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Trying to see if there is any interest in a General Literature/non Genre VBB Bookbox with books like:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Time Traveler's Wife
River, Cross My Heart
The Elephant Keeper

I would ask each participant to offer 2 books as seed for the box to start.(You may seed with more than 2) After you commit to joining the box you would send me the titles/author/BCID numbers of the seed books. You will hang onto your two(or more) seed books until such time as they are selected from the VBB.
I would ask all participants to be timely in mailing out their books once they are selected-within 6 weeks.

Round 16 starting September 14

Participant Order:

love2cook(USA)<<<Box is Here September 14

******This box is for General Literature/Non Genre Books, Please no mystery/thrillers or strictly Romance books.*******

Each person will have 5 days to make their selections and additions. Players who do not respond in time will be bumped to the bottom of the list. After 2 times with no response they will be removed from the rotation and their books removed from the list unless they contact me about getting back in the rotation.

Your 2 submitted books are for seed so if you select 2 books on your turn you will need to add 2 new books(not counting your seed books)

You may add extra books to the list anytime-just let me know.

I hope everyone has fun with the box and finds some great new reading material.

New ACTIVE Bookcrossing Players Welcome anytime!! I reserve the right to remove players who are no longer active on Bookcrossing from the players list.

Most Recent
Round 13: August 3, 2015 to December 24, 2015
Round 14: December 30, 2015 to May 14, 2016
Round 15: May 18, 2016 to September 12, 2016




from love2cook. Thanks so much for the book and the bookmark!


I would like to read:
Summer Island by Kristin Hannah (bookstogive)
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (bookstogive)

I will enclose:
Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston (love2cook)

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (love2cook)

Would have liked to have chosen more but, alas, I didn't have ones to replace them.
Thanks for including me.


Only two choices this time but lots more I would like.
Big Cherry Holler
Salem Falls.
I'll add
The Secret Life of Bees...
The Mermaid Chair....


ladybug74 9 yrs ago
Harriet and Isabella from wildflower37. Thanks!


Thanks to Jennyc1230. Arrived while I was on vacation.


Will send you message to see if can still join....


Welcome! I sent you a pm


Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult to kayjay33. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Brick Lane by Monica Ali from eparks4232. Thanks! :)


Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult arrived today.
Thank you Ladybug74 for sending it along so promptly.


Today my mailman brought me Big Cherry Holler, a sequel to Big Stone Gap which I have read ,so I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thank you Angelface74.


Middlesex from JudySlump612. Thanks!


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from perryfran. Thanks so much!


wing6of8wing 9 yrs ago
My selection
I am excited to be able to play this round! I will be a good girl and select just one book:

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor (Maranlin)

In return, I will contribute two books that I have just finished reading:

Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh (6of8)

The Martian Child by David Gerrold (6of8)



Fall on Your Knees from daberco. Thank you very much!


mailed out today


An Irish Country Doctor to 6of8. I hope you enjoy it. It's a fun read.


cherryj 9 yrs ago
I've chosen:
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve (angelface46)

And I will add:
Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel

Much thanks!


The Sisters Brothers from Kally93. Sorry, received this last week and forgot to post a note. Thanks! I can't wait to read it later this month.


list went to oliviapoolside


I have selected:
The Book of Secrets by MG Vassenji (cherryj)
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (Oppem)

I am putting in:
Heaven Lake by John Dalton
blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris


wingoppemwing 9 yrs ago
RE: My turn

I have selected:
The Book of Secrets by MG Vassenji (cherryj)
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (Oppem)

I am putting in:
Heaven Lake by John Dalton
blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris

Will have Thirteen Moons by Chares Frazier heading your way this week or early next.. thanks for choosing what I thought was a Wonderful book.


I would like to choose these two:
The Shadow Wife by Diane Chamberlain (angelface46)
Your Oasis on Flame Lake by Lorna Landvik (Meekachu07)

And I will offer these:
Angels by Marian Keyes
Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

I'll send pm's with my address for the two I chose.

Happy Easter everyone :-)


So I will replace one of my books (a YA book that has not been selected):

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (perryfran)

March by Geraldine Brooks (perryfran)



mailed off to oliviapoolside. Enjoy!


I'll have to go through it and make my choices in the next day or so.



What an amazing selection! It was fun reading the JEs and book synopses to help me decide...

Taking out:
Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy (jumpingin)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Rumomma)

Putting in:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Thanks for hosting this dynamic VBB. May it continue to flourish with wonderful books!


Since Shardik has been around for the whole list and not been chosen, I'd like to replace it with another book. So I'll take that one, and these other four:

- House of Sand and Fog (angelface46)
- Moon Over Lake Elmo (Meekachu07)
- Put Out More Flags (6of8)
- Martian Child (6of8)

In exchange, I'll offer these five books:
- The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler

- Faceless Killers, Henning Mankell

- The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis

- On Beauty, Zadie Smith

- Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander McCall Smith

Thanks, all, especially bookstogive!


Taking out:
blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris (oliviapoolside)

Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker (ladybug74)

Shoot The Moon by Billie Letts (angelface46)

Where or When by Anita Shreveport (Rumomma)

I'm also taking out my book that has been in for 2 rounds:
Forrest Gump by: Winston Groom

Books I put in:
(putting in 1 extra to take place of Forrest Gump)

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Life of David Gale by Dewey Gram

Night Swimming by Robin Schwartz

Horseplay by Judy Renee Singer

Women with Men by Richard Ford

Thanks for hosting this, bookstogive!

P.S. I contacted everyone whose books I requested.


Shroffland 8 yrs ago
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan arrived today. Thank you, Rumomma!


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan arrived today. Thank you, Rumomma!

You're welcome! Enjoy. :)


As always, another great list of books to choose from. I'm really enjoying this VBB!! I will make my selections this weekend.


I have chosen the following books from the VBB:

Five Quarters of the Orange
The Life of David Gale
Night Swimming
What We Keep
I am also removing In Her Shoes. It has not been chosen for two rounds.

I am replacing with the following books:

The Stoning of Soraya M. by Freidoune Sahebjam

Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

Flying Changes by Sara Gruen

The Red Hat Society:Fun and Friendship After Fifty by Sue Ellen Cooper

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

I have pm'd those whose books I have chosen.


Five Quarters of the Orange is on its way via media mail. Enjoy!


House of Sand & Fog arrived today from angelface46, and Meekachu07 already sent me Moon Over Lake Elmo. And 6of8 has PM'd me from the Dublin Convention, and will be mailing my other two choices sometime this week. So everyone is being impeccably prompt and responsible. MUCH appreciated!


I received these two choices:

blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris (oliviapoolside)

Where or When by Anita Shreveport (Rumomma)

I'm sending these two to dabercro:

The Life of David Gale by Dewey Gram
Night Swimming by Robin Schwartz


Shoot The Moon by Billie Letts (angelface46)


and I will be choosing this weekend.


Location in Alabama, will ship anywhere. Thanks!


What We Keep from bookstogive and Five Quarters of the Orange from Shroffland. Thank you!!


on the same day, both of the ones I requested!
Your Oasis on Flame Lake from Meekachu07 and The Shadow Wife from angelface46


bookstogive, I can't seem to send you a pm, but I'm sure you'll see this here.

For this round I've chosen
Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes (angelface46)

And I am offering
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman (jumpingin)



Got it! They must have updated the database, I fixed my profile so messages can come thru again :)


I have the list and will pour over it for the next couple days. Thanks all!


From angelface46. Much thanks!!


I would like to choose:

1) At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott (jnpert)

2) Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi (Oppem)

3) The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier (bookstogive)

I will replace with:

1) Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

2) The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

3) Home Safe: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg

Thank you all for the wonderful choices.

PMs have been sent.


Will have Ursula Hegi's book "Stones from the River" in the post for you later this week - thanks for choosing this - its one of my favourite books & needed a new home.


Will go over it and get back with my selections in a day or two. Thanks!


jnpert 8 yrs ago
To Fracula
Mailed out "At Weddings and Wakes". Enjoy!


This box has such wonderful choices it’s always so difficult to decide.
But this time I will pick:
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (angelface46)

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (booklady331)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (LovesOU)

The Stoning of Soraya M. by Freidoune Sahebjam (dabercro)

And I will contribute the following:
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (biisbsw)

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans (biisbsw)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (biisbsw)

River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke (biisbsw)

I will shortly be sending out PM’s to those whose books I’ve selected. Thanks everyone!

FYI - My TBR pile is beginning to become unmanageable so, most likely, next round I will start switching out those books of mine that have been round several times now. Just thought I'd let you all know in case anyone had been debating about selecting any of these books.


The Life of David Gale and Night Swimming arrived in the mail yesterday from JennyC1230. Thank you!
Mailing The Stoning of Soraya M to biisbsw today.


My selections:

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (biisbsw)

Replacements are:

Who Stole the Funny? by Robby Benson

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox

In Arcadia by Ben Okri

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Hope to have the picked done by Thursday.


I'm taking out 2 I placed as seed books:
Little Alters Everywhere By Rebecca Wells (LovesOU)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (LovesOU)

These have been in a few rounds without anyone taking them. If you would like the book, just PM me your address and it's yours. I am replacing these with:

The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith BCID# 511-10186947
A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve BCID# 632-10025351

I am taking out of the VBB:
1. East of Eden By John Steinbeck (bookstogive)
2. Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel (cherryj)
3. Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (wildflower37)
4.Horseplay by Judy Renee Singer (JennyC1230)
5.Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Fracula)
6. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (ladybug74)

I am replacing with:
1. Morality for Beautiful Girls By Alexander McCall Smith BCID#665-1293842
2. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith BCID#251-10107170
3. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome BCID# 5077064985
4. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith BCID#906-10025346
5. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides BCID# 373-10357453
6. Tea and Tiramisu by Karen Nelson BCID# 243-2914553


This was a fab VBB. I ALWAYS find great reads. Thanks everyone.


angelface46 8 yrs ago
fun list
Received and sent the list back to bookstogive.

1. Riding Lessons (dabercro)
2. Flying Changes (dabercro)
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (love2cook)
4. The Mermaid Chair (kayjay33)
5. The Vagina Monologues (JudySlump612)
6. American Wife (love2cook)
7. On Beauty (JudySlump612)
Put in:
1. Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton (893-10367513)
2. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks (838-11136048)
3. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (900-10367582)
4. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (275-10367584)
5. Jewel by Brett Lott (650-10367510)
6. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (331-10367585)
7. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (787-11136052)


jumpingin 8 yrs ago
Mother of Pearl from angelface46. Thanks very much!


biisbsw 8 yrs ago
New Moon from booklady331
The God of Small Things from LovesOU
and earlier in the week
The Stoning of Soraya M. from dabercro

Thanks everyone!

I had meant to send out Less than Zero to Meekachu07 on Saturday when I made my post office run but realized today that I had forgetten to so I will get that out later this week.


sent to Shroffland today. Sorry for the delay!


dabercro 8 yrs ago
In the mail
Riding Lessons and Flying Changes will be mailed to angelface46 today.


1) At Weddings and Wakes received May 16th from jnpert

2) Stones from the River received May 23 from oppem

Thanks, friends!


You are welcome. Enjoy!


Received Flying Changes & Riding Lessons


I received The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and American Wife today. Thank you ladies!


Fruit of the Lemon, from jumpingin. Thanks! Hoisting it up on to the ever-growing TBR mountain...


Received On Beauty, The Mermaid's Chair and the Vagina Monologues today! Thanks!


rem_LovesOU 8 yrs ago
is teetering. East of Eden arrived today. (YES!) Thanks you bookstogive for hosting and sending this classic along to me.


Glad it got there ok!


I received this:
Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker (ladybug74)

Sent this one to LovesOU:
Horseplay by Judy Renee Singer

I've gotten all my books that I chose in this round. Thanks for hosting!


rem_LovesOU 8 yrs ago
I received Falling Leaves, Beatrice and Virgil, and Dogs of Babel. Thank you for hosting this round. I have tons of summer reading to do! Love it.


jeskawest 8 yrs ago
my choice
This time I chose Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler. I am adding Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.


I received Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler - thanks jnpert!


The Virgin Blue arrived today. Thanks so much.


jnpert 8 yrs ago
My Picks
Thanks for the great list!

Here are my selections:
1 Heaven Lake
2 Mommy Tracked
3 The End of the Alphabet
4 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
5 Until the Real Thing Comes Along

I will also remove one of my books that has been on the list for a couple rounds
6 Innocence

I will add:
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

The Irresistable Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson

Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach

Will send out PMs to the owners of my picks.


Mailed this off to jeskawest this morning. Enjoy!


Got it - thank you!! :)


wingBooksandMusicwing 8 yrs ago
I've mailed Heaven Lake to jnpert.


jnpert 8 yrs ago
RE: Sent
Received the book today. Thank you!


Sending "The End of the Alphabet" in today's mail.

Here are the Calgary BookCrosser's comments on a different copy of the same book:


I've decided to take
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (JudySlump612)

and I will be putting in
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
by Mark Dunn


I've received Horseplay from JennyC. Looks fun!


jnpert 8 yrs ago
Kitchen House
Sent this off to wildflower37 this morning. Enjoy!


babsdotter 8 yrs ago
Thank you
I've received Faceless Killers from JudySlump612. Can't wait to read it.


And will be going through it this weekend! :)


This one is in the mail to Rumomma. Enjoy!


Hi! I've made my selections:

March (perryfran)

I'm going to add these two:

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


Thanks for posting for me! I forgot and went to post this morning and it was done. :)


Rumomma- Dropped Seabiscuit off at the post office today. Enjoy!


I have chosen:
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith

I am adding:
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
Frogs and Other Stories by Diane Schoemperlen


that I got a message from oppem's daughter that she passed away a couple of days ago. I know many of us were "friends" with her here on BC and she will be missed.


that I got a message from oppem's daughter that she passed away a couple of days ago. I know many of us were "friends" with her here on BC and she will be missed.

I didn't know her, but I'm very sorry to hear that. Hugs to her family and friends.


Thats truly sad...My condolences to her family


So sorry to hear this sad news.


Sorry to hear about your and the BC community's loss. :(


March arrived yesterday from perryfran. thanks!!


on July 4th


Selecting from box:

Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold (wildflower37)

One Missisissippi by Mark Childress (Meekachu07)

Tea and Tiramisu by Karen Nelson (LovesOU)

The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle (LovesOU)

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (Rumomma)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Shroffland)

Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach (jnpert)

Adding to the Box:

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (bookstogive)

Moo by Jane Smiley (bookstogive)

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (bookstogive)

Buddha Da by Anne Donovan (bookstogive)

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (bookstogive)

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (bookstogive)

Providence by Anita Brookner (bookstogive)

The Diagnosis by Alan Lightman (bookstogive)

Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller (bookstogive)

The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne (bookstogive)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (bookstogive)

Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White (bookstogive)

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (bookstogive)


I got this one last week and forgot to post that I got it! It's here, safe and sound, just waiting patiently on my tbr. :)



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