I’ve been reading a ton of books this summer and finally have the upper hand on my TBR list that extended into early last year. Some were finds in the library that got returned after the three week checkout. The others were mostly ARC’s or freebies sent my way. I also can’t resist purchasing at least one book a month. My local bookstore is only blocks away.
So what happens to books that don’t have a return date? No problem. I give the vast majority of them to local schools, libraries, and MG’ers in the neighborhood. I also keep a stack as giveaways for my upcoming blogging anniversary celebration. Details coming soon!
This summer I decided to have some fun with a different way to get books into other reader’s hands with my own MG Book Drop. I copied the original author’s MG book drop that occurred last July. This was where authors were encouraged to leave their own books in public place in hopes of finding unsuspecting readers. With none of my own books ready for that event I couldn’t participate. So now I made up my own rules.
Yesterday I took two books off the shelf and on my early morning walk (okay, more like the dog taking me for a walk), we hiked to the area activity hub. This is where you find a sand volleyball court, basketball hoops, picnic benches under a gazebo, and a swimming pool. At seven thirty in the morning the squirrels and rabbits outnumber any humans so it was the perfect time to drop the books.
One of the books was left on a bench in the middle of the area and the other on one of the picnic tables. I left a stamped self-addressed post card inside each book:
You’ve captured a free middle grade book for ages 8-12. It’s yours to keep or share.
As a writer and reviewer of MG books, my shelves have been rather full lately. Yes, I give many away to relatives, neighbors, and schools, but it’s fun to come up with new ways for books to find new homes.
All I ask is that you pop this postage paid postcard in the mail so I know the book is in good hands.
ALWAYS in the MIDDLE
By 3 p.m. that day the skies looked threatening so I went back to check on the books. They were both gone,. Yea! I hope the postcards get returned, but even if they don’t, I’m going to keep doing a weekly book drop throughout the summer. Happy Reading!