Dear Members,

"I'll get to that...someday." How many of you have said it just this month, or last week, or even today? From all accounts, Someday will be a great day! That's the day we'll make that phone call to an old friend, plan that trip, check out that new bistro, take that course, try that new haircut, read that book, write that story, send that "thinking about you" card, learn CPR, enroll in a self-defense class...and so on.  We want to do so much, but it seems like there isn't ever enough time. I'm guilty of it too - who isn't?

It's not a new message: life is short, and we should enjoy it while we can. It's easy to SAY that. It's much harder to do it, isn't it? I'd like to try, though, and I'm inviting you to join in!

A first step could be to make a list of things we want to do. It's ok to start with generalities (like "eat more healthily" or "exercise more"), but to make things more possible, get more specific ("eat more vegetables" or "walk more") and then more specific still ("make kale chips recipe" or "take a fifteen minute walk"). Now, I'm not suggesting yet another To Do list. This list is for things we want to do -- not things we feel we have to do. Every life has enough "have to" in it already!

After putting down all that comes to mind over a few days or a week, then let's take a good look at the list. Is there a way to bring any of the "air castles" down to earth, or combine some items? Maybe "catch up with old friends" could mean that you all sign up for a self-defense (or knitting, or origami, or cooking) class together. For faraway friends or family, why not schedule a virtual cocktail hour/coffee break by Skype or FaceTime? It could even be a weekly or monthly thing.

Maybe we won't get very far down our lists - and maybe (with any luck) our lists will keep growing, as we acknowledge our dreams, and as we grow more aware of what we really want from our lives. Maybe items don't even get crossed off, but just the making of the lists may cause us to pay attention to the little joys of everyday. Perhaps this time next year we'll have made some great memories.

Can we turn Someday into Today? Let's find out!

All the best,

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

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Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
Everyone thinks Emma Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emma has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Not even Emma's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emma finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. more
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What If? A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses and a Few Things I Know for Sure by Shirley MacLaine  Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates a wealth of subjects from the mundane to the esoteric in this collection of musings that begin with two simple words: What if? ... read more
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White Hot by Sandra Brown When her younger brother, Danny, commits suicide, Sayre Lynch breaks her vow never to return to her Louisiana hometown, and gets drawn back into her tyrannical father's web... more
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Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan  There is a most unusual woman living in Gap Creek. Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man" they say; people depend on her. She is just a teenager when her brother dies in her arms... read more
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For One More Day by Mitch Albom, Unabridged Audio CD. This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who was always forced to choose between his mother and his father. One fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years and one night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her -- the day he missed and always wished he'd more.
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Red Dragon  by Thomas Harris  Meet Hannibal Lecter for the first time in this extraordinary novel which preceded The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The book also introduces Will Graham, the FBI man who hunted Lecter down... read more
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Life After Life  by Kate Atkinson On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, more

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The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert  A comprehensive reference book on all aspects of crochet, providing a reference for all methods, including Tunisian, filet, intermeshing, broomstick lace, bruges lace, and freeform crochet more

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Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs  by Margaret Powell The true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald.... read more.

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Elizabeth the Queen: Inside the Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith  Another compulsively readable, prodigiously researched portrait from this author. In Elizabeth the Queen, she explores in intimate detail the public and private life of the most prominent monarch of our time: the eldest daughter of King George VI, who ascended to the throne in 1952 at the tender age of twenty-five .... read more

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Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon  In a universe where corruption and deception rule all aspects of life, sparks of rebellion threaten to ignite . . . As the Resistance leader, Zarya Starska's only goal is to topple the government that destroyed her entire family and left her penniless....... read more

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Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann  Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives":... read more

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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver  After a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, Dellarobia Turnbow has settled for permanent disappointment; one day, hiking up a mountain road behind her house, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of more

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So many members have asked us how to donate to Books for Schools  (our annual program that turns donated Book Credits and PBS Money into free new books for needy elementary schools) "off-season" that we created the BooksForSchoolsCredits account. You can donate Book Credits there anytime, and when the next program starts the collected credits will be divided among the participating schools. Read more details about Books for Schools, including how to suggest a school for participation, here.

School Book is helping educators to obtain classroom books at the lowest possible cost. Because of our relationship with vendors (established by new-book purchases for the PaperBackSwap Market) we are able to take advantage of bulk discount book purchases. Membership is free, and checkout options include school purchase orders as well as debit/credit and PayPal. Spread the word to any teachers/homeschoolers you know!

Thanks to authors...  We've received a variety of books from you, some of which  we will be reviewing in the blog soon. Are you an author and do you have a book you'd like us to promote? To submit your book for consideration, we'll need a copy or two of the book mailed to the PBS offices.  For more details, please contact us and we'll give you the skinny!

PBS Local Chapter News

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter is looking for a new Chapter leader! Anyone in the area interested?  Respond to Alana in the forum topic , to take the helm of this lively group!

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD)  had TWO meetings in July - one in MD and one is DC. If you want to get in on the actiom, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  will be meeting Sunday, August 3rd to discuss The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by Neil Gaiman. Check out their facebook page! The 2014 schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  is breaking for the summer, but will be meeting in late September. To put in your two cents for the book to read/date to meet, please see the Chapter topic -also check out their facebook page! Contact lisaparks for location and more information.

The Charlotte, NC Metro Area Chapter meets monthly, usually the first Monday of every month. They celebrated 6 years in April! No need to have read the book to participate! Contact Kimberly (KimberlyN) for details, and to get on their e-vite list.

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, and enthusiasm!  Check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


Lisa N. (dukensa)

Yvonne has been a member since 2007 - her PBS-aversary is coming up in less than a month! She's swapped several thousand books in that time, and she has a superb swapping record. She's been a generous donor to Books for Schools and also Friends of PBS - members like Lisa are the backbone of the club!   Many enjoyed her forum celebration of her newest shelter adoptee,  She's a solid presence in the Games Forum and the RAOK forum  -- her kindness has not gone unnoticed!

"Lisa always says the kindest things in the forums, and has sent out numerous RAOK items, and I would love to see her generosity rewarded with MOM!

"She is a very considerate and giving person."

"I love hearing about her rescue animals - her stories inspire other people to adopt from a shelter, and that's the greatest gift of all."

Lisa, members like you are the soul of the club; you are Member of the Month for July.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - I got a request for a book and I would love to send it out!  But I am away from home on vacation and won't be able to mail this for realistically another couple of weeks. Can the requestor wait? Is there a way to extend the request deadline so I can mail this book out? I don't want to disappoint the other member.  -- On Vacation from Valdosta

Dear Val,

We hope you are enjoying your vacation!  There isn't a way of extending the request deadline - you still have 5 days in which to respond to the request and from there your deadline to mark mailed is determined by the mail-by date you choose. If you forget to put your account on Vacation Hold when you go away (this will prevent incoming requests while you are not at home -or for any reason unable to mail out books for a while), you can do one of two things (1) decline the request and let the other member's request pass to another person who has the book, so that she or he will get the book from that person, OR (2) contact the other member using the PM button on the request on your My Account page, and explain the situation, and ask if your later mailing date would be OK.  If you choose #1, just click "I cannot mail" and then you can repost the book when you get back and are able to mail again.   If you choose #2, you need to wait for the other member's response. If she or he doesn't consent to the late mailing (or doesn't respond to your PM at all), just let the transaction cancel and again repost the book when you are back and able to mail.  If the other member consents to the late mailing, you have to be sure to **mark the book mailed** before the deadline - even if you haven't mailed it! The system doesn't know about your arrangement in Personal Messages to mail late, and the deadline won't be affected by that agreement. So, if the requestor consents to late mailing you need to access (= view or download) the address from the request and this will enable you to mark the book mailed before the request times out and cancels. 

No matter whether you choose #1 or #2, you should put your account on Vacation Hold using the link at the top of your My Bookshelf page (also in the menu under  My Account at the top of any page on the site). Sometimes PaperBackSwap membership is all about reading and not mailing - we hope you brought enough books with you on your trip.  The Vacation Hold will make your Bookshelf unavailable during the time frame that you choose, so you won't get more book requests while you are working on your tan! 

 The Last Word:

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