One of the things I love about communities like Goodreads is how it can bring together people across the world over a simple topic, the love of books – (yes, I’m a dork and gushing…lol). I have made many friends over the years on that website, many of whom I have never met in person (and likely never will) and yet, I feel like I know them. Over the last few years, one of the groups I’m part of (YA Rated MA) has been doing a fun event called the traveling book.
The premise is simple, a group member donates a book that they think other members would be interested in reading – normally maybe an ARC of a YA book soon to come, or a book not widely released in the US (since that is where the majority of our members are from) and the book then travels from member to member. At each stop, its read (well, duh) and members are encourages to write notes in the book, highlight passages that really struck home for them (shock, horror if you don’t like writing in books) and sign their name in the front cover and leave a quick note in the back about their overall opinion. Best of all, they each include a postcard from where they live, so when the person who originally donated the book gets it back, there is like a treasure trove of gifts.
Over the last few months, my book donation of Hate is such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub has been traveling around the various members of the group and on Saturday, it arrived back home (and yes, there might have been a slight happy dance when I saw it in the mail). Hate is Such A Strong Word is a book that my mom sent me from Australia, written by a Lebanese-Australian author. The story revolves about Sophie, a 12th grader who is in a cultural clash between her Lebanese family and the more modern society she is living in (or so I have gauged from the description, because I haven’t read it yet).
I’m looking forward to reading Hate is Such a Strong Word in the next few weeks and until then, I’m going to enjoy looking through all the different postcards that i got in the package.