The most fun thing happened to me the other day. I was out walking Newton in the park close to our house and I spotted a plastic bag on one of the picnic tables. It looked like someone had left something there so I went over to see what it was. It was a plastic baggie - and inside was the book "Ramona Quimby, Age 8". It was a book registered with the website bookcrossing.com!
Basically the idea is to register books with a unique Book ID #, then release them "into the wild" as they call it, and then follow the book on it's journey, reading little journal entries along the way by the people that read it and place it somewhere else. Such a cute idea! My book was registered by Kira, from Mrs. Schatz' class in Olds, Alberta, Canada. It looks like I'm the first reader! I have no idea how it got from Alberta, Canada to a little picnic table around the corner from my house!
So over the past few days I've reread the book (I read it a million times when I was younger) and now I'm planning on where I should let it go. I'm thinking somewhere that maybe a high-school aged kid would find it, because maybe they also have great memories about Ramona Quimby -- but what if I get a high school kid that doesn't want to take the time to log the book and rerelease it? I think I'll leave it at the local Jamba Juice or Starbucks next time I'm there.
The website also has a cool "hunting" feature where you can locate books near you that have been released into the wild - so you can go and hunt for it and try to snag your own book to read and release. According to the hunting page, there are over 13,000 books in the US alone that have been released in the last 30 days and not yet been caught!
You can also register your own books you have sitting on your shelf, giving them a unique Book ID number and then releasing them into the wild. What a great idea for books you have sitting around collecting dust!