Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Crossing goodness!

In an attempt to escape work during the week, I tend to get up really early one day a week, go to my favorite bagel shop, have some breakfast and coffee, and read for as long as I can before I have to lumber myself into the dark cold winter world of sheet metal fabrication. It helps me feel like I have more freedom in my life, kind of a way to pretend I don't really have a job I have to go to, for that brief time each week I get to be the avid reader/writer I am in my heart. I get lost in the story, or what I am writing, and forget about my problems for a brief time. I just started committing to this weekly form of escape a few months ago, before this I would read as much as I could here and there, but as I began to make more time for reading and writing, I rediscovered a true love, so now I do this as much as I can. I love to read anything I can get my hands on, fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, anything. Where is this all leading you wonder, well, read on.....

There I was, reading, enjoying the dark before the sunrise, a moment of calm before I had to get my butt to work. Looking at my phone, seeing the time, I had only minutes to clean up my breakfast mess, refresh my coffee and head to the shop.  I had been sitting in the bagel shop for over and hour and a half, reading. I got all my trash collected, headed for the trash bin, and there, next to the sign, "please do not toss our plastic trays" was a book.  Naturally I picked it up, glanced around for someone who might have lost it, nobody seemed to be looking for it, so I went to put it down thinking they would come back for it, when I noticed the sticker on the front that read, "I'm not lost! I'm Free!" What? a free book, just sitting here, "how strange is that?"  I thought.  I continued to read the sticker on the front of the book and found out this book had been "released into the wild" at another bakery near my town. I discovered that this book was left for the purpose of someone finding it, reading it, blogging about it, and re-releasing it back into the wild for others to enjoy through a site called bookcrossing.com. How cool is that! I thought, "Wow, that is really neat, someone is going to find this book and be able to follow it's journey, what a great idea!" Then, I set the book back down, thinking about how lucky that person was going to be to find the book. Yes, it took that long to hit me, um, hellllloooo, I found the book, why am I setting it down for someone else to pick up!! I reached back over, picked up the book, tucked it in my pocket, and went to refill my coffee.  I was darn near giddy about this silly book, I kept looking around wondering if the person who had left it was still in the bagel shop. I mean, I had been sitting there reading for over and hour and a half, (and it was early in the morning, not a lot of traffic at 5am) how did I not see this person leave the book? This was all so clever, fun, and exciting.  I was giggling to myself as I poured fresh coffee, gave it a stir while looking over my shoulder wondering if the mystery book release God was watching me, laughing at my complete and udder geek joy of finding a free book.  With my  freshened coffee in hand, and freshly caught book tucked in my pocket, I walked out of the store, almost skipping with happiness. I got to my truck, opened the book, to discover all about what bookcrossing.com is, and instantly fell in love with the idea. I was laughing and actually singing "I found a golden ticket", I was that stinking goofy about it! Then, it occurred to me, I need to get a life.

Instead, I will read the book, release it for someone else to find, and begin my own process of releasing books I love into the wild. Won't you join me. Check out the website and get involved! Knowledge is power, and reading is the way to get there.


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