#16 Leave a book in a public place.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

Reading has always been a full sensory experience for me: from spying an interesting cover at the bookstore or library; to running my fingers across the edges of the pages; hearing the crack of the spine; and inhaling the “new book smell.” (I stop short of licking the pages.)

Although I finally came around to purchasing a Kindle for travel (lesson learned: shoving ten hardcover books into my backpack on a cross-country Europe trip – not a great idea), nothing quite does it for me like the real thing. Also, I still have no idea how to add books to my Kindle so rely on the kindness of friends to make it happen for me.

On my way to work today, I dropped by the bookstore to pick up a copy of one of my favourite summer reads, Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” Although Liz Gilbert is my true spirit animal, there’s something about Gretchen’s anal retentive, methodical approach to hunting down the secret sauce to happiness that appeals to the the A-type in me.


So, I stuck a note on it, crept into the employee lunch room (#kindnessninjastyles) plopped it on the table and dashed back to my cube.

When I returned to fill up my water bottle five minutes later, it was gone! I’m hoping someone having a particularly crappy Monday morning happened to stumble upon it.

Total Kindness Cost: $20

Have you ever found or left a book in a public place?



    • Such a simple one as well. I’m sure we all have books laying around we aren’t reading anymore. Thanks for commenting. šŸ™‚

  1. I love this idea! We have Free Little Libraries down in the States and I remember seeing one when I was last in Canada. (PS: I’m on “You Are a Badass” which is also inspiring but in a very different, chocolate cake vs creme brulee sort of way).

    • Are you talking about Jen Sincero? Because if so, I’m obsessed with her!

      I’ve never heard of these libraries – that’s so awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Just a quick note to tell you how much I am enjoying your new blog! Such a cool concept, and I find myself anxious to see each day what your act of kindness will be. With so much happening in the world, this is much needed!! šŸ‘šŸ‘

    • Hey, Christine! I’m so happy that you’re following and enjoying it. The news is absolutely overwhelming these days. It’s very cool that you look forward to reading these. Thanks for taking the time to leave your kind words! šŸ™‚

    • Dooooooo it! It’s a really simple read but I like how she approaches her project. I know some people find her annoying but a lot of the simple tips and tricks she outlines in there have stuck with me over the years.

    • Thanks. Love your username. My next one will be: FoodCoffeePizzaMe

  3. For Mothers’ Day, I bought my children’s Godmothers each a book of Mommy affirmation. Since all of us were anticipating moves in the next year, I inscribed a note on the inside cover, with a mission – they had up to a year to read it, and then had to pass it on to whomever they felt could use the book, whether it was a friend they know, or someone they see struggling through their day while out and about. Just a nice way to “pay it forward.” But, since the last thing we need are more books, I felt it was a nice way to go out and brighten someone’s day. The inscription is in there, generalized, so whomever receives the book keeps the same set of directions.

    This is another great idea – to take some books I may have read, and leave them with a little note for “a good home.”

    • That is such an amazing idea. Keeping that one in my back pocket for a future act of kindness!

      Thank you for sharing!

      P.S. I love inscriptions in books. My mom used to always inscribe books she got for me and I love reading them to this day.

    • I love the term “raises your vibrations.” šŸ™‚ Full disclaimer: I may need to leverage that!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. šŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been reading all your posts all morning and I’m loving them! I will do this! I might have my own twist to it, though. Thanks for this idea! I am still looking for a book and a good place to put it. šŸ™‚

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