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Adventure-ing: Random Acts of Kindness

I’ve been trying to come up with fun projects that make other people happy and it’s hard! It’s hard because so often it requires me to have an excess in funds and/or time. Both things I am currently struggling with (did you KNOW that I have not even seen HP7 yet?! You should totally be appalled.). I actually was supposed to run through this project three weeks ago. But one thing lead to another, and I spent all weekend on the couch, leaking from my face, and kindness to strangers got put on the back burner. Thankfully it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m thinking some kind gestures go quite well will this time of year.

So Saturday afternoon I braved the downtown pre-holiday madness to stuff some lovely notes into ten of my favorite books. Two notes per title. I always got a kick out of the people who said they found postcards inside the post secret books they bought. I have two of those books but I always bought them off amazon, so I never got to partake. But now, there are 20 notes floating around a bookstore in San Francisco waiting to be discovered. I’ll never know who finds them, I’ll never know if they fall out or if someone from the store sees me on the security cameras and then runs behind me and takes them all out of the books, but I hope not! It’s just kind of fun to know that maybe I made somebody smile while they were reading Pride and Prejudice for their Junior Year english class and hating every minute of it.

I didn’t put my blog URL or even my name on the notes, just happy words and letting them know they were reading one of my favorites. But if you do happen to find one, let me know, cuz that would be kind of fabulous.

The list of books I folded notes into are:

Jane Eyre, Bronte
Oryx & Crake, Atwood
A Year of Magical Thinking, Didion (nonfiction)
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston
Pride and Prejudice, Austen
Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Hardy
Cat’s Eye, Atwood
The Time Travelers Wife, Niffenegger
Who Will Run The Frog Hospital, Moore
Blood, Tin, Straw, Olds (poetry)

15 Comments

  1. I LOVE this. I love finding things in books, even a bookmark or errant grocery list!

    That’s why I buy used books, it’s SO much more fun to have a book someone else read and to share that experience with them…
    Yay for you!

  2. I love this too! Kinda makes me wish I lived in San Francisco… finding a happy note in a book would make my day– if not my year.

  3. What a great idea! How excited are the folks that find them are going to be!

  4. That is awesome! A Year of Magical Thinking and Tess of the D’Urbervilles are also two of my favorites!

    • There is going to be an exciting book-related post …. actually TWO book related posts now that I think about it …. on the blog very very soon. Possibly one this week and one next week. SO STAY TUNED BOOK LOVERS!!

  5. Wow so based on your list, which is obviously awesome because theyre YOUR faves ;-), I really need to broaden my book selection & go outside of all my uber cheesy chick-lit that fills my shelf at the moment! And stat, so I can participate in the aforementioned near future book blogs. That is all :)

    • hahaha but i’ve also read ALL of twilight. :) I love to be entertained and moved and challenged. all of it!

  6. I love this. And also your taste in literature.

    ::inspiration strikes:: ::dashes off to take advantage of it::

  7. This is SO Wonderful! I totally leave random notes places–like in the mailbox of a farm whose barn had an Obama mural in a very conservative area.

    You’re wonderful.

    • you know that’s a federal offense right. *mock severity*

      haha but srsly. that’s a really sweet thing to do.

      ALSO I love your list of books Lauren! several I still need to read. but I object to the idea that any teenage girl could loathe to read P&P. might be my favorite book ever.

      • The risk of being questionned was kind of thrilling, i’m not gonna lie. :)

  8. I love this. I once found a note on my bike that said “Maybe it’s time to forget about it and just party!” It made me happy for like a week. I’m pretty sure I still have that little note in a shoe box full of other happy memories.

  9. I am in my car, driving to SF, planning to enter every bookstore so I can find all those books and have those cute notes. Ok maybe I’m just doing that in my mind, but I totally love everything about your note giving.

  10. When I worked in a book store and saw people being shady and/or leaving things in books, I would have to follow behind them and check what it was. If it was nice, it would stay there (even the managers whose job it was to tell us to remove everything pretended not to see us leave the nice ones); if it was not nice or productive (grocery store receipts that they were using to mark the page as they read in-store, for example… sorry, Alyssa!), if would have to be removed. I always loved that people did that, and hoped that the person who bought the book appreciated it!

    When I was little there was this house sort of near us that would *cover* their yard in Christmas lights for all of December, draping them from tree to tree, like you see moss dripping from trees in forests in the movies. (This was in the Midwest, where there are lots of trees.) We called it Fairyland and begged Mom and Dad to drive by it every time we were out. My parents always left a note and a $20 bill to cover the elevated electric bill in the mailbox, and one time the homeowner caught us leaving the note and told us that they got lots of notes every year, and they loved it!

  11. I thought you might be interested to hear about a note I found in a book – even though it wasn’t particularly inspiring in itself.
    My friend (let’s call her Elisabeth) was having a pretty tough time last Christmas due to her little boy being ill, and I wanted to buy her a book that would cheer her up. I wandered around a second-hand bookshop near where I live and found an AA Milne book which I was idly perusing. There were two copies and one of them had at the back a tiny little slip in neat handwriting: “To Elisabeth, from The House. Christmas 1925″. My heart gave a little jolt. It was her name with the exact same spelling and 86 years ago. Needless to say I bought the book and loved the fact that not only these wishes, from a house years ago, touched her, but that it had been one of her favourite books when she was a child.
    Also, do you know about this? http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/dec/01/edinburgh-book-sculptures
    Keep up the adventuring!

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