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 I started a page where 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
Ah, http://www.bookcrossing.com …
A world-wide book exchange system sort of thing – you register the book before you drop it, then you can track it if it is recovered by a fellow book crosser – and might be subsequently dropped again. Also gives you the opportunity of finding dropped books which might lead to some interesting finds…
Yea, exactly, only on my own small little LLO-sized
scale. I’m on that site too 🙂
Cool concept – and post!
Oh no! where did the two books that I dropped go, and the comments related to them? One was picked up! I was about to drop a whole bunch more.
Yea, I guess if someone did pick them up, they didn’t come leave a comment 😦 The only one that has commented at all was the one person who found your book…
But they’ve disappeared from the list of books that have been dropped…
Ah, no, this was just a post introducing it. There’s a link at the top of the blog called “LLO Book Recycling” where I’m keeping a proper list 🙂 https://littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com/llo-book-drop/