My first and longest-lasting addiction was, and continues to be, books. I can’t get enough of them. Just take all those YA novels and comedy memoirs and hand them over, thank you very much.

Sure, you could go to a library. Libraries are awesome. I love libraries. (I miss this particular library immensely.) And, yah, maybe there’s a library just down the street from you…but maybe one time when you walked past the library a man dropped trou in front of you to pee on the side of said library so maybe you’re not super keen to head back there for all your book-reading needs.

Luckily, my pal Peady sent me this message where in she yelled at me (in all caps, no less) to “GO TO THE BOOK THING!!!!”Book Thing

And so I did.

And it was good.


The Book Thing is a place unlike any other. At The Book Thing you can enter with an empty heart and leave with armloads of free books. Unlike the library (I do love libraries, I swear!), you get to keep these books forever if you’d like!


The space itself is shockingly clean and well-organized. I’ve got to admit though, one of the charms of a used bookstore for me are the piles and piles of books to sort through.

My favourite bookstore The Owl’s Nest in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a veritable maze of previously enjoyed reading material. That sort of labyrinthine setup is what I was expecting at The Book Thing but it seems that their team of dedicated volunteers keep everything in ship shape for its loyal patrons.

Perhaps it’s because a fire put the shop out of commission for a while…


It was great to see so many happy readers loading up their tote bags with new-to-them books.

They only ask that you don’t return previously read books back to The Book Thing. Instead, pass them on to a neighbour or friend!


On my first visit I walked away with two poetry books, a book about antiques from 1944 (!) and a couple of new novels.

I can’t wait to go back but, in the meantime, I’ve got some reading to do!



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