I love books. I love reading books, I love holding a book in my hand, I love the crackle of the spine as I open a new book to read, I love the smell of the fresh pages, I love the design of the cover, I love the texture of the type, I even love the threads on the spine that some books have. (Fun fact: Threads on the spine are more expensive to do so when a book has threads, it means the publisher is investing in that book.)
So nothing made me happier than to read about this pretty cool project someone in New York City is doing. It’s called the Reading Project. In a nutshell, this guy is leaving large stacks of books around high-traffic areas around NYC for people to enjoy. He leaves cards in the books with his email address so people who have picked up a book can email him and let him know what they thought. (You can read more about it in this article.)
What a great way to pass on the love of books and get people reading. I used to hang on to all my books because as a book lover how could I ever give any of them up? It was like sacrilege to get rid of a book. But over time (and the urge to purge), I started to pass on books to friends or donate them to libraries or non-profits. Now, I am a firm believer in sharing books I love—or even ones I don’t love because someone else just might. (Admittedly, there are some books I will never give up like my dog-eared copy of Charlotte’s Web or any of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s works.)
This reading project inspires me. It makes me want to give back in some way, to do something like this in my city. What do you think? Good idea?