January 22 to February 18, 2019: Asian Zodiac / Year of the Boar Challenge

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2019's Asian zodiac animal is the pig, and Chinese (Lunar) New Year falls on February 5 (the same date is also celebrated by Korea and some other Asian countries, and a number of countries follow the same zodiac cycle).

To allow for two weeks before & after that date, this challenge will run from January 22 to February 18 wherever you are.

Any type of BookCrossing release accepted (wild, controlled, Little Free Library, charity donation, etc.); multi-challenge releases are encouraged, because...why not? In particular, I'm finding that quite a few children's books will work for both this challenge and ResQgeek's Becky's Hugs challenge in February: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/557778

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Qualifying books should have a picture of a pig or boar (front cover, back cover, or spine) or one of these words in the title or author's name (if releasing books in another language, the word should translate into something pig-related):

barrow
boar
drove (group of pigs)
gilt (thanks Gory!)
hog
pig / piglet / piggy
porker (must be "porker"; just "pork" is not acceptable)
razorback
runt
shoat
sow
stag
swine
weaner
weanling

*** The word list is a work-in-progress, so please check here before you release! If you think of another word that should be on the list, go ahead and ask. You may notice tributes to some fictional pigs in the list: this is not a coincidence. ***

Any pig/hog breed is ok, but the book's title must include the full name of the breed, not just parts of it: "Large Black" works, but not just "large" or just "black". If you're using a breed name, be sure to point it out in your post.

Here are a couple of lists of breeds:
http://afs.okstate.edu/---/swine/
http://littlepigfarm.com/pig-breeds/

Some characteristics:

belly
bristle
cloven hoof / hooves (I will accept "cloven" or "hoof" or "hooves" but not just "clove")
corkscrew
dewclaw
flank
hock
jowl
rump
snout
trotter
tusk

And actions:

farrow
gouge
grunt
oink
squeak
squeal
stutter
suckling
root
wallow

Adjectives (cheating a little here):

humble
porcine
radiant
terrific

Also acceptable:

12
animal
astrology
cycle
lunar
moon
new
sign
symbol
twelve
xii
year
zodiac

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As suggested by GoryDetails:

Any book with the number of a Year of the Boar in the title will work:
1863, 1875, 1887, 1899, 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, etc. You can extend the list out in either direction with multiples of 12 or use a calculator like this one: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/---/zodiac - I recommend using a mid-year date to avoid the ambiguity caused by the moveable date of the lunar New Year.

Embedded words are ok (because I don't want to make this *too* hard, and because I think it's fun to look for them). They should be in the same language as the text of the book. If you prefer not to use embedded words, that's fine too.

Words should relate to LIVE animals, so no food/cooking terms (bacon, chicharrónes, cracklings, ham, pork, etc.). Note: I will accept "porker" since that's slang for a pig. [Just for the heck of it, here's Charles Lamb's "A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig": http://essays.quotidiana.org/---/dissertation_upon_roast_pig/ ]

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If you can find a publisher logo of a pig on your book I will accept it, but PLEASE mention the appropriate logo in your post here. If you can link to a picture of the logo or include it in your journal entry, that's even better.

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No need to sign up; you may post here when ready...

 

Looks harder than last year's. I guess I'd better start looking.

 

Looks harder than last year's. I guess I'd better start looking.

Dogs were maybe the easiest one of the twelve. Pigs will be a challenge.

If you think of likely words, let me know...

 

Pigs will be a challenge.


I'm glad I looked through your word list last night. I just found a Yorkshire. Pretty sure that was a breed. : )

 

I just found a Yorkshire. Pretty sure that was a breed. : )

Yes, and one we have a reasonable chance of finding, unlike some of the others...!

 

..if I can find a copy! There is one on my bookshelf listed as TBR but I have no idea where it is. It seems I registered it way back in 2009, since which time I have gotten married, moved, etc... and I unfortunately have lost tabs on this one (it will turn up someday, I'm sure, but I'm not at all sure when that might be)! I will get looking for another copy!

 

..if I can find a copy!

Is it a copy of this book? https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4091068

I have three on my BC shelf, although none are still in my possession. It would be perfect for this challenge, though, so I'll have to hope to find another copy myself. :)


 

It sure is!

I remember thinking way back then that it was a shame the year of the boar was so far away.... now it's pretty much here and I have no idea what happened to that book, lol! I also remember enjoying that book. I was a baseball girl myself growing up, so it's not at all surprising, really.

Well, I am now officially on the lookout for another copy!

 

Heh! I immediately thought of that one myself - will be on the watch for another copy! And I often rely on the manga Fruits Basket for these challenges, as the characters are all based on zodiac signs; if I can find the volume with the "boar" on the cover I'll use that for this challenge as well. (And the option to find books with pig-breeds in the name does open up the possibilities...)

 

Another word for the list!

 

I feel like it’s rather limited at the moment. So I added a few adjectives inspired by a certain spider. ;)

 

The Hog's Back Mystery, by Freeman Wills Croft, which I picked up at the Ipswich Uncon. I just have to read it now ready for January. And WoodenO07 and I are both proud to be Pigs.

 

The Hog's Back Mystery, by Freeman Wills Croft

Nice!

And WoodenO07 and I are both proud to be Pigs.

And why wouldn't you be? :)

Thanks for playing!

 

10 per sheet

https://drive.google.com/open?...

All pig images are, um, borrowed...with respect, for non-commercial purposes.

 

 

The [Twelve] Days of Christmas by Anne Geddes
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15315945

Elmo's [12] Days of Christmas by Sarah Albee
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15343714

But I know I have a little PIG, somewhere in one of the stacks of books I still need to register for a few Challenges, and my box of books I'll be releasing at the Children's Hospital in my City in February for ResQgeek's 9th Annual Becky's Hugs release challenge https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/557778 . ; )

 

But I know I have a little PIG

Remember that cover images count, and also author names. I realized that many Winnie the Pooh books feature Piglet on the cover, so I'll be able to use them for both challenges (Year of the Pig _and _ Becky's Hugs).

 

Remember that cover images count, and also author names.

OH...THANK YOU, for that reminder...and these "terrific" labels you made!!! 😏 Someday I hope to learn how to do this. 😉 https://drive.google.com/---/view

 

...or you can set your pigs free in controlled releases if you prefer. :)

Oh, and I thought this comic was appropriate. :p
https://www.gocomics.com/---/13

 

1. In the YEAR OF THE BOAR and Jackie Robinson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354280/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

2. ZODIAC ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351842/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

1. In the YEAR OF THE BOAR and Jackie Robinson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354280/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


Yay! I have managed to get a copy as well but am planning to release it at a specific event a little later in the challenge. Plus, I'm insisting on reading it with my husband first, lol :)

 

Plus, I'm insisting on reading it with my husband first, lol :)


Good plan - it's a really good book! I first read it a couple of years ago, and was glad to find another release copy for this challenge.

 

I first read it about 10 years ago, but my husband hasn't read it before. I think he's enjoying it, there have been a lot of laughs so far!

 

1. In the YEAR OF THE BOAR and Jackie Robinson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354280/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


Yay! I have managed to get a copy as well...

Good for you both! I haven't found a copy myself, yet, but it IS a perfect book for this challenge. :D

 

2. ZODIAC ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351842/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

Interesting: I hadn't seen that title by that author before; just Neal Stephenson's and a non-fiction by Robert Graysmith. Of course, I don't have either at the moment...

 

3. Animals in the Stars: Chinese ASTROLOGY for Children ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15202628/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

4. PIG Kahuna ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350594/ ), wild release, photo.

 

4. PIG Kahuna ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350594/ ), wild release, photo.

That book looks adorable!

 

1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360330/ Garfield [HOGS] the Spotlight: His 36th Book [CONTROLLED RELEASE]

 

wild releases with photos

1. HOGfather - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15341666

2. Kitten's First Full MOON - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15357011

3. Look and Learn Farm - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356998
Pigs on cover

 

5. PIGsty ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321828/ ), wild release, photo.

 

6. HOGs and Frogs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15361975 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

Should be at the top of the "New Year Cards" page here:

https://www.jacquielawson.com/---/new-year

 

7. Blue MOON ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321892 ), wild release, photo.

 

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No, I think not. We tend to call it Chinese New Year here, but many other countries also celebrate the lunar new year, so I'll leave countries out of it.

 

We tend to call it Chinese New Year here, but many other countries also celebrate the lunar new year

Very true!!! 😏 THANK YOU, for your response...I have a "Piglet" ready to release on "THE" day tomorrow (2/5), and will save my "Chinese Folk Tales" for another time.😉

 

...will save my "Chinese Folk Tales" for another time.😉

Well, CHINese would work for the Head, Shoulders.. challenge. ;)

 

8. The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356683/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

9. Fruits Basket Vol. 5 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15313678/ ), from an Asian-zodiac-themed manga series; this volume features the "Boar" on the cover. (Human form on the front, adorable sleepy baby boar on the back.) Wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

9. Fruits Basket Vol. 5 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15313678/ ), from an Asian-zodiac-themed manga series; this volume features the "Boar" on the cover. (Human form on the front, adorable sleepy baby boar on the back.) Wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

Thanks for the shot of the back cover - I like pictures. ;)

 

10. The White BOAR ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354283/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

11. Meet Wild BOARs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356668/ ), wild release, photo.

 

This might be my only release for this challenge (I might have another one up my sleeve, we'll see), but I did one tonight! My husband, a friend, and I attended a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by a Chinese community group just outside of Toronto in a town called Markham. It was held at a big Asian shopping centre called Pacific Mall. The book I released was "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson," and I released it just a few minutes before the New Year. There is another New Year celebration at the mall tomorrow (later today, I guess), and that one is expected to be quite big and busy from what I'm told, so hopefully someone will find my book!

In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (release photo): https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15347264

 

This might be my only release for this challenge (I might have another one up my sleeve, we'll see), but I did one tonight! My husband, a friend, and I attended a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by a Chinese community group just outside of Toronto in a town called Markham. It was held at a big Asian shopping centre called Pacific Mall. The book I released was "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson," and I released it just a few minutes before the New Year. There is another New Year celebration at the mall tomorrow (later today, I guess), and that one is expected to be quite big and busy from what I'm told, so hopefully someone will find my book!

In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (release photo): https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15347264

I enjoyed reading your journal entries for this book. :)

 

 

1 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15374553/ Don't Let the PIGeon Stay Up Late!

 

Don't Let the PIGeon Stay Up Late!


Oh, good one!

 

Don't Let the PIGeon Stay Up Late!


Oh, good one!

Agreed: nicely spotted!

 

12. The Three Ninja PIGs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15376393/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

controlled releases

4. The MOON is Down - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4157474
5. The Girl Who Drank the MOON - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360847

wild releases with photos

6. Elizabeth MOON (author) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5920857
7. I Completely Know About Guinea PIGs - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15341500
8. Blue Moo (pigs on back cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13116918
9. TWELVE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15349576
10. The Going to Bed Book (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350785
11. Who's Making That Mess? (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356978
12. By the Light of the MOON - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15318662
13. What Is It? (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330842
14. The Three Little PIGs - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15353348
15. The Princess and the PIG - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15372657
16. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330834
17. Dirty Beasts (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15318664
18. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360424
19. My First Little Mother Goose (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15362101
20. Cow and PIG Run - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15362205
21. Can You See It? (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15318666
22. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Piglet on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339745
23. In the Year of the BOAR and Jackie Robinson - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15376516
24. Olivia and Her Ducklings (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330838
25. Thimble Summer (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15377658

 

wild releases with photos

26. Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15357023
27. Pigs (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360428
28. Mercy Watson to the Rescue (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15379178
29. Pajama Time! (pig on cover) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330840
30. When the MOON is Full - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382218

 

2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360366/ PIGS in Heaven

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15295215/ ANIMALS Work

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15221140/ Endangered ANIMALS

5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360356/ The 3 Little PIGS

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360338/ The Little PIG

7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15240251/ ANIMAL Attraction: An ANIMAL Magnetism Novel

8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360348/ Traditional YORKSHIRE Recipes

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360342/ Peppa PIG: Peppa and the Big Train

10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360374/ Peppa PIG: Princess Peppa

11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15218092/ MOONgazer

12 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15291058/ TWELVE Sharp: A Stephanie Plum Novel

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15242021/ Something NEW

14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15222459/ Ten Grouchy GroundHOGS

15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304547/ Charlotte's Web [Wilbur on the cover.]

16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304561/ Disney Winnie the Pooh: An Arts and Crafts Day [Piglet on the cover]

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304568/ Disney Winnie the Pooh: My Favorite Season [Piglet on the cover]

18 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943031/ Pooh: Happy Days [Piglet on the cover]

19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15266478/ Winnie the Pooh: The Blustery Day [Piglet on the cover]

20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15373527/ Disney's PIGlet's Big Movie

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304548/ Winnie-the-Pooh [Piglet on the cover]

22 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304549/ The Tigger Movie [Piglet on the cover]

23 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304558/ ANIMAL Ark: HedgeHOGS in the Hall

24 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304560/ Eeyore Has a Birthday [Piglet on the cover]

25 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304559/ Charlotte's Web [Wilbur on the cover]

 

13. In The Shape of a BOAR ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356686/ ), wild release, photo.

 

13. In The Shape of a BOAR ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356686/ ), wild release, photo.

I just love the way that LFL matches the house(?) behind it.

 

I just love the way that LFL matches the house(?) behind it.


That's actually a funeral parlor! According to its history page ( http://www.goodwinfh.com/---/history/ ), the business began in the late 1800s and moved to that building - formerly a mansion built for the Amoskeag Mill - in 1929. I really love the building and the way the LFL matches it so well.

 

26 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15067268/ SQUEAK the Lion

27 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360299/ The Good Good PIG: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher HOGwood

28 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15026011/ Disney's Pooh's Learn & Grow Series # 2: Follow the Leader [Piglet on the cover}

29 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943598/ The T[RUMP] Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen

30 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768263/ Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ... [piggie on the cover]

31 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15242155/ HOG Music

32 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15260204/ The Three Little PIGS

 

14. The SIGN in the MOONlight ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15294094 ), wild release, photo.

15. I Spy! YEAR-round Challenger ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15381460 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

 

16. A PIG in Provence ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14813441/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

And that's it for me for this year; thanks for the challenge!

 

33 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15218309/ The Three Little PIGS

34 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15379157/ the Good Good PIG: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher HOGwood [CONTROLLED RELEASE]

35 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431984/ Disney Winnie the Pooh: The Easter Bear [Piglet is on the back cover - see image in JE]

~ the end ~

Thanks for a fun Challenge.

 

wild releases with photos

31. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339748
Piglet on cover

32. Three Little PIGS - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15372648

33. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339058
Piglet on cover

34. Goat and PIG Play Dress-Up - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15360422

35. In the Year of the BOAR and Jackie Robinson - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15362104

event/wild releases with only a couple of photos for the whole batch

36. Killers of the Flower MOON - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15306066

37. Olivia…and the Missing Toy - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382628
Pig on cover

38. Owl MOON - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15362100

39. PIG Kahuna - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15383238

40. Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339749
Piglet on cover

41. The PIGman - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15382570

42. The Winnie-the-Pooh Storybook Treasury - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15391101
Piglet on cover

 

I hope you all have an excellent year of the pig.

For you planners, next year will be the year of the rat; I'll also be accepting mice. :)

 

next year will be the year of the rat; I'll also be accepting mice.


The rats will appreciate that!

 

1 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15374553/ Don't Let the PIGeon Stay Up Late!

Apparently a 4-year-old has been enjoying the book!

 

What a neat book exchange box. I have never seen one like that.

Congrats on the nice catch!

 

winghyphen8wing 4 wks ago
RE: Catch 1
1 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15374553/ Don't Let the PIGeon Stay Up Late!

Apparently a 4-year-old has been enjoying the book!

Oh, that's wonderful!

 

 

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