A Lighthouse Book Goes Wild
I had never heard of Bookcrossing before, but love the way Allison describes it. It seems like such a serendipitous way to share books and follow the new path they take.
I learned that Bookcrossing allows readers to register any book they please and then leave it on a park bench, a café table or other places where a book can be found and appreciated by someone new.
I wanted to try sharing a book myself after seeing Allison's blog. I selected a lighthouse theme for my first try at Bookcrossing. It's by one of my favorite authors, Elinor DeWire, who writes about The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses.
I chose a bench in Zaunich Point Park, overlooking the San Juan Islands, to let this lighthouse book go wild.
Here's the view the book had while waiting for someone to find it:
A sharp, gusting wind almost tore the camera out of my hands. There's often a first-class wind at Zuanich Park for flying kites. It provided a great time for this kiteboarder who zipped by right in front of the bench where I'd left the book:
I braved the wind and kept a firm grip on my camera. Walking along the waterfront for another hour or so, I took in the sights. Loving lighthouses the way I do, I'm always on the lookout for their distinctive shape. I sometimes find them in surprising places.
Below is a picture of a lighthouse replica at the high point of my walk—I'm glad I continued on to this point before doubling back to check the book again.
Providing an inspiring view of Bellingham Bay, people can stay in this tower as part of the Hotel Bellwether:
It actually resembles the lighthouse on the cover of The Lightkeepers' Menagerie and so fit right in with the theme of the day.
I stay on the lookout for lighthouses of all kinds, since they have a special allure for me. They hold stories of faraway history we can still see and touch.
I enjoyed setting my book, Mystery Shores, on a lighthouse island along the Pacific Northwest coast. It gave me a wonderful excuse to delve into the romance and history of lighthouses as the mystery unfolds.
Starting out a steamboat heading to the wild Washington coast, my characters actually pass by the area where I released The Lightkeeper's Menagerie.
Now, I headed back after a long, sunny and interesting walk. I kept my eye out for the bench where I'd left the book. Would The Lightkeepers' Menagerie still be there?
I found the bench standing empty. Yes! Someone had picked up the book in a very short time. This wayfaring book had now started on a new adventure.
All in all, any day that combines books, lighthouses, a walk and a beautiful day by the water can be summed up this way:
A watercraft I saw at the marina on my walk (and, Incredible is for sale).
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I'll keep following the journey of The Lightkeepers' Menagerie—I hope those who "catch" the book will leave a note in the travel journal at Bookcrossing.com. If so, I'll update this blog and also let you know in my newsletter.