Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book lovers unite!

All of us who love books have had to deal with overloaded bookshelves from time to time (or in my case: all the time). I keep hearing from the e-reader crowd, who say that electronic is the way to go. But I'm old fashioned. I love the feel, the smell, of paper books. And now I've found a great way to share the love.

There is a project called Operation Paperback. They supply novels to our troops serving overseas. These men and women are in places where it is obviously hard to find the latest book, or even a good book. I found out about it yesterday and signed up. It's really neat. You basically key in which genres you have on your shelf. The website generates the contact information for a service member who has specifically asked for those types of books. You package them up and send them via media mail.

Right now, I have three packages on the dining room table, ready to go out to service members. They contain novels that I never would have parted with otherwise. I've sure enjoyed them. But it feels good knowing these books are going to go to people who will enjoy them, readers who need the kind of pick-me-up that you get from sinking into a great story.

So if you get a chance, check out Operation Paperback. I'm sure glad I did.


Stephsco said...

I like this idea, especially given that time was taken to ask about genre. Thank you for sharing!

Sharon said...

yeah! I have two cousins in the Marines and the soliers really appreciate books and other writing supplies. I am running a monthly contest on my blog that gives the winner lots of books and swag *and I send a book and supplies to a soldier in their name. I will be using Operation Paperback to do this.

Just Another Face said...

This is awesome! makes me want to go to garage sales and buy up books to send!!!!