Today a slim brown paper package was pushed through my letterbox. It was a book, from Mel at I Speak Melsh She listed several books in her blog as part of her operation de-clutter and I put my hand up for one of them. This mean that I will be able to use the book during the summer holidays to give the divine Miss Em a project. We shall make some punched cards for her to give this Christmas.
I will register the book at bookcrossing and when we stop using it I will put it into the Official Bookcrossing Zone in town. Never heard of bookcrossing? well it is a wonderful way of relieving your bookshelves of books you will never read again simply by registering them with bookcrossing - here and then leaving them somewhere for someone else to find.
I heard the sharp intake of breath then, I really did. It is a very hard thing to do, release that first book "into the wild". I took a book out several times and was unable to just put it down and walk away. I made some labels that said FREE BOOK in quite big letters and then stuck them on the outside of the book with repo glue. I left the first one I ever released in a coffee shop and the buzz I got when I walked away was fantastic. I have released several hundred now and it is still a good feeling, try it!