A day and a night in the life of a book

Well at the weekend we had what was billed as quite the literary extravaganza; World Book Night and I was rather sad to miss the innaugural event, not for want of a desire to participate nor for lack of informaiton or opportunity, but simply because family life was too full, especially since I had my daughter with me that weekend.

Undaunted by this I decided to have my own personal Book Night last night, and to combine it with another of my passions, cycling.  Perhaps you have heard of Bookcrossing?  Well, my bicycle now proudly bears the bumper sticker "I brake for Wild Books"!.

By happenstance the other night I had picked out "The Woman and the Ape" by Peter Hoeg and co-authored by Barbara Haveland from my bookshelf when I was in want of something to read, only to discover that I had read it before, not only that but had started re-reading it once before too!!  So high time this particular volume was not on my bookshelf! and a good reason to "refresh" my membership of the bookcrossing fraternity.  As luck would have it I had already allocated this book it's serial number and applied the sticker to the front inside cover, so it was good to go.

And so was I, with a bundle of energy to expend I flew over London and enjoyed a night crossing of the Thames, a quick dash through Soho towards the NorthWest side of town, where I hit the bottom of Haverstock Hill and could not resist that temptation, proceeding to climb the hill with enthusiasm.  If you are local to London and that area you will know it was quite a climb and took me all the way up from Swiss Cottage to the top of Hampstead.... Where I arrived at Whitestone Pond and discovered my cycling legs were not quite those of the young man who thought nothing of dashing down to Brighton for an evening by bicycle!  Not only that, it was a clear night and my toes were really feeling the chill.

So there I left the book, and you can read what happened next here!

It was really astounding when I got the email notifying me the book had not only been picked up, but a note made to the internet.... Why?  Because in my past bookcrossing life I must have logged about seventy books and "dropped" or "placed" at least forty of those with very meagre results in terms of reportback the book was found or read, maybe two or three, but of those a couple somewhat contrived (since avid BookCrossers will gather in officially sanctioned pubs etc.)

So all in all a happy event.  Strange to tell, but I remember vividly just how glorious a day it was the next day, and althogh I had only been by the pond under cover of complete darkness in my minds eye I have a really clear memory of "seeing" that book where I left it on the bench awash with glorious sunshine!  I think the message here is - if you want to be a "successful" book crosser with feedback pick your place and pick your moment....