"The most celebrated message ever sent concerned a young sailor in 1784, Chunosuke Matsuyama, who was stranded on a coral reef, devoid of food and water after his boat was shipwrecked. Before his death, he carved the account of what had happened on a piece of wood, then sealed the message in a bottle. In 1935, 150 years after it had been set afloat, it washed up in the small seaside village in Japan where Matsuyama had been born."
~ Nicholas Sparks "Message in a Bottle" a novel, page 2
I picked up this book on the way to the park on Saturday, and read it straight through from Saturday afternoon to Saturday night. It was a pretty satisfying read, and since it was a paperback, I decided to check out a website that had been mentioned by some of my book club friends in the BooksAMonth yahoo group -- www.BookCrossing.com.
I registered this book on BookCrossing, then I "released it into the wild". The idea is that you pass the book along to someone else, or you leave it in a waiting room, or at a coffee shop, for someone else to pick up and enjoy. The new reader visits BookCrossing.com, and adds a quick journal entry, which I can track, and then the new reader releases the book again. Just imagine, books traveling across the city, the state, the country and the world, all because we decided to share. Isn't that inspiring? (awwww!)
So anyway, check out BookCrossing.com -- my ID there is pileofphrases -- and think very seriously about releasing some of your books into the wild so someone else can . . .
. . .read something profound!