Book Swap … Out with the Old Books, In with the New!

Some of the Grrls

Yesterday I went to a bookswap from the boekgrrls (bookgrrls), a mailinglist for Dutch book-crazy women. Every year there are one or more bookswaps and this one was quite close to where I live (relatively), so I took a pile of books and went.

With the contributions from everyone else, we had a large dining table full of books to choose from. This was fun, as I discovered quite a few books that I had on my wishlist!

So, this is what I went home with….

Books that were on my wishlist

The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso FalconesOne Day by David NichollsSundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
My Life in France by Julia ChildNocturnes by Kazuo IshiguroThe Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
One Day by David Nicholls
Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson
My Life in France (Julie & Julia) by Julia Child
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Thrilling reads

The Bone Garden by Tess GerritsenThe Mephisto Club by Tess GerritsenThe Sinner by Tess GerritsenThe Treatment by Mo Hayder

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
The Treatment by Mo Haider

Books in Dutch

Een stil vertrek by Annette ZeelenbergDe tuinman van niemandsland by Guus BauerDe azielzoeker by Arnon Grunberg

Een stil vertrek [A Quite Leave] by Annette Zeelenberg
De tuinman van niemandsland [The Gardener of No-man’s Land] by Guus Bauer
De asielzoeker [The Asylum Seeker]] by Arnon Grunberg

That adds up to…

Yes, that’s 13 new books. All books that I’m really excited about and all in good condition, too.

It also adds up to a really nice afternoon with some old and new friends, some lovely food and great book chatter.

Which of these books did you read and love?

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33 Responses to Book Swap … Out with the Old Books, In with the New!

  1. Petra. says:

    Leuk dat mijn Tess Gerritsen pockets een goed nieuw thuis hebben gevonden!


    • Leeswammes says:

      Jazeker! Ik heb al een paar andere boeken van haar gelezen (stuk of 3) en dat is goed bevallen. Ik vond het wel hebberig om ze alle drie te accepteren, maar er waren toch geen andere liefhebbers. Nog bedankt!

  2. I read quite a few of those books: One Day, Sunday at Tiffany’s and all three of the Tess Gerritsen books. I have The Gargoyle, but haven’t read it yet. My daughter did, and she loved it.
    Enjoy all your new books.
    I love the idea of the bookswap, but am not sure if I could ever participate in something like that. I find it very hard to say goodbye to books I own.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks for your comments, Marleen. They are quite well-known books, so I’m glad I got my hands on them.

      Until last year or so I couldn’t contemplate giving my books away, but with book blogging I win/get so many books that it’s much easier now. I don’t want to re-read all of them, and also, I like the idea of sharing the books with others. Of course, I know the boekgrrls, whether in real-life or (previously only) online, so it’s nice to know the books get a good home.

  3. Birgit says:

    Ohhh … I love Tess Gerritsen’s novels! I’m a big fan of the Rizzoli & Isles series and just finished her latest “Ice Cold” yesterday. And “The Bone Garden” (a stand-alone novel) is definitely one of my favorite books by her. Have fun reading!!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Good to know, Birgit (about The Bone Garden being a favorite). I’m not planning to read the Rizzoli series in order, I expect that it doesn’t matter.

  4. Janneke says:

    Alhoewel ikzelf er jammer genoeg niet bij kon zijn is het wel leuk om te zien waar mijn boeken naar toe zijn gegaan. Ik zie dat 5 hun weg naar jou gevonden hebben. Veel leesplezier toegewenst!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Jammer dat je er niet was, Janneke. Bedankt voor de boeken. Ik wist niet dat die van jou er ook tussen zaten.

      • Janneke says:

        mmm 4 doosje (hanteerbaar zal ik maar zeggen) ruimt lekker op! Vind het zo’n briljante uitvinding die ruildagen, de kunst is alleen om niet te veel mee terug te nemen 🙂

      • Leeswammes says:

        Ja, heerlijk, Janneke. Het ruimt lekker op en je krijgt weer eens wat nieuws. Niet teveel mee terug nemen blijft mijn probleem. 🙂

  5. Jennifer O. says:

    The Bone Garden is the only Gerritsen novel I have read, but I was really impressed with it.

    That Julia Child book looks like a great read.

    I hope you enjoy your books!

  6. Heather says:

    I loved My Life in France. A fascinating book about a fascinating woman!

    I have One Day myself. It sounds really good. I’m still not sure about The Gargoyle. I have it too, but not sure if I’d like it. I’ll be interesting in your reviews on both of those! It is so cool you can get together to swap books like that! Me = jealous! 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m looking forward to My Life in France, Heather. Sounds like a great summer read.

      Yes, it’s great doing these swaps. It’s nice to get together with people who like to talk about books, anyway. And getting some new books while clearing the shelves a little on the other hand, is wonderful!

  7. I´d also have gone for Mo Haider and Tess Gerritsen. I haven´t read any of their books, but I have seen several positive reviews.

    And I wish there was anywhere near my home I could go to and swap some of my English crime fiction because with Danish postage it is far too expensive to send used books to anyone.

  8. hmmm.. I’m curious to read your review for One Day. I didn’t care for this book at all and didn’t find the connection between the characters to be believable long term (for years and years). Very sad people these two.

    I am curious about the movie though….

    • Leeswammes says:

      Mari, I’ve read opposing reviews of *One Day*. I liked the sound of it when it first came out and I would have bought it maybe (just had other books I wanted more). So I do like to give this a go and make up my mind. I loved his book *Starter for Ten* so I’m hopeful.

      I didn’t know there is going to be a movie!

  9. cbjames says:

    I loved The Gargoyle. It’s a book that many people love, and many hate, but I loved it.

    • Leeswammes says:

      CBJames, ah, another of those love it hate it books with very few views in the middle. We’ll see. I like the idea of it, so I’m going to try and. If I don’t like it, I can always abandon it and take it to the next bookswap!

  10. That’s an awesome idea! You got some great finds, too. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on One Day and My Life in France. Whatever you do, don’t try Julie & Julia (the Julie Powell book). Julia Child’s book is supposedly much, much better.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Teacher/Learner, I *do* have the Julia Child book – there’s no mention of a Julia Powell, so I’m sure I’m ok. Thanks for your comment, I’m very happy with these new books.

  11. Erika says:

    My Life in France and The Gargoyle both got a 5/5 from me. Enjoy! I haven’t heard of many of the others. This bookswap idea sounds like so much fun. That seems like a great way to get a good varity of choices.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Erika, thanks for letting me know about those 5 star books! Yes, the book swap is great fun, not just because of the books. A lot of books were discarded (they go to a second hand shop – not a book shop), which is a pity, most of the nicer books were chosen by us.

  12. What a great idea. Looks like you got some great books!

  13. Cindy says:

    Quite a good loot you got yourself 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Certainly did, Cindy! The space I created on the shelves by taking books *to * the bookswap was then taken up (partially) by the new books. Luckily, I did bring more books than I took away. 🙂

  14. Leslie says:

    That’s kind of like my Friends of the Library sale where books are 50 cents each.

    I have a copy of Sundays at Tiffany’s that someone gave me and it’s sitting on my shelf here at work. I have books in every room I inhabit, even work! A few office mates have already borrowed it but I haven’t read it yet.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Wow, Leslie, books at work? At my old work we were thinking of starting a book swap shelf but we never got it started.

      I’m looking forward to *Sundays at Tiffany’s*!

  15. Kristi says:

    That swap sounds fantastic. I wish I had readers around that I could do the same.

    I have read One Day and I really loved it. I know of many others that hated it. It seems like a love it or hate it book. I’m curious to see which camp you fall into.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Kristi, my initial feeling about *One Day* was positive, but then I read all those negative reviews… We’ll see. I’m quite easy to please I think.

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