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6/1/2011: I was very active in Bookcrossing way back in the beginning, and I amassed quite a mountain of To-Be-Read books shared by generous Bookcrossers all over the world. Since then my life has changed dramatically: it now involves much more playing pattycake and changing diapers and much less leisure reading. Not only do I not have time to read all these books anymore; I don't even have space to store them all. My apologies to all the Bookcrossers who hoped that sending their books to me would at the very least mean they got read (hopefully in a timely fashion, with a thoughtful and insightful journal entry) and then passed along to another interested Bookcrosser in a controlled release. Instead they are all going on a much more exciting and risky journey: being released into the wild. If you love something, set it free!
Wild Releasing Highlights
(my wild releases stat is ALL wild releases!)
The last person to catch Hey, Girl found it at the hospital, and she said it is the only thing that has made her laugh out loud for months. Very sad... but nice job, little book! Way to show up in the perfect place at the perfect time. Another well-traveled book is the Curry Cookbook, which has had three wild catches! Bel Canto, another favorite, has been caught in the wild twice! My copy of Into the Forest traveled all the way to Costa Rica! Possessing the Secret of Joy was a Valentine's Day release. Another favorite release commemorates a trip to New York City. The sleeper hit of my bookshelf is The Nanny Diaries, caught many states away, many months after its first release. I released a dozen books on the Capitol Mall at the March for Women's Lives in 2004. White Oleander and The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road were caught at the march, and The Lovely Bones was caught in Georgia months later! The finder of Blasted Allegories couldn't have been happier to find this book, since he had been looking for it in bookstores for about a month! The person who caught my copy of Spending said she felt "like Alice in Wonderland" when she found this book. The person who caught this juicing book said he was "drawn to it like a laborador to water." I was happy to see my world music guide find such a perfect new home.
For a while I have been trying to get a picture of someone finding one of my books. Sometimes I get so close, and then the book just slips away! Or I watch people flirt with my books, but they don't seem ready to make a commitment. Other times it's purely a case of bad photography. Here's my funniest release location, complete with a little haiku to commemorate the release of this book of poems. This copy of Fearless Relationships is my most remote release. I could hardly decide where to release The War for the Oaks, since the story takes place in Minneapolis and many local landmarks are mentioned in the book. My all-time favorite release pic is this one of A Light in the Attic.
When people who haven't read much science fiction ask me what to read, these are the books I recommend. I can't claim that they are the best of the entire genre ('cuz there's alot I haven't read!)--they are just my favorites.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- Slow River by Nicola Griffith
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
2004: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
2005: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
2006: Flesh and Gold by Phyllis Gotlieb
A plug for my favorite book charity
The Women's Prison Book Project sends free books to women in prison all over the United States. They rely almost exclusively on donated new and used books.
"Of the more than two million people confined in U.S. prisons and jails, over 150,000 are women. Eighty percent of these women are there for non–violent crimes, such as shoplifting, prostitution, drug related convictions, and fraud. Of the women convicted of violent crimes, the vast majority were convicted for defending themselves or their children from abuse. More than 1/2 of all women in prison are women of color, and two–thirds of women in prison have at least one child under eighteen. Most of these mothers had primary custody of their children before going to prison."
Please visit their website for more info.
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