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PaperBackSwap’s 14th Birthday Contest


Today, PaperBackSwap turns 14! Happy Birthday to us! And what is a Birthday Party without games?!

Since playing pin the tail on the donkey, or musical chairs isn’t easy to do online, we have come up with a game everyone can play.
We call it Favorites at 14.

Here is how it works:

In the comments here on the Blog, tell us one of your favorite books, title and author, from when you were 14, or thereabouts. And tell us why you liked the book.

It is that simple. On Friday, September 7, 2018, we will choose a winner at random.

The winner will receive their choice of 6 PaperBackSwap Credits, one year of Standard Membership or a one year subscription to Box-O-Books.

Contest is only open to current PBS members whose accounts are in good standing.


Good luck to everyone!



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418 Responses to “PaperBackSwap’s 14th Birthday Contest”

  1. Art K. (remlikreads) says:

    When I was 14 my favorite book was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It was hilarious and wonderful, and it helped me through a difficult time in my life.

  2. Darcy T. (wallace) says:

    Watership Down- It opened up my mind to fiction and how fun it can be. Those silly rabbits!!

  3. Rick B. (bup) says:

    When I was around 14, I read the novelization of “Alien” by Allen Dean Foster. I wasn’t allowed to see the movie in the theater, but I could read the book. And from what I remember, it’s pretty good. Has some of the same foreshadowing and creepy mood of the movie.

  4. Karen H. (warbler43) says:

    I was reading Trixie Belden mystery books written by Julie Campbell way back when I was about 14.

  5. Taylor R. says:

    When I was 14 I was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so many times that I broke the spine of the book. First and only time that had ever happened to me.

  6. Andrew B. (andytbarnes) says:

    I would have been in the middle of reading Harry Potter-J.K. Rowling. I liked it as it was especially easy to relate to Harry and his Hogwarts peers at that time in my life.

  7. Jason S. says:

    Like many others, my favorite would have been Harry Potter, but to mix it up I will say A light in the attic by Shel Silverstein

  8. Jackie S. (gmajackie) says:

    Men of Iron. Howard Pyle
    It had everything medieval in it! At that age, I was in to the knights, horses, castles, and all. Loved it. Still go back to it on occasion. Happy birthday!

  9. Adrian S. (starpugsnort) says:

    My favorite book when I was 14 was Ghost House by Claire McNally. I have read that book 100 times and I can still read it today and love it. Harry Potter is just a given but I wasn’t a kid when it came out. Also nearly everything by Dean Koontz

  10. Kenn A. (kennic) says:

    When I was 14 I received The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey. It set me on a lifelong love affair with fantasy and Sci-Fi books. Hey anything with dragons has got to be good!

  11. Elaine B. says:

    My favorite book at that young age was A Night To Remember, by Walter Lord. It was and still is, as far as I am concerned, the most factual story of the sinking of the Titanic. I did a book report on it, and recommended it to my grandchildren. Over the years I somehow lost my copy, and was so excited that I could submit a request to Paperbackswap.com and receive this cherished book again! Why was it so important to me? In the back of the book was a manifest of all passengers, among the list of those who were saved, I found an ancestor, which made this story so much more personal. Thank you, PBS, for your service!

  12. Nancy J. (frozenmarie) says:

    I remember the setting and feelings inspired by “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”. It is my favorite from that time in my life because of the difficulty I was having in school. The book took me away from that time and place to a world quite different from my own. Despite the struggles of the heroine, it felt good to be somewhere else.

  13. Kelly S. (kseifert) says:

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was & still is one of my favorite books & probably started me on my love of reading. Mystery & Magic it was beautifully written & captured my imagination. I wanted to find a secret garden & live there forever — still do!

  14. Melissa E. (missyloutoo) says:

    Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart was my favorite book. I enjoyed all her books especially the ones with references to King Aurthur.

  15. Lucille C. says:

    My favorite book at age 14 and still to this day is “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I love historical fiction. The children in their innocence reminded me of myself and my friends roaming the neighborhood and hanging out together during those halcyon summer days. Atticus Finch is my favorite character. His quiet strength and moral sense was/is a comfort especially in troubled times.

  16. Donna (page-turner) says:

    I loved reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books when I was 14!

  17. CRYSTAL C. (drummerwife) says:

    I was given J.R.R. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS.

    What a gift of learning no matter who you are, or what size you are changing the world is possible!

  18. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday!! Around 14 is when I bought at a yard sale, Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and The Exorcist By William Peter Blatty. My mother promptly hid them. I promptly found them. Thius my love of horror and gore was born

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