When I left London in 2007 after four years here, I had amassed piles and piles of books – about 350 of them. Moving house three times during those years and ultimately packing up my life here to send everything back to America made those lovely books I adored so much somewhat of a burden. I gave almost all of them away.
Then I bought a Kindle while I was living in Colombia because there were no English language books in the village. But I still prefer real books with tangible pages. I live for rainy afternoons spent holed up in used bookshops then taking my treasures to the nearest cafe for a cup of tea and cracking open that first page.
So I’ve made a decision that I’m still going to buy books from those lovely little bookshops, but I’m not going to let them accumulate. After I read them, I’m going to leave them somewhere random so someone else can pick them up. Doesn’t it make your day when you stumble on a little treasure? In the front cover, I’ll write a little message with the link to the blog so the person who finds the book can come here and leave a comment about it. And below, I will leave a list of books I’ve dropped.
If you want to participate and leave your own books around for LLO Book Drop, write a little comment in the book with the blog address and ask the finder to comment, then leave a comment for me, let me know the name of the book and where you left it so I can add it to the list.
I left the first book today. So I will start the list….
1.) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Circle Line train somewhere near Embankment – November 30, 2011 (LLO)
2.) Death in Holy Orders by PD James – Jubilee Line toward Stratford, December 2, 2011 (Jen) – FOUND
3.) Ghost Girl by Helena McEwen – South Western Train line towards Richmond, December 3, 2011 (Jen)
4.) Midnight by Dean Koontz – Hammersmith and City Line train near Paddington, January 2, 2012 (Pat)
5.) Candy by Mian Mian – Left outside of Southfields tube station, January 11, 2012 (LLO)
6.) Ox Travels introduced by Michael Palin – District Line train between Earls Court and Wimbledon, January 18, 2012 (LLO)
7.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett – District Line train between Earl’s Court and Edgware Road, February 1, 2012 (LLO)
8.) Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon – Jubilee Line Eastbound, February 18, 2012 (Jen)
9.) Wake Up, Mummy - MIND Charity Shop, Southwark Park Road, February 25, 2012 (Jen)
10.) The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman – Greenwich Council building, staff kitchen, March 9, 2012 (Jen)