Friday, April 13, 2012

I Rocked The Drop Again!

Yesterday was Teen Lit Day, and I joined up with Readergirlz to Rock The Drop and drop some awesome YA books around my community for people to find and keep.


I had three books to drop this year. I didn't have a chance to print out the Readergirlz official bookplates, but I wrote a note inside of each book and then stuck a little note on the outside so the finder would know it was free for them to take.


I dropped my first book while I was walking my dog in the morning. The local schools are on spring break, so I knew there would be lots of kids walking around my neighborhood during the day. I left the first book on this wall outside of my complex.


I walked the dog around the neighborhood and it was still there, but about an hour later I peeked out of my window and it was gone! Someone grabbed it! I was so happy...I just wish I would have seen who it was.

I left the second book at my very favorite place, my local 7-11. I propped it right up next to the Slurpee machine.

I was a little worried about this one...that people might think it was being sold at 7-11 or something and not pick it up. But it did have the sign and the note, so hopefully that would be enough to convince people.

My third drop found me at the exact same place I was last year on Teen Lit Day...my local Food Truck Fest!
You can't really tell, but I'm wearing my Peeta Has Croissants t-shirt

Last year I left a book on a truck, but this year it was so crowded and I didn't see how I was going to do that and snap a picture without being totally obvious. So, I just dropped it in one of the planters people use for seating and felt confident that it would be picked up in no time. (It just didn't make as cool a picture as the truck pic last year.)


I was right...this one was snatched up pretty quickly. But it was a grown woman and not a teen who picked it up. I was a little bummed...I wanted a young girl to get all excited about a free Sarah Dessen book! But actually this woman seemed just as excited about it as any teen would be. She kept looking at it and showing it to the younger guys she was with. And, who knows, maybe she has some teen girls at home to share it with. I won't begrudge anyone their Sarah Dessen. Lord knows I would be stoked if I found a copy of one of her books with a sign on it that said Take Me!

Claire snapped this picture of the woman, one of the many times she was staring all agog at the free book she found just sitting there by the planter. 

All in all, it was a successful day of Rocking the Drop! I really love this celebration of sharing the love of reading every year, and I'm already looking forward to participating again in 2013!

Did anyone else Rock The Drop yesterday?

28 comments:

  1. How awesome! Yes, I rocked the drop too, got my teen in on it, and FUN! Love your stories!

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    1. Oooh, great idea to get your teen in on it! I wish it happened when I wasn't on Spring Break...I'd love to get my students involved.

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    1. It really was! You should do it next year! :-)

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  3. So fun! And hey, I'd totally love to find a Sarah Dessen too, grown woman and all :)

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    1. I know, I would too! It would have been great for a teen to find it, but she was so excited about it I couldn't be bummed about that!

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  4. Awesome! If I went to get a Slurpee and found a free book, that would be the Best Day Ever. :)

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    1. I know, that would seriously make my day.

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  5. Amazing! :D And looks like you had a blast! Way to spread the book love, Jessica! :D
    I didn't do it but it's on my to-do-list for next year!

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    1. YES! You have to participate next year. It's so much fun!

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  6. Congrats on a successful day! Who WOULDN'T want a free Sarah Dessen book? :)

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  7. Aww, I kind of love the photo of that grown woman ogling her Sarah Dessen. She's in for such a treat! I had fun Rocking the Drop yesterday too. I plan to share my experience next week. :)

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    1. I love that my friend Claire snapped a pic! She's so sly like that. I can't wait to hear about your experience!

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  8. Oh wow! Looks like you had fun! :)

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    1. It was really fun. I wish I could have done more!

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  9. This is awesomeness! Good job!

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  10. Oh nice!!!! I dropped a copy of Love Is the Higher Law at a kids bball park, but it was after hours and pitch black out. Woopsies! Hopefully someone picked it up this morning.

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    1. Oooh, I hope it got snagged by someone! That's such an awesome book!

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  11. Yay for Rock The Drop! I dropped 3 books :)

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  12. Very cool!! I'm 33 and love Sarah Dessen so it works for me!! I talk to all the teen girls I meet about books, which is easy since I do senior portraits. It's always a fun conversation!

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    1. Oooh, that's such a great way to start conversations with them and get them comfortable with you!

      And, yeah, I'm pretty much Sarah Dessen's biggest fan. I know I'd be thrilled to chance upon one of her books.

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  13. I love all the fabulous pics, Jessica!!! And just think - you may have converted another adult woman over to YA! :)

    I had such a blast yesterday - and was even more excited when I passed by where I placed two of my books, and they were gone!
    Thanks so much for recommending this - what a great cause to support...and I'm definitely doing it next year!

    Happy Friday - and have a great weekend!

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    1. Oooh, how awesome that the books got snagged! That's such a great feeling!

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