January 2009: 2007 and 2008 have been quiet years as far as Bookcrossing was concerned (not so quiet in other areas of my life). But now that a new year has started I am determined to get going again.
This is what I wrote when I discovered Bookcrossing and started to fill my shelf. It's still true so I won't delete it:
I've got shelves filled with English and Dutch books, Bookcrossing has made me wonder if I really am as attached to them as I have always thought to be. Letting go is not easy, but the karma is slowly getting hold of me and my bookcrossing experience is starting to take shape. There are some books that are not likely to leave my collection, like my complete series of Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. However, there are also many books that I have enjoyed, but will not likely ever touch, let alone read, again. I really like the idea of sharing these books with others, and it is also a great way to discover books that you might never have come across otherwise.
So far I have sent books as a RABCK to Portugal, the UK, Brasil, and Australia, traded with bookcrossers in the UK, Ireland, and Canada, had a few successful hunts (thanks to the release alerts) and I have joined several book rays/rings*. And then there was the pleasant surprise of seeing wings around my name! The wings have faded and disappeared but still a big thank you to Pluisje for them! As it turned out she was also responsible for my second pair of wings that I discovered on 19/12/2004.
I have sent out the following books as rings or rays. Please PM me if you would like to join.
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon
My bookshelf will probably be always under construction. I still have a whole box of old pocket books that I am planning to read, register and release. PM me if you are interested in one of the available books, perhaps something can be arranged (there are limits to the postage I am willing to pay, but these limits can of course be stretched by an interesting trade)
* To keep track of the rays and rings I have joined I will list them here:
Girl with a Pearl Earring started by sistert and continued by Charly83 <-- arrived 14-02-2009, finished
A Prayer for Owen Meany started by booklady331 and continued by mrsboknows <-- arrived 18-02-2009, reading
The No1 Ladies´Detective Agency started by gunvor
Feng Shite: A Little Book of House Messing started by veleta
Darwin: A Graphic Biography started by TheLostBook
The Sudoku Puzzle Ring started by Amberkatze (seems to be lost)
Rings in 2006: Memoirs of an Unfit Mother by Anne Robinson, Sonny Boy by Annejet van der Zijl,The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll, Doorzakken bij Jamin by Hanneke Groenteman, Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz, Buitenlust by Sarah Hart
Rings in 2005: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Goulds Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, German Students' War Letters by Phillipp Witkop, The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster, Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, White Apples by Jonathan Carroll, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Rings in 2004: The Fourth Hand by John Irving, Vurt by Jeff Noon, The Green Mile by Stephen King
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