Holiday Gift Guide: BookSwim – Frugal Novice

Holiday Gift Guide: BookSwim

The Skinny: Like Netflix, but for books. Rent as many books as you’d like each month for a flat monthly fee. There are different levels of plans available that let you have out a different amount of books at a time; the smallest plan lets you have three books at once. On that plan, for example, you can return two of the books once you finish reading them. Then you can be reading the third book while you wait for two new books to arrive, and you’re never without a book to read. There are a ton of fiction books, as well as books available in all sorts of categories, including:

• Arts & Photography        • Children’s Books              • Parenting & Families

• Nonfiction                        • Cooking, Food & Wine    • Home & Garden

You’ll also find books from the NY Times BestSellers list & Oprah’s Book Club List.

My Opinion: I got to try out BookSwim and was really impressed with both the selection of books available and how quickly my first set of books arrived – 3 days after my order. The “Light Reader” plan (3 books at a time) is $24.95 a month. If you are a fairly quick reader or like to keep up with the newest book releases, the multiple-book plans would be worth more than their cost. I know with my schedule I don’t think I’d have enough time to make it worth $24.95 for me long-term. BookSwim has a 1-book-at-a-time plan for $9.95 a month that I think might be a good fit for me. I do think the “Light Reader” plan would be a great gift idea – even just a couple of months would be a nice gift.

Buy it For: Any book lovers in your life, or for a family to share (with all sorts of categories available, there’s something for everyone). This would also be great for that person that already has everything – we have a few people like that on our shopping list, that don’t need anything but would probably enjoy something like this a lot.

Win It

One lucky reader will win three months of the “Light Reader” plan from BookSwim, valued at $74.85! This giveaway is open to all U.S. & Canadian residents. Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Monday, November 29.

How To Enter

Mandatory Entry: Go to BookSwim.com and then comment here telling me which book would be the first you’d add to your BookSwim pool!

Bonus Entries

(Only valid after the required entry has been completed)

Please leave a comment for each extra entry – if you blog about this giveaway and get 3 entries, for example, comment 3 times.

Note: BookSwim provided a membership for me to review and one for the giveaway, but opinions provided in this post remain honest and my own. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

Christi

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  • Jennifer November 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I’d get So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore!

  • Jennifer November 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I follow on gfc!

  • Jennifer November 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I like Frugal Novice on facebook!

  • Jennifer November 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I subscribe via google reader! (I thought I had posted this one already but it isn’t showing up…so possible double entry here!)

  • Laura W November 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I would put The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I love reading memoirs!

  • Laura W November 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I suscribe with Google Reader

  • Laura W November 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I like Frugal Novice on Facebook

  • Jennifer November 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I have been wanting to read Eat, Pray, Love! That was a dangerous activity…me on a book website…almost didn’t leave! I hopping from the Friday Hop, hope you’ll hop back sometime!

  • Jennifer November 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I am a new follower on GFC

  • Tara November 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I would add Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner!

  • Tara November 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I follow you publicly on Google friend Connect

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  • Tara November 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I blogged about the giveaway!

    http://chicagocouponconfessions.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaways_17.html

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

    #1

  • Tara November 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I blogged about the giveaway!

    http://chicagocouponconfessions.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaways_17.html

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

    #2

  • Tara November 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I blogged about the giveaway!

    http://chicagocouponconfessions.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaways_17.html

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

    #3

  • Tara November 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/4998965829308416

    tweeted!

  • Theresa Cole November 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I’d get Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

  • cheep3r5 November 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Wow! This is awesome. I did not know about this service. I want to rent Lee Child’s “Worth Dying For”. I have resisted buying it and was willing to wait for the library to get it, but this changes things. I can see using this more than Netflix. Even if I don’t win, this is great to know about. Thank you!

  • Sara R. November 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Eat Pray Love. I had no idea there was such a service. I am SO excited!!!!

  • Tara November 22, 2010 at 12:26 am

    http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/6594181359214592

    tweeted!

  • Allison November 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I would pick the Girl who Played with Fire.

  • Allison November 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Feed subscriber

  • Allison November 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    GFC Follower

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    Twitter follower

  • Allison November 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Facebook fan

  • Nathan November 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I would get On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  • Nathan November 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I Follow The Frugal Novice on Twitter

  • Nathan November 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I also “Like” The Frugal Novice on Facebook

  • Tara November 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/7292287511953408

    daily tweet!!

  • heidi November 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    i don’t know what book i would get first! if i won i would be giving this to my brohter as a gift :) he loves to read!

    ~heidi~
    deschepper1@hotmail.com

  • heidi November 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    i “like” the frugal novice on facebook :)

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  • Melanie November 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Promises to Keep Jane Green

  • Ann B November 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I would read the Duggers’s 20 and counting. If she can do 20 children, 2 seems like a piece of cake!