely in!!! doniree at gmail dot com

Margarita said...

Please count me in! I would love to do this :)

margarita.reczek@gmail.com

Amber said...

This sounds GREAT! I am really trying to read more this summer and this would be a fun and cost-efficient way to do it!

amber(at)girlwiththeredhair(dot)com