Last Friday night, my office held a book swap. We have a weekly “buzz” when we gather at 5pm to enjoy some drinks and chips by the inspiration lounge/library (I dunno)r. It’s a nice way for us to catch up with each other on projects, softball, or anything in general. For a while we would do a “week in review” doodle that would focus on the current events that happened in Boston, but then things got a bit more casual and that stopped. With a lot of new faces in the office within the year the buzz is evolving again to include games, like Apples to Apples. The book swap was another effort to liven things up.
Prior to moving, I packed up a lot of books to donate/sell. Off they went and I packed up the books that I really ‘wanted’. Well, once I unpacked and organized them, and then Price moved them again to be able to paint, I realized that 1) I don’t want to move another damn book around again 2) I doubted that I would read these ‘wanted’ books again. So, I decided that they would have to go. I talked with one of my bosses and was given the go ahead for the book swap to held during a buzz.
Instead of our usual spot, we took over our large joint conference rooms. There were lot of books were swapped, with a lot still remaining in the “book swap basket”. This basket is going to hang around so people can add more books to it so there is a constant flow of books that everyone can share.
I suggest that people organize a book swap with coworkers, friends, or neighbors so it allows you to unload some books, while getting a few new ones in the process. Labor Day is a great time to read while relaxing in the sun so you can sneak a book swap in before then, or do one in the fall when you can curl up with a good book.
PS. I swapped about 30 books for this 1 book. Price just rolled his eyes when I showed it to him. hehehe 🙂
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I love this idea! I totally hear you on moving books – the only books I have are the Harry Potter ones and I only have those because Kindles weren’t around back when I read them. 😛
We (I) have soooooo many. I still have a lot but I will be donating more and more to the book swap basket. For a while I was using my kindle but then I got back into books again. I think I need so yank the kindle out since I’m ‘only’ down for 8 or so ‘books’.
I absolutely love this idea. I hold onto books for far too long, but rarely read anything besides “A Tale of Two Cities” more than once. A swap sounds like a good place to set some of my little guys free… assuming I don’t come home with a whole new stack. 🙂