52 towns in 52 weeks challenge - 2019!

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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 2019. This is an average of one book per week, but doesn't need to be one book 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 2019 (local time at the point of the release applies).
* 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 ;) City transport may be acceptable if the line does never leave the city limits.
* 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, or write a little bit about the place.

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 with such a status.

Most important: Have fun! Go explore!


had a bit of a break from BC in 2018, didn't do very much reading (busy with work and studying again) but my resolution for 2019 is to read and do this challenge! I've travelled so much for work in this last year that I could have done this challenge without even trying, I'm ashamed of myself! :-)


I'd be frustrated by those missed bookcrossing opportunities too, but at least you got to see a lot of places last year! Welcome back to BC/the 52 Towns Challenge!



nmugirl 2 yrs ago
Me too.
I would love to join again. I had so much fun finding different places to release books in different cities.


amos146 2 yrs ago
Yes Please
Been a while since I have done this,and I have a great deal of books that need releasing.


wingsakirmowing 2 yrs ago
Will join
this year as well, one of my absolute favourites!


asia_be_es 2 yrs ago
# 1-2
1. Konarzewo, Wielkopolskie, Poland
2. Police Mostowe, Wielkopolskie, Poland

I'm in again and I love it!


pam99 2 yrs ago
1 and 2
1. Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332070

2. Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332080


2019 is very... unplanned for us. With the exception of a few social engagements in towns we visit regularly (my sister-in-law's baby shower about 100 km west of where we live, dinners and parties with friends about 100 km east, attending a wedding in another town within our region...), we have no travel plans as of now. That being said, we're normally in more than 52 towns throughout the course of the year so I'm not too worried... I just don't know where many of those towns may be! We'll see! That's part of the fun :)


I'm in again!
In 2017 I did 52 towns and had 6 books caught. For 2018 I did 52 villages and have had 7 caught (so far!). So for 2019 I thought I would try 52 tourist attractions (all in different towns or villages to fit the challenge of course). I've found my best catch rate has been books left in touristy type places so I thought I'd focus on that this year and see if I can increase my catches...


That's interesting, good luck! I like looking for things like that in my releases as well. So far I've found that my themed releases are caught a bit more often. I've also found that mine get caught more often when I've labelled them with something that indicates where they've come from originally (especially when left farther away from home).


pam99 2 yrs ago


1. Mariënberg, Netherlands: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15283066



wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
1. Bleak House
Fort Myers, Florida, USA


pam99 2 yrs ago
#4 and 5
Visiting my parents on Islay...

4. Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332034
5. Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332072?...

The Port Charlotte release was gone when I cycled past later, hopefully it’s been caught and not just blown away!


amos146 2 yrs ago
Town #1
Newton Longville,Buckinghamshire,U.K.


amos146 2 yrs ago
RE: Town #1
A catch as well,hope this continues.




pam99 2 yrs ago
#6 and #7
6. Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332036
7. Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14126061?...


pam99 2 yrs ago
RE: #6 and #7


1. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15330835
Released January 1; with release photo

I don't expect to get anywhere near 52, but I will keep track of the towns I manage to release in, anyway.


pam99 2 yrs ago
8. Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332079?...


Trojanhorse 2 yrs ago
Town #1
1. Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, England https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15339791/ (photo)

My first tourist attraction was Stansted House which is an Edwardian Country House with acres of parkland and an adjacent garden centre. I left a book called The Forgotten Garden in the walled garden.


Trojanhorse 2 yrs ago
Town #2
2. South Harting, Hampshire, England https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15340935/

My second tourist attraction was Uppark House and Gardens, a National Trust property. HG Wells' mother worked there as housekeeper in the late 1800s and he visited her there. As I didn't have a copy of an HG Wells novel I had to make do with Victorian Household Hints which I rather fittingly left in the servants Hall.


pam99 2 yrs ago
9 and 10
9. Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332029
10. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15340520


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Nunawading, Victoria, Australia


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Blackburn, Victoria, Australia
Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Belmont, Geelong, Vic, Australia
Strange Affair by Peter Robinson

Anglesea, Vic, Australia
Midnight Club by James Patterson


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago


winggaboydwing 2 yrs ago
New Zeand, 4


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Wantirna South, Vic, Australia



pam99 2 yrs ago


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
2. Blind Your Ponies
Immokalee, Florida, USA


amos146 2 yrs ago
Town #2
Leighton Buzzard,Bedfordshire,UK


pam99 2 yrs ago
a work trip!
My second of the New Year - I had to go to Edinburgh on Thursday, but that was a straight forward there-and-back with minimal bookcrossing opportunities as I was in a rush. As it was a Saturday today, I had a bit of time and took a more round about route. Early Saturday morning is not the best time to bookcross in January in rural Scotland, but hopefully I've found dry enough spots.

12. Glespin, Lanarkshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14160607
13. Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
14. Abington, Lanarkshire, Scotland
15. Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland
16. Carstairs Junction, Lanarkshire, Scotland
17. Carstairs Village, Lanarkshire, Scotland
18. Lanark, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14488411

(note for #15 and #16 - there are two landmarks in Carstairs, namely the train station (which is on the mainline to England, although few services stop there these days) and the State Mental Hospital. Neither are actually in Carstairs Village itself, the station being in a separate and distinct village of Carstairs Junction, about a mile and a half from Carstairs Village, and the hospital being in Carnwarth West, another mile or so in the other direction towards Edinburgh. A confusing and slightly odd place, but a convenient park and ride if you happen to live in rural East Ayrshire.


And my first catch of the year, from #13 (it’s a lovely one too!)



Catch for #17 too https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15331988?


Congrats on your catches! The catch from your 13th release really was a great one!


I was delighted! I actually released a second book in Abington on the way home, just as it seemed a particularly good release spot, I had one book left in my bag and I'd run out of 'towns' (and didn't want to risk the wrath of OH by being late home because I'd driven several miles in the wrong direction to bookcross…) - and it was caught as well! So not all part of this challenge but three catches in one day is a pretty good hit rate.

The weather has been appalling here and so I've held off doing any releases this week even in the villages I could go to on a day to day basis, but it seems that it's going to be cold and dry for the next few days, and I should have some more work trips coming up in the next month or so. Hope I can keep this up!


3/3 is a great rate, congrats again and good luck with your future trips-- I hope the catches trend continues for you!

PS, My husband and I are both Canadians of Scottish ancestry but neither of us have been to our ancestral homeland. It's fun to see the releases you do around Scotland, and we recently learned that husband's great-grandfather grew up in Lanarkshire, so your Lanarkshire releases have been particularly interesting! This challenge is great for travelling vicariously, lol :)


oh, whereabouts in Lanarkshire? It's a big county (more than one county, really) but my own family also have Lanarkshire connections. My great-grandfather actually grew up within a mile of where I now work, and I found this out entirely by accident - by the time my grandfather was born, the family had moved further East, and we assumed they'd been there for a couple of generations. My mum was doing some family history and came across a village called West Maryston, which didn't appear on modern maps - turns out it disappeared when the M8 motorway was built in the 1960s, but there's a community woodland named after it, which I'd walked past dozens of times without realising!


Wow, that's a really neat coincidence! My husband's great-grandfather was born in Cleland. We've heard that he may have lived in Lanark at some point, but all the actual records (marriage, military records, etc) only list where he was born and they all say Cleland, so that's the part we know for sure. Our other Scottish connections that we know are not from Lanarkshire-- my husband's great-grandmother came from Kirkintilloch and the most well-known connection on my side i to Edinburgh; my grandmother was born and raised there and my grandparents met, married, and lived there during WW2, then settled here after the war.


OK - I've seen signs to Cleland but I don't think I've been there, so I shall try to include it on my travels for an extra challenge!


My beloved and I took a trip out to the country to look for snowy owls. We found 4 and I took the opportunity to do my first releases for this challenge.

#1 Sanford, MB, Canada (left at the United Church because the book was mostly set around a church albeit a high Anglican, not a United; Anglican churches are pretty rare in rural Manitoba)
#2 Brunkild, MB, Canada
#3 Starbuck, MB, Canada


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
3. The Amber Room
North Fort Myers, Florida, USA


wingekorrenwing 2 yrs ago
Towns 1-20


Milton Keynes,Buckinghamshire,UK





19/01/19; I was planning to start my 2019 releases at home this year, but I ended up going to a baby shower in a small, out-of-the-way town that I'd never really been to before (though I'd passed through a couple of times), and I started my releasing there instead. After the shower I left a book in the vestibule of a local restaurant called Little Beaver Restaurant. The book was "Crazy Canadian Trivia 2" by Pat Hancock.

1. Komoka, Ontario, Canada (photo): https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15354349



amos146 2 yrs ago


I realized that since I was releasing books at the Winnipeg OBCZ I could release one of them for this challenge. I chose to release The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason, a mystery set in Reykjavik Iceland, because Winnipeg (and Manitoba) have a sizable Icelandic population.



pam99 2 yrs ago
19. Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14378162
20. Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332027/
21. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15332020/
22. East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14488407

sat-nav led route to work (could have hit High Blantyre or Hamilton as well but I was in danger of being late so I stuck to the by-pass!)


pam99 2 yrs ago
23. Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15348043?...

This station has a waiting room on the Glasgow-bound platform that makes a good release spot (and which I’ve had catches from in the past) - however I’d stopped for petrol en route and was about to miss the train, so I hastily threw this on a bench as I ran up the platform...


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
#4 & 5
4. Next
Orangetree, Florida, USA

5. The Walkers of Dembley
Ave Maria, Florida, USA


pam99 2 yrs ago
24. Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14226711
25. Symington, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15357488?
26. Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14341575
27. Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356594
28. Paisley, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15364947

And a lovely catch from Symington- my 100th wild catch of all time!


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15191107 The Great Train Robbery


pam99 2 yrs ago
another catch!
pleased with these catches... this one from #20, Mauchline. Mauchline is a village on the A76, which is the route I take to work - it's got a lot of history, particularly Rabbie Burns links, but it's not really on the way to or from anywhere unless you live in our particular part of the world. I hopped out of the car and left this on a wall outside the local convenience store, hoping it wouldn't start raining... and it's just turned up 400 miles away! How did that happen, little book?





amos146 2 yrs ago
Towns 5&6
The one for Manchester was caught before I had chance to make release notes.


pam99 2 yrs ago
29. Ayr
Ayr is probably our nearest decent sized town, not sure how I managed to avoid it for nearly the whole of January!

29. Ayr, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15357490



pam99 2 yrs ago
#30 Aberdeen
30. Aberdeen, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15365431?...

Flying visit for work - it is absolutely freezing! Sensible locals stay inside the many shopping centres...


1. Youngsville, North Carolina, USA https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351699/

2. Raleigh, North Carolina, USA https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15351683/

I just found out that I will be doing some extra traveling this year, so I'd like to see how many places I can release at in 2019.


2 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7287626/ Menangle, NSW, Australia


pam99 2 yrs ago
#31 - 37
31. Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15365428
32. Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14365698
33. Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15331990
34. Lendalfoot, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15365344
35. Cairnryan, Galloway, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15331989
36. Stranraer, Galloway, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356592
37. Ballantrae,, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15331992

(another work trip - this time to Stranraer)


pam99 2 yrs ago


118 books have been released by
19 people in
11 countries.
1 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 (19):

pam99 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 38 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 38)
ekorren _ _ _ _ _ _ 20 towns in 1 country (Germany 20)
doris52 _ _ _ _ _ _ 14 towns in 2 countries (Austria 10, Spain 4)
amos146 _ _ _ _ _ _ 6 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 6)
book-a-neer _ _ _ _ 6 towns in 1 country (Australia 6)
iwillrejoice _ _ _ _ 5 towns in 1 country (United States 5)
gaboyd _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (New Zealand 4)
sakirmo _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Finland 4)
gypsysmom _ _ _ _ _ 4 towns in 1 country (Canada 4)
sheepette _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 2)
trojanhorse _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United Kingdom 2)
waterfalling _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United States 2)
nmugirl _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United States 2)
time-traveler _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (United States 2)
awaywithfairies _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Australia 2)
asia_be_es _ _ _ _ _ 2 towns in 1 country (Poland 2)
hyphen8 _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (United States 1)
motherof11 _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (Netherlands 1)
jessicaeby _ _ _ _ _ 1 town in 1 country (Canada 1)

Countries (11):

United Kingdom _ _ _ 48 books released by 4 participants
Germany _ _ _ _ _ _ 20 books
United States _ _ _ 12 books released by 5 participants
Austria _ _ _ _ _ _ 10 books
Australia _ _ _ _ _ 8 books released by 2 participants
Canada _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5 books released by 2 participants
Spain _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
New Zealand _ _ _ _ 4 books
Finland _ _ _ _ _ _ 4 books
Poland _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 books
Netherlands _ _ _ _ 1 book


2019-01 : 118 books



pam99 2 yrs ago
39. Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14167910?...


amos146 2 yrs ago
Towns 7&8


02/02/19; My husband and I have weekend passes to the Ontario Provincial Curling Finals this weekend, and I thought it would be a good time and place to leave a book at the arena. I chose today because on the schedule were both the finals of both the Women's Provincial tournament and a kids' contest called Hit, Tap, Draw. I left the book on a table in an area that overlooked both of the arena's ice surfaces. I didn't see it taken, but it was gone when I walked by shortly afterwards so someone found it quickly!

2. Elmira, Ontario, Canada (photo): https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14917443


I'd like to join.


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 1
Switzerland, Vaud, Lausanne:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 2
Switzerland, Genève, Carouge:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 3
Switzerland, Genève, Bellevue:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 4
Switzerland, Genève, Plan-les-Ouates:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 5
Switzerland, Genève, Perly-Certoux:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 6
Switzerland, Genève, Bardonnex:


wingsouramwing 2 yrs ago
Release # 7
Switzerland, Genève, Le Grand-Saconnex:


asia_be_es 2 yrs ago
3. Warszawa, Mazowieckie, Poland
4. Larnaka, Larnaca, Cyprus
5. Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
6. Kourion/Episkopi, Limassol, Cyprus
7. Kolossi, Limassol, Cyprus
8. Akrotiri, Limassol, Cyprus
9. Limassol, Limassol, Cyprus
10. Lefkara, Larnaca, Cyprus
11. Lagoudera, Nicosia, Cyprus
12. Jermasoja, Limassol, Cyprus
13. Chandria, Limassol, Cyprus
14. Pyrga, Larnaca, Cyprus
15. Pentakomo, Limassol, Cyprus
16. Amathus, Limassol, Cyprus
17. Agia Napa, Famagusta, Cyprus
18. Protaras, Famagusta, Cyprus


04/02/19; I did my third release of the year late at night on 4 Feb. I was attending a Chinese New Year celebration at an Asian shopping centre in Markham, and I left a copy of "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson" on the upper level of the mall. There is another New Year celebration there on the afternoon of 5 Feb., and it's expected to be quite busy so I am hoping someone will find this book soon.

3. Markham, Ontario, Canada (photo): https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15347264




3. Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15358569/


pam99 2 yrs ago
Catch from #33

A quieter week this week, but a couple more work trips coming up :-)


wingiwillrejoicewing 2 yrs ago
6. German Home Baking
Cape Coral, Florida, USA


3. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356490 Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates



wingsakirmowing 2 yrs ago
# 5 - 7


amos146 2 yrs ago
Towns 9&10


10/02/19; Today I did my hometown. It's always so hard to choose one for my own city! This year I went with an Egyptian themed release at a cafe near my house called Anubis Coffee Importers Cafe & Roastery. The book I released was called ""Princess of Egypt: An Egyptian Girl's Diary, 1490 BC" and I left it on a table in a seating area that had a bunch of newspapers for patrons to read. The release photo isn't great but I did manage to capture a couple of the cafe's Egyptian touches in the background.

4. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15130469


book-a-neer 2 yrs ago
Blackburn North, Vic, Australia

Glen Waverley, Vic, Australia


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