“Instead of letting books grow mouldy behind an iron grating…it is better to let them wear out by being read.” ~ Jules Verne
Like many bibliophiles, I love chatting with others about books as much as doing the actual reading. And I was absolutely delighted to discover recently a whole new branch of bookish exchanges – the concept of BookCrossing.
I spotted this tweet and could not resist replying to say ‘yes please’!
Having been away with work for a few days, imagine my delight on returning today – not only was it great to be back home, but I also had a parcel waiting for me.
The lovely Tim had sent me this amazing box of goodies. I have not read any of these books so I can’t wait to dip in. And how amazing also to receive some tea, notecards and bookmarks. It’s the most wonderful surprise!
As I understand it, my first task is to update the book crossing website to show that these books are now in my possession. I can then get stuck in with some reading. And then I can release them on to their next lucky recipient, whoever that may be.
I just love the shared but random ethos behind this ‘world library’ system. Thank you Tim for introducing me to the book crossing family! 🙂
“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”