Bookcrossing, Take One

Dearest Readers,

Usually, when I start a blog – I spend so much time trying to work out how to introduce it that I get lost in the complexities of all the things I might need to explain.

It’s just a blog, for crying out loud.

I’m here to tell you about the things I did today.

There was just one main mission – get to the Melbourne CBD Bookcrossing Meet at 11am. I didn’t really know what to expect, but after three people PMed me on the bookcrossing website about it, I felt compelled to at least give it a go.

Bookcrossing is something I’ve been trying to ‘do’ for years now, (Since 2009) but out here, it’s been my first real chance to get to grips with it.

There’s an amazing place in Mebourne Central, and if you haven’t checked it out you REALLY need to. It’s called the Little Library and it is home to so many books that are clearly on a journey from one place to another. I’ve been at least once a week since I got back to Melbourne and every time I either find something new, or something I missed last time I looked.

It is well worth a look, with different titles dropping in almost constantly there will be something you didn’t know you were looking for. Recently, I discovered The Awakening, by Bevan McGuiness . I used to think I was really picky about books but I just like weird books. Fantasy/SciFi or generally things that make you think.

Anyway. Whilst I was on my way to a BookCrossing meet across the CBD, I not only met a random stranger on the tram (who I intended to visit the Cat Cafe with!) but I also feel that I managed to make some very interesting new acquaintances. We talked, mostly about where I’d been and what I do and my BookCrossing history, but it was so nice to be around other people who took an interest in books, and not just that – but setting them free into the wild to be read by others.

When I came away from the little meeting I felt like I had a renewed love for the idea of BookCrossing. I’d love to see it grow in popularity. The concept is fantastic, and the joy of having a book you realised ‘caught’ and documented by someone else is an exciting feeling!

The list of things I want to do threatens to increase every day, but BookCrossing is definitely one of those things I feel committed to.

Yours bookishly,

Ollie.

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