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4 weeksall time

books registered:01,231
released in the wild:0937
controlled releases:0167
releases caught:0225
controlled releases caught:099
books found:0211
tell-a-friend referrals:069
new member referrals:035
forum posts:043

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Books read 2014:
1.) Blue Genes - Val McDermid
2.) A Way of Forgiving - Eileen Ramsay
3.) A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen
4.) A Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly
5.) The Last Temptation - Val McDermid
6.) The Grave Tattoo - Val McDermid
7.) At the Stroke of Madness - Alex Kava
8.) No, I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub - Virginia Ironside
9.) The Midnight Palace - Carlos Ruiz Zafron [not a Bookcrossing book]
10.) The Private Patient - P.D. James
11.) Sisters - Prue Leith
12.) The Colour of Law - Mark Gimenez
13.) Monsieur - Lawrence Durrell (not a Bookcrossing book)
14.) Free Food for Millionaires - Min Jin Lee
15.) Christine Falls - Benjamin Black (2nd time - not a Bookcrossing book)
16.) Hide and Seek - Ian Rankin
17.) The Anonymous Venetian - Donna Leon
18.) Knots and Crosses - Ian Rankin
19.) Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin (abandoned p. 103)
20.) The Wicked Girls - Alex Harwood
21.) A Darker Domain - Val McDermid [not a Bookcrossing book]
22.) Poor Little Bitch Girl - Jackie Collins
23.) The Abduction - Mark Gimenez
24.) No Time to Die - Liz Tilberis
25.) Piece of My Heart - Peter Robinson
26.) The Dead Tracks - Tim Weaver
27.) Fallen - Karin Slaughter
28.) Tooth and Nail - Ian Rankin
29.) Prisoner of Tehran - Marina Nemat
30.) The Black Ice - Michael Connelly
31.) The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
32.) Buddha Da - Anne Donovan
33.) Criminals - Margot Livesey
34.) The Dog Walker (not a Bookcrossing book)
35.) Must Love Dogs - Claire Cook (not a Bookcrossing book)
36.) A Sea of Troubles - Donna Leon (not a Bookcrossing book)
37.) Talk to the Hand - Lynne Truss (not a Bookcrossing book)
38.) One Thousand Days in Venice - Marlena di Blasi
39.) Fidelity - Thomas Perry
40.) The Guilty One - Lisa Ballantyne
41.) Are You Afraid of the Dark? Sidney Sheldon


Books read 2013:
1.) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
2.) The Truth About Ruby Valentine - Alison Bond
3.) The Darkest Room - Johan Theorin
4.) The Exception to the Rulers - Amy Goodman
5.) The Mephisto Club - Tess Gerrisen
6.) A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
7.) Say Goodbye - Lisa Gardener
8.) Fatal Remedies - Donna Leon
9.) Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools - Victoria Twead
10.) Twelve Sharp - Janet Evanovich
11.) The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
12.) The Olive Route - Carol Drinkwater
13.) The Missing - Chris Mooney
14.) Dangerous Parking - Stuart Browne
15.) The International Gooseberry - Ben Hatch
16.) The Lost Years - Mary Higgins Clark
17.) The Generation Game - Sophie Duffy
18.) Sleepyhead - Mark Billingham
19.) Skinner's Festival - Quintin Jardine
20.) The Color of Water - James McBride
21.) Through a Glass Darkly - Donna Leon
22.) The Snow Leopard - Peter Matthiessen
23.) Dying to Tell - Robert Goddard
24.) Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child - Jane Lapotaire
25.) The Last Chinese Chef - Nicole Mones
26.) The Unbearable Lightness of Scones - Alexander McCall Smith
27.) Score - Jilly Cooper
28.) Jane Lapotaire (not Bookcrossing)
29.) The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
30.) Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
31.) The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair-Thompson
32.) Friends in High Places - Donna Leon
33.) Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James
34.) Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
35.) Francesca's Party - Patricia Scanlan
36.) Magic - Tami Hoag
37.) The Bride Stripped Bear - Anonymous
38.) The Perfect Husband - Lisa Gardener
39.) French Toast - Peta Mathias

Resolution for 2012: Read more, Bookcross more!y

Read in 2012:
1.) Remember Me - Sophie Kinsella
2.) Inhuman Remains - Quintin Jardine
3.) Winter in Madrid - C.J. Sanson
4.) Dust - Martha Grimes
5.) Voices in the Dark - Dirk Bogarde
6.) Working Wonders - Jenny Colgan
7.) December - Elizabeth Winthrop
8.) The All Girl Network - Catherine Alliott
9.) Dance Dance Dance - Haruki Murakami
10.) Silver Bay - Jojo Moyes
11.) T is for Trespass - Sue Grafton
12.) Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith
13.) Dead Simple - Peter James
14.) The Monster In the Box - Ruth Rendell
15.) The Bottle Factory Outing - Beryl Bainbridge
16.) Caedmon's Song - Peter Robinson
17.) Wednesday's Child - Peter Robinson
18.) Dry Bones That Dream - Peter Robinson
19,) Dead Right - Peter Robinson
20.) The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes
21.) Tin Grin - Catherine Robinson
22.) Black Dogs - Ian McEwan
23.) One Summer - David Baldacci
24.) On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
25.) The Wrong Kind of Blood - Declan Hughes
26.) The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
27.) Send Yourself Roses - Kathleen Turner
28.) The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
29.) Summer Madness - Susan Lewis
30,) Tell Me Something - Adele Parks
31.) The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
32.) Address Unknown - Kressmann Taylor
33.) Everything You Need to Know When You Are Eight - Alan Dapre
34.) Body in the Bookcase - Katharine Hall Page
35.) Things We Didn't See Coming - Steven Amsterdam
36.) Sparkles - Louise Bagshaw
37.) The Chalk Circle Man - Fred Vargas
38.) Elevn On Too - Janet Evanovich
39.) The Outcast - Sadie Jones
40.) Blackberry Wine - Joanne Harris



RULE FOR THIS YEAR: IF I DON'T LIKE IT BY PAGE 50.... I'M GIVING UP!
Read in 2011:
1.) Poodles at Dawn - Tara Manning
2.) Two for Dough - Janet Evanovich
3.) Ten Big Ones - Janet Evanovich
4.) Union Jack - V. L. McDermid
5.) Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage - M.C. Beaton
6.) Nice Work - David Lodge
7.) Despite the Falling Snow - Shamin Sarif
8.) One Red Paperclip - Kyle Macdonald
9.) Metro Girl - Janet Evanovich
10.) Yesterday's Houses - Mavis Cheek
11.) Never Go Back - Robert Goddard
12.) Broken Skin - Stuart Macbride
13.) Dying Light - Stuart Macbride
14.) Cold Granite - Stuart Macbride
15.) Talking it Over - Julian Barnes
16.) Adrian Mole - The Wilderness Years
17.) Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Stout
18.) Lit - Mary Karr DIDN'T FINISH. Life is too short for books you hate!
19.) Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men - Jill Conner Browne
20.) Bad Boy - Peter Robinson
21.) It's the Little Things - Erica James
22.) Dead Beat - Val McDermid
23.) Gomorrah - Roberto Saviano
24.) Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
25.) On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
26.) The Pursuit of Alice Thrift - Elinor Lipman
27.) The House of the Mosque - Kader Abdolah
28.) Room - Emma Donoghue
29.) The Comfort of Strangers - Ian McEwan
30.) Tar Baby - Toni Morrison
31.) Echoes from the Dead - Johan Theorin
32.) Shiva's Fire - Suzanne Fisher Staples
33.) The Visible World - Mark Slouka
34.) Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
35.) Christine Falls - Benjamin Black
36.) Beggars Banquet - Ian Rankin
37.) A Case of Two Cities - Qiu Xiaolong
38.) Closed Circle - Robert Goddard
39.) Tell Me No Secrets - Julie Corbin
40,) Stay of Execution - Quintin Jardine
41.) Jar City - Arnaldur Indridason
42.) Friend of the Devil - Peter Robinson
43.) The Gropes - Tom Sharpe
44.) Dirty Game - Jessie Keane
45.) Heavenly Date - Alexander McCall Smith
46.) The Lovely Bones - Alice Seebold
47.) Coastliners - Joanne Harris
48.) Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stewart
49.) Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
A minor improvement on 2010, in 2012, I'm going to read more!


January 2010: New Year's Resolution - to be a better Bookcrosser!
Books read in 2010 (NC = not completed, means I really hated it!)
1.) Naive Super - Erlen Loe - NC
2.) Girls Meets Ape - Chris Manby
3.) Old Bones - Aaron Elkins
4.) Hard Eight - Janet Evanovich
5.) After You'd Gone - Maggie O'Farrell
6.) Lola Comes Home - Claudine Cullimore
7.) The Sacred Bones - Michale Byrnes
8.) The Other Side of the Story - Marian Keyes
9.) The Chameleon's Shadow - Minette Walters
10.) The Dead of Jericho - Colin Dexter
11.) Arabesk - Barbara Nadel
12.) The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster
13.) Puccini's Ghosts - Morag Joss
14.) Jane Green book can't remember the title not yet a BC book out on loan!
15.) Losing My Virginity - Richard Branson
16.) A Three Dog Life - Abigail Thomas
17.) Kennedy's Brain - Henning Mankell
18.) The Return - Victoria Hislop (Thanks Christine/Bianca for the loan of this non-Bookcrossing book!)
19.) 206 Bones - Kathy Reichs
20:) Blood and Honey - Graham Hurley
21.) The Minotaur - Barbara Vine
22.) The Missing World - Margot Livsey
23.) Sleep with Me - Joanna Briscoe
24.) A House By The River - Sid Smith
25.) D is for Deadbeat - Sue Grafton
26.) E is for Evidence - Sue Grafton
27.) Slabrat - Ted Heller
28.) Chasing Cezanne - Peter Mayle
29.) The Poisoned House - Michael Ford
30.) Hunting Unicorns - Bella Pollen
31.) The Nightspinners - Lucretia Grindle
32.) No One to Trust - Iris Johansen
33.) The Girl at the Lion D'Or - Sebastian Faulks
34.) Drowning Ruth - Christina Schwarz
35.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (not a Bookcrossing book)
36.) Child's Play - Carmen Posadas
37.) The Oxford Murders - Guillermo Martinez
38.) Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
39.) Four to Score - Janet Evanovich
40.) Merde Actually - Stephen Clarke
41.) Thursday's Legends - Quintin Jardine
42.) Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor - M.C. Beaton
43.) Frost at Christmas - R.D. Wingfield
44.) Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
45.) The World According to Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson
46.) Who Do You Think You Are - Malcom Bradbury (not finished).


Now reading: Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century - Mark Leonard






MAY 2009 - Only another 100 books to go and I will have registered 1,000... wow, and all because of reading a newspaper article... Having let the Spanish down this weekend, because I got sick.... I went book shopping today... the shelves felt a little bare....!

2009: Ambition for this year - to actually list what I read and see what the total is, estimate will be 100 books..... And to transfer my WishList from Cliff to Book of course! Which I just did - wow! Whilst it appears a "greedy list", it is really a reminder to myself what I know I want to read.... and sometimes manage to track down somewhere on my travels... but I am always delighted if anyone can help me reduce it... and am happy to trade if possible... finances permitting! Trading now reduced to ONLY in Spain until I find a creative way of getting my books into France so that I can use their book rate!

1.) S is for Silence - Sue Grafton
2.) Fault Lines (Not a BookXing book)
3.) Cold Is the Grave - Peter Robinson
4.) In a Dry Season - Peter Robinson
5.) Agatha Raisin & The Quiche of Death - MC Beaton
6.) Cross My Heart & Hope to Die - Claire Calman
7.) Dead & Buried - Quintin Jardine
8.) That Certain Age - Elizabeth Buchan
9.) Turning Angel - Greg Iles
10.) A Pale View of the Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro (not a BookXing Book)
11.) Something Might Happen - Julie Myerson
12.) The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
13.) The Godmother - Carrie Adams
14.) The General In His Labyrinth - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15.) The Men and the Girls - Joanne Trollope
16.) The Cage - Tom Abraham
17.) Objects of Desire - CJ Emerson
18.) Distand Echo - Val McDermid
19.) Split Second - Alex Kava
20.) A Lovesome Thing - Prue Leith
21.) The Soul Catcher - Alex Kava
22.) The Blind Man of Seville - Robert Wilson
23.) Knit Two - Kate Jacobs
24.) Marley and Me - John Grogan
25.) The Viceroy of Ouidah - Bruce Chatwin
26.) Widow for One Year - John Irving (progressing slowly...)
27.) City of the Mind - Penelope Lively (NOT a bookcrossing book)
28.) Camomile Lawn - Joanna Trollop (NOT a bookcrossing book)
29.) The Killer's Cousin - Nancy Werlin
30.) First Cases - Volume 1
31.) I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) - Laurie Notaro
32.) The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club - Laurie Notaro
33.) Unpacked Again - Lonely Planet
34.) Apricots on the Nile - Colette Rossant
35.) Spandau Phoenix - Greg Iles
36.) The Church of Dead Girls - Stephen Dobyns
37.) The Faces of Angels - Lucretia Grindle
38.) Grimble + Grimble at Christmas - Clement Freud
39.) What the Dead Know - Laura Lippman
40.) The Quickie - James Patterson
41.) Fallen Gods - Quintin Jardine
42.) Missing - by Karin Alvtegen
43.) Sleep No More - Greg Iles (DISASTER BOOK MISSING ENDING....)
44.) The Summer That Never Was - Peter Robinson
45.) Sight Unseen - Robert Goddard
46.) A Kind of Vanishing - Lesley Thomson
47.) Last Chance Saloon - Marion Keyes
48.) Strange Affair - Peter Robinson
49.) Illumination Night - Alice Hoffman
50.) I'm Not Scared - Niccolo Ammaniti
51.) Life Swap - Jane Green
52.) The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (not a Bookcrossing book)
53.) Adrian Mole - the Cappuccino Years (not a Bookcrossing book)
54.) Illumination Night - Alice Hoffman


3 May 2008 - Landmark day! My first meet up in Spain AND my first Annual Event.... it was wonderful, marvellous.... everyone was so kind to me - an example of Bookcrossing at it's best! Thank you, my lovely Spaniards for making me feel so very welcome - I'll see you in June!

20 March: Rough crossing but I did it! I changed country!

4 March - Nearly there.....

14 February 2008: Shelf clearing has begun... as I prepare for my next international move!!!!

07-12-07: Landmark day: 700 books released in one way or another - yippee!

November 2007: Oh - I'm flying again! Thank you.... someone oh so kind, whoever you are - thank you, thank you....
Later the same day: Lillyana ---- THANK YOU!!!!! I am totally overly excited... how one should be when one can fly!


April 2007: I just heard about 52 books in 52 towns... gosh, am now setting that as my "revised" target - should be possible if I use all my work colleagues!
So far this year:
1.) Florence (of course)
2.) Collodi - 4/07 (Italy)
3.) Marrakech (Marocco) 4/07
4.) Pisa 4/07....
5.) Fiuggi, Lazio 5/07
6.) Padova, Veneto 5/07
7.) La Alberca, Salamanca (Spain) 6/07
8.) Madrid (Spain) 6/07
9.) Pontedera 6/07
10.) About time too! Pulchawk, Lalitpur, NEPAL 7/07
11.) Doha, Qatar 8/07
12.) Banne, Trieste 8/07
13.) Portland, Oregon 8/07
14.) Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany 8/07
15.) Meng, Denmark 8/07
16.) Berlin, Germany 8/07
17.) Murter, Croatia 8/07
18.) Paddington, London 9/07
19.) Montreal, Canada 10/07
20.) Brescia, Italy 10/07
21.) Milano, Italy 10/07
22.) Bangalore, India 10/07
23.) Lucca, Tuscany 12/07
24.) Palermo, Sicily 12/07
25.) Tokyo, Japan 12/07
and more to follow!

January 2007: Ambition: to release 365 books this year....

MAY 2006 UPDATE: TO THE KIND PERSON WHO HAS GIVEN ME WINGS (AGAIN, BIG SMILE) THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I HAD WINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR GIVEN TO ME BY A BOOKCROSSER WHO I DID NOT KNOW AT THE TIME... MY EXCITEMENT WAS LIMITLESS! NOW I HAVE THEM AGAIN, BUT NO-ONE HAS OWNED UP TO BEING THE KIND DONATOR... SO WHOEVER YOU ARE.... THANK YOU! I DO SO LOVE TO SEE THEM FLUTTER!



If anything is listed that you are interested in having... please let me know! Sometimes I am slow to release books and sometimes I am quick! Just drop me a line!
Sometimes I like to think I can read almost anything as my taste seems to cover most things! Fan of Kathy Reichs and Peter Robinson (has replaced Lawrence Sanders) amongst others...
How much pleasure, education and fun there would be if instead of arms the world bought books and dropped them instead.
I would be interested to receive books by "Iris Johansen" if anyone is interesting in exchanging!
A BOOK IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO ON THE SHELF!

Anche si mio italiano fa schifo... sono sempre disposta a mandare libri agl'altri! Adoro BookXing... grazie a LORO - leggo anche in italiano! Sono un po' piu' lento ma vale la pena!


And hopefully... my wish list!




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