My goal 39 - wild-releasing books via BookCrossing - has two parts to it. One part of it is to wild-release 101 books. Simple enough. However, one of those books has to be of sentimental value to me.
I haven't yet released a book that's particularly special to me, but I have now chosen it: On Pilgrimage by Jennifer Lash, a book that my godmother gave me a couple of years before she died, when I was preparing to make my own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It seems a particularly apt choice for the following reasons:
1. It isn't of itself a book I'd choose to hang on to. I'm glad to have read it, but I won't want to re-read it.
2. It's a book about travelling. I particularly enjoy sending books that are about travelling off on their own journeys.
3. My godmother would have approved of my not keeping things just for the sake of keeping things. I have many other things by which to remember her.
4. She would also have approved of the concept of BookCrossing, the elements of chance, faith, and random acts of kindness that drive it.
I will give the book the best possible chance I can - my current thinking is that I'll leave it in a church, where the odds of it being picked up by someone who's interested in pilgrimage are a fair bit higher. Next weekend might be a good choice. But I'll keep you posted.
In the mean time, here's the book's profile.