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Here’s another VBB, somewhat related to the Intercultural VBB and the Two Worlds VBB:

Authors: writing in English (translations OK), past and present
Genres: novels, short story collections, memoirs, biographies
Themes: travel, migration, the interaction between cultures, colonialism/imperialism, tradition vs. progress
Setting: anywhere in the world; the setting is integral to the story, contributes to the conflict or challenge, and the writing evokes a strong sense of place

Do you have any good book (no trash please) that you’d recommend to others and that you’d like to travel with the VBB? And then send off to some other BookCrosser? In exchange for another book you pick from the list…??? (Please keep in mind that you might have to ship international, cheapest rate is fine though.)

This is how it works:
- We start off with a list of 16 books (8 from Shroffland, 8 from ApoloniaX).
- You will receive the list by PM from ApoloniaX – as PMs sometimes don’t arrive please confirm when you got it.
- Choose your books and request them from the owner(s), include your name & address.
- Replace the chosen books with the same number of your own (they must be registered on your bookshelf).
- Send a PM about the books you are putting in the box to ApoloniaX (titles, authors and the country/countries the book takes place), within a week.
- Post here which books you have chosen and what you offer.
- The owner(s) of the chosen books send them off to you.
- Please make your choices within a few days, pick the books you are offering and PM ApoloniaX – you will get another PM if we haven’t heard from you after 2 or 3 days, if there is no response after a week the list will be sent to the next person.
- There should always be 16 books listed.
- When somebody asks you for a book that you have put on the list, please send it off ASAP, this might be international (but sending it by surface mail is perfectly alright). Please make proper release notes.
- Please don’t add another copy of a book that’s already on the list.
- ApoloniaX updates the list and PMs it to the next person.
- At the end the remaining 16 books will go to Shroffland and ApoloniaX, as we had started the VBB by “donating” 16 books.

Participants:
okyrhoe
KiwiinEngland
Tsjara
Annimanni
sing-on-a-star
loveamystery
jumpingin
soffitta1
Dancesports
wendyv
Vilda
Tubereader
eicuthbertson

 

wingApoloniaXwing 9 yrs ago
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Thanks for the heads up again, ApoloniaX!

 

Can I be included?

 

 

I always love your VBBs.

 

I missed the post, thanks ApoloniaX for the PM.

 

I'd like to join too

 

Thanks for organising it ApoloniaX and Shroffland

 

 

 

... that I just PMed the list of 16 books to the first participant, okyrhoe

We tried hard NOT to make it a completely Asian list ;-) ... and succeeded! We have books from North America, Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia :-)

 

> We tried hard NOT to make it a completely
> Asian list ;-) ... and succeeded! We have
> books from North America, Latin America,
> the Pacific, Europe, Africa, Asia and
> Australia :-)

Hurrah for a Global Village VBB, I'm glad it hasn't got an Asian bias because that doesn't overly rock my socks. Looking forward to seeing the list in the next couple of weeks.

 

> I'm glad it hasn't got an
> Asian bias because that doesn't overly
> rock my socks. Looking forward to seeing
> the list in the next couple of weeks.

So sorry - I didn't say it hasn't got an Asian bias, only that it isn't COMPLETELY Asian. But 8 of the 16 books are NOT about Asia. I would shift you down the list, but that wouldn't be a guarantee for getting a less Asian list, as most other participants are interested in Asian literature and might add Asian books...

 

> So sorry - I didn't say it hasn't got an
> Asian bias, only that it isn't COMPLETELY
> Asian.

Hmm, I couldn't see anything in the intro about Asia being predominant. But luckily as it's a VBB I can always look at the list and if nothing appeals just send it on.

So actually my present position of second sounds perfect.

I did have one Asian book, but I sent it to you last week ;)


 

It's simply not possible to say whether one region might become predominat, as the list changes continuously. And we certainly didn't want to add any restrictions such as "don't add another Asian/African/... book when the list is already biased".

 

> We tried hard NOT to make it a completely Asian list ;-) ... and succeeded! We have books from North America, Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia :-)

I took out these books ->
Salman Rushdie: The Enchantress of Florence
Alain de Botton: The Art of Travel
Min Jin Lee: Free Food for Millionaires

and added two books about Greece, one from Australia, one from Cuba.

 

 

you're very welcome! Added you

 

I have never participated in a VBB so I hope I will get it right.

 

 

If so, I would love to take part in this one!

 

you're very welcome!

 

Thxxx!

 

I will be taking out of the VBB
1) Chris Abani: Becoming Abigail (Nigeria, UK)
2) Xinran: Miss Chopsticks (China, migration from countryside to city)
3) Martin Booth: Gweilo (Hong Kong, UK)

And I shall put into the VBB

1) Anita Shreve: Resistance (Belgium, USA)
2) Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible (Congo, USA, Belgium)
3) Tania Unsworth: The Seahorse (India, UK)

 

 

...And feel honored to be part of a group with such cosmopolitan reading inclinations. This gives me such hope for humanity in today's world!

 

Two great new additions from Tsjara. And the list is now with Annimanni.

 

I had a really difficult time picking out books because they all sounded so tempting! Luckily, I had already read a couple of them, which made the task a tiny bit easier. In the end, I narrowed it down to six books - if you can call that narrowing down :D

I'd like to take out the following books:
George Orwell: Burmese Days (British in Burma)
Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace (Burma, Malaysia, India)
Gaellen Quinn: The Last Aloha (American Colonialism in Hawaii)
Aimee Liu: Flash House (China, India, USA, Australia)
Sofka Zinovieff: Eurydice Street, A Place in Athens (English/Russian in Greece)
Patricia Storace: Dinner with Persephone, Travels in Greece (American in Greece)

And here are my additions:
Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (India-born British expat in Cyprus; travel & migration)
My Sainted Aunts (mainly India; tradition vs. progress)
The Opposite House (Cuba, UK; migration)
The Translator (Sudan, UK; migration, interaction between cultures)
The Road to Oxiana (Persia, Afghanistan; travel)
Goodbye Lucille (Nigeria, Germany; migration, interaction between cultures)

 

> In the end, I narrowed it down
> to six books

LOL!
Thanks for your additions!!!

And now it moves to sing-on-a-star to brood over it :-)

 

It is a difficult choice.....what a fab selection of books! I have taken out:

Bharati Mukherjee: The Tree Bride
George Lamming: The Emigrants

I have replaced them with:
Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild (US)
Brixton Beach: Roma Tearne (Sri Lanka & UK)

Bookcrossers are brilliant! They encourage me to read some fantastic material I might not otherwise read! Thank you

 

indeed, Shroffland and I are doing something very mean here, forcing unsuspecting BCers to spend their time brooding over this list of wonderful books and make such difficult choices ;-)
I just added two great new books to the list (and deleted my last two books) and PMed it to loveamystery

 

Sorry I missed the news about this box. Would like to join in - hope there will be a 'next round', as I see I am very late asking.

 

Added you, you're very welcome - to this round, as there won't be a second one.

 

I have chosen:

2. Paul Theroux: Girls at Play (British schoolgirls in Kenya) Shroffland (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6005905

9. Ben Richards: The Mermaid and the Drunks (Chile, UK) ApoloniaX
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807892

And my replacements are:

- Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things (India)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005413

- Lloyd Jones: Mister Pip (Papua New Guinea) (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7950035

 

Hi loveamystery!
I got your PM confirming having received the list but didn't hear from you since, it's been a week now. I hope no PM got lost... Better send every PM twice, with the Send-me-a-copy box checked and unchecked (checked ones sometimes don't get through). Or send me your choices and replacements by e-mail to apoloniax at web.de. Hope to hear from you soon :-)

 

Life is very hectic right now. I've just sent you a pm.
I am finding this new sight so frustrating as well. I'll try to make my choices in a few days. So sorry for the delay.

 

I didn't get any PM (did you uncheck the box?), so better send the list by e-mail.
Regarding the new site... maybe this will help understand: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/433395

 

I have chosen:

The Translater by Leila Aboulela
Goodbye Lucille by Segun Afolabi

and my relacements are:

Bombay Ice by Leslie Forbes
For Matrimonial Purposes by Kavita Daswani

I have pm'd ApoloniaX.

 

got it, thank you! And again some very interesting new additions :-)

 

.

 

Got it, thanks, ApoloniaX! In fact, all the pms I've had from you (and only from you) for the last two days have arrived twice. So thanks again--one for each. :)

 

In fact, all the pms I've had from you (and only from you) for the last two days have arrived twice

That's because ApoloniaX is so generous :)

 

My choices:
5. Anita Shreve: Resistance (Belgium, USA; interaction between cultures) KiwiinEngland
9. Lloyd Jones: Mister Pip (Papua New Guinea) Tsjara
10. Lawrence Durrell: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (India-born British expat in Cyprus) Annimanni

My additions:
Sarah Dunant: The Birth of Venus (Italy) (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6174235/

Joanne Harris: Five Quarters of the Orange (France) (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1461855/

Esther Freud: Hideous Kinky (Morocco) (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7317803/

 

.

 

I will take a look at this over the weekend, thanks again.

 

Taking out:
9. Helen Oyeyemi: The Opposite House (Cuba, UK; migration) Annimanni
10. Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana (Persia, Afghanistan; travel) Annimanni
11. Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild (US) sing-on-a-star

Adding:
The Railway (Central Asia)
This Body (Guyana and the UK)
Children of the Revolution (Ethiopia and the US)

 

just PMed her the list with some very interesting new additions

 

I have a couple of days work travel so I'll make my choices on the weekend, another tough one but I guess that is part of the fun.

 

Taking out

12. Sarah Dunant: The Birth of Venus
14. Esther Freud: Hideous Kinky
17. Children of the Revolution

Putting in

One More Time by Damien Leith (Nepal/Ireland)(TBR)
The Italian Romance by Joanne Carroll Australia/Italy(TBR)
On the Goddess Rock by Arlene J Chai Australia/China(TBR)

 

wendyv has just got it!

 

wingApoloniaXwing 9 yrs ago
found :-)
Haven't heard from wendyv and PMed the list a second time. I hope everything is alright!
If I don't hear from you within the next days the list will move on and I'll add you again at the end.

 

wendyv 9 yrs ago
ISO wendyv
Am here! I had reall hassles with the new site and I also had a new laptop from my school which wasn't doing what it needed to. Just as I got it all sorted out I had my school reports to write...but I am back, tired, but okay and very apologetic for the delay. I will look tonight and make sure my additions are ok! Thanks for understanding.

 

wingApoloniaXwing 9 yrs ago
RE:
good to hear from you! Have fun with the list!

 

I have not been well and life has been really stressful for the last two weeks, so I haven't been visiting BC; the site itself was still in flux when I last logged on! If anyone's chosen any of my titles in the last three weeks, I haven't heard from you, so drop me a PM, now that things are working smoothly.

Glad to see the list is travelling, and that everyone seems to be enjoying themselves! Love seeing some new players' names, too!

*Waving at everyone*
Shroffland

 

I don't think my PM came through. Please PM me your address so that I can send you the two books you chose from me. Thanks!

 

I have asked for The Poisonwood Bible and My Sainted Aunts. I offer

The Blue DRess (Australian, compilation)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8008746/

and

Memoirs of a Geisha (Golden, Japan)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7977370/


I am so xcited, and so apologetic for the delay!!

 

Thanks wendyv!

 

I think it will take me a day or two to make my choices. Such fun!

 

Vilda 9 yrs ago
My choices
This was hard! But finally I decided to take out:

Bombay ice by Leslie Forbes and
The blue dress by Libby Hathorn

I am adding:

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Greece/USA) and
Maps for lost lovers by Nadeem Aslam (Pakistani community in UK)

It was great fun participating in this VBB!

 

Thanks for your additions, Vilda!!!

 

Tubereader 9 yrs ago
Received!
Just sent you a PM, ApoloniaX.

So many good choices! I need to think a bit and see what I have at home that might be suitable ... will make my choices soon!

 

Tubereader 9 yrs ago
Choices
I have now chosen from the VBB (and sent the necessary PMs):

I am taking out:
4. Pedro Juan Gutierrez: Dirty Havana Trilogy (Cuba) okyrhoe http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8011230

10. Hamid Ismailov: The Railway (Central Asia) soffitta1 (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6962836/

And I am putting in:
16. T.C. Boyle - Drop City (US / Alaska) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5870803
17. Laurence Sterne - A sentimental journey through France and Italy (Brit travelling in France and Italy) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5117727/

It was a tough choice!!

 

thanks for the additions, Tubereader!

 

eicuthbertson 9 yrs ago
Thanks
Thanks, Shroffland & ApoloniaX. I'll make my choices later today.

 

I have chosen these two books:

9. This Body (Guyana and the UK) soffitta1
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7338639

12. Arlene J. Chai: On the Goddess Rock (Australia, China) Dancesports (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8032989

I am putting in these two books:

At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand (Trinidad and diaspora)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8101804

The Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee (India and United States)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8101797

I have PMd ApoloniaX already, and I will PM soffitta1 and Dancesports too.

Thanks everyone!

 

Thank you, eicuthbertson!
And thanks everybody for participating! What an amazing collection of books from all over the world on the final list...
Now Shroffland and I have to see which book goes to whom... you'll hear from us.

 

I have sent out PMs concerning the final draw of seven books. Please PM me if you didn't get one.
And I told the "owners" of the other remaining books where those go to... :-)

 

for organizing another fun box.

I'm just about finished with the TBRs to be sent to Danceports.

 

...the last of my TBRs and will send all remaining books later this week once I'm back in Finland. Thanks, ApoloniaX and Shroffland for organising!

 

. . . by surface mail, unfortunately, but fingers crossed that they will travel fairly quickly.

One more to read for Shroffland.

 

On the Goddess Rock so it will soon be on its way to Eicuthbertson.

 

I didn't hear from a few people... they might get something anyway...
Some who entered will get a book they wished for... some won't, but will get something else we hope they will like... So watch your postboxes and see what's coming :-)

And if you don't know where a book you added to the VBB is going to please PM me.

 

wingApoloniaXwing 9 yrs ago
The list!
Aimee Liu: Flash House, ApoloniaX to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7611722/
Alain de Botton: The Art of Travel, ApoloniaX to okyrhoe, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5897848/
Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace, Shroffland to Annimanni (exchanged for a wishlist book as A. already got another copy)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7997048/
Anita Shreve: Resistance, KiwiinEngland to jumpingin, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6602399/
Arlene J. Chai: On the Goddess Rock, Dancesports to eicuthbertson, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8032989/
Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things, Tsjara to jumpingin, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8005413
Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible, KiwiinEngland to wendyv, trv, wendyv gone AWOL
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4056756
Ben Richards: The Mermaid and the Drunks, ApoloniaX to Tsjara, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7807892
Bharati Mukherjee: The Tree Bride, eicuthbertson to Dancesports, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8101797
Bharati Mukherjee: The Tree Bride, ApoloniaX to sing-on-a-star, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7357172/
Bulbul Sharma: My Sainted Aunts, Annimanni to wendyv, trv, wendyv gone AWOL
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6004502
Chris Abani: Becoming Abigail, ApoloniaX to KiwiinEngland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6004470/
-Damien Leith: One More Time, Dancesports to Shroffland
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8032997/
Dinaw Mengestu: Children of the Revolution, soffitta1 to Dancesports, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6204713/
Dionne Brand: At the Full and Change of the Moon, eicuthbertson to Shroffland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8101804
Esther Freud: Hideous Kinky, jumpingin to Dancesports, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7317803/
Frances Mayes: Bella Tuscany. The Sweet Life in Italy, Shroffland to ApoloniaX, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7819391
Gaellen Quinn: The Last Aloha, Shroffland to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7997067/
George Lamming: The Emigrants, ApoloniaX to sing-on-a-star, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5594076/
George Orwell: Burmese Days, Shroffland to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6471063/
Hamid Ismailov: The Railway, soffitta1 to Tubereader, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6962836/
Helen Oyeyemi: The Opposite House, Annimanni to soffitta1, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7746155
Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex, Vilda to Tubereader, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8085268
Joanne Carroll: The Italian Romance, Dancesports to eicuthbertson, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8032994/
Joanne Harris: Five Quarters of the Orange, jumpingin to Shroffland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1461855/
John Berendt: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Shroffland to ApoloniaX, received
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7996932
Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild, sing-on-a-star to soffitta1, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8026289
Kavita Daswani: For Matrimonial Purposes, loveamystery to okyrhoe, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8071944
Laurence Stearne: A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, Tubereader to Shroffland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5117727
Lawrence Durrell: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, Annimanni to jumpingin, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6082666
Leila Aboulela: The Translator, Annimanni to loveamystery, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894403/
Leslie Forbes: Bombay Ice, loveamystery to Vilda, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2267721
Libby Hathorn: The Blue Dress, wendyv to Vilda, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8008746/
Lloyd Jones: Mister Pip, Tsjara to jumpingin, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7950035
Martin Booth: Gweilo, ApoloniaX to KiwiinEngland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7436013/
Min Jin Lee: Free Food for Millionaires, Shroffland to okyrhoe, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7996951/
Nadeem Aslam: Maps for Lost Lovers, Vilda to ApoloniaX and to Shroffland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8085234/
Patricia Storace: Dinner with Persephone, Travels in Greece, okyrhoe to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8011205/
Paul Theroux: Girls at Play, Shroffland to Tsjara, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6005905
Pedro Juan Gutierrez: Dirty Havana Trilogy, okyrhoe to Tubereader, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8011230
Peter Carey: True History of the Kelly Gang, okyrhoe to ApoloniaX, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/801121
Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana, Annimanni to soffitta1, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6082748
Roma Tearne: Brixton Beach, sing-on-a-star to ApoloniaX and to Shroffland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8025855
Salman Rushdie: The Enchantress of Florence, Shroffland to okyrhoe , received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7461627
Sarah Dunant: The Birth of Venus, jumpingin to Dancesports, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6174235/
Segun Afolabi: Goodbye Lucille, Annimanni to loveamystery, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7746122/
Sofka Zinovieff: Eurydice Street, A Place in Athens, okyrhoe to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8011188/
T.C. Boyle: Drop City, Tubereader to KiwiinEngland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5870803
Tania Unsworth: The Seahorse, KiwiinEngland to Annimanni, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7430480
Teresa McWatt: This Body, soffitta1 to eicuthbertson, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7338639/
Xinran: Miss Chopsticks, ApoloniaX to KiwiinEngland, received
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6127363/

 

WOW! That is an impressive list, so many different types of books covering so many countries.

Thanks for running another really interesting VBB ApoloniaX and Shroffland, and to everyone who participated to make it so great.

 

Thank you so much for this, ApoloniaX! It is an impressive collection of books.

 

Thank you to both of you for organizing such a great VBB. My books will be on their way soon.

 

Girls At Play, by Paul Theroux on its way to the Netherlands.

 

Both books received with thanks :)

 

A sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne - a wedll-travelled vintage copy of a vintage piece of literature.!

Thanks, Tubereader!

 

Brixton Beach, Maps for lost lovers from ApoloniaX, plus a wishlist title, Londonstani - journalled! Thanks!

To be journalled: Five Quarters of the Orange, from jumpingin, plus The Midwife, as a bonus! Thanks, too for the lovely note. Will P_M soon, too!

I have some IOUs from this VBB to finish reading and send out, and will be PMing and posting my progress with all that.

Love to you all.

 

The Birth of Venus and Hideous Kinky have arrived. Thank you jumpingin.

 

The Last Aloha and Burmese Days have arrived, along with a wishlist surprise RABCK! Thank you ever so much :)

 

Whoosh! I am so relieved! Enjoy.

 

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