Wandering Books Set Free into the Wild (by me) 5


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I’ve read about 30 books so far on the trip.  After I read them, I put a note on the last page with me email address and ask whoever finds them to send me an email telling me where they found it and asking them to “release” it back to the wild when they are done.  Here is an email I got today:

“Dear Michael,

My name is Nini and I’m from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In April of this year I took a year off to go on a worldtrip.
You don’t know me at all, but we have something in common: we read the same book, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly… 🙂

The book was given to me by another traveller in a hostel in Buenos Aires, but because of all the travelling, I couldn’t find the time to sit down and read…
It accompanied me all the way through Argentina, across to Chile, and through the deserts and saltflats up to Sucre, Bolivia, where I finally had some time to read it!
And now, here in La Paz, I came to the end and read your message… 🙂

I’m afraid to say the book was not in very good condition when it got to me. The front cover was almost completely ripped off, and did not survive the trip to Bolivia. However, I still read it with great pleasure and was amazed by the story behind it! I thought about exchanging the book for another one, but I want to make sure that this book will continue it’s travels. I will therefore try to mend the cover with sellotape as best as I can, and give it to someone else who I think will enjoy reading it!

So far my update on the amazing journey of this travelling book! 🙂
I wish you all the best on your travels, and maybe, hopefully, this book will reach you again one day…..

Take care!

x Nini”


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

5 thoughts on “Wandering Books Set Free into the Wild (by me)

  • Scott

    Great story and a good idea. Wish I would have written a message in the many books that I left behind throughout the world.Scott Lauck

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