LLO Book Recycling

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)

25 comments on “LLO Book Recycling

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  2. hi all was given the bookDEATH IN HOLY ORDER today 4th december 2011 it was found by my friend on the tube going from charringcross to westham will read and then deposit to let the journey continue . i am in croydon

  3. Your book drop is timely – I have a bunch of books that I was looking to give away, just wasn’t sure where to give them. Sorted! Although do you ever worry the ‘please do not leave any personal items unattended’ will get you for leaving behind a book? I was worried at Waterloo Station!

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  5. i like to post books to my friends after I’ve read them (double dose of happiness – an unexpected parcel through the post and a new book to read) with an instruction in the front cover for them to leave it in a random place for a stranger to find.

  6. any more news on holy orders was dropped of on a london bridge train by my brother cant remember date but should have been found by now

  7. Hi. I hope i didn’t make the mistake. I’m from Slovenia(a small country in Southern Europe) and i was in a vacation in London. I read a book.. and it’s fantastic! Sorry for my grammatical errors.

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