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Profile updated January 27, 2018

Note: most of the cat books on my shelf belonged to purple58 before they passed through my hands.

I try to honor my BC commitments on a timely basis (except that I'm often behind for the birthday group - sorry!) but if you're expecting something from me and haven't gotten it yet, it never hurts to send me a friendly reminder PM!

(Please keep in mind that media mail to the US mainland can take 3 weeks or more; I generally try to include the USPS tracking information in the book's journal entry.)

Thanks to all the wonderful Bookcrossers out there!

You're the best. Really.

NOTE: people on my "friends" list are mostly BookCrossers that I've actually met in person - it helps me keep track. If your name isn't on there, it doesn't mean I don't like you! ;)

My profile is always a work in progress, but I try to keep my wishlist here up to date. Some of the books are actually Croyd's wishes: particularly the Jean Lorrah, Joel Rosenberg and Sten books.

If you've successfully mailed me something in the past, that address is still good. :)

Profile pic created using Harold Lohner's Snowflake Monograms.

Go to my Newbery List

1001 Library books in my custody (PM me if you're a library member and you'd like to check one of these out! If I haven't read it yet, I'll just have to bump it up in the queue...)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - available (approx 4 oz)
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst - available (approx 24 oz)
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett - available (approx 4 oz)
The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig - TBR
Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan - TBR
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham - TBR
Under the Skin by Michel Faber - TBR

2015 update:
It may be obvious, but I should point out that I stopped updating this section some time ago. I still appreciate the many(!) kindnesses I've received from BookCrossers, but I just haven't been able to keep up with you!

BookCrossers are SO generous...

If you've send me a RABCK, of a book or anything else, please be assured that
I do appreciate it, very much.

Here are some of the many books I've received as RABCKs and wishlist tags:

perryfran: The Forever War & Faceless KIillers
GoryDetails: The Curse of the Wendigo and The Isle of Blood
MyssCyn: Identical Strangers
NancyNova: 50 Jobs in 50 States
HI77: On Bullshit
mrsjones: Rin Tin Tin
spoiledrotten: In the Garden of Beasts
quietorchid: The Samurai's Garden
SpedBug: An Audacious Alphabet
ghir: Plainsong and Paris Trout
cordelia-anne: Annie and the Old One and Red Sails to Capri
Sfogs: Doctor Who: The Demons of Red Lodge & The Forever Trap
etherea: Divergent
GoryDetails: The Violinist's Thumb and The Family That Couldn't Sleep
a ton of goodies from the 2013 birthday group
ghir: The Night Circus and The Lemonade War
cinnycat: Under the Skin and After the Plague
labmomnm: All My Friends Are Dead
ghir: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and Where Things Come Back
froggie66: Ship Breaker
collectorkerri: Days of Blood & Starlight
tostle & Erishkigal: more books for HBMF
minesayn: books for the festival
love2cook: a box for HBMF
Meekachu7: books for the book festival
smhamn: a second box of books for the book festival
tomato68: 3 books for the festival
Erishkigal: a box of books for HBMF
salvami: a book in Korean
varykino: some Canadian visitors for our festival
heartthumper: books for HBMF
Stephario: a huge box of books
imuzak12: books for HBMF in English and Japanese
quietorchid: a box of books!
smallbluepebble: books for the book festival
keeta1: more books for the HBMF
yaroujidai: books for the book festival - in Japanese
HI77: a box for the book festival
chocola905: books in Japanese for HBMF
bookstogive: a box full of fantasy & SF
waterfalling: a box for the book festival
bookstogive: cozy mysteries galore!
jmsmom: books for the book festival
ciloma: a nice batch of books
redfox5: Florida TourBook
hafsah: Hunting for Hidden Gold
Boekentrol: more books for the book festival
ApoloniaX: Death By Hollywood
smhamn: a box of books for the book festival
the always generous bookstogive: a box of Star Trek books
grubsneerg: Flashforward
bookstogive: The Loop
bookstogive: The Enemy Way
bookstogive: Pray for Silence
bookstogive: Forever Peace
J4shaw: Down Around Midnight
greenbadger: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
emmejo: Lost in Shangri-La
Vekiki: Wreck This Journal
HI77: Sorcerers of the Frozen Isles
Sfogs: Celebrating Seabirds
Sfogs: Birds of Prey
Sfogs: Hinewai
Sfogs: Mountain Solitudes
Sfogs: The Girl of the Sea of Cortez
Tsjara: Anansi Boys (audio CDs)
ApoloniaX: Miss Chopsticks
quietorchid: Girligami
allysther: a whole bunch of audiobooks, again!
DubaiReader: Burned Alive
DubaiReader: The City & the City
mathgirl40: The Good Women of China
teapot: Icons of England
tabby-cat-owner: Bull Run
tabby-cat-owner: Out in the Cold, Cold Day
josierivers: The Gilded Chain
booklady331: A Hero of Our Time
Kally93: The Paper Bag Princess
Kally93: The Key to Life
Kally93: Wisdom from Random Acts of Kindness
JDT: The Cookbook Collector
Froggie66: Hattie Big Sky
Froggie66: Fairest
Elskaliam: 42
Elskaliam: Silent Partner
herchelle: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
tabby-cat-owner: It's Like This, Cat
T02S03B11D20: NERDS
MaryZee: Triangle
MyssCyn: Roast Chicken and Other Stories
quietorchid: Oath of Fealty
bookstogive: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Hayes13: Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti
Hayes13: Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale
flossie771: Cake Wrecks
hippolein: Eros at Nadir
MyssCyn: The Wilder Life
bookstogive: Legends
bookstogive: A Murderous Procession
hippolein: Poison Study
Minerva101: This World We Live In
bamaforever: What Dreams May Come
KateKintail: a whole box of audiocassettes!!
elstaplador: The Well of Loneliness
GoryDetails: Zombies: The Recent Dead
GoryDetails: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
GoryDetails: The Sultana Tragedy
GoryDetails: Earth
booklady331: The Youngest Hero
MaryZee: 102 Minutes
MaryZee: Thunder Dog
quietorchid: Knitted Icons
quietorchid: Inferno
oppem: March to the Sea
flossie771: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
innae: A Short, Sharp Shock
allysther: a whole bunch of audiobooks!!
cally-c: Pretties
oppem: The Shadow in the North
yorkshire-lass: Underground
MyssCyn: The Long Walk
MyssCyn: Thinner (lost in transit)
hippolein: Snow
yorkshire-lass: Poltergeist
ghir: Leather Maiden
GoryDetails: The Dead and the Gone
davemurray101: Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century
Vasha: Science Experiments You Can Eat
booklady331: Vital Signs
booklady331: The Cashflow Quadrant
booklady331: Sarah's Window
booklady331: The Silk Vendetta
booklady331: The Witch from the Sea
booklady331: The Lion Triumphant
booklady331: Menfreya in the Morning
booklady331: The Wild Blue
booklady331: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
booklady331: The Damned
booklady331: Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors
booklady331: One Last Look
booklady331: Pictures, 1918
ealasaidmae: The Letter of Marque
shelj7k: Howl's Moving Castle
shelj7k: Fighting Ruben Wolfe
shelj7k: The New Policeman
shelj7k: Golden
booklady331: Catalyst
booklady331: Beowulf
booklady331: God Is In the Small Stuff At Christmas
shemchin: Got Attitude
shemchin: Borderline
shemchin: The Classic Art of Origami
shemchin: The Book Lover's Kit
shemchin: Pray For Silence
shemchin: Everlost
shemchin: Coyote Blue
shemchin: The Secret Gratitude Book
shemchin: Fatally Flaky
jessibud: Borderline
Crossing-Guard: The Serpent's Shadow
kaila-ann: Lord of the Isles
bookfrogster: The Lovely Bones
ApoloniaX: Chocolat
booklady331: The Essential Lewis & Clark
booklady331: The Conquerors
booklady331: I'll Be Watching You
booklady331: We Were the Mulvaneys
Vekiki: The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
ApoloniaX: The Prestige
booklady331: Setting Fires
shemchin: Double Shot
shemchin: Nursery Rhymes
allysther: When Washington Crossed the Delaware
svoight: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Releanna: Measuring the World
allysther: Nothing at All
leftover: Longtusk
booklady331: Rebecca
booklady331: The Crucible
booklady331: Casey at the Bat
chicagoguy5049: The Lonely Silver Rain
ladybug74: March to the Stars
ladybug74: Dinosaur Empire
ladybug74: The Tailor of Panama
lucy-lemon: An Ocean in Iowa
Crossing-Guard: He Was Only a Chocolate...
darkhorse4660: The Baby Train
mellion108: The Main Corpse
thegoaliegirl: Icebones
NMReader: Achingly Alice
NMReader: How to Eat Fried Worms
purple4: The Hades Factor
folia: Big Bad Wolf
butterfly-noir: The Stupidest Angel
midwinter: Greenwitch
midwinter: Over Sea, Under Stone
ivylibra224: Sky Burial
ghir: The Island of the Sequined Love Nun
ghir: When Gravity Fails
Semlasson: The Case of the Buried Clock
Semlasson: The Case of the Singing Skirt
ealasaidmae: The Mauritius Command
Lucy-Lemon: The Ghost Next Door

And here are some of the many non-book RABCKs I've gotten - I'm sorry if I've inadvertently left you off the list!

birthday wings from flossie771 and elizardbreath
AZquark for a beautiful butterfly
ghir for always finding books from my wishlist!
allysther for my Inanimate Pet, May
gypsysmom for a Canadian challenge prize
booklady331 for a challenge prize
The TOC gang for ... everything!
Anne-Elliott for the BFG postcard
Bloedengel for oppem's tea moment
smurphie for a lovely War Horse bookmark
Davros-10 for challenge prize wings
flossie771 for wishlist tag wings
ApoloniaX for a lovely Ballycumber soup RABCK
elstaplador and Megi53 for challenge prizes
awaywithfairies and bookczuk for wings
GoryDetails for TWO challenge prizes
quietorchid for the snazziest Christmas card of 2011
Erishkigal for a lovely envelope full of peace-themed swag
ThanksMom for a terrific 2011 patch
time-traveler, slb453, and DragonGoddess for challenge prizes
imawinn2 for all the cow-themed goodies
pumpkinpussycat and JulesPaige for assorted goodies
shemchin for the AMAZING box of goodies
ApoloniaX for assorted audiobooks
allysther for the origami kit
spazcat, time-traveler, and zbird for challenge prizes
snowy652 for the great bookmark
Busyangel for the bookmarks & bookcover
DrSlump612 & hippolein for reviving Newbery book rings

Postage stamp angels -
Mom says thanks very much!
Label buddies - RABCKs and trades

About my wishlist: if you'd like to send me a book from my wishlist I won't object(!), but that's not the main reason I keep a list. I try to keep it current so I can use it to help me keep track of what I'm interested in and/or looking for. Thanks to cliff1976 for his pioneering work on the original wishlist site, which I still like for its flexibility.

Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist (I'm open for trades, etc.):
Analog Magazine July-October 2008 for the 3-part David R. Palmer serial "Tracking"
Sequel to Emergence, which is only on my bookshelf here because I came up with an *extra* copy to give away!
Illustrated (with chapter illustrations) non-US editions of Harry Potter books
I love the Mary GrandPré drawings, but it's such fun seeing interpretations by artists in other countries! I have books 1-5 in Japanese (Dan Schlesinger) and book 3 in Italian (Serena Riglietti).
Oru Magazine #2 (origami magazine in Japanese)
Almost impossible to get hold of, but I'm putting it down anyway...

I try to only register books I'm willing to let go - ask Croyd, he knows I've got lots more!

If you'd like to trade, send me a PM. If it's something on my TBR shelf, ask anyway - I'll try to move it up on the list! My mom's a stamp collector, so I'm usually willing to trade overseas if you'll put interesting stamps on the package. We're always glad to receive any stamps, but Mom's favorites are music stamps and my own (very small) collection is of origami-related stamps.

Oh, and if you receive a book from me and I haven't given any specific instructions for what to do with it next (ring, ray, whatever), please feel free to release it any way you wish - I'm happy to see my books travel, and I'm thrilled when they check back in!
Stamps by bizarrostamps at deviantART

Rings, rays, and boxes that I've started:
This list may not be entirely up to date, but if you'd like to join
any of the ones marked with an asterisk (*), send me a PM and I'll see what I can do.

----------------- finished, lost, stalled, on hold, etc.-------------------
I am Nujood... by Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui - will be released by bargainqueen
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers - ekgv414 will send it traveling
I am Nujood... by Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui - cheli-garza will pass it on
All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen & Jory John - exploring Calgary
(graphic) Stephen King's The Stand (6-part series) - ended up with jare
Kindred by Octavia Butler - returned and released
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart - released by Abi-Gibby
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - back with Firegirl
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman - most recently with safrolistics
Lamb by Christopher Moore - finished up with Ossiefry
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - ray ended with hostile17
Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates - still with MyBookCafe (currently AFK)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (international ray) - Dancesports kindly replaced this!
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey - ray being continued by Tsjara
(audio) Mostly Cassette Audio Bookbox II - back home
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore (replacement copy) - finished and sent out as a RABCK
Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear - may be available from 2012
(Newbery) M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton - returned to me and released
(Newbery) Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen - returned to me and released
Stiff by Mary Roach (replacement copy) - released by cafekat
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore - most recently with molekilby
Stiff by Mary Roach - TBR by princess1984..eventually?
Kindred by Octavia Butler (US only ray) - released in the wild by UAQ-729447 (formerly booklover87)
Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat - released by wendyv
(audio) Mostly Cassette Audio Box - sadly stopped with wamstreet; replacement box here
(Newbery) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - stalled with yokaye; sent to the Lost Book Island 5/13/09
(Newbery) Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt - stalled with yokaye; sent to the Lost Book Island 5/13/09

Bookrings/rays/boxes & other related stuff I'm waiting for
Why *do* they arrive in bunches?

kizmiaz's bookray for The Man in the High Castle
--------- books below this line not expected anytime soon...if ever -----------
From a Crooked Rib - stalled?
HobbitGlen's (Older) Children's Bookbox - didn't happen?
Station Eleven - wild released
Letters of a Woman Homesteader - staying in Utah?
Snow - stuck in Ireland?
MaryZee memorial bookish/cozy box - postponed indefinitely
pippis's Bookcrossing Cookbook - hasn't made it to Belgium
bookstogive's" target="blank">I Hate SF box (round 2) - lost by the USPS?
Stones Into Schools - somewhere in South Africa
OphEliaGirl's Teen/Y.A Bookbox - Round 1 - either lost in the mail or not actually mailed
Un Lun Dun - last seen in Canada
cat02886's ABC-bookray game - faded away?
The Good Soldier Svjek - never got off the ground?
OphEliaGirl's Teen/Y.A Bookbox (round 2) - didn't happen
Wreck This Journal - bypassed me but finally made it home
Cooking with Wholefoods - somewhere in limbo
cat02886's Letter Game Bookring - died out?
(Newbery) Catherine, Called Birdy - stuck
Flat Stanley from Kansas - AWOL?
(Newbery) Hope Was Here - stalled

VBBs I've joined:

booklady331's Non-Fiction VBB - rounds 1-6
----------------- no longer running / not participating -------------------
JennyC1230's Young Adult/Teens VBB - rounds 1-4
Audiobook VBB by iwillrejoice - rounds 13-23
tabby-cat-owner's Holocaust VBB - round 1
JudySlump612's NPR SF VBB (Superluminal) - rounds 1-2
flewry's 1001 Library VBB - rounds 1-2
collectorkerri's 1st Sentences VBB - rounds 2-3

Bookrings & similar things in my possession (*)
or already passed on to the next reader:

(see section above for 1001-library books with me)
* Bookworm-lady's bookray for Victorian Murderesses
----------------- books below this line already sent back out -------------------
AlterEgoZoe's Far East Bookbox - Round 2
emmejo's LGBTQ+ Bookbox - Round 2
Biographies of Things box - 2017 edition
(audio) imawinn2's CASSETTES Are Still Alive Bookbox Ray
AlterEgoZoe's Asian/Far East Bookbox - Round 1
(audio) BigJohnLefty's Another CD-only Audiobookbox, 2015-16 version
MaryZee's Biographies of Things box, 2015-2016 version
k00kaburra's Manga Bookbox
The Atheist's Mass
KateKintail's LGBTQIA Bookbox
quietorchid's Medicine Chest Box V
Cereus Blooms at Night
MyssCyn's Bookmark & Labels ring
Project X
emmejo's LGBTQ+ box
The Casual Vacancy
KateKintail's YA Bookbox
Bremer Augenblicke (the book with the eyes)
A Long Way Home
How the States Got Their Shapes
Orphan Train
Cassette audiobox from imawinn2
booklady331's CD only audio book box
Queen of the Air - released at the end of the ray
Waist-High in the World
(graphic)Urasawa's Pluto (manga series)
JennyC1230's Shrinking Teens bookbox
(graphic) Dolls (manga series)
quietorchid's Medicine Chest IV
The House of the Scorpion
(audio) BigJohnLefty's CD-Only AudioBookBox (round 4?)
(graphic) GoryDetails's Graphic Novel box (shrinking)
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
(graphic) I Shall Never Return (manga series)
Picnic at Hanging Rock with DVD
(audio) BigJohnLefty's Another Audiobookbox (round 3)
Erishkigal's Native American bookbox
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I Hate Myself and Want to Die
Erishkigal's SF bookbox, round 2
chefcrossing's books about books box
Killer Show
Medicine Chest Bookbox III by quietorchid
chefcrossing's rescue-themed bookbox
The Wooden Sea
Un Lun Dun (replacement)
Down the Plughole
GoryDetails's LGBT-themed shrinking bookbox - replacement
The Day the World Came to Town
The Long Earth
Surviving Galeras
chefcrossing's Serial Killer bookbox ray
GoryDetails's Based on the Book bookbox
GoryDetails's LGBT-themed shrinking bookbox - LOST!
The Bitter Glass
Rampaging F***ers...
spacedog's children's bookbox
(audio) LittleWhiteBird's Shrinking Audio Bookbox
AKSarah's Bookbox of the Living Dead
Greyflank's Towering Inferno bookring
The White Horse of Zennor
MaryZee's Biographies of Things box
Farm Boy
(audio) KateKintail's Audiocassette box ray
chefcrossing's Space Bookbox
laevina's Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror box - 3rd round
(1001 Library) Willard and His Bowling Trophies
(1001 Library) A Confederacy of Dunces
(audio) BigJohnLefty's CD-Only AudioBookBox
(graphic) Creatures of the Night
(1001 Library)" target="blank">The Moonstone
bookstogive's" target="blank">I Hate Science Fiction/Fantasy (you don't have to!) box
The Cannibals of Candyland
(graphic) Isle of 100,000 Graves
JudySlump612's Medicine Chest Bookbox II
Blood Music
Samurai Shortstop
(1001 Library)" target="blank">Pippi Longstocking
Packing for Mars
(audio) indygo88's CD Audio Bookbox
(graphic) Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror (3 books)
Foreign Correspondence
Erishkigal's SF bookbox
(audio) KateKintail's Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1 (round 2)
KiaraNala29's YA bookbox
The Stars My Destination
laevina's U.S. BookBox Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror
time-traveler's Bizarre Fiction Bookbox
Rhyme Stew
z3CarGaragez's Young Adult Bookbox Crossover part I
I Am the Messenger
The Poison That Fascinates
The 27th Day
The Help
jenptcfan's Banned/Challenged Book Box
Water for Elephants
(1001 Library) Watchmen
(audio) sp4home's Cassette Audio Bookbox
How To Train Your Dragon
(audio) MyssCyn's US Audio 27 Tapes Bookbox
JudySlump612's Medicine Chest Bookbox
Death on the Ice
(Newbery) Dear Mr. Henshaw
The 19th Wife
Stupid Science
imawinn2's "A" is for Author...Bookray game
(Newbery) Ella Enchanted
(Newbery) Out of the Dust
(Newbery) Shen of the Sea
(Newbery) Caddie Woolawn
The Last Town on Earth
Bad Science
Listening Is an Act of Love
The G hret=e/bf=raveyard Book
Erishkigal's Mystery with A Twistery Bookbox
(audio) carlissa's Cassette Audio Bookbox
Q & A
SqueakyChu's bookray for Asleep
The Lost World
(audio) KateKintail's Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1 (round 1)
Flat Stanley from California
(Newbery) Tales from Silver Lands
The Lost World
(Newbery) Hope Was Here
(Newbery) Catherine, Called Birdy
NatGirl101's bookmark ring
Lottiotta's Postage Stamp Crossing Zone
(Newbery) Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth...
(1001 Library) The Golden Ass
(Newbery) The Wanderer
(Newbery) Princess Academy
I Am Legend/
(Newbery) Charlotte's Web
Duma Key
Moody-Blue's Every Color of the Rainbow bookbox
(1001 Library) The Wonderful O

A couple of wonderful book-related videos that I can watch over and over:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - wonderful Oscar-winning short film
The Joy of Books - magic in a bookstore

Thanks to all the participants in my D for December Release Challenge!

*** 2008 = 202 releases *** 2009 = 756 releases ***
*** 2010 = 552 releases *** 2011 = 579 releases ***
*** 2012 = 681 releases *** 2013 = 659 releases ***
*** 2014 = 799 releases *** 2015 = 863 releases ***
*** 2016 = 567 releases ***

Listening to a podcast of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" (7/15/06) and the woman says the phone company wanted to charge $5 a month for a hyphenated name (that would be the charge for a double listing) so she & her husband just combined their surnames instead. She figures the phone book people just didn't know what a hyphen was!

I wrote the following bits down, but I forgot to write down which book they came from...suggestions welcome! (I was reading a bunch of Melanie Rawn at the time but I'm not sure if they're from her books or not.)

Tentative identification: By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille

"Survival is often a mixture of stupidity, hypocrisy, and compromise."

"I'll rant and rave about The Law, and you rant and rave about military expediency. People will take sides. Internal strife is not always bad. It works to make people forget what a hopeless position they're in when they're arguing about trifles. So you and I will argue over trifles. Privately, we'll compromise."

With the help of spacedog's Newbery bookrings,
I have 83 (of 96) Newbery Medal Winners on my far!
(I've also read 83, but the list is not quite the same.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)

2015: The Crossover
2012: °°°Dead End in Norvelt
2011: Moon Over Manifest
2010: When You Reach Me
2009: The Graveyard Book
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky
2005: Kira-Kira
2004: The Tale of Despereaux
2002: A Single Shard
2001: A Year Down Yonder
2000: Bud, Not Buddy
1999: Holes
1998: Out of the Dust
1997: The View from Saturday
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice
1995: Walk Two Moons
1994: The Giver
1993: Missing May
1992: Shiloh
1991: Maniac Magee
1990: Number the Stars
1989: Joyful Noise
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography
1987: The Whipping Boy
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall
1985: The Hero and the Crown
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw
1983: °°°Dicey's Song
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn
1981: Jacob Have I Loved
1980: A Gathering of Days
1979: The Westing Game
1978: Bridge to Terabithia
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1976: The Grey King
1975: M.C. Higgins, the Great
1974: The Slave Dancer
1973: Julie of the Wolves
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1971: The Summer of the Swans
1970: Sounder
1969: The High King
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files...
1967: Up a Road Slowly
1966: I, Juan de Pareja
1965: Shadow of a Bull
1964: It's Like This, Cat
1963: A Wrinkle in Time
1962: The Bronze Bow
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins
1960: Onion John
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1958: Rifles for Watie
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill
1955: The Wheel on the School
1954: ...And Now Miguel
1953: Secret of the Andes
1952: Ginger Pye
1951: Amos Fortune: Free Man
1950: The Door in the Wall
1949: King of the Wind
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons
1947: Miss Hickory
1946: Strawberry Girl
1945: Rabbit Hill
1944: Johnny Tremain
1943: Adam of the Road
1941: Call it Courage
1939: Thimble Summer
1938: The White Stag
1937: Roller Skates
1936: Caddie Woodlawn
1934: Invincible Louisa
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow
1928: Gay-Neck
1927: Smoky the Cow Horse
1926: Shen of the Sea
1925: Tales from Silver Lands
1924: The Dark Frigate
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle
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Elementary and middle school students in Hawaii vote annually for their favorite fiction book, and the winner is given the Nēnē Award. named after the state bird. Since the contest went statewide in 1964, there have been 52 winners; so far I have 35 of them on my bookshelf.
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)

2014: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
2012: (Tie) The Invention of Hugo Cabret
2012: (Tie) The Lemonade War
2011: °°°NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
2010: Found
2009: Inkheart
2008: °°°The Lightning Thief
2007: A Boy at War
2005: Because of Winn-Dixie
2003: The Bad Beginning
2002: Bud, Not Buddy
2001: Holes
2000: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
1999: °°°The Best School Year Ever
1998: Under the Blood-Red Sun
1996: Maniac Magee
1995: My Teacher is an Alien
1994: Shiloh
1992: The Whipping Boy
1991: There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
1989: Dear Mr. Henshaw
1983: Bunnicula
1982: Superfudge
1980: °°°The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
1979: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
1977: Ramona and Her Father
1976: How to Eat Fried Worms
1975: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
1974: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
1973: Sounder
1971: Ramona the Pest
1969: The Mouse and the Motorcycle
1967 (no award given)
1966: Old Yeller
1965: Mary Poppins
1964: Island of the Blue Dolphins

Completed Reading Challenges

2017:" target="_blank">666 challenge = 38 locations
2017:" target="_blank">Authors A-Z
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2016:" target="_blank">Unite the Kingdoms
2016: 666 challenge = 38 locations
2016: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: 666 challenge = 39 locations
2013-2014: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + 9 districts/territories/dependencies
2013-2014: Canadian Reading Challenge = 10 provinces + 3 territories
2009: 50 States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2009: 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents Reading Challenge = 38 countries + Antarctica
2008: A to Z Reading Challenge = surnames, titles & given names

Just gotta squeeze in a little note about some really terrific book-related NON-wrecks from Cake Wrecks because they're, well, amazing. (Yes, it's called Cake Wrecks, but on Sundays they feature wonderful Sunday Sweets instead of the hilarious/disastrous wrecks they highlight during the rest of the week.

Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks
Sunday Reading Sweets
Sunday Sweets: Story Time!
Sunday Sweets: Classic Kids' Books
Sunday Sweets for Book Lovers

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Books I've registered have visited 41 US states plus Washington, D.C. (missing CT, KY, LA, MS, MT, NE, ND, RI, VT):

6 Canadian provinces/territories (missing MB, NB, NT, NU, PE, SK, YT):

and 46 other countries!

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I'm not actually *asking* for these things, but as requested, for the birthday group:

Things I'm always happy to receive: new or used postage stamps (for Mom's collection), BC supplies, colored staples (standard size), origami-related things, the occasional bar of well-wrapped dark chocolate (melting may be an issue)... Oh, and while not dark chocolate, the seasonal Ritter Sport Kaffee + Nuss chocolate that linguistkris sent me was very delicious - my favorite candy from the birthday group so far!

I listen to audiobooks in pretty much any format - unabridged preferred.

I like bright colors, sparkly things, silly toys...and will choose purple, red, or blue over pink almost every time.

There are some non-book items in my wishlist - the "author" is "(for wishlist tag)".

Things I'm not terribly interested in: very "girly" things (hearts & such), chick lit & romance books, strongly scented items (except maybe soap), tea & coffee (my caffeine mostly comes from Coca-Cola & chocolate).

More info above in my profile (see "Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist")

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