Joined Saturday, December 03, 2005
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Hello and welcome to my bookshelf. I've been at this for over a year now, so it officially counts as a (strange) habit. I released my first book into the wild at the start of 2006 and though I'm still waiting to hear from it again, I live in hope.
My home town is Ilford, where East London collides with Essex. I tend not to wild release much these days, though I try to get along to the monthly Bookcrossing meet-ups at the Camel & Artichoke in Waterloo. On most occasions I manage to leave the pub with fewer books than I turned up with!
...STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM...
On Sunday 27th May 2007, I ran a stall promoting Bookcrossing at Redbridge Green Fair, in Ilford. The rain poured down for most of the day, and yet I still managed to give away most of my 250 books. So far, 20 of these books have been journalled and eight people registered themselves as Bookcrossers as a consequence :-)
Redbridge Green Fair
I also ran a stall at the 2009 Redbridge Green Fair, giving away 194 books. This time the sun poured down and everyone was a little happier. All my books had found new readers by lunchtime. I'm not sure how many people "got" the idea of Bookcrossing; only nine books were journalled, with four new members joining up.
Will I be doing this again in 2011? I doubt it.
...MY BOOK RINGS...
Drop me a line if you are interested in joining any of these rings.
At the start of May 2006, I released The Children of Green Knowe as my first ever book ring. It went down a treat with the eight people in the ring, so now the other five Green Knowe books are following the same route. A year later I visited the house which inspired the stories, accompanied by Bookcrossers who had joined my bookring. It was a magical day out. Many thanks to candy-is-dandy for organising this :-) Green Knowe
At the end of May 2006, I released The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Best known for her quirky Moomin books, Tove also wrote ten novels for adults. If anyone has a copy (in English!) of any of these novels, I'd love to hear from you. I love The Summer Book so much, I have registered and released three copies now.
In November 2007 I set up a ring for Air by Geoff Ryman. I thought it was an incredible read, but it has received mixed reviews. Drop me a line if you'd like to see if you love or hate it.
In 2008 I started a bookring for Storm Front, by Jim Butcher. This is the tale of Harry Dresden, a Chicago private investigator who also happens to be the only wizard in the phone book. Generous Bookcrossers keep giving me the next instalment, so I have set up rays for the next five Harry Dresden books (and still have five more to read!)
PS, If you like Bookcrossing, you will love Geocaching