Wednesday, January 2, 2013

For the Book Lover who has more Books than Groceries

As I write this, we currently have 25 folks signed up for the blogger book swap.  That's incredible!
I've been receiving wonderful feedback from bloggers and lovers of books and I just can't begin to tell all of you how thrilled that makes me.  It started off as a simple idea of wanting to connect with other bloggers who love to read and it's turned into this little project with the help of my amazing co-hosts.  Thank you to all those who have been blogging, tweeting, and posting on Facebook about the event.  I certainly could not undertake a project like this without all of your help and guidance.

Now the Blogger Book Swap is an affordable event, with books being either new or gently used, and shipping being around $5, tops.  However, you do have the opportunity to run with this idea (a bit) and make it your own.  What do I mean by this?  If you feel like contributing items or details that are relevant to your book swap of choice, go for it! But, please do not feel pressured to add anything to your book package apart from your book and on the flip side, I would recommend not going overboard...well, I guess, unless you truly feel inclined.

If you're looking for some fun ideas, here are some places and products to get those creative juices flowing:


So I may or may not have had a little fun exploring Etsy.
These are just a few ideas and I invite you to be creative and explore various other possiblities.  I tried to find options for a variety of budgets and like I said, you are in no way obligated to give anything in addition to your book exchange.  If you're looking for more budget-friendly options, I would look at eBay or your local craft store.  You could also check to see what supplies you have at home, if you feel like getting crafty (which is always awesome).  

What are some of my favorites?  
Although pricey, I love the book text scarf because it combines fashion with literature.  Another online favorite, if you like the book tote bag, is Out of Print Clothing.  They take the covers of classics and turn them into tees, totes, journals, etc.  This Great Gatsby notebook and Little Women tote bag are so fun!  The MyBookmark Etsy shop is a unique take on the traditional concept of a bookmark.  I'm sure you've seen the wicked witch legs bookmarks before, but this Etsy artist has so much to choose from.  Of course, I'm a fan of the military one as pictured above and I also love the sexy siren, it's so sassy!  I've also been looking around at different book plates and stamps and I think the stamp from Studio255 is very chic. 

Now these are just some items to picque your interest for the swap, but who knows, you might end up spoiling yourself ;) 
Keep texting, tweeting, Facebook posting, and blogging about the event and I can't wait to announce the pairs in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for reading!


  1. I can't wait to be paired up! So exciting! All those gifts are precious! :)

    1. Thank you for participating Rachel! I'm really excited for the event, as you can see with my dedicated shopping, ahem, I mean "searching" on Etsy ;)

  2. Hi! New follower here! I'm also one of Lauran's January Sponsors/Guest Posters!

    Your book swap sounds like so much fun! I'm always looking for new books to read and those extra little things you picked to pair with the books are so cute!

    1. Love Lauran's blog! Thanks for stopping by and I love little details, I always think they give an event or item that extra special touch.

  3. I love all of this! I'm so excited to get paired up and make this happen. This was a brilliant idea.

  4. Brilliant idea. I want to join up and cannot wait to be paired up. I have so many books to share and look forward to what this challenge brings. Re bookmarks, I have found a easy inexpensive way to make pretty bookmarks, vintage jewelry from thrift stores, 2 inch velvet ribbons, clamps and links. You simply create for each person the color, jewelry and colors they will like. They make great presents. I am embarrassed to say I have a large collection of bookmarks but enjoy making them now more then buying them.