I have a pretty robust personal library. At one point, when I was still keeping a list of books I own, I had close to 200 books. About a year ago, I decided I’m ready to pare down my book collection. As much as I love all my books, I no longer have the time or the space for them. Before kids, I used to read and reread my books. For a while after having kids, I was in a serious reading drought. I have my nose in a book almost everyday again but the way I consume my reading material is so different now. As much as I love reading an actual book in my hands, I usually read on my kindle app because it’s more convenient. Also, being limited on time, I don’t see myself reading the same books again, unless it’s Pride and Prejudice or the Fountainhead or Anna Karenina.
I didn’t want to just donate my books to goodwill (because it feels like I’m putting my books in a blackhole) or the public library (because they tend to keep newer stuff and sell their older stuff). A solution came to me earlier this year when I came across a Free Little Library. So this is what I’m doing — I’m going to put a few of my books into all the FLLs around my neighborhood. Then I’ll keep some books in my car so that when I come across any FLL outside of my neighborhood, I can drop them off. I stamped the inside of the book with this website so maybe people who come across my books can leave me a comment here or tag me on Instagram. I’m excited to see where my books are and how far they traveled.
I made my first book drop today with my little helper. I dropped off five Patricia Cornwell novels – two paperback and three hardcovers. I’ll keep posting on Instagram whenever I visit a FLL. Happy reading!