Category Archives: Book-related apps

Book Swaps Update and Book-lover Gifts

Book swaps update, My BookSwaps ClubUpdate Alert! I posted about My Bookswap Club and other book swaps recently (here). At the last minute, I purchased My Bookswap Club’s 2018 Christmas box and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it. Along with a book and bookmark, I received a scented candle, bath soap, fuzzy socks, a book nerd pin, and Godiva candy. Quite a haul!

Need a gift? Keep this in mind for next Christmas or any other year-end holiday celebration. These boxes make a great gift for a book-loving wife, girlfriend, mother or daughter. I jumped at the chance to buy myself a present at the last minute this year and was glad I did.

In addition to their website, My Bookswap Club is on Instagram.

Book Swaps and Gifts for Everyone

My BookSwap Club offers unique book swaps and gifts for everyone.  According to their website, My BookSwap Club is a group of “enthusiastic bookworms who believe in sharing our books with fellow bookworms (or a novice reader).”

Currently, My BookSwap Club offers members a Christmas BookBox with a few options from which to choose. You purchase the box and respond to a questionnaire about your likes and dislikes. Then, sit back and wait in anticipation. Over the next few days, I will purchase this box and report on what I received.

received from book swapsMy BookSwap Club also facilitates book swaps. I have just joined My BookSwap Club, so I haven’t participated in their swaps, yet. But, over the past year, I’ve participated in book swaps using social media apps such as Litsy. (See my post about Litsy, here). At left are some of the books I’ve received. So far, I’ve been pleased with the choices my swap partners have given me.

If you have found any book-related websites, social media networks or phone apps, let me know by replying to this post.

Get Goodreads and other book apps

Goodreads, one of several good book appsOccasionally, I’ll talk about book-related apps for mobile devices and e-readers that source their material from various places, like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google and Kobo. The book apps mentioned will have both an Android and Apple iOS version, unless otherwise noted. Most apps will be free to download, but some will charge for content.

Goodreads  has a free app and a website for readers who want to interact with others via groups, reviews and recommendations. In Goodreads, booklovers find books and share reviews. They can maintain a library of books they’ve read or want to read. According to Goodreads, 75 million members have “shelved” 2.2 billion books, implying that reading is alive and well.

As a matter of personal preference, I use the litsy app (mentioned in a prior post) but tend to use the Goodreads website. Litsy has more of the quick back-and-forth common in social media and reminds me of Instagram. Goodreads is more like my favorite library or book club.