Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Small Happinesses

One of the ways that I have been getting rid of (sharing/passing on/letting go of) some of the stuff in my life is through Bookcrossing. I first read about Bookcrossing in a magazine about (what else?) books. I joined several years ago and am "indigo136." Since we're making an effort to take evening walks in the 100 Acre Park a couple blocks north of our house, where the dog can run around off-leash, I've been trying to remember to take a book or two with me every evening to leave for someone to find.
I like the idea of turning the world into a free library of sorts. Only a small percentage of the books I've given away this way, through a "Wild Release," have been "caught." I don't know what's happened to the rest of them - maybe someone found each one and just didn't bother to go online and say so. Maybe coffee shop employees found them and trashed them. It's a mystery, for the most part.
No mystery this past weekend, though. Two of the three books I released were "caught" - and one of the catchers wrote a longer-than-average paragraph about her experience. And then joined Bookcrossing. And donated cash (that's how come "bison76" has those little angel wings").
Love it!

Here's the "journal" for my former copy of Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith.

2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by indigo136 from Bozeman, Montana USA on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
7 out of 10
I read most of this series several years ago, but forgot I owned them. Figured I should share.

Journal Entry 2 by indigo136 at 100 Acre Park in Bozeman, Montana USA on Sunday, May 13, 2012
This book has not been rated.
Released 2 days ago (5/13/2012 1:00 AM UTC) at 100 Acre Park in Bozeman, Montana USA
On a bench.

Journal Entry 3 by wingbison76wing at Bozeman, Montana USA on Monday, May 14, 2012
6 out of 10
We were Bozeman visiting our son and taking an after dinner walk. I am an avid reader and usually read books on the Nook or iPad. I was thinking that my iPad had little charge left and since I forgot the charger I was going to have to go get another charger so I could read in the motel or buy a book. Surprise! There was a book on the bench in the park and it was one I hadn't read, although I have read my in the series.

I love this idea of leaving books and when I finish this one tonight I will be leaving it on a bench that was placed in Missoula in honor of a beloved member of my book group who passed on...... Thank you!

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