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Hi all

Starting a wee memorial release challenge for my nephew Mike, who sadly passed away recently. We've been clearing his flat and I've taken some of his books to read and release (including a bookcrossing one that I'd given him), and I thought it would be nice idea to add to this. I have some planned releases in the summer that I'll link to this so I think I'll run it for the rest of the year, if anyone else would like to join in, please do!

Mike was 33 years old and was a lifelong booklover. He left school at 16 and wasn't perhaps a bloke you'd expect to be particularly 'bookish', but he loved books... Hunter S Thompson was probably his favourite author, so anything by him, Chuck Palianuk, any 'gonzo' style writing... travel books, anything to do with motorbikes, the outdoors, photography, trees (he had been training to become a tree surgeon), food and drink (he worked as a butcher and was a great chef), cats, guns/weaponry, knowledge/fact books ('why don't penguins feet freeze' type things) - you're probably getting an idea from this list of the eclectic nature of his interests!

I'll try to pick release spots which are places I think he'd have liked, especially outdoor places...


wingpam99wing 2 yrs ago
Go, by Simon Lewis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13869431/
released in the Kibble Palace at Glasgow's Botanical Gardens


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13666170/ Tree Surgery for Beginners

I'm sorry about your nephew, and if I run across any suitable titles I will release for this challenge.


Sorry to hear about your nephew: he sounds like quite an interesting person. This is a nice way to celebrate his memory.


I'll be happy to release something in his memory.


Not sure if it qualifies as "gonzo", but Christopher Moore definitely does over-the-top wacky. There's a food & drink tie-in, and a scene about turkey bowling in a supermarket...

Bloodsucking Fiends - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13821014


As soon as I come across a suitable title I'd be happy to release it into my little free library in memory of Mike. I'm so sorry to hear about his death. My little free library is in memory of my daughter so I definitely "get it."


but when I remembered I added this Challenge to several cookbooks I'm releasing for the http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/528394 Wine+Food release challenge run by GoryDetails, so I'll have a few to post here.


wingpam99wing 2 yrs ago
thank you
brilliant, thank you! I'm working my way through the books I took from his shelves, and I have a couple of good ideas for themed releases...


1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719259/ The Martha's Vineyard Table

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13643954 It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything [about food]

3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719254/ Best of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Casseroles [cookbook]

4 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719256/ Cookin' in the Keys [cookbook]


5 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469842/ The Bean TREES

6 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13666199/ Favorite Recipes of America: Casseroles, Including Breads [cookbook]

7 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719257/ How to Cook Everything: Holiday Cooking [cookbook]

8 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13874667/ Out of Vermont Kitchens [cookbook]


9 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719260/ Accent on Seasoning [cookbook]

10 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13666279/ Desserts [cookbook]


11 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13724943 Cypress Grove [a grove of cypress trees]

12 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/The Sainsbury Book of Wholefood Cooking [cookbook]

13 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13719261/ Pizza COOKBOOK


especially the pizza cookbook - he worked for many years in a butchers, and would then eat pizza on Xmas Day, having spent weeks dealing with frantic turkey orders...

I've released this one which came from his shelves - released in Renton as it's the furthest I've driven on my moped (a good 50 miles from home, and it involved going through the Clyde Tunnel. I was terrified, Mike would have found this hilarious)



14 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13783413/ Maine Mountain Guide: AMC's Comprehensive Guide To HIKING Trails Of Maine, Featuring Baxter State Park And Acadia National Park [outdoors]


15 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13823706/ Fodor's Around Washington, D.C. With Kids [travel guide]

16 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13725464/ DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 Dublin [travel guide]

17 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469588/ The Trail Home: Essays [outdoors]


18 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13724944/ Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2014 [travel]

19 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13878497/ The Magical Christmas Cat [cats]


20 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/The Rough Guide to Rome [travel]


21 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469844/ Henry David Thoreau: Three Complete Books: The Maine WOODS, Walden, Cape Cod [trees]

22 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469747/ Whiskers & Smoke [cats]


23 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13841151/ World's Worst Travel Destinations: 50 Travel Experiences You Will Want to Miss... [travel]


24 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13887994/ Time Out Shortlist New York 2014 [travel]


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
Release #1
1. Circle of Friends - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13954191

Somehow I imagine that Mike was a very good friend to those who were important to him :-) I wrote Released in Memory of Mike on the inside cover.


wingpam99wing 2 yrs ago
RE: Release #1
he absolutely was. Thank you.


25 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13884986/ Forbes City Guide New York 2010 [travel]

26 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13722459/ Let's Halt Awhile in Ireland [travel]

27 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13866441/ Song of the Trees [trees]


28 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879233/ Country Wild [outdoors]

29 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879234/ Books for World Explorers: Wilderness Challenge [outdoors]

30 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718751/ The Complete Guide to Using Color in Your Garden: How to Combine Perennials, Annuals, Trees, and Shrubs for a More Beautiful Landscape [trees]

31 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794312/ Sees Behind Trees [trees]


32 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13823710/ Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? and Other Imponderables [knowledge/fact books]


Thank you so much! I've not been on bookcrossing much lately but I released this today for Mike:



33 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14079632/ Tree of Freedom [trees]


this one was mine to start with, he loved it too:


he'd also have liked that I released a book about the Brazilian favelos and gang violence in Troon during the golf Open...


wingpam99wing 2 yrs ago
and another
Mike was the first male in numerous generations of the family not to be a miner - his father and grandfather both worked at Killoch in Ayrshire until it closed in the 1980s, and his father subsequently worked as a mine engineer in South Africa. His grandpa would have been fascinated by the slate mine we visited yesterday, and I released another of Mike's books there in his memory:



34 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14123411/ The Call of Katahdin: Life in Werler's Woods [outdoors, trees]

35 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469567/ Range of Light: The Sierra Nevada [outdoors]

36 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14069923/ Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

37 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14176739/ Between a Rock and a Hard Place [outdoors]

38 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13090939/ Walden and Civil Disobedience [outdoors]

39 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14158805/ Yellowstone National Park [outdoors]

40 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13260018 New England Wilds [outdoors]

41 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14177264/ Waltzing the CAT


42 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13205873/ The CAT in the Hat

43 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879282/ The CAT: You're the CAT's Meow! How to Love and Raise Your CAT

44 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718727/ The Last Little CAT

45 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14099946/ TREE


46 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14126411 Magic TREE House # 4: Pirates Past Noon


47 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14108412/ The Making of the National Parks: An American Idea [the outdoors]


48 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879359 Togus: A Coon CAT Finds a Home

49 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14141397/ Chicken Soup for the CAT Lover's Soul: Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm

50 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14126880/ All I Need to Know I Learned from My CAT

51 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14147478/ How to Live with a Calculating CAT

52 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469749/ Julia's CATS: Julia Child's Life in the Company of CATS

53 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469748/ I Purr, Therefore I Am: Never Before Collected Observations on All Things CAT

54 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469818/ CATS' Letters to Santa

55 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14190912/ Quirky CATS!


56 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14210361/ Islands Down East: A Visitor's Guide [the outdoors] [CONTROLLED RELEASE]


57 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14266547/ The Country of the POINTED FIRS, and Other Stories [trees]


58 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14283051/ Backpacker: Using a GPS: Digital Trip Planning, Recording, And Sharing [outdoors]


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