operation: book drop

This is a community project where I leave books in public spaces for others to enjoy and pass along.

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It started when I was living in Korea and found myself in a conversation about books. A few of us admitted to being book hoarders. However there was one person who did not admit to stockpiling, and he offered an unexpected explanation for his minimalism.

He said, “Well, we all know the simplified equation–a book is knowledge is power is money. When we keep them to ourselves, they’re not actively sharing the information they hold. Then according to that logic, shelved books are like uninvested capital. That’s the reason I don’t keep any around once I’m done reading them.”

It was quite a sobering thought, and ended up staying with me, prompting some introspection.

I thought about it and started Operation: Book Drop. I began leaving my books in public places, and my collection went from 500+ books to two rows on a bookshelf. Those first books have gone off into the world, undocumented. But…

If you have found one of my books, please leave a comment!

You can use the search bar to the right (or below, on mobile) to look for a particular title or author.

my name is memory by ann brashares
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares I dropped this book off at the busiest SunLink stop ever!.. I almost
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please look after mom by kyung-sook shin
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin I left this book on a bench at the University of Arizona main
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ape house by sara gruen
Ape House by Sara Gruen I left this book at the Incheon Airport at Gate 113. I bought it from
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the silver linings playbook by matthew quick
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick I bought this book for a book club. I didn’t really like it,
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the devil wears prada by lauren weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger I watched this movie before I ever bought the book. Because I enjoyed
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of human bondage by w. somerset maugham
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham This was a Christmas gift from my dear friend Bella*. In reading it,
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