Dear Members,

We have something fun to announce...the debut of our Book Review Contest on our Facebook page!

Share your book reviews with others, win Wish List books - what could be better? Here's how it works:

1)  Write a book review on PaperBackSwap.  
2)  Share it on your Facebook timeline and tag the PaperBackSwap Facebook page
3)  You are automatically entered into the contest!

Each week, we will pick finalists from the entries. Then our members will vote on the best review and the winner will get a new book from his/her Wish List (see rules for details).

Check the FAQs for all the details,  and then take a look at your BIR List or Transaction Archive or Bookshelf for inspiration, and get reviewing!  We hope you decide to contribute - book reviews really make a positive difference in the club!

Happy reading (and reviewing),

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Amazon Showcase Book

By popular demand, we're showcasing a "hot" Wishlisted book that is not currently available in our Market, but which is available right now in NEW condition at a substantial savings off retail. Use any of the Showcase links below to go to Amazon, and your purchase (of anything) there will help support PaperBackSwap!


Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Adult coloring books are all the rage! This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back. The book's cover and jacket are also colorable. There are also Enchanted Forest and Ocean coloring books. Experience the phenomenon that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults. more
Buy at Amazon

Used Books Currently Available for Swapping

Order these books for credits; repost them when you're done reading and get the credit back!


The Boyfriend by R. L. Stine Her boyfriend is dead... or is he?  To Joanna, boys are just toys to be used and thrown away. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him and then he died. But now, Dex is back from the dead for one last date... with her. more
Browse currently-available Young Adult Fiction


Deep Freeze by Dinah McCall  Laurel Scanlon has the gift of sight, an ability passed down to the eldest daughter of each generation. It is this gift -- or curse, perhaps -- that drove her own mother mad and has left Laurel unwilling to trust in love...  read more
Browse more currently-available books in Romantic Suspense


Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult  Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice.. more
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction


The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall  A sweeping novel set in war-torn 1928 China, with a star-crossed love story at its center. In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. ... read more
Browse currently-available books in Historical Fiction


The Professional  by Robert B. Parker, Narrated by Joe Mantegna. Unabridged Audio CD. Spenser has never had any difficulty handling women. But when four stunningly beautiful trophy wives hire him to protect them against a blackmailer threatening to expose their infidelities, even he must admit that they look like more.
Browse more currently-available audio books


Confessions of a Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields  A delicious, laugh-out-loud funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a "proper young lady"...or not. — A strict regimen of Southern-belle grooming should have prepared Anna Fields for a lifetime of ladylike behavior... read more
Browse currently-available Memoirs

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart
An enthralling debut novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge--but perhaps not--in an 1840s Shaker community. Fifteen-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



Barbara Randles More Crazy Quilting with Attitude by Barbara Randle
In this follow-up to Randle's wildly popular Barbara Randle's Crazy Quilting with Attitude, quilters learn three trendy techniques for crazy quilting and embellishing, along with tips for more
Retail Price: $23.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 74%)
Browse more Crafting books currently available in the Market



Stick Horses and Other Stories of Ranch Life by Wallace McRae
True-life stories about cowboys, Indians, (ranch hands, sheriffs) and the milieu of characters that populated the legendary American West; enjoyable, can't-put-it-down reading in a conversational style from one of the West's best more
Retail Price: $19.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 86%) or $6.69 (save 66%)
Browse Memoirs currently available in the Market


In the Blood by Lisa Unger
Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can't quite more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 89%) or $6.69 (save 74%)
Browse Suspense currently available in the Market


Earned in BloodMy Journey from Old-Breed Marine to the Most Dangerous Job in America by Thurman Miller
Born in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in 1919, Thurman Miller was the sixteenth of eighteen children in a family so poor, the local coal miner's kids looked down on more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse Military History books currently available in the Market


Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant
Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex, and relentless. more
Retail Price: $27.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover):$2.79+1 credit (save 89%) or $6.69 (save 75%)
Browse currently-available Literary Fiction in the Market


Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
For single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act.  She's got enough to deal with before she gets caught in the middle of a stickup in a gas station minimart and falls in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who steps between the armed robber and Shandi's son to shield the child from more
Retail Price: $26.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 89%) or $6.69 (save 75%)
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction in the Market


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PBS Local Chapter News

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

New Chapter Leader:

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

The North Texas Chapter  usually meets the first Sunday of each month to discuss a book. Next up in September: And Then There Were None. Check out the group's facebook page! Their meeting schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information.

The Charlotte, NC Metro Area Chapter has been meeting for six and a half years! They meet monthly, usually the first Monday of every month. Next up for September 14th: September 14                The Witch Doctor’s Wife by Tamar Myers. See the whole list of books they've chosen for 2015. No need to have read the book to participate! Contact Kimberly (KimberlyN) for details, and to get on their e-vite list.

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.


Carol (BookLover4Ever)

Carol's creeping up on her tenth anniversary of PaperBackSwap membership! She's sent out more than 1000 books, and has a basically perfect swapping record.

" She's so sweet! There are many reasons for this vote, but the main one is that she's a very thoughtful person:)"

"She has been my game moderator and is always helpful."

"She has such a positive outlook and it's contagious! I love the themes for her Games - for example, a recent game was to celebrate Friendship Day, Happiness Happens Day and Book Lover Day...all of them in August. What a wonderful way to make a Game meaningful."

Strong swapper, Great Gamer - Carol, you have clearly brought joy to the PaperBackSwap Community You are Member of the Month for August. 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'm not all that technically inclined. I don't even belong to Facebook, and I'm not sure how to participate in the Reader Review Contest?! -- Want to Play in Santa Fe

Dear Santa,

It's a Facebook contest, so you do have to have a Facebook account to be able to share a review and enter. You can still vote without a Facebook account, though! We'll announce the finalists in the Blog and Discussion Forums and Twitter (as well as on Facebook) every week, and all members can cast their votes. Since voting will be done at PaperBackSwap (not Facebook), you don't have to have a Facebook account to vote. Facebook Likes do count as extra votes, so members without Facebook accounts can't vote twice on a review, but clicking the Thumbs Up /Thumbs Down option will cast your vote from PaperBackSwap.

Depending on how this goes, we may be making other (non-Facebook) contests in future, so stay tuned! 

The Last Word:

  • Are you REALLY not reading the Blog? You don't want to miss out on Free Book Friday book giveaways, author interviews, awesome book reviews and giveaways, and so much more! 
  • As always, don't forget to start your Amazon shopping from the link at the top of the PBS site - when you do this, a small percentage of your purchase amount comes to us.  So whenever (and whatever) you plan to purchase on Amazon, start from the Amazon link at the top of the PBS site. It's an easy, free way to support the club!