Okay, today’s post is going to sound a little weird, but I wanted to take a break from normal to talk about an idea that I had and I’m enjoying doing.
It’s not a new idea and I’m sure there are websites dedicated to it. The idea was a solution to a problem that I have around collecting books. I have too many and can’t keep moving them around. So I’ve decided to downsize on the books.
I’ll keep my favourites and ones that I’ll read again, but I need to decimate my collection. I could sell them on ebay – and I probably will – but some of them are pretty new and would interest friends of mine.
So I thought what I would do is randomly post a book to someone who I think would really enjoy it.
I’ll write my name and city I’m from plus the date in the front of the book. I’ll put a note on the book. And then I’ll send it to someone who’d enjoy it. The note says:
“Read this book, write your name in it and give it to someone else.”
It will be interesting to see if any of these books resurface in years to come with names and countries covering the inside front cover.
From a financial side, I justify doing this by knowing that I used to pay about $30 for a book in a store. I can now buy the book on amazon or ebay for $15. I can then spend the saved $15 on the postage to give the book a new life. Works out the same, but I don’t have to keep the book and someone gets given a cool present.
It’s kind of like when you agree to lend a book to someone knowing that you’ll probably never get it back…. but you’re okay with that. It’s just being more proactive.