If you've never heard of Bookcrossing.com, here is the deal: You register a book in the system, and then get a number for the book, which you write on it somewhere. Then you "release the book into the wild" for someone else to "catch", read, and hopefully enjoy. Or at least register and re-release.
I love the concept of Bookcrossing.com very, very much. I've never actually "caught" a book until just recently, but the way I caught it was to find it among piles of forgotten stuff that was getting discarded as I helped a friend move. He actually thought I had given him the book. I hadn't, but I recognized the Bookcrossing writing on it, so I took it and registered its "capture", and plan to read it in the future.
The thing is, I think what happened with my friend is what happens to a lot of books released into the Bookcrossing wild. The people who pick up the books either don't know what Bookcrossing.com is, don't bother to look it up, forget about it, etc. The concept of letting books free and seeing who's hands they end up in is so awesome, but it seems to fall flat more often than not.
I don't know what to do about that, except continue to keep my eye out for Bookcrossing books so that I can give them the proper retrieval they deserve. But it has kept me from actually releasing any myself. I know I'd be constantly checking to see if anyone had re-registered it, and I would get terribly disappointed if no one did. And it's pretty likely no one would, given the number of people who aren't aware of Bookcrossing.com and aren't inclined to check it out even if they do find a book.
I don't know. I'm not sure if this post was going anywhere, I just felt the need to say that.
But yes. The Bookcrossing.com book I "caught" is called Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle, it's a "coffeehouse mystery", and it was originally left at the Starbucks where my friend works. It's a THEMED RELEASE. I think that's fantastic! *sigh* I love people. And the Internet.