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Have you ever tried bookcrossing, and if so, what’s the best book you’ve left, or found, in this way? Bookcrossing is a way of spreading books by leaving them in public places (for example, a park bench) for someone else to pick up and enjoy. The idea has been around for 10 years now, and there’s a website where you can follow the progress of your book (you have to give each one a special code, that the finder then fills in on the site, so it can be tracked).

I think it’s a fabulous idea, but sadly I’ve never come across a book, just sitting there, waiting for me to take it home. Then again, I haven’t ever left one anywhere either; I always feel like people will think I’m just dumping my rubbish in public, not depositing a book in a kind of virtual library! At the end of the day, though, it’s a great way to find new books that you would never come across otherwise; maybe you could set up your own ‘mini-bookcross’ in class.

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