Book Swap

I’ve been wanting to unearth a book community recently.
There are a lot of readers in Manila, and I’m sure vibrant communities and book clubs exist that I’m not aware of because I have nomad-like tendencies when it comes to reading.

But I digress.

Tonight, I want to show you something really cool. Now, if you know me, I usually make a bee-line for anything book-related. I’m not that big of a reader, but being a reader is a big chunk of my identity. When things are out of touch, reading a book is where I find a semblance of peace, where my wanderlust is sated temporarily, and where the mental hum of my life finds rhythm.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one, but every time I enter a bookstore, I find it increasingly difficult to leave without purchasing a book. So, this is good news for all you story-supporters.

Introducing: Book Swap @ District 32 Mactan | Cebu Airport

Now, don’t be writing it off so quickly. Granted, it’s just a shelf. But seriously, when do you ever encounter something as pretty as this? I’ve never had the pleasure in Manila! Book Swap may just be a shelf, but it is a shelf that invites you to participate. Lining its different-sized boxes are second-hand/brand new books waiting to be bought or swapped by fellow book lovers.

Here’s how it works:

1. Browse their titles.

2. Find a book you like.

3. Check the back cover.

4. Go to the cashier, give your payment.

I left one of my Missions books for this, thinking that I’d love to see some of my books on the shelf, too. When I came back a few weeks later, I didn’t find my book in the Book Swap shelf and wondered what kind of process exchanged books undergo. Did someone already get my book? Was it banned from the shelf?

Still, though, I got The Road, and I haven’t looked back since.

5. Congratulations! Enjoy your new book!

Check out my loot!

Right? RIGHT?

I was so happy I even left a message for them on their Facebook account:


If you ever find yourself in the domestic airport of Cebu City, you know where to find me! =)
Have a happy day! ♥
Do you know of any places like this in Manila? Leave me a comment below!

Book Swap is a great way to find books.
Some of the books I got had names and dates from their previous owners.
It’s different, but you still feel a connection with all these faceless people,
just because you know you’re reading and supporting the same story!

Try writing down your Twitter account or email and see what happens!


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