52 towns in 52 weeks challenge 2018

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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 2018. 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 2018 (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, even 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 do mention the country in each post. I don't always know without looking it up where you live.
* 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 low administrational unit called town, municipality, Gemeinde, kommun or something like that which resembles the definition of a town used in this challenge (and in most areas, also by BC for release notes), and make it rather easy to assign any square metre of land to a specific town e.g. by using openstreetmap.org. 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!


1. Cold Sassy Tree
Immokalee, Florida, USA



No 7, Silverstream, NZ
The Salvation Army had a Youth Band Training weekend.


1. Bungendore, NSW, Australia.

Themed release. Title: The Christmas Belles (Rosabelle and Annabelle). Released on a Christmas tree with bells. (Late, at New Year, so the tree, photographed, is dying.)

Trojanhorse is going to give the interesting meanings of the English villages she releases books in. I thought, how fascinating, so I thought I would do the same, although I suspect the Australian meanings will be boring compared to the English ones, but here goes :)...

Captain Richard Brooks established a stock station in the district in 1824 and named one of his outstations "Bungadow". When the village began around 1835 it was called Bungendore.



Christchurch, New Zealand
Brought a tramping pack off Trademe, for daughter's Jamborree.



wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
2. Green Eggs and Ham
Felda, Florida, USA


1 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14861234/ Menangle, NSW, Australia




I will list my releases here, although I don't expect to get anywhere near 52...

1. Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14856974
Released January 2; with release photo


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
3. Christmas with You
Fort Myers, Florida, USA


2. Reid, ACT, Australia.

Themed release. Title: The Bronze Horseman. Released with bronze horsemen. This is the Boer War Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, ACT. Photographs.

Inner Canberra suburb, named after George Reid, Australian Prime Minister from 1904 to 1905.



3. Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia.

Themed release. Title: Between the Sheets. Released...'Between the Sheets' :) Photograph.

The word Queanbeyan is the Anglicised form of Quinbean, an Aboriginal word meaning "clear waters".




4. Garran, ACT, Australia.
Caught and Journalled.

Themed release. Title: Blood Oath. Released at the Blood Bank.. Photograph.

Named after Robert Garran. The Canberra suburb was established in 1966.


2 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14868742/ Lapstone, NSW, Australia


5. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Caught and Journalled.

Themed release: Title: Monkey Grip. Released opposite a pub called the '3 Wise Monkeys'. It has 3 large monkeys over the door. Photograph.

1788. Named after Lord Sydney, the Secretary of State for the Home Office.



6. Bondi, NSW, Australia.

Themed release: Book set in Bondi, released in Bondi.

Bondi is said to be a corruption of an Aboriginal word boondi meaning water breaking over rocks.


I am excited to do this challenge again in 2018. We don't anticipate a lot of travelling this year, but we'll see where the year takes us! Hopefully it'll take me to at least 52 towns ;)

20/01/18; I did my first release of the year tonight, at a cinema I like called Cinestarz in the town of Burlington (about 45 mins away). My husband and I saw the most recent Thor movie this evening, but as the theatre is also showing Justice League right now, I thought it would be an appropriate place to release a children's book about Superman. The book was called "The True Story of Superman," and I left it on a counter in the common area of the cinema.

1. Burlington, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14823004


Good release. You could also log this in 'Themed Releases'.


7. Haymarket, NSW, Australia.

Themed release too. Book set in China, released in Chinatown in Sydney.

Sydney suburb. Produce markets were located in Haymarket from the early 20th century through to the 1980s.


21/01/18; Today is Lincoln Alexander Day in Canada, a day dedicated to the memory of Canadian statesman Lincoln Alexander. Linc was our first black MP, first black cabinet minister, and the first black person to serve as a vice-regal representative (he was Ontario's lieutenant-governor) in post-Confederation era Canada (there was a governor of mixed-race in British Columbia, but that was in the mid-1800s, before there was a Canada). He was also Chancellor of the University of Guelph, in my neighbouring city, for 15 years. I left his autobiography (entitled '"Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy': The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir") at U of G, sitting on a bench outside of Alexander Hall, which is named after him.

2. Guelph, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14348865


21/01/18; Today is Lincoln Alexander Day in Canada, a day dedicated to the memory of Canadian statesman Lincoln Alexander.

I enjoy reading your Canadian history lessons. :)


2. Waimānalo, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
The Beast - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14879319
Released January 19; with release photo


8. Ultimo, NSW, Australia.

Themed release; released beside a cat statue.

Sydney suburb. 'Ultimo' was originally the name of the estate of Dr John Harris. It was named for a clerical error in a legal case against Harris that had prevented him being court-martialled. His offence was listed as 'ultimo' (having occurred in the previous month) when it should have been cited as 'instant' (having occurred in the same month).


4. Genemuiden, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13232427/





Not only is this the first release for this challenge but it is also my first release for 2018. Today my husband and I went for a walk on the River Trail, a skating and walking trail on the two major rivers in Winnipeg, The Red River and The Assiniboine River. It was a bit brisk (-20 deg. C. and with the wind chill it felt like -28) but we have warm parkas and boots and hats and mitts so we didn't mind. There were lots of other people out both skating and walking. We Winnipeggers are a hardy bunch! So I did my first release for this challenge on the River Trail (http://www.theforks.com/rivertrail).

#1 Winnipeg, MB, Canada


Looks cold. Nice release photograph.


Looks cold. Nice release photograph.

Yes it is quite a contrast to your recent release at Bondi Beach!


wingtrikwing 2 yrs ago
# 1-5 (January)
I'm in again, let's see how far I get this year... ;o)

1. Rheda-Wiedenbrück, NRW, Germany - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14684985/
2. Berlin, Germany - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14684985/
3. Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14862372/
4. Essen, NRW, Germany - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14818884/
5. Mettmann, NRW, Germany - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14881531/


I got my first catch on a 2018 book today. It was the one I left at the movie theatre (a children's book about Superman). The JE was made by an AF who was more impressed by the idea of bookcrossing than by the book itself. I'm glad the finder liked the idea anyway; maybe the book will find a perfect reader for it further down the road.



asia_be_es 2 yrs ago
# 1-4
1. Antwerpen, Belgium http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14717341
2. Uccle, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14801214/
3. Auderghem, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14875762/
4. Ixelles, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14789577/



50 books have been released by
13 people in
8 countries.
No participants released books in more than one country.
4 countries got visited by more than one participant.
No participants reached the goal of releasing books in at least 52 towns.

People (13):

goldenwattle _ _ _ _ 8 towns in 1 country (Australia 8)
gaboyd _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 6 towns in 1 country (New Zealand 6)
ekorren _ _ _ _ _ _ 6 towns in 1 country (Germany 6)
motherof11 _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 1 country (Netherlands 5)
trik _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 1 country (Germany 5)
sakirmo _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Finland 4)
aaouts _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Greece 4)
iwillrejoice _ _ _ _ 3 towns in 1 country (United States 3)
awaywithfairies _ _ 3 towns in 1 country (Australia 3)
hyphen8 _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United States 2)
jessicaeby _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Canada 2)
time-traveler _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
gypsysmom _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (Canada 1)

Countries (8):

Australia _ _ _ _ _ 11 books released by 2 participants
Germany _ _ _ _ _ _ 11 books released by 2 participants
United States _ _ _ 6 books released by 3 participants
New Zealand _ _ _ _ 6 books
Netherlands _ _ _ _ 5 books
Greece _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
Finland _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
Canada _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 books released by 2 participants


2018-01 : 50 books




07/02/18; I did my third release tonight, at a games cafe in another one of my neighbouring cities, Kitchener. The book was a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book called The Third Planet from Altair. I bought the book at a charity shop in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in May of 2016 but it stayed with me throughout the rest of that year and then got put away for the duration of 2017 in light of my Canada 150 bookcrossing project.

I thought that the games cafe would be a good place for this book because the book in itself is sort of a game, and because in addition to games of all sorts, the cafe has a book exchange shelf. To make it an even better place for my Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book, the cafe is called The Adventurers Guild!

3. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14021126



wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
4. 90 Minutes in Heaven
Estero, Florida, USA



3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14849516 The Prime Minister's Secret Agent


14/02/18; My hometown was Town #4 for me this year. I always have trouble picking a release for the towns where I spend a lot of time, but something reminded me that I'd actually planned a release for Cambridge ages ago, and I carried out that plan tonight.

Cambridge's book this year was "Tales from the Secret Annex" by Anne Frank. The release was kind of themed, but in a personal way which wouldn't be apparent to most people and which requires some explanation.

I left the book in a Little Free Library across the street from the stage door entrance to a theatre-- the theatre where I played Anne in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The Secret Annex once found within that theatre was just a set but it was an important place for those of us who formed that "Secret Annex Family." One of the most important tales of my life began there, so it seemed to me like a fitting place for "Tales from the Secret Annex."

4. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14916215


I've finally recovered from flu enough to get out and start wild releasing again so can now start this challenge. This year I'm moving from towns to villages and because England has some great village names I'm going to try and give the definitions using Oxfordreference.com. Hope that's ok.

1. Oakhanger, Hampshire, England http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14853674/

Easy one to start with, Oakhanger is a wooded slope where oak trees grow!


What a great idea. I thought I would do the same for the Australian names; at least for those places I can find the meaning of, but I suspect yours will be more interesting. I hope you don't mind me copying.


What a great idea. I thought I would do the same for the Australian names; at least for those places I can find the meaning of, but I suspect yours will be more interesting. I hope you don't mind me copying.

Glad you think its a good idea, please be my guest and copy away!



19/02/18; Today is Family Day in a few Canadian provinces, mine being one of them. That pretty much just means that businesses are closed (except for many restaurants), but also a lot of community groups, clubs, etc have family-oriented activities going on today. Chris and I drove out to a small town not far from our city (close enough that their kids go to school here) and checked out one of those family-oriented activities-- an Open House at the Ayr Curling Club.

Visiting the curling club was exciting for me because I'd never actually been in a curling club before. Also, Ayr is a fairly old club for these parts (dating to 1850, which is a little bit funny because that actually makes it about 12 years newer than the club that's actually in our city) and it's where some of my family has curled over the years-- including my grandfather, whom I was very close to as a child. A little Family Day connection, I guess :)

Anyway, the club was very busy today. The parking lot was full and there were a lot of kids trying out the sport. That's promising for me, because while we were there I released a book geared to kids in the foyer. It was called "Ice Hockey and Curling (Winter Olympic Sports)." I thought the location was appropriate as well as the timing, since we're in the middle of another Winter Olympic Games right now! There was also a coincdence that added a little to the release-- they were playing Olympic hockey on the TV in the lounge, lol :)

5. Ayr, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14917471


Pau, (64), France ; http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14874262/
Gelos, (64), France, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14900113/
Saint- Anne d'Auray, (56), France, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14915579/
Lleida, ( Lleida), Spain, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14825305
Sant Cugat del Vallès, ( Barcelona), Spain, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14920483/


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
#5 & 6
5. The Samurai's Garden
Ave Maria, Florida, USA

6. Lost & Found
Sunniland, Florida, USA


10. Middelburg, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14255060
11. Sint Kruis, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14450680/
12. Aardenburg, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14390421/
13. Sluis, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13200907/
14. Cadzand-Bad, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870877/
15. Draaibrug, Netherlands: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14450684/


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
7. Hot Chocolate Friendship
Buckingham, Florida, USA


wingsakirmowing 2 yrs ago
# 5 - 9



asia_be_es 2 yrs ago
5. Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
6. Anderlecht, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
7. Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium


The book about Olympic curling and ice hockey that I left at the curling club in the little town of Ayr was journalled yesterday. The finder joined, and their profile indicates that they're from Woodstock, which is about 35 km on the other side of the town where I left the book. They plan to pass it on to their grandson, who curls and plays hockey.



wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
8. A Beautiful Blue Death
Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA


108 books have been released by
17 people in
12 countries.
1 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 (17):

ekorren _ _ _ _ _ _ 24 towns in 1 country (Germany 24)
motherof11 _ _ _ _ _ 15 towns in 1 country (Netherlands 15)
sakirmo _ _ _ _ _ _ 9 towns in 1 country (Finland 9)
goldenwattle _ _ _ _ 8 towns in 1 country (Australia 8)
iwillrejoice _ _ _ _ 7 towns in 1 country (United States 7)
gaboyd _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 7 towns in 1 country (New Zealand 7)
asia_be_es _ _ _ _ _ 7 towns in 1 country (Belgium 7)
jemlire _ _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 2 countries (France 3, Spain 2)
trik _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 1 country (Germany 5)
jessicaeby _ _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 1 country (Canada 5)
awaywithfairies _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Australia 4)
aaouts _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Greece 4)
time-traveler _ _ _ 3 towns in 1 country (United States 3)
hyphen8 _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United States 2)
trojanhorse _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United Kingdom 1)
shepette _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United Kingdom 1)
gypsysmom _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (Canada 1)

Countries (12):

Germany _ _ _ _ _ _ 29 books released by 2 participants
Netherlands _ _ _ _ 15 books
United States _ _ _ 12 books released by 3 participants
Australia _ _ _ _ _ 12 books released by 2 participants
Finland _ _ _ _ _ _ 9 books
New Zealand _ _ _ _ 7 books
Belgium _ _ _ _ _ _ 7 books
Canada _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 6 books released by 2 participants
Greece _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
France _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 books
Spain _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 books
United Kingdom _ _ _ 2 books released by 2 participants


2018-01 : 50 books
2018-02 : 58 books



1. Washington, D.C., USA
2. Dunn Loring, Virginia, USA
3. Falls Church, Virginia, USA
4. Merrifield, Virginia, USA
5. Occoquan, Virginia, USA
6. Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
7. Alexandria, Virginia, USA
8. Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
9. New Carrollton, Maryland, USA
10. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA




9. Bredbo, NSW, Australia.

Bredbo: an Aboriginal word meaning joining of waters.

10. Forrest, ACT, Australia.
Themed release.

Forrest is named after Sir John Forrest, an explorer, legislator, federalist, premier of Western Australia, and one of the fathers of the Australian Constitution.



...I'd like to join!


...I'd like to join!

It's never late to do that :) Don't forget that you can post your previous releases whenever you want. So if you already wild released some books in 2018, you may gather them and post one per town as a start.


15/03/18; I'd planned a release on Tuesday but plans got derailed for a couple of days... they unexpectedly got back on track for this afternoon though, so the release got done anyway! I left a copy of A Wrinkle in Time at the cinema while I was there to see the new movie version of the story. I left the book in the lobby next to a big poster for the film.

It's March Break here (all the kids get a week off school in the middle of March), so the multiplex was busy and largely full of kids this afternoon. The book was gone when I left after the movie, so hopefully whoever took it will journal it and let us know where it is :)

6. Ancaster, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14900528




17/03/18; Today I released a book in the wee little hamlet of Wallacetown, Ontario. I had to add it to the BC list and it is quite a small place, so this may have been the first BC release in Wallacetown.

The book I chose to leave in Wallacetown was a children's book called "Kids of Courage." I registered it last year as one of the 150 Canadian books I registered for Canada's 150th. I chose to release it today because the book was sponsored by the Canadian Paralympic Committee and is about children playing paralympic sports. Tonight, Canada's para hockey team is going for gold so I thought it would be a good day to release this book :) I chose Wallacetown as the location because it is the hometown of the youngest player on our para hockey team, James Dunn (he's 17). Wallacetown is a small town in the area where my husband grew up; he was excited to learn that one of our paralympic athletes was from his region and eager to visit in order to leave this book there. We left it at a business in town called Tall Tales Cafe, which also has a fuel station, convenience store, and post office. We ate at the cafe and were excited to see that they had James Dunn's autographed hockey card displayed above the cash register :) I left the book in the business's vestibule which has community notice boards, flyers, local people's business cards, etc.

7. Wallacetown, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14826475



10. Gdansk, Poland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14882274 ** CAUGHT
11. Gdynia, Poland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14958097/


11. Picton, NSW, Australia.

Themed release.


12. Richmond, NSW, Australia.


aaouts 2 yrs ago
Releases #5


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
9. Disney's Winnie the Pooh's Easter
LaBelle, Florida, USA


4.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14849514 Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante


5. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14849499 The Magician's Assistant





asia_be_es 2 yrs ago
# 8-17
8. Viller-la-Ville, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
9. Woluve-Saint-Lambert, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium
10. Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium
11. Luqa, Malta (main island), Malta
12.Valetta, Malta (main island), Malta
13. Mdina, Malta (main island), Malta
14. Rabat, Malta (main island), Malta
15. Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta (main island), Malta
16. Mellieha, Malta (main island), Malta
17. Qawra, Malta (main island), Malta


30/03/18; Today I made a release in another tiny town that I had to add to the BC list-- Kippen, Ontario. Kippen is a very small community sort of near Lake Huron. I was really excited about this release this morning, and then it didn't work out exactly as I'd planned... but it was still fun.

The book I left was "His Banner over Me" by Jean Little, which tells the story of the author's mother coming to Canada from Taiwan and growing up here. Tiny little Kippen was the first place that the story's main character lived in Canada so a significant portion of the book is set there. She lived with and helped her grandparents, who ran the post office in Kippen, so I was extra excited when I used Google Street View and saw that the old post office was still there. I decided that's where I would leave the book. When I got there and saw the old post office though, the Canada Post sign wasn't on the building anymore and I suspected it might be a private building now. I didn't want to trespass and/or inadvertently release a book on someone's front porch, so I went across the street to a bank of postboxes where it seems that Kippen's residents send/receive their mail these days. I left the book in a community newspaper box in the row of postboxes, within sight of the old post office. If you look at the release photo in the journal entry, the old post office is the building in the background with the green roof.

8. Kippen, Ontario, Canada (photo): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14789263


13. Pokolbin, NSW, Australia.




14. Norah Heads Lighthouse, Norah Heads, NSW, Australia.
Caught & journalled.





13. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14868451 Millard Salter's Last Day


wingTrojanhorsewing 2 yrs ago
Town #2
A bit behind with this so far this year! This one was wild released on 28th March.

2. Sparsholt, Hampshire, England http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3992714/

"Sparsholt" Apparently means "Wood of the spear"


All these 3 books went into red telephone box book exchanges today (7th April).

3. Little Bentley, Essex, England http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14863711/
Bentley means where bent grass grows and there's a Great Bentley as well as a Little one!

4. Feering, Essex, England http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14853891/
Feering is a settlement for followers of a man called Fera.

5. Felsted, Essex, England http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14911080/
Felsted is a place of open land.


15. Gerringong, NSW, Australia.
Caught and Journalled.


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