Wednesday, 5 March 2008


As I've written previously, I've been out and about in the virtual world looking for new and interesting written stimulation. One of the ways I've hunted for new things is using StumbleUpon, which was mentioned by one of the blogs I read, and if I could remember which I would pass on the credit, but I can't remember. There are so many.

StumbleUpon took me to BookMooch - it's perfect! The principle is that you give away your unwanted books, gaining points for doing so, and use the points to mooch books from other people. The only cost is postage - you pay the cost of sending your books but you receive mooched books for free.

I have loads of books that I know I won't read again. The local charity shops have benefitted in the past, but this way I get the books I want to read in return, and the charity shops will still get the heavy ones that are too expensive to post. I put seven of my old books online, and four were mooched straight away, so I've put even more up for grabs. I'm in credit to the tune of about eight books already. Now I just have to decide what I want!

Yes, my favourite middle cousin, I do have too much time on my hands. But soon, there will be exams!


aims said...

What a great idea - I'll have to look into it - and before I do I'm already thinking that it is probably just in the I right?

Lola said...

Not just UK, aims, I've already sent one book to Canada and another to the USA. You can restrict your mooching to your own country, if you like.

travelling, but not in love said...

I know this is about giving books away and not buying new ones, but have you ever read anything by Jon McGregor? He has written two amazing books :

'if no-one speaks fo remarkable things'


'so many ways to begin'

Both are truly amazing. Both stunning. Both incredibly sad.

Both get a big thumbs up from the TBNIL book club!

Lola said...

Thanks for the recommendation, TBNIL - I've searched BookMooch, and he's a popular author. Neither of his books is available at the moment, but they're on quite a few wishlists.

Tina said...

Lola, this sounds fab! Am right on it!