Reading books without adding clutter

I love books. They are my weakness. But there’s a problem. They take up a lot of room. And another problem. The book-reading habit can be expensive.

That is… until now!

I discovered Bookswim, an online book rental site.

For $25 a month, you can check out and read as many books as you can. You get 3 books at a time, and when you read two, send them back and they ship out the next 2 to you. This way you always have a book to read! I can cover a lot of books that way!

The problem is that most of the time I read a book, I never refer to it again. There are only a few books in my library I refer to over and over. And now that I use Evernote, I take notes as I read and rarely have to look at a book again.

Also, I love to read but our library never seems to have the majority of books I am interested in.

The way it works is you select books you want to read. These go in your “pool.” When you have at least three books in your pool, they ship out the first batch.

Since this is a secular site, there aren’t a whole lot of church leadership or resource books on there. But I am very interested in organizational leadership and human psychology and business as well, and they have plenty of those books. Plus, we just saw Wicked the Musical lately… so I put some books about that on my list too. 🙂

The cool thing about Bookswim is that if you search for a book and they don’t have it, you can request it. It shows you how many requests have been submitted for that book so far.

Well, I guess church leadership books aren’t all that popular… Ah well. Most likely I will get those for Kindle. 🙂

The fun part is if a bunch of people vote for the book (I don’t know exactly how but it seems to be five people), you get a message saying,  “Congratulations! Your vote was the one that broke the camel’s back!” And then they will make the book available and ship it to you! It’s very gratifying to be the final vote.

Today I got my first shipment of books. I am already deeply engrossed in page 12 of the first one (Blink).

My overfull bookshelf is thanking me for this resource… and my budget as well. And my mind is very grateful to have this opportunity to learn and grow!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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