In December I read this story at Book Riot and it inspired me to give it a try. I talked to some of my neighbors and we found a good date. I invited my book group and a few other book loving friends I hadn’t seen in a while. The day of the party I pulled out 50+ books from my shelves (read and to be read both) and put fiction on one table and non fiction on another. Because one of the neighbors said she only read magazines I included a magazine exchange on the ottoman ( I was happy about this since I get way too many magazines to keep up with!). I went to the store and bought wine, cheese, crackers, some marked down boxes of Valentine chocolates and a bag of Skinny Pop. Put everything out and waited for people to show up.
I forgot to take any pictures when people were actually here, but my friend took the last three when she came. I had 14 stop by and everyone came and went home with at least one book, many people brought and took a handful. I was left with a bag of donations for the library plus 14 books that I pulled to read myself (I plan on reading a chapter or two before deciding what to do with them). One neighbor even brought A Man Called Ove which I snatched out of her hands before it made it to the table since that’s our book club read next month 🙂
I thought it was a fun way to get friends together and will do it again, but I might fine tune it just a bit with one bookish activity that could bring everyone together for a few minutes. I encourage you all to host your own Book Exchange Party!