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Subject: Read a book and pass it on
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 8:12 AM ET
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Why is it that I see all these people saying I love chick lit, pm me with deals and such, but that most of these books dont make it to pbs? Do people hold them on their personal shelves? I read a book if I really love it then Ill pass it off to my mom or a friend, but then I post it on pbs for others to enjoy as well.  I dont have a personal collection of books at my house.  I have a tbr bookshelf and books that are posted at Pbs, thats it.  Im not the kind of person who rereads books.  I have over 100 books in my tbr pile and probably another 20 more in transit.  So any books that come into my house will then be posted into the collection at pbs if you wish to read any of them.

jenn



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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 9:43 AM ET
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I think that people (myself included) tend to hold on to books they like and post the ones that they don't.  I do this because I want to one day have a library in my house, and you need books to have a library!  Also, one man's (or womans) trash is another's treasure, so I figure that when I post a book I hated, I can pass it on to someone else who may end up loving it. 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:08 AM ET
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In my experience, chic lit books that I have posted are on wish lists and get snapped up as soon as I post them, therefore never get put into the "system".  This could be why you're not seeing that many out there. 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:28 AM ET
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yeah a lot of mine get snatched up too, guess I better get reading faster, to post more bokos, lol

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:57 AM ET
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I don't keep that many books.  If I really enjoyed a book I'll keep it fora while and maybe reread once.  But most of the time I read them once and post it even if I really liked it alot.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 11:58 AM ET
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I'm a big time keeper..if I like the book I keep it. sometimes I'll find a great deal on some that seem more popular and I usually get those to post then if they don't go then I take to ubs and trade them in. I know some don't keep books but I love being surrounded by books and like someone else posted, having my ownlibrary would be awesome! :-)

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 1:27 PM ET
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I'm a keeper also. When I love a book I can reread it. I've read Stephen King's The Stand at least 10 times. I'm new to chic lit and the very few I have posted are usually gone within 24 hours. I have 4 newer ones and as soon as I read them I will post them.
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 1:40 PM ET
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I'm not a keeper either. After I read it, it gets posted.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 2:13 PM ET
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Is the purpose of PBS to help others fulfill their personal libraries?  If everyone did that, there wouldn't be any good books left!!  I actually have a library at my home that we created about four years ago....  but as soon as I found out about PBS (3 monthes ago), I put everything from my shelves (ok, 95%+) out here for others to enjoy.  I keep my TBR pile on my library shelves, but once I finish reading them, I post them.  I'm only kidding myself if I say I'm going to re-read them - there are so many books that I haven't read that I just don't have the time to re-read books!  I mean... no one else other than my DS, DH and I go into our libary... so what is its purpose?  I don't borrow out my books to family or friends on a regular basis.  If I have already read the books on the shelves, what am I keeping them for?  Collect dust?  Admire my vast quantities of books?  To feel smarter by having a large volume of books?  Do others who are using PBS to 'create a home library' keep the books to lend to others? 

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 2:33 PM ET
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I don't post much but I buy a lot of credits w hich is supposedly used to buy more books which are probably wishlisted books...

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 3:33 PM ET
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There is no rule that you have to post every book you get from Paperback swap back on your bookshelf. Many people, like myself, keep the ones they really like for their keeper shelf so they can read them again sometime. Some people never want to reread books but I do like reading really good books more than once.  If the book is really good - I keep it. If it's not one of my favorites I repost it.  I think many people do the same on paperback swap. The purpose of paperback swap is to post the books you no longer want for ones that you do. I post the books that I get from my family and friends and library sales and ones that weren't my favorites.  I swap my unwanted books for books I would like to have. After reading them, I decide if it's something I would enjoy reading again or if my mom would like to read them and if it is not then I repost them. I enjoy having my own personal collection at home that I can reread.

It's like a good movie. You watch your favorite movies more than once... Why is it considered wrong to some of you to keep a book to reread later? 

Like the Shopaholic Series and all of Sophie Kinsella's other books are DEFINITELY keepers for me! ;)



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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 4:08 PM ET
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It's like a good movie. You watch your favorite movies more than once... Why is it considered wrong to some of you to reread a good book?

I just read the prior posts, I don't think anyone is suggesting that its 'wrong to reread a good book.' 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 4:10 PM ET
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well it seems like people were saying it was wrong to keep books for your own collection and not repost every book that you receive from pbs.



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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 4:35 PM ET
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Yeah so far anything I've had that quailifies as Chick lit was already WL and never made it onto my shelf.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 4:37 PM ET
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"Do others who are using PBS to 'create a home library' keep the books to lend to others?"

Um yeah, in part, and I don't see anything wrong with this.  After all, you can only keep as many books as you give out with the credit system (unelss you buy credits, which I don't.)   Keeping a book you love is like...why do you keep anything that you enjoy?  Why do you keep a movie that you enjoy or a CD?  Why keep a picture in a frame that you like?  Partly so you can enjoy it again, partly so others can enjoy it too when they are in your home, or yes, take it with them if they want to borrow.  I agree with what Jennifer is saying, it feels like others think it is wrong to do this - like we are trying to look intellectual or something.  Yeah, most of my bookshelf consists of books called "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Good in Bed."  I am sure others are really envious of my intellectual prowess when they see what I read. 



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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 5:04 PM ET
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I'm not a keeper.  I use to keep books I loved saying I would reread them, and um it never happens.  They're are so many books out there I can't get myself to read a book I've already read no matter how good when I have so many unread.  I had 50 + chick lit books on my shelf, and gave them all away to my local library before I knew about pbs.  About 35 of those were wishlisted so bummer for me, but at least I know people are checking them out from the library.  Now I read and post, read and post.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 9:43 PM ET
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I'm not a keeper either. I have way too many books to read that even if I love a book, I would never get around to reading it again. I read not only chicklit, but women's fiction and nonfiction as well. I post everything the minute I finish it. Nine times out of ten though, my books are wishlisted and are snapped up right away so you will never see them on my bookshelf. I often (not always) choose what I'm going to read next by looking at my TBR list and seeing what is wishlisted so that I know I'll be guaranteed a credit when I'm done and I can get another new book (hopefully one off my wish list) in the near future. Of course, I need another book like I need a hole in my head!

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 12:04 AM ET
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I am and avid reader of "Chick Lit" and I held onto my books until I found out about PBS! I felt so much better knowing they were getting put to good use. My library is my TBR shelf!! Which is about 30 books deep. I have only kept some books that were my dad's. He tended to write in them when he got it and who from. He passed away in 2005 so I like to have those things of his.

Kristin-I do the same exact thing! I decide whats next by if it's on another members wishlist! So I can get the credit! Too funny! Have you ever done any of the Wishlist swaps? I have done 2 so far and I have been getting brand new books. It's fun!



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 12:07 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:33 AM ET
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I haven't done any of the games on this site. I did some games on another book swap site I used to belong to, but I found that I was only reading books just to play games, so I stopped playing. I haven't wandered over to the games froum....yet! I'm embarrassed to say that my TBR is close to 200 books. For every 1 I get rid of, I replace it with 2 or 3. My husband thought these book swap sites were great when I found them. He thought I would be geting rid of books. Litle did he realize I would be accumulating many more in their place.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 3:09 PM ET
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I usually read it, then sometimes let a friend read it, then post it so others may enjoy.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 6:51 PM ET
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I know for myself, i hold on to books that i love but ill send on books that i didnt absolutley love. Im a series reader and will hold on to the books in a series but i try for every book that i keep to post one. I am starting to go to yard sales and thrift stores for books that i can post to make up for the ones that dont get posted back up by me

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 6:53 PM ET
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Thats what I do. I find other books to post in place of the ones I keep. :)