May 29, 2013
I'm a book buyer. I like to own my books and take them home and show them the proper love and attention that books ought to get.
While I do enjoy owning my books and often reread certain ones, I find that my bookshelves fill up so quickly. I have many friends that have the same problem, and since there is no better excuse to make room on a bookshelf than to fill it will more books, my friends and I have a creative solution for getting together and creating a little wiggle room on our shelves. We have book exchange parties.
A book exchange party can take shape in many forms to suite whoever is attending, but the basic idea is that everyone bring a book (wrapped up, so people don't know what they are getting). My friends and I bring food too, but that is optional (although, I can hardly call it a party with no food). All the books get put in a pile, and as part of the good times that are being had, we all select one to unwrap. Now, if you are the first to unwrap, we insert a rule where others reserve the right to steal. All is fair in books and war. Allow stealing from others, or maybe your friends are more the type to have everyone race to the pile to see if they can make it to the one they want first.
Whether you go home with your first choice or not (the Star Trek book I got last time was not my first pick), everyone has fun, and you probably get a chance to read something that you have never read before. How can that be bad? I will give the final frontier a fair shot... we shall see.