First Sentence Wrap-It-Up Bookbox ROUND 2 (Closed)—USA Only

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Round 1 of the First Sentence Wrap It Up Bookbox went really well. Post here if you want to participate in Round 2.

Wrap your books in gift wrap, newspaper, whatever. Then either write or tape the first sentence to the outside of the wrapping. Don’t include title or author; it’s a surprise!

When the box comes to you, select your books and replace with the same number (or one less or one more if you choose).

Mixed genres, fiction or nonfiction ok. Books in good or better condition, please. Basically, include books people would want to read after being intrigued by the first sentence.

Post the sentences you select from the box and what the books turned out to be.

Bookbox Mailing List:
1) echode--WA
2) BooksandMusic--WA
3) samid--OR
4) heartthumper--KS
5) CaptainJack--AZ
6) Chicvolley99--CO
7) Barcino--CA
8) Spatial--VA <=Box here
9) Judypsu88--PA
Back to rhythmbiscuit--CO

Note: When I included my books, I used either the first sentence of the prologue or of Chapter One.


wingechodewing 6 mos ago
Please add me, and anywhere on the list (Seattle). Thx!


I'm located in Portland, OR.


Round 1 was fun!!! I'm in Kansas!


I'm in Phoenix, AZ.


I'm in Colorado


in Seattle


I'd love to join this one too.
I'm in California.

Also, I've just posted a new thread, in case you're interested ;)




I hope to have Round Two in the mail in the next 2-3 weeks.


Thank you all for your patience. I mailed the box to echode. Tracking #9549012652270269543267

There are 15 books in the box, but it’s a medium box. I hope you find something you enjoy!


I'm in Virginia.




PM'd NIL for address. Will go thru it this weekend, post my surprises, & send out Monday :)


ETD: Weds 10/07

I'd originally chosen 3, but upon opening, discovered I'd already read one of the books. Oops! So re-wrapped...

Swapping out 2:
"Isabella put her finger up to her earpiece" (Countdown America by M.C. Fox)
"It's late, and I can't sleep" (Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson)

Thank you! This was fun. I'm so curious what the other ones are!...


I just got back in town and had this lovely surprise waiting for me. I'm going to look through now.


my choices turned out to be Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger, My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor by Alec Guinness, The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
tracking ID # 9549 0148 7882 0289 8276 96


samid 4 mos ago
Box Received!
I’ll make my selections tonight and get this mailed out later this week.


samid 4 mos ago
My Selections
Here are the books I chose:

1. “I don’t recall my mood the morning I was born, but I imagine I felt a bit out of sorts.” (Spook by Mary Roach)

2. “I understand there was some controversy about the coroner’s ruling concerning Josephus Jones’s death.” (We Are Water by Wally Lamb)

3. “You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to inform his surroundings of his decision.” (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson)

4. “Varya is thirteen.” (The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin)

5. “My youth ended under the fluorescent lights of a jail cell as my body quivered with dry sobs of shame.” (Sixty Meters to Anywhere by Brendan Leonard)


This is on its way to heartthumper.

Tracking: 9549 0146 2591 0298 6386 63


See what happens when you get a little snow! LOL!!! Messaging the next in line!


All her books are packed away due to moving. I'll message the person after her.

I have made my choices tho:

1."Laura was in the cellar, doing some spring cleaning and hating every minute of it."
(The Mask by Dean Koontz)

2."Alec Kilcurt, laird of Kilcurt Holding and the most powerful werewolf in Europe, stomped through the snow and slush and wished he were anywhere, anywhere but here."
(Dead and Loving It by Mary Janice Davidson)

3."Whitney Foster was stuck in a traffic jam."
(Slow Dance at Sunrise by Jo McNally)

4."Growing up, I never witnessed serious illness or the difficulties of old age."
(Being Mortal by Atul Gawande)

5."Again! Again!" The men bind her again."
(Into The Water by Paula Hawkins)


Thank you for letting me know about Captain Jack. Sounds like you made some good choices!




I have chosen my books, and I will message the next in line for their address. I have chosen:

1. Goldcord Asylym by Jude Starling - "She was beautiful, the first madwoman I ever laid eyes in, and from the moment I saw her, I knew my purpose on this earth."
2. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot - "In ancient times, weddings were a little more casual than they are today."
3. Bride and Groom by Alisa Ganieva - "Completely soaked, the three of us dashed into a half-empty train car and plopped down onto a tattered bench."
4. Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes - "My parents named the house 'Mansion Royale,' a stately home in a post-Spanish, post-American, and newly post-Marcos democracy.'
5. Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville - "After the birth of a human being, his early years are obscurely spent in the toils or pleasures of childhood."
6. Needful Things by Stephen King - "You've been here before."
7. Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner - "I don't remember that night much anymore."

I also received some Bookcrossing supplies and a sweet holiday card from heartthumper. Thanks so much!


Tracking # through USPS is 9549012027080311564207


Are you taking anyone else? I would love to join!






Arrived today Friday. I'll pm the next in line and will mail the box asap. Thank you for letting me take part :)


as of Tuesday, November 17 2020. Happy reading!

I've picked:
The Trivandrum mail was on time. -> No Place Like Home, by Mary Higgins Clark

The harp player had just fallen off the stage and cracked his head on an Italian tourist's pint. -> McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy

I cannot believe I am standing in the exact spot where I was standing when I killed my mother. -> Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, by Robert James Waller

They say lots of things, -don't they?- about what it's like to drawn. -> The Pindar diamond, by Katie Hickman


wingSpatialwing 3 mos ago
Well...’s somewhere near me. :/

According to tracking:
“ November 28, 2020, 4:35 pm
Notice Left (No Secure Location Available)

We attempted to deliver your item at 4:35 pm on November 28, 2020 and a notice was left because no secure delivery location was available. You may arrange redelivery by using the Schedule a Redelivery feature on this page or may pick up the item at the Post Office indicated on the notice beginning November 30, 2020. If this item is unclaimed by December 13, 2020 then it will be returned to sender. ”

I’ll check on it tomorrow. I have no idea where they left a notice but it wasn’t at my address. *sigh*


wingSpatialwing 3 mos ago
RE: Well...
Yay! It was at the post office. I’ll pm the next person.


The box will travel tomorrow and I'll update then with the tracking #.

1. "It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times." (Autumn by Ali Smith)

2. "The old woman peered past the red geraniums in her deep front window at the figure lingering in the moon-white snow at the gate." (Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas)

3. "I am not the murdering kind, but I am planning to kill Mr. Monti because he is doing harm to my family." (Murdering Mr. Monti by Judith Viorst)

4. "The crystal paperweight should have been clear, but it was not." (Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan Hill)

5. "Slick fingers slid down the length of the long, hard surface then back up again." (Private Investigations by Tori Carrington)

I added 6 books to bring the box back up to 15. I was tired so I may have miscounted so who knows how many are in there. :)

EDIT: Well, it took longer than expected to make it to the post office but it was sent out Friday!

Tracking #: 9549010295760339339951


I think the box has been sitting at my local Post Office for a week now. Ugh!!


Nice surprise for a lazy Sunday! Have PM'd the next person. Will post my choices in a bit. :)


Here is what I picked - I took 10 and have 10 to put in.

"I was perusing the lunch menu at the Pelican Club when I let out a howl, which was a bit uncouth even for that unpretentious lodge."  McNally's Dilemma by Lawrence Sanders -

"My first, and thus far only, marriage ended exactly two days before Thanksgiving." The Klone and I by Danielle Steel -

"The Breeze blew into San Junipero in the shotgun seat of Billy Winton's Pinto wagon." Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore -

"Imagine that you have to break someone's arm." The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie -

"How much more of this do you think I can stand?" the patient demanded. Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra -

"It couldn't be Margie, because she would cry, and besides, she might bring the children, which would turn the whole thing into a circus." Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant -

"The day my future was foretold, I was just five years old." The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel -

"Grandpa was naked." Ratfink by Marcia Thornton Jones

"It's another exciting friday night, and I'm curled up in bed - alone, of course - propped up by a sea of pillows, still in my lab coat, the sash so taut it's suffocating the purple silk dress beneath it, but I don't care." I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan -

"I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet I worry that unless I write her story down, and see it bound and tidy on my bookshelf, I will be unable to ever write about anything else." An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin -


Tracking # - 9549014289920356346401


Unfortunately, this box hasn't been scanned since 12/25. I wonder where it is.


And just like that it has been updated!! I hope you get it soon!!


Thank you, all, for participating in this bookbox. It has returned home! I decided to open and journal all the books. I hope to do another round in a few months' time.


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