Rescuing and Running with Books

I rescue books on the run and give them a home. I am a bibliophile.

Photo by Mario Klassen on Unsplash

I Cannot Live Without Books

“I cannot live without books and running.”

I love books so much that I rescue them from people’s curbside trash during my training runs. I have literally run home with books.

Books on the Run

My encounter with rescuing and collecting books abandoned on the side of the road and lawns began one summer day in 2008.

My collection of rescued Reader’s Digest books.

Please, No More Books

A couple of summers ago during another training run, my husband and I ran into a sign that read “free books.” Tons of free books covered a spacious lawn.

I have a hard time parting with books.

I still have my 1969 copy of Paul Gallico’s sentimental The Snow Goose, required reading in sixth grade. I have my 1965 paperback copy of Claude Brown’s Manchild in the Promised Land, required summer reading in seventh grade.

I, too, am a bibliophile.

The oldest book in my collection of rescued books is Chronicles of England, France, and Spain, published in 1880. I have The Works of Shakespeare: Comedies — the pictorial edition published in 1900.

I appreciate what it takes to write a book. And I love running with books!

Running with rescued books. Photo by Jon Gilbert

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