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1. Namadgi, ACT, Australia.
Caught & journalled.

2. Adaminaby, NSW, Australia. (Themed release)

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"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page."

Bookcrossing is about letting books travel. Travel with books, travel for books. Make this a world of travelling books.
Go where you never went before, and find the surprises waiting there for you. Leave a book to be the next visitors surprise.

What's this challenge?

The goal of this challenge is to release books in at least 52 different towns throughout the year 2017. This is an average of one per week, but doesn't need to be one each week.
You're welcome to join also if you're sure you won't make the 52 - just try and make it as many as possible.

Some rules...

* You can join the challenge at any time, and also count books you released before joining as long as they were released in 2017 (local time).
* Wild, OBCZ and geocache releases count.
* Controlled releases and meetup handovers do not count.
* Public transport vehicles can't usually be assigned to one town because the vehicle will leave the city limits. They don't count, then. Just release another book at the station and you're fine ;)
* You need to release the books yourself at the place in question. You cannot release a book "to" some place, but only "at" some place. It's always the place where the book leaves YOUR hand which counts.
* Geocaches count for the town where the box lies, also if the listing coordinates are somewhere else.
* Of course you can visit the same places as in previous years again. New year, new challenge.
* Please include at least the following in your posts: Sequential number, country, state/province/region and name of the town, and a link to the books journal. Really, please mention the country in each post also if in your mind there only exists one country, or you believe that everyone should know that city.
* Please post only one release for each town. If you release more than one book, choose one freely.
* Report as many releases as available in one posting, but don't add new towns by editing old postings. You never know at which time I actually copy the numbers from your post, and I usually won't see any later changes as I read the forum "latest first".
* If you like, you may also report about catches.
* You're welcome to explore the release spot surroundings and report about your adventures along with the release.

NB: Most countries (at least in Europe) have some well-defined lowest administrational unit called town, municipality, Gemeinde, kommun or something like that which resembles the definition of a town used in this challenge, and make it rather easy to assign any square metre of land to a specific town e.g. by using I am aware that there are countries where such a division doesn't apply to every area. If you live in a country where large areas are unincorporated while only specific settlements have a different status, you could e.g. assign your releases to the nearest town.

Most important: Have fun! Go explore!
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I am in! My first away from home trip is January 3 and I'm getting ready for this!

I wanted to do this either last year or year before and didn't get it done! It's a New Year, New Goal and New Adventure!
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Thanks for hosting again in 2016 and 2017, ekorren! I am in again for sure, although I have no plans travel-wise and no idea where this new year is going to take me!

As I am Canadian and my country is in party-mode this year, celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Confederation, I am going to add a little twist/extra challenge to myself and try to make each of my releases have a Canadian connection (author/setting/subject). I don't know if I will be able to stick to that, but we'll see how it goes!

Happy New Year, everyone! Good luck!
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I will be travelling a bit more this year and hope to actually make it to 52!
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managed to run out of tea bags on Hogmanay - disaster - but luckily the shop in our nearest village is open on Ne'er Day. Lovely day here, crisp and sunny, and the village was full of walkers, so hopefully it will get a catch.

1. Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland

(edit - forgot to say where!!)
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I hope to be able to make it to 52 this year. We have a long driving trip planned in March and April and I have a pile of books to take along to release.
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Have a couple trips planned later in the year.
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Me too.

I'll give this a whirl this year. A few little trips when the snow is gone.
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Release 1

Genève, Genève, Switzerland:
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#2- 6

2. Lethanhill (Patna), Ayrshire, Scotland

Lethanhill is a 'lost' village - a mining village owned in its entirety by the Dalmellington Iron Company, it existed from 1848 - 1954, when the last residents were moved to new council housing in Patna and the village was 'cleared'. It's a very atmospheric site, on the hill about a mile and a half above Patna - all all that remains there now is a war memorial and a few ruins, I've counted it as Patna for this challenge. A stunning walk and a fascinating piece of history.

and then on the way home:

3. Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, Scotland
4. Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland
5. Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland
6. Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Release 2

Genève, Meyrin, Switzerland:
Meyrin is a town and it is close to Genève city.
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#7 and 8

7. Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
8. New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
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1. USA, Arkansas, El Dorado
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9. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
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My new year's resolution is to bookcross more so this challenge will be perfect. Look forward to joining you.
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Welcome! I decided to try it out in 2008, and it's become habitual, lol :) I hope you have fun!
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#10 - 14

last day of the holidays - travelled up the coast to visit family in Skelmorlie...

10. Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland
11. West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland
12. Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
13. Weymss Bay, Inverclyde, Scotland
14. Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, Scotland
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RE: #10 - 14

And a catch from Skelmorlie
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USA - Maine - Falmouth:

1 - Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk
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I haven't tried this one before, but it seems that I ought to be able to manage it with a little effort. My rate-of-posting may slow down as I use up all the towns nearest me, though!

1. USA - NH - Nashua ( ): Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy... and Sometimes I Let Him Sleep; photo.

2. USA - MA - Tyngsboro ( ): Amnesia Labyrinth

3. USA - NH - Amherst ( ): Wolf Hall

4. USA - NH - Hudson ( ): National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders
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finally I hit a city...

15. Glasgow, Scotland
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5. USA - NH - Merrimack ( ): GTO - Great Teacher Onizuka; multiple challenges, photo.

6. USA - MA - Westford ( ): My Heavenly Hockey Club Vol. 1; photo.
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#16 - 18

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07/01/17; I took a quick drive to a nearby town (just over 20 mins away) where I lived as a child. It's a very special place with a lot of important memories for me, and though it's not far away I don't go there often now that all my old friends are living elsewhere too. Last year, the town decided to add statues of each of Canada's prime ministers to a local park kind of thing (the grounds surrounding a museum and some local administrative buildings), and the first statue-- the statue of our first prime minister-- was installed. It was the first time I have been back since, so I checked out the statue and left a book, "Canadian Leaders," with the statue.

1. Baden, Ontario, Canada (photo)
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A very slow, start.

Christchurch, New Zealand
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7. USA - MA - Pepperell ( ), Invisible Murder; photo.

8. USA - MA - Groton ( ), Character Makeover; photo.
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[Normally I like to look for scenic outdoor release spots, but as it's been cold and snowy, with a forecast of freezing rain, I opted for more sheltered - if less photogenic - spots.]

9. USA - NH - Derry ( ), The Medical Detectives; photo.

10. USA - NH - Candia ( ), The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World; multiple challenges, photo.

11. USA - NH - Auburn ( ), A Beautiful Blue Death.
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A neighbouring village of Sorn, which was release #18, but less picturesque and definitely less visited. Catrine itself isn't particularly on the way to anywhere, although it is on the River Ayr walkway - however this cafe is about a mile out of the village on the busy A76, and we often go there for lunch, so I've counted it as the village. First release for Catrine!

19. Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland

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12. USA - MA - Andover ( ), World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War; photo.

13. USA - MA - Tewksbury ( ), Kingyo Used Books Vol. 1; photo.
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Finally I'm off the mark!
Very pleased with the theme for this one. "Secrets of the Sewing Bee" released at a local needlework/craft shop.

1. Petersfield, Hampshire, England

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1. Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

The Red Box -

Released 1/1; with release photo
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And it was from my abandoned village
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15/01/17; I released today in the wee little town of Crosshill, which I had to add to BookCrossing's town list, so it may have been the first release there. I left a book called "Ontario Ghost Stories," which has a story in it that took place in Crosshill in the mid-1800s. Crosshill, as I said, is very tiny-- there is not much there aside from residences. It's a town within my region that I've never really had reason to go to, but have passed through a number of times coming and going from various other small towns.

I'd intended to leave the book at a little fuel station/convenience store, but when we got there the station/store seemed to be closed. Things being closed on Sundays is not uncommon in that area, but based on the accumulation of snow, the closure seemed at least semi-long term. We've been having a thaw recently and a lot of the snow has melted, but the driveways, steps, and ramps up to the store's door were all covered; I opted for the nearby Wellesley Township Hall instead (Crosshill is located within Wellesley Township). I don't think the Township Hall is used anywhere's close to every day, so I don't know how likely it is to be found quickly-- but I left it near the door, facing the street, so maybe a passer-by will see it or something. It actually worked out kind of well to leave it at the hall, because the building dates to the same period as the time when the ghost story featured in the book took place.

2. Crosshill, Ontario, Canada (photo)
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14. USA - MA - Methuen ( ); Westward Weird, photo.
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#21 - 24

21. Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
22. Loans, Ayrshire, Scotland
23. Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
24. Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland
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15. USA - NH - MIlford ( ): Set Phasers on Stun; photo.

16. USA - NH - Wilton ( ): Think Like a Freak; multiple challenges, photo.
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21/01/17; Today we travelled about 100km east to Canada's biggest city, Toronto. We took my father to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see a special exhibition called Mystical Landscapes, and I took a book along. It was a biography called "Tom Thomson: The Life and Mysterious Death of the Famous Canadian Painter." I did not leave it in Mystical Landscapes, which does feature some of Thomson's paintings (including what might be my favourite one of his), but I left it in one of the Canadian Art galleries, on a small table in the centre of a room full of his works.

When I left the book on the table, there was a boy sitting in the chair that is attached to the table, but he was so busy sketching that he didn't even notice me doing it, lol!

3. Toronto, Ontario, Canada (photo)
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17. USA - NH - Manchester ( ), Nudge: photo.
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25. Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Towns 13-27

Germany -> Nordrhein-Westfalen
13. Köln
14. Mönchengladbach
15. Nettetal

Netherlands -> Limburg
16. Venlo

Netherlands -> Noord-Brabant
17. Eindhoven
18. Breda

Netherlands -> Zuid-Holland
19. Zwijndrecht
20. Schiedam
21. Rotterdam (Hoek van Holland)
22. Leiden

Netherlands -> Noord-Holland
23. Amsterdam
24. Enkhuizen
25. Hoorn
26. Alkmaar

Netherlands -> Utrecht
27. Utrecht
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A work meeting at Argyll College in Dunoon, nearly missed the ferry with all my diversions!

26. Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
27. Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland
28. Inverkip, Inverclyde, Scotland
29. Gourock, Inverclyde, Scotland
30. Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland

After four hours driving, two hair raising ferry crossings and the meeting that I set out for, I forgot to journal when I got home - and the Stevenston book was not only caught and journaled but has travelled to Wishaw - at least 40 miles from where I left it, and the other side of Glasgow!!
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18. USA - NH - Bedford ( ): Merman in My Tub Vol. 4, photo.
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Town 2

2. Haslemere, Surrey, England
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19. USA - NH - Concord ( ), No Graves As Yet; photo.

20. USA - NH - Hooksett ( ), The Last Policeman; photo.

21. USA - NH - Pembroke ( ), World of Trouble; photo.

22. USA - NH - Bow ( ), Fate is the Hunter; photo. [This one was rather fun; a local car dealership has installed Little Free Libraries in the service-area waiting rooms of all four of their Bow, NH facilities, so I swung by to drop off BC books in each one.]
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Traveling a bit more this year and hoping I can hit 52!

1. USA - Wisconsin - Port Washington (, The Sun is also a Star
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31. Hollybush, Ayrshire, Scotland
32. Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland
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28/01/17; Yesterday I released a book of short bios called "Canadian Boys Who Rocked the World." I wanted to leave it somewhere that related to one of the boys in the book so I made a slight detour from the route of my daily activities and left it in the town of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Richmond Hill is where one of the featured boys (figure skater Elvis Stojko) grew up, and there is an arena named for him in that town. There was a hockey tournament going on while I was there, so there were lots of people around. Hopefully one of them has a new book to read!

4. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada (photo)
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1. Wuppertal, NRW, Germany -
2. Berlin, Berlin, Germany -
3. Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany -
4. Essen, NRW, Germany -
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1. Namadgi, ACT, Australia.
Caught & journalled.

2. Adaminaby, NSW, Australia. (Themed release)
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Opua Bay, NZ
Holiday house, in the Sounds, owned by the NZ Nurses Organisation

Oyster Bay, NZ
There was a Whalers memorial there

Picton, NZ
There Edwin Fox is next to the ferry terminal & was used in the Crimea War, as a hospital boat.
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Port Underwood, NZ
We missed the turn off to the holiday house, then stopped for a cup of tea, before turning around. The roads are narrow and we were early.
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Town #3

3. Winchester, Hampshire, England
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RE: Town #3

I stayed in Winchester on my OE. The rental car out towed from outside this church, by 830am.
Because it was February, we got a 2 year old car, £100/week. The towage was the same price as the rental cost!! The policeman said He "wasn't allowed" to pass comment on the towage price.
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I stayed in Winchester on my OE. The rental car out towed from outside this church, by 830am.
Because it was February, we got a 2 year old car, £100/week. The towage was the same price as the rental cost!! The policeman said He "wasn't allowed" to pass comment on the towage price.

I do hope you have some good memories about visiting the town too! Winchester has so much history connected to it.
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3. Kiandra, NSW, Australia.
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23. USA - MA - Chelmsford ( ), The Lark's Lament, photo.

24. USA - MA - Lowell ( ), The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland; photo.
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#33 and 34

33. Dumfries, Scotland
34. Edinburgh, Scotland

Lots of work-related travel just now as I'm a national union negotiator... at least it helps with this challenge!
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Yay! I like this challenge.

1. Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, USA - Wobegon Boy
2. Annandale, Virginia, USA - The Plague
3. Vienna, Virginia, USA - What Jesus Is All About
4. Alexandria, Virginia, USA - I Don’t Care About Your Band
5. Merrifield, Virginia, USA - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
6. Washington, D.C., USA - The Reapers are the Angels
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5. Gundagai, NSW, Australia.
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126 books have been released by
20 people in
13 countries.
4 participants released books in more than one country.
5 countries got visited by more than one participant.
No participants reached the goal of releasing books in at least 52 towns.

People (20):

pam99 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 32 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 32)
ekorren _ _ _ _ _ _ 27 towns in 2 countries (Germany 15, Netherlands 12)
gorydetails _ _ _ _ 22 towns in 1 country (United States 22)
gaboyd _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8 towns in 1 country (New Zealand 8)
doris52 _ _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 3 countries (Austria 3, Italy 1, Spain 1)
jessicaeby _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Canada 4)
trik _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Germany 4)
sheepette _ _ _ _ _ 3 towns in 2 countries (United Kingdom 2, United States 1)
nmugirl _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 towns in 1 country (United States 3)
trojanhorse _ _ _ _ 3 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 3)
sakirmo _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 towns in 2 countries (Finland 2, Poland 1)
awaywithfairies _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Australia 2)
goldenwattle _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Australia 2)
souram _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Switzerland 2)
hyphen8 _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
solittletime _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
glory-to-glory _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
booklovinmama _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
motherof11 _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (Netherlands 1)
time-traveler _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)

Countries (13):

United Kingdom _ _ _ 37 books released by 3 participants
United States _ _ _ 31 books released by 8 participants
Germany _ _ _ _ _ _ 19 books released by 2 participants
Netherlands _ _ _ _ 13 books released by 2 participants
New Zealand _ _ _ _ 8 books
Australia _ _ _ _ _ 4 books released by 2 participants
Canada _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
Austria _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 books
Switzerland _ _ _ _ 2 books
Finland _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 books
Spain _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 book
Poland _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 book
Italy _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 book


2017-01 : 126 books
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1. London, United Kingdom -
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25. USA - NH - Windham ( ), The Zodiac Legacy #2: Power Lines; photo.
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Town #4

4. Guildford, Surrey, England

I left this book by the lock along the riverside walk and when I returned from shopping it had gone. No journal entry yet though.
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4 - Godalming, surrey:
5 - Petersfield, Hants

edited to correct spelling.

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26. USA - NH - Sandown ( ), Samurai Kids #1: White Crane; multiple challenges, photo.

27. USA - NH - Hampstead ( ), Tales of Gooseflesh and Laughter; multiple challenges, photo.
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1. Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA:
Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton
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released it indoors? I guess we'll never know. It's one of the things I love about BCing.

I guess it's still readable though :)
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28. USA - NH - Salem ( ); Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery; photo.

29. USA - NH - Pelham ( ); Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit; photo.
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I have finally gotten a start on the 2017 challenge. We went for a drive out to the country yesterday and I released a book in a town that had never had a release before:

#1 Fort Alexander, MB, Canada
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2. Leeuwarden, Netherlands:
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2. USA – Missouri – Ladue (
3. USA – Missouri – Herculaneum (
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11/02/17; Today, my husband and I had lunch in Kitchener (the city immediately west of ours) before visiting a monument dedicated to the Canadian Women's Army Corps and leaving a book there! The book I left is called "Wartime Princess: Her Royal Highness Elizabeth Windsor, 1939" and is part of the My Story series. It's a fictionalised journal which details the lives of the princesses during WW2, including Princess Elizabeth joining the ATS (the British army equivalent of the CWAC), which I believe happened on this day in 1945.

5. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (photo)
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I'm stuck at home without a vehicle so I decided that today was the perfect occasion to check out a little library I saw in my neighbourhood a little while ago. So here is my second release for this challenge.

#2 Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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30. USA - MA - Dunstable ( ), Miss Zukas and the Raven's Dance, photo.

31. USA - MA - Ayer ( ), Thirty-Three Teeth, photo.
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3 Goulburn, NSW, Australia
4 Collector, NSW, Australia
5 Bowral, NSW, Australia
6 Moss Vale, NSW, Australia
7 Mittagong, NSW, Australia
8 Lake George, NSW, Australia
9 Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
10 Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia
11 Marulan, NSW, Australia
12 Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Some "B" towns:

32. USA - MA - Bedford ( ); Birds, multiple challenges, no photo [broke my camera {sigh}.

33. USA - MA - Billerica ( ): Steampunk'd, photo.

34. USA - MA - Burlington ( ): Oh Dear, Geoffrey!, multiple challenges, photo.
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35. USA - NH - Exeter ( ); Death in the Valley of Shadows, photo.
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18/02/17; Husband and I attended the opening ceremonies and first draw of Canada's national women's curling tournament, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, ON (about 1 1/2 hours from home). I released a copy of "Sandra Schmirler: Queen of Curling," the biography of a much loved Canadian curler who passed away tragically in 2000 at the age of 36. I left it on a table inside the arena, located between the concession booth and the souvenir shop.

6. St Catharines, Ontario, Canada (photo):

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