I grew up in a house with few books around. My parents read the daily newspaper, but seldom, if ever read books. Books were considered expensive, and books took up space. There was a small collection of "Little Golden Books" and a cheap set of grocery store encyclopedias, but not a lot else around the house. I didn't spend time in a bookstore until I was a teenager.
My love of reading, really didn't set in until I was a young adult. Over the years it has blossomed. E-Books and a subway / train commute have vastly expanded my reading opportunities. I am on pace to average over one book per week again this year.
The little library movement has sprung up over the past few years, a simple place to pass along a book to the next reader. A great idea. In the highrise I live in there is a bookcase in the reading room off the lobby, an open book exchange. If you have a book you don't want to keep, drop it off, see something you like, take it with you. A couple of times a year, the inventory is balanced, sometimes excess books are taken away, other times empty shelves are filled by a volunteer. At this point I have left more than I have taken home, space is limited in the condo. An most of my books are in Kindle format. I am reading number 28 for this year.
Over the years I have left books on airplanes, and trains, in hotel lobbies, and restaurants. Most books I will only read once, time to pass them onto the next reader.
Have you left a book behind for the next reader?