Dear Members,

It's that time of year again...time for us to reflect on the joys of summer as we enter into the Fall season. The leaves are starting to turn, and there is color in the hills.  

I like to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet that this time of year offers, to be able to take stock of things and really think. Then I remember a good book that I have read, and want to read it again.

My favorite book of all time is Tolstoy's War and Peace. To read it and understand the hardships that people went through in that era, and to try to fathom the depth of the characters in a war-torn foreign country. It comes across to me as more of a philosophical piece that really makes you think. About yourself, your loved ones, acquaintances and also those people we don't care for or want in our lives.

What book has inspired you? Made you think? Click here and add your own comments to our Blog section and share your opinions, ideas and inspirations.

As we head into Fall, I hope that you are finding peace and joy in the love of reading as much as I do.

Happy Reading!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

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See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Released October 13, 2015. The last thing Colin Hancock is looking for is a serious relationship. But then Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, and the foundations of his carefully structured life are rattled. As for Maria, Colin will challenge every notion she's ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy. As menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface and the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying more
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The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. more
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The Summit by Kat Martin Autumn Sommers is one of those special people blessed -- or cursed -- with dreams that become reality.  She's dreaming again and again about a little girl,  abducted from her own yard. Twelve years earlier, she could have prevented a tragic accident if only she had acted on her horrible nightmares.This time she knows what she has to do....  read more
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The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares From the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants comes this enchanting book for grown-ups: a heartrending page-turner about sisterhood, friendship, love, loss, and growing up. It is the story of a beach community friendship triangle more
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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars... read more
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The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra, Narrated by Boyd Gaines Unabridged Audio CD. Jennifer Narody has been having a series of disturbingdreams involving eerie images of a lady dressed in blue. What she doesn't know is that this same spirit appeared to leaders of the Jumano Native American tribe in New Mexico 362 years more.
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Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss When a doctor pronounced Dara-Lynn Weiss's daughter Bea obese at age seven, the mother of two knew she had to take action. But how can a woman with her own food and body issues -- not to mention spotty eating habits-- successfully parent a little girl around the issue of obesity? read more
Browse currently-available Memoirs

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Five-year-old orphan William Eng glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from the more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 89%) or $6.69 (save 74%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono, Lia Leendertz
Some vegetables can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours. This book highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest each more
Retail Price: $18.95
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 87%) or $6.19 (save 67%)
Browse more Crafting/Home books currently available in the Market


The Riptide Ultra-Glide by Tim Dorsey
Lovable serial killer Serge Storms is back and coming to the rescue of a Midwestern couple who aren't finding Florida quite as charming as he does in this, the sixteenth installment in Tim Dorsey's bestselling humorous more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
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Through the Perilous Fight by Steve Vogel
Through the Perilous Fight tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National more
Retail Price: $30.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.69 (save 77%)
Browse History currently available in the Market


Nocturnal  by Scott Sigler
Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having -- dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse Thrillers currently available in the Market


Golden State: A Novel by Stephanie Kegan
Random bombings across California claim lives and terrify the public - who is the bomber and how can he be stopped?  Natalie Askedahl, frightened for her family, grows obsessed with the case until she makes an unthinkable discovery: the bomber's manifesto reads alarmingly like the last letter she has from her brother Bobby.. more
Retail Price: $25.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.89+1 credit (save 84%) or $7.79 (save 68%)
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Shroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige
Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder-- a first generation East German immigrant--adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative more
Retail Price: $21.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 61%)
Browse Contemporary Fiction currently available in the Market


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