For those of you that love to read I highly encourage you to check this out. Truly, it is amazing.
I LOVE to read. I love getting lost in a book and forgetting my world for a while. And though many have encouraged me to get the Kindle or the like, I love to HOLD a book. I love the way it smells and feels...I love to turn the pages and use a bookmark. That is one piece of technology I have no desire in owning.
Every week I hop online, go to my Swap.com page and update my list. I have one list of books that I want and one list of books that I am willing to part with (I often save books to reread so not all of my books are listed). Then I initiate some trades.
Most recently I received The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am not one of those people that reads things just because everyone else is reading them (it took me almost a year to pick up The Twilight Saga - not that I regret a minute of taking the time to read that..). But this book intrigued me. I wasn't sure why but the moment I saw it I wanted to read it. So, I put it on my want list and traded it for Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (honestly, I hadn't read it, it didn't grab me). Within a few days I received my "new" book and I was off and running.
It was a tough start and I was thinking I shouldn't have traded for it but about 100 pages in I was hooked. The female lead is the girl I want to be (for those of you that have read it, please don't think ill of me...). I loved it and have gone on to read the rest of the series (well, I am halfway through the 3rd book The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest).
Honestly, swap.com is not the only place I get books. Sometimes I just can't wait for a trade of exactly what I am looking for (like the last two books in the series previously mentioned). I still shop at the local bookstore (partly because I want them to stay in business) but for the books that I want to read and I can wait a bit for, I head over to swap.com. And it is certainly a whole lot greener than buying new books (and I usually reuse the shipping packaging that the book I receive was sent in and use it for the next book I ship out.).
According to my stats I have saved $235 (I don't know if this takes shipping expenses into account but I media ship everything and it costs less than $3 for each book) and decreased my carbon footprint by 339 pounds for only 40 trades. It's amazing.
So, if you love to read, want to be a little greener (and save yourself a boatload of money) check it out.
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