Monday, February 19, 2007
Book Circulation Day
In the month of September, 36 members of the Book Circulation group, of which I am a member, have their one meeting of the year. This group is one of the interest groups of the Faculty Women's Club of the local university. (My husband is a retired chemistry professor.) It's run by two convenors who, in the month or so before the meeting, choose and buy 2 copies of 18 books. Often Canadian bestsellers, often not. Some fiction, some not. We each pay $25 to cover the cost of the books and at the end of the year we have a draw and get to keep one. We get a list of the 18 people in our subgroup and the dates to exchange each book and every three weeks or so we pass the book on. Each time you pick up your book from the same person and another person picks up from you and it is arranged so that we live close to each other. So you get to read 18 books for the price of one and get to keep a book as well.
This is such an incredibly simple system I can't believe that other groups don't do something similar. It lends itself especially to book clubs, but I have never heard of another group like it. It has functioned superbly for years, members coming and going as they went on sabbatical or for whatever reason. Yes, it's true that not all the books you, yourself would choose to read but even if you only read half, to my mind, it's a very good deal.
So today is Book Circulation exchange day and someone is picking up, from under my front mat, Freakonomics, by Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner while I am picking up The Communist's Daughter, which I'll tell you about later. Heh, two books for one today!
I have decided my posts , on the whole, are a bit long, quite a bit too long. So I'm going to try to throw in a short one regularly so you don't all, my faithful readers, roll your eyes when you come to this site, saying what's she going on about now!