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Book Talk: Book Exchange

Everyone who knows me would know that I’m very cheap when it comes to buying books, which explains why I have never ever buy books at retail price for years. I switched to e-reading few years back and stopped buying physical books, so if there’s anything newly released that I really really want to read, I buy the e-book version. Less hassle, no shelf space used. Easy. I think the last book that I really need the physical copy of that I bought in retail price was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007. True story.

I’ve always been on a quest for cheap books, the cheaper the better, which is why I don’t mind getting secondhand books as long as it’s still in good condition (i.e no ripped pages). I’ve known people who hates getting secondhand books but I think this is one of the best ways to get books for very cheap, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend.

So anyway, imagine how I feel when I found out that there is such thing as book exchange being held near my place! I discovered their Facebook page (KL Book Exchange) and was immediately sold on the idea of exchanging my unwanted books to something new (to me). When I found out that they’re opening a booth this past weekend in a place that is relatively near to me, I immediately clear my schedule and make a point to stop by and see what they have to offer.

When the day came, I brought along with me 10 books from my shelves that I unhauled, which are basically books that I’ve had the longest time but no interest in reading them or having them in my collection. I forgot to take the pictures of my books but they are all in good condition.

When I reached the booth, I can already see a couple of books that I would love to have in my collection, which is a good sign because with my genre preference, it’s not always easy to get the books that I wanted. Book selections are a bit limited but I still managed to get 8 fairly-new secondhand books, which makes me more than happy because technically, I don’t spend anything to get the books! 🙂

I also stupidly forgot to take pictures of the books available at the booth (or the booth itself) but here are some pictures uploaded by KLBE at their facebook page.


And…. here’s my haul for the exchange, which I think is super awesome because some are from authors that I love! #win

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All in all, my first time experiencing a book exchange went very well. I’m happy with the books I got and if I don’t like it as much after I read it, I figured I can just exchange it again. Can’t wait to go back again next month, hopefully. 🙂

What about you? Do you hunt for cheap books? Are you okay with secondhand books? Have you been to a book exchange events before or hold a book swap among your family and friends? Let me know what you think 🙂

3 thoughts on “Book Talk: Book Exchange

  1. Is it ok to be jealous right now? Because I really am. I love your book haul ! I don’t mind secondhand books at all but the problem is that English books are not easy to find here, let alone secondhand. I don’t think a book exchange (for English books) exists here either.


  2. I love secondhand books! As a kid, Payless Books was one of my favourite haunts. I was excited about the KL Book Exchange but their selection (as I’ve seen so far) had been much too limited for me – the closest I’d get is to a book I’d “grudgingly read” as opposed to than “will love forever and ever”. But I still love secondhand books, and getting books I love in various (usually out of print) editions, so I’ve developed a habit of buying from abebooks once every month or so.


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