Category Archives: Bookswaps

Bookswap: Books of Tomorrow, Today

We are back with another bookswap! This time, it is in space! At least that is what we would like you to imagine with the theme “Books of Tomorrow, Today!”.

Bring your pre-loved books and swap for new ones at the bookswap! We have a collection of 300 books for you to swap! Meet people, read at the event, bring your family and friends!


B:Read will also be holding activities throughout the day, which includes quizzes and group story writing.  The details to the activities are as follow:

Continue the Story
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What is it?: Five words, that is all it takes for stories to unfold. Continue the Story is a writing activity open to everyone where we get everyone to write one story. The catch is you only have five words to add to the story before the next person chips in another five words. Hilarity ensues, drama unfurls, and tears are shed.

What Did I Write?!
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What is it?: So you think you know about what writers wrote what? If you do (or don’t), then join us for this quiz! The more answers you get right, the more points you get. Gather your points for the quiz and stand a chance to win tiny prizes from us!

Blind Date: “Recommend Me a Book”
What is it?: Not sure what to read next? Well, we can help you with that! We recommend going on our blind speed date! But our speed date has a catch: your topic of discussion will centre around your favourite book or have your “date” recommend you a book. You’ll meet several people, and you’ll talk about books–what a life! Whether you and an individual end up together is beyond us, but you just might have a new book on your list. Sign up here to join this activity!

Dramatic Readings
What is it?: How would the lyrics of modern day poet Nicki Minaj sounds like if we put some flair in the reading of her words? We bring several people to read texts of their choice and to read them dramatically in this session of complete silliness.

If you’d like to participate, or recommend something for us to read during the dramatic reading, email us at

We hope to see you there!

B:Read Nonfiction Swap @ The Green Gathering

B:Read Mini Bookswap - Bring your nonfiction books

Good day folks! As part of the Green Gathering at Studio Scene 2 in Kiarong, B:Read will be holding a non-fiction themed bookswap on Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.

This will be a great time to bring in biographies, self help, business and economy, art books and others that aren’t in the fiction category. We won’t be allowing textbooks to be swapped at this time.

Date: Sunday 1 February 2015
Time: 11AM to 6PM
Venue: Studio Scene 2, Spg. 181-22, Kg. Kiarong (next to Gohan Sushi)

Please share, and we hope to see you there!

Want more info on the Green Gathering? Check out the lovely organisers, Hip and Healthy and The Collective.

Bookswap: Wonderful World of Books

Wonderful World of Books

Hey ya’ll! 

We’re pleased to announce the return of our bookswap on the 2nd November 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex. That’s only a week away! 

  • Venue: Event Stage, 1st Floor, Mabohai Shopping Complex
    (same building as Supasave, Toys ‘R’ Us and Starbucks)
  • Time: 11am to 6.00pm

You can keep updated with us on our social media (especially our Facebook and Instagram) for more announcements!

Mabohai Shopping Complex will also be holding other reading-related activities on the same weekend, so do visit Mabohai’s Facebook for more information.

See you there! 

Planned activities

Sat 1st Nov 2014:

  • Book Fair: Sale and exhibition of rare books, graphic novels, collections and pre-loved books. (Organised by Mabohai)

Sun 2nd Nov 2014:

  • 10 am – 12 noon: Kids’ Colouring Competition & Dress-Up Activity (Organised by Mabohai)
  • 11 am – 6 pm: Bookswap and other activities (Organised by B:Read):
    • Amazing Reading Race
    • Dramatic Readings
    • Storytelling for Children
    • Speedswap
    • Book Meet

What Books Can You Swap?

We often get asked about the kinds of books you can swap during our bookswap events. We have, in our bookswap page, laid out the kinds of books you can swap. Here’s another entry dedicated to the subject matter!

The following are books we do not accept:

  • Textbooks
  • Phonebooks
  • Outdated business/dictionary books
  • Game cheats
  • Magazines
  • Books on zodiacs
  • Harlequin romance
  • Controversial subject matter (on religion, mostly)
  • Books that are heavily damaged i.e. broken spine, no front cover, ripped pages regardless of the writer

We’ve been asked why we don’t accept harlequin romance. We used to, and at one point we received so many that it overwhelmed out collection. Unfortunately, we discover that harlequin romance books are not books people want to swap. Hence, we give them out for free instead. We have nothing against harlequin romance as a genre, we just have a problem that it would dominate a majority of our swap pool. We want to expand the genres we have, not limit it to one that not everyone wants to read. You’re welcomed to scour our Free Books collection, though, if you want some harlequin romances for free!

As a rule of thumb, if you’re looking into swapping a book, you’d want to find something that is in good condition, right? Even if the papers are yellowing or if there are minor dents on the cover, you’d still want to swap the books, correct? Second-hand bookshops would not accept heavily damaged books. We do not either. Share books that are in good condition! Don’t turn people off from reading by swapping a book that damaged spine or ripped pages!