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Buy a really good book and pass it on…

A task on my 101-in-1001 list reads: “Buy a really good book and pass it on to someone, so that he or she can pass it on when they have read it”.The most difficult part of this task was to find a book which I really wanted to give away. I have a lot of favourite readings, but most of them are rather narrow and are perhaps not suitable for a broader audience. However, after reading Flowers for Algernon, I felt that I had at least found the right book.

The second part involved writing some sort of preface and preparing the book. I laminated the cover with plastic cover and glued the preface to the first page. I also included a list towards the end of the book so that readers could sign their names after having read the book.

The third part was of course to give the book to someone. I decided to give it to Frida, because she seemed interested in the book after having read the review, and she wanted to read more in general. Hopefully, Flowers for Algernon will prove to be an enjoyable experience for her and others who will follow after her.

I expect that it will take a while to receive feedback on this task, but I am prepared to wait. I admit that I will be a bit disappointed if I do not get any at all, but the task is at least finished and now it is up to others how it will turn out.

Update: Here is the text I glued to the first page:


You hold this book in your hands because I wanted to find a novel that I really love and to give it away to someone with the instruction to read it, and then pass it on to someone else. It took a long time to find the perfect novel, but after having read Flowers for Algernon, no doubt remained. If you receive this book, the important thing is to pass it on, whether you yourself read it or not. Feel free to add your name to the list at the end of the book or to tell me what you think of the book by visiting my website (http://www.snigel.nu/?p=632), where you can find my review of the novel. I hope that you will enjoy this book as much as I did!

With hope of bringing joyful reading,

Olle Linge, July 26th, 2007


  1. Jocke’s avatar

    Hur löste du introduktionstexten i boken? Blir intressant att se om man någon gång snubblar över boken när den är ute och reser :)


  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Det tog ett tag att formulera, men jag har den tyvärr inte här. Jag hade tänkt komplettera det här inlägget med texten så snart jag har den (den är hos mina föräldrar).


  3. Martin’s avatar

    Jag ska ju göra samma grej och jag har din text här, så sparkar du på mig kan du få den av mig.


  4. Snigel’s avatar

    Jag har nu lagt in texten, tack Martin.