>This post is mostly for Book Boy, who has been my dominant source of reading recs over the past little while. We have very similar tastes in books and genre moods, and he consumes material at a much faster rate than me. I’m happy for him to trailblaze.
When BB recs something these days, I immediately check bookmooch for it, and if it’s not available, add it to my wishlist. I’ve mooched a lot of books this way recently and it’s excellent. Right now, I have a teetering T0-Read pile, but this doesn’t stop me from hoarding books I know to be ‘my thing’.
Thus far, these are the books I’ve successfully mooched from BB’s recs:
- Robin Robertson, ed. Mortification: Writers’ stories of their public shame.
- A couple of Frederick Forsyth’s (Fourth Protocol and Day of the Jackal).
- Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas.
Another handful are on my wishlist, with availability entries that are gone in a flash. I’ve never had to compete for books before, and I never realised how competitive some people can be! The system on bookmooch is pretty good now, with new protocols in place for ‘reserving’ a book until you find out whether someone’s willing to post to Australia (this is usually the issue for me – SO MANY overseas people only post to their own countries, whereas most of the Australian folk I’ve mooched off are international posters…hmmm). It would be grand if more Australians were on the system!
Most recently, I’ve mooched a USA stamp catalogue. No, seriously. 😀