December 20, 2005
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A VSTB in New Zealand
There's a VSTB* wandering New Zealand now. Follow the adventures of
Kiwi Ballycumber, who is travelling the country and keeping a photo album of all the
sights encountered. What a wonderful way to armchair travel — and to whet our appetite for the
New Zealand BookCrossing Convention in February 2006.
*Very Special Travelling Book
Take a Walk in Book-Loving Salcey Forest
Salcey Forest, aside from being a lovely spot, has the unique distinction of being the only forest we know of with
two BookCrossing Zones tucked amongst the trees. And now the Forestry Commission have mentioned BookCrossing
on their website, complete with a link to the SalceyForest
bookshelf (managed by Weebly). A second cafe in a forest Near
Ayslebury will be opening soon, which will be maintained by Katybean.
The forest rangers report finding books on the paths released after previous meetups and carefully leave them there for others to find.
for the website. Our link is on the right-hand bar.
On The Radio And In The News
It's hard keeping up with
all the mentions of BookCrossing in the Media these days. For instance, we know for a fact that co-founder Heather Pedersen has
been interviewed by several radio stations, including WPSU, the National Public Radio affiliate station in Central PA.
Bookcrosser LyekkaMarengo was also interviewed for the
spot which can be found on the station website after December 16.
Penelopita was also interviewed on
French National Radio.
If the written word is more your style, there's a nice article online about a grant received by a BookCrossing
teacher to help get her students involved with spreading books in the community. Click
here for details.
Or if you'd like, an article at haaretz.com
BCUK Unconvention Website Now Live
Want news about the BCUK Unconvention? A website devoted to it is now up and running:
www.bcukunconvention.co.uk. Here you can find all related information
for UnCon06 — including the current list of attendees and, when finalized, the agenda for the weekend. Information
on local hotels, a message board and lots of other valuable information is there, so be sure to visit! The BCUK Unconvention
is in Birmingham, June 30 through July 2, 2006.
Special offer! Fly with a friend!
Now through the end of the year, purchase any gift certificate
from our Supply Store and get a month's worth of wings for yourself and the recipient of your choice! To take advantage of this
offer, make sure you indicate the accurate screen name of the person you want winged in addition to yourself in the comments section of
the order form. Just our way of helping you wing your way into the new year!
BC GATHERING 101
Creating Fulfulling BC Gatherings: Tips for Every BCer
Many BookCrossers have attended a BC gathering and once they do, they make one of two choices: either come back for more fun, or never
return again. Here are some practical tips for every BCer when attending a gathering:...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1830]
MA’AM - CAN I TURN THIS ONE IN?
BookCrossing.com Scarecrow is a hit!
by Holly (kz4ufo)
The amazing thing about releasing children’s books is getting to watch the spark of interest in a child’s eye and hearing their comments....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2084]
100TH BOOK RELEASE
Granville TAFE OBCZ Celebrates the Release of 100 Books
by Julie Ford (jford22)
TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute, Granville College has an OBCZ where books have been released for students and staff for the past year....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2093]
CROSSING DOWN THE ISLAND
From northeastern Scotland to south of London...how I ended up on a BookCrossing-a-licious trip
by Linda Raven Moore (WhiteRaven13)
It started with a suitcase in which nestled several promised books and a package of BookCrossing postcards. It ended up being a BookCrossing
frolic down the length of Great Britain. ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2097]
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BOOKCROSSING!
2005 will soon be a memory, and before Father Time goes to bed in the first time zone where there's a BookCrosser, we wanted to wish you a Very Happy New Year from Ron, Heather, and
Bruce, the Volunteer Support Team, and all of us on the Newsletter Team....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2117]
CALL FOR WRITERS
Want to write for BookCrossing? If your article is accepted, you could see it featured here in the next newsletter. What topics do we need? Anything about books,
reading, or BookCrossing — tutorials, release and catch stories, well-traveled book stories, funny BookCrossing experience stories — you get the idea. Write it up, then submit it here:
Top 10 Countries All-Time
| USA|| 194,052 (45%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 40,049 (9%)|
| CANADA|| 30,603 (7%)|
| GERMANY|| 28,155 (7%)|
| SPAIN|| 21,003 (5%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 19,159 (4%)|
| ITALY|| 14,195 (3%)|
| FRANCE|| 7,850 (2%)|
| PORTUGAL|| 6,044 (1%)|
| NETHERLANDS|| 6,044 (1%)|
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| USA|| 653 (38%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 149 (9%)|
| SPAIN|| 125 (7%)|
| GERMANY|| 108 (6%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 85 (5%)|
| CANADA|| 76 (4%)|
| FRANCE|| 54 (3%)|
| INDIA|| 34 (2%)|
| ITALY|| 32 (2%)|
| NETHERLANDS|| 26 (2%)|
Wild books released by our members are being caught all over the world, every day! Our site watch forum is where members post news of great
wild book catches. Here are some of the best from the last few days...
"fun and imaginative" - nice catch for JanTigger - a year later!
[I wonder if the book's been
hanging out at the bagel shop all this time (or possibly has been read and returned without comment several times), or if
the finder just didn't get around to journaling until now...]
I just got notified that a book I released for "Cody's Release" in April of 2004, has just been journeled (Atlantic Encounter:
A Novel of World War 2 at Sea)
International catch, from the Netherlands to Germany to Canada!
Hurray, AND a new member!
I haven't been wild releasing lately, so am very very VERY pleased with this catch. Thanks, celestine-luven!
What a nice catch of a great book!
Have not read a book in 14 years...
This is my most recent catch...
That is, someone caught my book...
Please read on...
THE TREE HOUSE MYSTERY
Author: Carol Beach York
"Monday, December 12, 2005
Sorry about the delay…. I originally found The Tree House Mystery several months ago but
I just found it again. The book got mixed up with my daughter’s books and I thought it was lost. I found it yesterday
and plan on passing it on tomorrow.
I'm a 31 year old male, married with a one year old daughter.
found my book when I was making a routine stop at my bank. I had to make a deposit in the over night deposit box and
there it was. It was resting on the handle and I had to move it to open the drawer. I was curious and I noticed
the note on the cover. I was thinking of leaving it for the next person but I felt compelled to take it. There was a car
waiting behind me so I had to make a quick decision. I was almost nervous. I have no idea why.
I took the book home and
read it the next day. That was the first book I've read since the 11th grade when we had to read To Kill a Mocking Bird.
My reading usually consists of SI, Maxim, FHM, Baseball America and the Plain Dealer Sports page. I would be the last person
to visit www.bookcrossings.com but here I am." CAUGHT IN BRUNSWICK OHIO USA
My RABCK flies over the oceans…
…already the Atlantic and the Pacific and finally(?) the Indian:
Some BXers may be used to this sort of thing, but I'm chuffed right out!
New member from a seasonal release
I felt like I had found a prize!
Carmel to Oz in one step. Woot!
How newspaper articles make hunters out of normal people...
Caught in a
Chocolaterie in a small street at the city hall in Heidelberg. Was somewhere near the newspapers. I decided to hunt the
book after reading an article on Bookcrossing and found out its whereabouts.
Since I am a real fan in reading books
and had something to do in the city of Heidelberg I gave it a try to search for it.
Read that this book was released
three weeks ago and didn't even have hopes that it might still be there- but it was!
I think I'm going to read this
book and release it again afterwards. Maybe I'll put it into an empty locker at the main station or so.
No news from #500 but #501 has already checked in!
I released book #501 yesterday morning and by afternoon it had already been caught and journaled! Hooray! I don't think
I've ever had any caught so quickly.
Never give up hope.....long lost book found. ;-)
AF horrified by children's classic
This is one of Wolfboy's wild releases, his very first wild-caught book! However, the finder was not at all pleased with
Little Red Riding Hood...
SHE'S STOKED? Nothing compared to me!
After a long, loooong dry spell of NO journal entries, got one for an Elizabeth Berg (7 months after releasing it), the
wonderful one from the guy who found the Kipling stories, and now this: .... all in one week! I tell you, I am FULL
of the Christmas spirit right now.
(edited to correct journal entry link)
Fastest catch ever...
...for me, anyway. No sooner did I make the release note than did I get the journal entry notification.
SSM 31 Ring Out The Old; Welcome The New on December 31
away the old year passes. Hail the new, with our SSM 31 (and yes, we grant dispensation for it to be on Saturday again). Take a
moment to celebrate the positive, the hopes for this world we all share. Cast your book to the BookCrossing Fates at a place that
celebrates the freshness and new start a new year offers, kind of like making a wish on birthday candles. It can be a quiet park
bench at a moonlit lake, a New Year's Celebration or even Times Square! Choose your book to reflect your hopes for the coming year.
Then close your eyes tight, make a wish and set your book free.
Please accept our wishes of the season and a
heartfelt wish for peace on earth, good books to all. See you in 2006!
If you need a hint to help you
know what to do for the SSM, click here. Wings go to BOOKWORMINUSALL and a BookCrosser
who wishes to remain anonymous for the idea for this SSM and to Wyando
and Solittletime for coming up with the
logo for you to use for SSMs.
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