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wingMaranlinwing 2 yrs ago
Q's Legacy
Book has been mailed today to elizardbreath. Enjoy!


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My books are all fine and reserved for the VBB. I do the same as lauraloo and keep them in a separate place so they are not released by accident.


I think I am well set. I also keep my books for the VBB separate and marked "reserved." I'll double check, but I'm *USUALLY* good that way.(Hopefully now I don't find any mistakes and make a fool of myself for bragging ... LOL)


Books are here and waiting to be claimed.


REMOVE unclaimed:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Painted Girls
Summer Rental

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (bookstogive)

A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore (bookstogive)

By Bread Alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch (bookstogive)

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton by Catherine Alliott (eponine38)

Cape Cod by William Martin (eponine38)

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (eponine38)

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell (eponine38)

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (eponine38)

Moloka’I by Alan Brennert (eponine38)




wingSpatialwing 9 mos ago
Round 21
Thank you for hosting another round, bookstogive!

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (eponine38)

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning (jlautner)

Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre (Spatial)

Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein (HC) (Spatial)

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood (HC) (Spatial)

ADDING (US only):
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (HC) (Spatial)

Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson (Spatial)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Spatial)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Spatial)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Spatial)



wingSpatialwing 9 mos ago
RE: Round 21
I've received both books requested:
The Big Over Easy from Eponine38
My Notorious Life from jlautner

Thank you both for offering these books and for sending them to me!


I've been away for a while ... storage and all. Yeesh.


I've been away for a while ... storage and all. Yeesh.


Here's what I am requesting:

Lady Susan (really bookish)
Italian for beginners (maranlin)
Pompeii (eponine)
Plain Brown Wrapper (books to give)
Ship Fever (Really bookish)
Master and Margarita (Southernfryd)
Ladder of Years (dabercro)

Here's what I'd like to offer:

The Enchanted Wanderer, Nikolai Leskov (883-14431681)
Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer, Andrei Makine
Red Cavalry, by Isaac Babel
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson
Eden by Olympia Vernon
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris



I am taking out:

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (ReallyBookish)
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (Dove-i-Libri)
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (Meekachu07)
Holy Fools by Joanne Harris(Shroffland)
Every Sunday by Peter Pezzelli (bookstogive)
Italian Lessons by Peter Pezzelli (bookstogive)
Prelude by B. J. Hoff (bookstogive)
The Fig Eater by Jody Shields (bookstogive)
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James (bookstogive)
Francesca's Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli (bookstogive)(HC)
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (perryfran)
A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed (perryfran)
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon (jlautner)
The Food of Love by Anthony Capella (jlautner)

And I am adding.....

An Ocean Apart by Robin Pilcher (elizardbreath)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (elizardbreath)

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd (elizardbreath)

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (elizardbreath)

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (elizardbreath)

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (elizardbreath)

The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris (elizardbreath)

The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson (elizardbreath)

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll (elizardbreath)

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve (elizardbreath)

The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory (elizardbreath)

The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn (elizardbreath)

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart (elizardbreath)

Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston (elizardbreath)



Shipped out "The Reader" today....sorry for the delay


... your selections will go out to you shortly. Likely tomorrow. Thanks!


The selections made by freezone and elizardbreath went out in yesterday's mail. Thanks!


... is going in the mail tomorrow


Italian For Beginners to freezone. Enjoy!


wingQueen72wing 9 mos ago
My selection

I’ll select
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (eponine38)
And replace with
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante



...and the mail was full of new books! Thank you all so much. It's a good rainy day for reading today (and then napping, I think.)


thank you so much! Now to finish the dense tome I'm reading, for something a little lighter...


freezone 8 mos ago
thank you!
Received Plain Brown Wrapper

thanks so much! Time to get reading....



I would like to read:
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr (Readertoo)
Gemstone by Barbara Delinsky (southernfryed)

I will replace them with:
The Pact by Jodi Picoult (love2cook)
Lord of the Isles by Amanda Scott (love2cook)

Thank you!


wingperryfranwing 7 mos ago
Round 22
Here's my moves for round 22:

I will select:

California Rush by Sherwood Kiraly (Meekachu07)

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton (msjoanna)

I will also replace these books that have not been selected:

Alice by Christina Henry (perryfran)

Aztec by Gary Jennings (perryfran)

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (perryfran)

Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende (perryfran)

Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream (perryfran)

Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende - 1001 book (perryfran)

The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte (perryfran)

I will replace these with the following (US SHIPPING ONLY):

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon (perryfran)
(Two volumes count as one book)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (perryfran)

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (perryfran)

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari (perryfran)

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman (perryfran)

The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley (perryfran)

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone (perryfran)

An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance (perryfran)

Sutton by J.R. Moehringer (perryfran)



wingjumpinginwing 7 mos ago
My picks
I am removing:
Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg (jumpingin)

Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway (jumpingin)

I am choosing:
A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery (Maranlin)

I am adding:
Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee (jumpingin)

(Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai (jumpingin)

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

Thanks, everyone!


A Tangled Web to jumpingin. Enjoy!


Meekachu07 7 mos ago
My turn
Hello bookstogive,

I won't select any books this go around, but will remove True Blue, Catch 22, & The Snow Kimono and add

Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

My Date With Satan by Stacey Richter

The Snow Kimono By Mark Henshaw

Thanks for hosting!


I am not selecting anything this round, but will remove the following two books:

Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd

Somewhere In France by Jennifer Robson

I am adding the following two books:

The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher (Maranlin)

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


I am choosing the following book from the VBB: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (donated by waterfalling)

I am removing the following books from the VBB:
Apartment 3B by Patricia Scanlan
Atonement by Ian McEwan
If I Had You by Lynn Kurland
The Dog Who Came in from the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
The Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle
The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy

I am adding the following books to the VBB:
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield,
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok,
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead,
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers,
So Big by Edna Ferber,
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen,
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh,
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton,


I have requested from the list:
- The Importance of Being Earnest (ReallyBookish)
- The Secret Keeper (tabby-cat-owner)

I am removing my books from the list:
- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
- The Welsh Girl

I am adding to the list:
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Where or When by Anita Shreve

PMs have been sent to bookstogive, ReallyBookish, and tabby-cat-owner.


I'll make my selections / additions shortly and will post back. Thanks!


Here's what I'd like to do this time.


Bartleby, The Scrivener by Herman Melville (ReallyBookish)

Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons (ReallyBookish)

On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons (ReallyBookish)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (ReallyBookish)


Stolen Child by Clare Boylan (lauraloo29)


Coraline by Neil Gaiman (ReallyBookish)

Old Christmas by Washington Irving (ReallyBookish)

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (ReallyBookish)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (ReallyBookish)

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (ReallyBookish)

Sending PMs now. Once again, thank you to bookstogive for organizing this great VBB!


I am choosing the following books:

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen (jumpingin)

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (waterfalling)

Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg (Meekachu07)

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman (perryfran)

The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty (bookstogive)

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (perryfran)

I will be removing the following books that have not been chosen:

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (dabercro)
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (dabercro)
Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank (dabercro)
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates (dabercro)
The Noise of Infinite Longing by Luisita Lopez Terrgrosa (dabercro)
The Passions of Chelsea Kane by Barbara Delinsky (dabercro)

I will add the following books for USA shipping only:

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern (dabercro)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (dabercro)

Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (dabercro)

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (dabercro)

School Days by Robert B Parker (dabercro)

Songs In Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris (dabercro)

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (dabercro)

The Butterfly House by Marcia Preston (dabercro)

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans (dabercro)

The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares (dabercro)

Vision in White by Nora Roberts (dabercro)

Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford (dabercro)


The Marriage of Opposites and Skylight Confessions arrived in today's mail. Thanks, perryfran.


Arrived in the mail today. Thanks for sending, Meekachu07.


wingjlautnerwing 5 mos ago
My choices
I’m removing:

Embers by Sandor Marai (jlautner)

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley (jlautner)

South of Superior by Ellen Airgood (jlautner)

I have chosen:

Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich (Shroffland)

The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Shroffland)

I’m adding:

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (jlautner)

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (jlautner)

The Gathering by Anne Enright (jlautner)

The Lights of Earth by Gina Berriault (jlautner)

The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco (jlautner)




Judy, I mailed your books on Friday. Enjoy!


A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Laurence Stearne (Shroffland)
The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne (Shroffland)

Moloka’I by Alan Brennert (eponine38)
The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty by Sue Ellen Cooper (Maranlin)
Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee (jumpingin)

Putting In:
Certainty by Madeleine Thien (Shroffland) TBR
Healer by Carol Cassella (Shroffland)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Shroffland) TBR
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw ( Shroffland) TBR

Thanks for helping me pick my next books to read, so Zi can send them on,



It arrived in today’s mail! Thank you!


It arrived in today’s mail! Thank you!


The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty to Shroffland. Enjoy the book!


The Red Hat Society arrived late last week. Thank you!


Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber (southernfryed)

Fast and Loose by Fern Michaels (southernfryed)

Hidden Fires by Sandra Brown (southernfryed)

I am not choosing any this round. Replacing the above with:
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (southernfryed)

The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer (southernfryed)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (southernfryed)


After 8 years of hosting this General Literature VBB, I am ready to hand over the hosting duties to another host and am looking for someone who would like to take the reins.
If you are interested in being the host going forward after this current round please pm me and let me know.


Oh, you have been a wonderful and patient host. I wish I could take over for you but the real world is interfering with my book life, and I am having a hard time juggling. Thank you for all you've put into this, though.


My two choices arrived while I was out of town: Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss. I look forward to reading both! Thank you, Schroffland!


OK the list is here with me!

I will be contacting (bookstogive)
for this book: The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J. Stokes

And I will be adding The Other Side of Midnight (dove-i-libri)
USA shipping, please.


I’m a but slow but here are my choices and additions:
I will be taking out the following books:

Cape Cod by William Martin (eponine38)

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (freezone)

Healer by Carol Cassella (Shroffland)

The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher (Maranlin)

I will be adding these books:

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

A Place Called Home by Lori Wick

Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley

Cold Mountain by Charles



lauraloo29 4 mos ago
Thank you
I'm only replacing this round.

I am removing:

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans (lauraloo29)

Just for the Summer by Judy Astley (lauraloo29)

Leading the Cheers by Justin Cartwright (lauraloo29)

Once Upon a Dream by Katherine Kingsley (lauraloo29)

The Book of Color by Julia Blackburn (lauraloo29)

The Fairest Among Women by Shifra Horn (lauraloo29)

The Last Day by Glenn Kleier (lauraloo29)

The Mistress by Danielle Steel (lauraloo29)

The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (lauraloo29)

The Slow Awakening by Catherine Cookson (lauraloo29)

Under the Inflence by Joyce Maynard (lauraloo29)

And replacing with:

A Bride Most Begrudging

Ape House

Artist of the Beautiful

Counting Back from Nine

Skylark Farm

The Bathhouse

The Grounding of Group 6

The Italian

The Winter Ghosts


When God was a Rabbit


The Empty House to Readertoo. Enjoy the read!


I will REMOVE unclaimed:

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (eponine38)

March by Geraldine Brooks (eponine38)

and will REPLACE with: [U.S. shipping only]

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova [Hardcover] (eponine38)

Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry [Hardcover] (eponine38)



As many of you know I was looking for someone to take over both this VBB and the Mystery VBB I host and had a couple offers of folks who may be willing to do the hosting, but after much consideration I have decided to continue to host both VBB's as I do enjoy it and I know many others do as well.

I have SO SO many books here to share with others what I have decided to do for the next rounds is put many, many more of my books into the VBB's so as to give these books a new possible home and move them on so as to lighten my load (so to speak).

It will of course make the majority of the books on the list mine but that is fine with me and hopefully it will allow you all to find some books you might want to read.

I appreciate the many pm's received from people concerned about me and my path forward with Bookcrossing as while I admit it has been seriously disappointing lately to me(and others) overall I do enjoy it and hope for some positive changes in the future.

I hope you all will continue on with me in this VBB journey and Happy Bookcrossing!


As I also commented over in the Mystery/Thriller thread, thank you so much for continuing to host this great VBB! :)


Thank you, bookstogive for continuing to serve as our host. This is a wonderful VBB and you are an amazing host. I can imagine how much work goes into this to keep it going and that is much appreciated.


I just saw this discussion (I'm not on the site very often these days) and want to add my thanks to you, bookstogive, for so many years of patient hosting!


wingSpatialwing 3 mos ago
Round 22
Thank you for hosting another round, bookstogive! And so glad that you have chosen to stay and continue hosting these wonderful boxes!

I am not requesting any books this round.

Altered Orchid by Edgar Beaumont (Spatial)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Spatial)

Three Junes by Julia Glass (Spatial)

ADDING (US only):
Longbourn by Jo Baker (HC) (Spatial)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Spatial)

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones (HC) (Spatial)


probably will be received today or tomorrow.


Hello bookstogive,

As always, thanks for hosting another round.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (Queen72)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Queen72)
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Queen72)

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (waterfalling)

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (freezone)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (bookstogive)

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (dabercro)

Replacing with:
China Rich Girl by Kevin Kwan (Queen72)

Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Queen72)

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (Queen72)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Queen72)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Queen72)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Queen72)

Who do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (Queen72)


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