If You Love Your Book, Set It Free

By Jason Boog Comment

Need to free up some space on your bookshelf? Share copies of your favorite books around the world at Book Crossing. Simply label your book and send it to a fellow Book Crossing member.

The site now counts 961,940 members sharing 8,201,799 books in 132 countries. As you can see by the Wishlist Stats, readers around the world are looking for three novelists in particular: Jodi Picoult, Terry Pratchett, Alexander McCall Smith, Janet Evanovich, and Stephenie Meyer.

A New York Times article about the project paraphrased the old adage: “if you love your books, let them go.” Below, we’ve listed the 10 most traveled books at Book Crossing–including the number of times it has been passed from reader to reader.

1. Der seltsame Bücherfreund / Hoffnung’s Constant Readers [BookRing] by Gerard Hoffnung. 562
2. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. 130
3. Mrs. Biddlebox by Linda Smith. 115
4. Apocalisse 23 by Michele Fabbri. 114
5. Kamasutra der Frösche. by Tomi Ungerer. 93
6. Skyring’s Convention Journal by As Many BookCrossing Friends As Possible!. 85
7. Bill Bryson’s African Diary by Bill Bryson. 76
8. Birthday Book by TheBloody. 74
9. Little Johnnie and the Naughty Boat People by Christopher Milne. 73
10. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl.