2013 Filipino Friday (3): The Pinoy Book Drop


I am writing this Filipino Friday post on a Saturday. Yes, I believe in the saying, “Better late than later never.” πŸ˜€

For this week’s Filipino Friday topic:

Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? If yes:
– Β First, kindly detail all the books that you have dropped, and where and when you dropped them.
– Next: tell us all about your experience. How did you feel before and after you dropped the books? How did you choose the places where you dropped them? Did you check back and see if the books were still there? Do you have any idea who might have found them?

If no:
– Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

If you’ve been following this blog, you will know right away my answer to this week’s question. I have been so excited about The Pinoy Book Drop that I’ve already prepared and blogged about it before Friday haha! πŸ˜€

So, to answer the first question: yes, I have excitedly participated in The Pinoy Book Drop! I have chosen four books to drop, and selecting which ones to include in this activity was fairly easy. There are a lot of unread books on my shelf which, in my heart of hearts, I know I won’t ever read in my lifetime. What better way to make use of them than to pass them on to someone else? Who knows, I might be able to make a reader out of someone who picks them up.

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books to drop and plates all printed out! πŸ™‚

I am not very sentimental about my books nor am I emotionally attached to them. Letting them go is not a struggle. It helps that almost all of my books are from second-hand bookstores, which came cheap, so I have no qualms about giving them away. With the exception of course of a handful of favorites (i.e. Anne of Green Gables collection, Francine Rivers books, Frank Peretti’s) and those that were given to me as presents.

So, my first book drop happened on Tuesday, October 22, at about 5:30 in the afternoon. I left a sci-fi novel inside the campus, but guess where exactly? πŸ˜‰

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How did I feel before I dropped it? Excitedly anxious. The restroom I went into (yes, I dropped a book inside a restroom haha) was thankfully empty but still I hurriedly took a pic of the book I left because I was afraid somebody might catch me and it would be awkward for professor to explain why she did what she did, right? Heee. I wasn’t able to check back whether the book’s still there, but hopefully some student got it and took care of it.

I planned to drop another book (Jane Hamilton’s A Map of the World) inside a restaurant where some friends and I had dinner that evening but decided against it at the last minute. Call it book-lover’s gut feel, but I thought my book did not belong there that time. πŸ˜‰

My second book drop happened last night at about 7:30 in the evening on a chair inside KFC at SM City-Iloilo:

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Now, dropping this one was easy. I simply snapped a photo while all the way looking as if I was simply texting or tinkering with my phone. When we left, I pushed the chair towards the table so it wouldn’t be easy to spot and risk myself being called back for (accidentally) leaving my book behind. I hope some customer finds it (the book seems interesting, but this is different from the Expendables movie) or maybe a member of the crew.

I still have two more books left to drop which I’ll try to do next week. I don’t get out of the house often except to go to the office which is only 100-200 meters away so my chances of leaving a book in a public place are slim. even though this week’s activity is all done, I am still excited to drop books whenever I get the chance because aside from the book-worthy cause, I can also clear some space on my shelf. Yay! πŸ™‚

See you next Friday for the last Filipino Friday post! (Wow, how time flies.)


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