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The second BYT Book Swap was a slice of fall magic! The crowd was so cool and nice and funny. The book quality was incredible (we felt smarter just walking through the door) and we made it out with more books than we brought to swap! Our bookshelves are full and our hearts are happy.

We love doing these and we love that you guys come out to them with your A game. If you want to recapture a little bit of the spark, scroll through the delightful shots below and check out the sweet book picks from some of our new book swap friends!

Don’t forget to grab your tickets to the Bentzen Ball comedy festival and our Death Becomes Us true crime festival! They’re going to be just as dreamy.

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“I brought I Owe You One, which is a romcom, and I picked another rom com, Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s a classic. It’s my favorite movie, like top five favorite movie of all time, but I’ve never read it, so I figured why not.” -Kenia Najera

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“I brought several books, There There, which I just read, and several I got from the BYT Book Swap in the summer that I’ve already read! I’m taking The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster because it looked interesting and I thought I would check out something new.” -Kathleen Cochrane

“I brought some sci-fi books that I’ve read, like The Three Body Problem and The Last Werewolf, and I also brought some business books from my wife’s old career as a consultant. [I’m taking] Foucault’s PendulumThe Perfect Nanny, which is French novel about a nanny who goes bad, and a Liane Moriarty book.” -Dan Asher

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“I brought White Teeth by Zadie Smith and I Am Malala. I grabbed Fates and Furies, because I’ve always wanted to read this, The Real Lolita, because I’m interested in true crime, and then Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Thing. Basically all these books I’ve always wanted to read.” -Sarah Ornstein

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The Lies We Told I got from the first book swap. It had been on my list, I wanted to read it and I like thrillers. I ended up reading it and I liked it, so I wanted to pass it along. Golden State, I got from someone in my book club. I actually didn’t enjoy it that much.” –Juliana Urrego

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“I brought the Marie Kondo tidying up, which I didn’t really follow, so I thought I’d donate it in the hopes that somebody else can follow it. I actually brought the Joan Rivers book my friend took. She’s such a funny lady and I thought it was a cool book to share with people. I got a comedy book that I’d never heard of, the self help book You Are A Badass, because I’ve been wanting to read it, and a scary true crime book.” –Karen Szala

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“I brought a memoir of Sir George Solti, who was a director of the [Chicago Symphony]. I took basically all feminist books, one about women’s medical health, one about running for office and one about Joan Rivers.” –Alyson Freedman

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