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Date:2005-12-14 09:52
Subject:Quick update

Following my earlier posting about free UK book swap site ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk/), some of you were a bit disappointed to find out ReadItSwapIt is only available to book lovers in the UK.

So I did a bit of research and have discovered that there's a really cool site in the US called Bookins (www.bookins.com) which, like ReadItSwapIt, is totally free to use.

There's also Title Trader and Paperback Swap, which are great as well. But I personally prefer Bookins - it seems to have a very simple swapping system and they also have this facility where you can print out the postage labels from your computer so you don't even have to go to the post office, which i reckon is pretty cool - wish Royal Mail allowed us to do that in the UK!

Sorry to do a big posting like this but I've been getting a lot of emails and thought some of you might appreciate the info :)

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Date:2005-12-12 11:08
Subject:Free books for book swappers

Would any of you guys be interested in joining a site that allows you to swap books for free?

It's my boyfriend's site and I think he's doing a really worthwhile
thing because it costs him money but he doesn't charge anything. He
set it up in his spare time.

It's called ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk) and it's got
over 500 users now and two thousand books available for swapping.

It really helps to spread literacy, stop waste and recycle books in the UK.

It's the only 100 per cent free site of its kind.

hope you don't mind me emailing you, i just thought it might be
something you'd like to know about.

It's a great way to get rid of unwanted Xmas book gifts.

Or if you want to buy a book, you can get it there instead, for free - and it won't waste trees, cos you're recycling old books at the same time.

If you like the idea, please do join and put a link up on your LJ links page to help spread the word - the more people who join up, the more books everyone has to swap with.

If you'd like any more information please feel free to get in

best wishes,

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Date:2005-12-08 04:04
Mood: geeky


I just joined this community and thought I should say hi and all that.

My name is Joyce, I'm 26 years old and I've been a bookworm... well basically all my life. I love books. I love to read them, to own them, I like the way they smell... erm. You get my point.

I'm currently reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods and I love it very much. I'd say it is well on it's way to become one of my favourite books. Other favourites are Ender's Game, Atlas Shrugged and, "of course", Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Also, the Sword of Truth series by Ayn Rand Terry Goodkind.

What else. Oh, I'm starting an online book club on my Harry Potter forum, the idea is we read a book every two months (or every month if the members are up to it) and discuss it. It's a great way to learn about books you otherwise never would have read.

Anyway, I'm not sure what else to write, so I'll leave it at this for now.
Oh yes, one other thing, I'm also a member of geekygirls or actually, I'm waiting to be approved but so far I've only had "yes" votes so I'm not worried. :)

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Date:2005-08-17 07:37
Subject:Whee! First "add-me" post

Hi! My name is Michele and francine is my book list. I have started keeping a running list of all the books I have read this year and short reviews of them.

I just graduated from library school - got my Masters in Library Science - and I'm starting the search for my first "real librarian" job. I'm 27 and yes...I am a bookworm. It's both a lifestyle and an occupational hazard.

For the first few months of this year, I was in a genre fiction class. I had to write out short reviews of all the books i read for a very picky professor - I've included some of those on francine. They're pretty corny.

Someday I'd like to write reviews professionally. Even if it's for a small local thing - it would have to be, 'cause as you can see, I like to ramble.

My goal this year was to read some of those books that I never read in high school/college and I SHOULD have, like Fahrenheit 451 and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; current bestsellers like Harry Potter (of course) and a few Nora Roberts books; some fantasy and sci-fi (my favorite!) like Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and American Gods.

My favorite book this year has been Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I like to read on the bus, during lunch, and before bed. Most of my books are borrowed from friends - because most of my books are suggestions from friends! My first favorite book was What do people do all day by Richard Scarry (the Huckle the Cat and Lowly Worm guy). I do read non-fiction, but I've just finished my Masters! After 21 years of formal education, I'm ready to lose myself in fiction for a while.

I can't recommend books to anyone without knowing what they read! I will say that if you like genre fiction, Nancy Pearl's Book Lust and it's sequel are fantastic for finding new things to read. I'm sure your local library has a copy!

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Date:2005-07-06 00:00


Well it's midnight and I should be preparing a presentation for first thing in the morning - so instead thought I'd pop on here and note my 3 fave books..

I have devoured books from an early age, and simply cannot imagine being unable to read.. I read daily and reread books ( something many people tell me they don't do? I find this wierd and love going back to old favourites - is this unusual?)

So my three faves?

The Vintners Luck - Elizabeth Knox - beautiful story about a Vintner and his friendship with an angel

Flanders - Patricia Anthony set in WW1, bittersweet makes me cry every time

The Man without a Face - Isabelle Holland. Yes it's the source material for the Mel Gibson movie but is a completely different animal and is lovely!

other peoples treasures?

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Date:2005-07-02 18:03
Mood: calm

Hello, I'm your moderator, finally getting round to making my own introduction post! :]

My name's Kate and I have been a bookworm as long as I can remember. My first ever favourite book was the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and when I was three I named my newborn sister Lucy because of this. The Narnia series is still one of my very favourite books and I'm really really excited about the movie coming out at Christmas, even though the BBC series is still very special to me. I love rereading my favourite kids books and my very favourite ones to reread are the Swallows and Amazons series, I don't know why I love them so much but I really do. When I can afford to I want to get a rename token and become nancythepirate because she's such a cool character.

A lot of my childhood favourites are old books that used to belong to my mum, and some of them are sadly out of print these days. I always like to think that if I won the lottery, I'd start up a company that specialise in reprinting old forgotten books.

At the moment I'm rereading the Shannara books by Terry Brooks. I used to read them a lot when I was fifteen but these days I've forgotten most of them. I also like books by Guy Gavriel Kay and Terry Pratchett, who usually come under the category of fantasy but I don't think they should really.

I'm always falling in love with fictional characters and dreaming such vivid dreams about them that I wake up crying because it's not real. Characters I've dreamed about include Yossarian (Catch-22), Sirius Black (Harry Potter), Walker Boh (Shannara) and Samuel Vimes (Discworld, probably my biggest fictional crush).

My favourite book ever is probably I Capture the Castle, because I love Cassandra and I love character-based books. My second favourite book is probably Lolita, it's very compelling. I also really love Kate Atkinson's novels, her characters are so easy to identify with and I love her writing style.

I also love Black Lace novels ;)

You can find out more about me from my userinfo or my personal website, or look at my LJ, it's mostly public! :]

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Date:2005-07-01 15:44

My name’s Ellie and I’ve been a bookworm since I could first open a book. I will read anything, literature or technical, quality or trash. My favourite authors include H P Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J R R Tolkien, Neal Stephenson and Michael Moorcock but life has cast many strange volumes my way and I think it’s churlish to discriminate. My partner and I have several thousand volumes packed into our small North London pied á terre and our friends consider us a little unusual, but then again that’s how we feel about people who only won one or two books - or even worse, none at all!

Currently I’m reading “Backroom Boys” by Francis Spufford which is an exploration of the archetypal British Boffin in the post-war years right up to today. I’m a little geeky, a little bit boffin, and knowing that the only satellite launched from a British rocket is the aptly-named “Prospero” makes the world a warmer place to me.

For those with a geeky taste in humour I can also recommend “The Best of Verity Stob”. a collection of some of the most amusing parodies ever published in the pages of any computing magazine. Ms. Stob is a professional programmer living in London, and reading her column in Dr. Dobb’s Journal is one of the few things that kept me sane in my last programming job.

When I say I love technical books, I don’t just mean volumes on computing or engineering. Our library has everything from cutting-edge physics to obscure astrological treatises, herbalism to cognitive science, chemistry to historical analysis. There’s something about encyclopaedias and books full of strange (forbidden?) knowledge that is irresistible, the weight of the words, the smell and feel of the paper, the gentle rustle as the pages turn...

I love books >8D

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Date:2005-06-30 21:25

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