A few weeks ago I told of a plan to drop middle grade books around my community (Original Post Here). I inserted a postcard explaining why the book was left behind. I asked the lucky new owner of the book to mail the postage paid card so I would know the book was in good hands. I dropped two off that week, two more last week, and another two this week. I made the drops around 7:30 in the morning in places where families and kids would show up as the day progressed.

I’m happy to report I’ve received four postcard confirmations so far. Each new reader responded with a short message:

“Thanks for the awesome book. My sister is jellus, Austin.”  (Note: I kept his spelling as is.)

“I’m a Grandma but my grandchildren are visiting next week and are all in the 8-12 age range. Thanks so much.”

“My daughter found the book and brightened our day. She even started reading it at the pool.”

“Wow, that was cool and unexpected. Hugs, Rachel.”

It’s time to scout some new locations. I plan to continue this for another 4-5 weeks until the start of school pulls everyone’s attention away.

Don’t worry if you feel left out. I’ll be dropping some books and more on a few of my blog readers in a contest next month. No postcards involved in this one.

Have a super weekend.



About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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  1. That is so cool that they found their way into the right hands and are appreciated. I love the comment “that it brightened our day.”

  2. sbbelford says:

    I’m jelllus of yur idea and so glad books are being read! One quick question about the postage on those postcards. Did you attach stamps or buy postcards with the postage on them? The skeptic in the Chicago me is seeing homeless people scouting out books to steal the stamps from the postcards!

    • They were all stamped. I hadn’t even thought of the possibilities of a stamp being lifted. This isn’t a typical area for homeless or anyone else scrounging for 35 cent stamps. Of course the story would be different just 15 miles south of here in the downtown area. It’s all about location! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Nicely done, Greg. I think this is a super idea. I think I will try this one of these days.

  4. Okay, I NEED to try this! Jellus… lol.

  5. Really pleased to hear that you got some postcards back. High five.

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