2021 Never Judge a Book by Its Cover Release Challenge: 2nd Quarter

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From Mary Poppins Returns:

A cover is not the book
So open it up and take a look
'Cause under the covers one discovers
That the king may be a crook
Chapter titles are like signs
And if you read between the lines
You'll find your first impression was mistook
For a cover is nice
But a cover is not the book


GENERAL INFO:

A cover/book theme will be posted weekly - I will try to post them on Friday HST¹ (UTC -10) so they will be available on Saturday for most people.

This may be a type of image, a color, a word in the title, something about the author's name, a particular type of book, etc. I'll try to include some examples when I can.

If you wish to suggest a theme, please send me a PM. :D

1) The goal is to release books based on the theme for the week: any type of release is acceptable.

1a) Feel free to join in at any time and participate as much as you wish. If you can't find a book for a particular theme, don't panic: you are not *required* to have something every week. This is supposed to be fun, not stressful!

1b) If you get a catch from a wild release, please share it here.

2) You may choose Saturday OR Sunday as your overlap day. On that day you may release for either the previous week's theme or the new one.

2a) Any given book may only be counted for ONE week. You decide and state which week you are releasing it for.

3) For images, both the front and back of the book are considered "the cover". Please try to include the relevant image in your journal entry if possible, especially if you have a different cover or are using the back. (If your book has a dust jacket, the front and back of the dust jacket are the cover.)

3a) If you aren't able to post an image, please describe it in your journal entry or release notes: "unlike the one that's shown, MY copy has a green cover with purple spots" and so on.

4) Post your releases here with a link to the journal entries: please do not edit previous posts to add more releases. You should have a new post for each week/theme that you release books for.

4a) If you take release photos please let us know so we can see them. :)

5) This isn't a competition and there are no prizes; I hope you enjoy playing!

6) If you have questions, please ask.

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1st Quarter thread: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/572394
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For the SECOND quarter:

Weeks 14-17: themes from hyphen8¹ (beginning Saturday, April 3)
Weeks 18-21: themes from ekorren² (beginning Saturday, May 1)
Weeks 22-25: themes from NancyNova³ (beginning Saturday, May 29)
Week 26: 2nd quarter re-do (beginning Saturday, June 26)
---> list of themes for 2nd quarter: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9698138

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¹ Hawaii does not participate in Daylight Savings. You can look up HST here: https://www.timeanddate.com/---/hast
² What time is it in Germany? https://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_DE.aspx
³ What time is it in Pennsylvania? https://24timezones.com/---/time

 

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185916 - Gita Sereny d. 2012
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185920 - Susanne Hart d. 2010

I had been checking into the old thread wondering what had happened to hypen8, glad it was only my advancing vagueness

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185916 - Gita Sereny d. 2012
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185920 - Susanne Hart d. 2010

I had been checking into the old thread wondering what had happened to hypen8, glad it was only my advancing vagueness

she also host the 3 a wk challenge, another fun and easy challenge

 

I had been checking into the old thread wondering what had happened to hypen8, glad it was only my advancing vagueness

Meanwhile, I was wondering if gilliap thought my theme was too difficult...or if life had somehow gotten in the way. :o

 

I had been checking into the old thread wondering what had happened to hypen8, glad it was only my advancing vagueness

Meanwhile, I was wondering if gilliap thought my theme was too difficult...or if life had somehow gotten in the way. :o

I love the randomness of it, other side of the world wondering if someone I don't know is all right, and them wondering what is going on with me.
I will remember the other challenge when I can't find anything for this one, thanks Sha

 

You may have to do a little research on this, but it's been over 20 years so there are quite a few to choose from. (...)
(But of course the easiest way is probably to plug the author's name into a search engine.)

I just finished adding a filter to my BC statistics system, implementing lists I found on the german wikipedia. These lists contain about 4000 authors from all over the world but of course they are still a selection, and I did nothing special with the lists - just blindly imported them. However, the system already knows a number of spelling variants and pseudonyms, so it might find some of them as well.

All over the BC database, about 7.5% of all books registered seem to be valid for this week. Which means, it's probably a difficult week to identify the books, but it's not very difficult to find some.

However, I can (mostly automatically) run this system on other people's shelves and return a list of books currently in your possession (i.e. last journal by you and status not TRAV) which were written by authors having died since 2000. Such a list is guaranteed to be incomplete and may be very well be outdated, but it may show you a number of candidates. If you are interested, please send me a PM and allow at least one or two days for completion.

 

Hyphen8: Thank you for this links. I had no idea there were such lists available. At first I saw a few authors that I had released last week, but also found a few more still available to release, so that was good.

 

Ideas:
Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, Barbara Cartland, M.C. Beaton, Carrie Fisher, Diana Wynne-Jones...

 

Ideas:
Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, Barbara Cartland, M.C. Beaton, Carrie Fisher, Diana Wynne-Jones...

Thanks, hyphen8. I was pleased to see this theme since I am doing a controlled release of a Sue Grafton book this week.

 

I'll link to them all here so they're easier to find at the end of the quarter.

Week 14 - authors who died in the 2000s
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9698135

Week 15 - non-horizontal titles
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9702535

Week 16 - translations and multi-lingual books
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9707018

Week 17 - images of glasses and other vision aids
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9711793

Week 18 - no author name on front cover or spine
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9715711

Week 19 - text in the cover art
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9719731

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16179071 died 8/20/2013 loved Get Shorty and Raylan (TV series based on the book was Justified). Elmore Leonard

 

 

 

1. Father's Arcane Daughter by E.L. Konigsburg (1930-2013),
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187321
2. Growing Up by Russell Baker (1925-2019),
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187313
3. Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler (1931-2020),
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187310

 

3. Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler (1931-2020),
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187310

I forgot about him: he does have a *few* books out there. :p

Another one that comes to mind is Rosamunde Pilcher.

 

1. Father's Arcane Daughter by E.L. Konigsburg (1930-2013),
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187321

That's one of the shorter titles I've seen from the author of "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," "The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World," and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth"
;)

 

By quickly looking through some global lists, I noticed a number of matching authors which seem to be registered in significant numbers in english editions. The list would certainly look different with german or other languages, though ;) Watch out for...

Anita Shreve
Arthur C. Clarke
Beverly Cleary
Clive Cussler
Dick Francis
Douglas Adams
Erich Segal
Frank McCourt
Gabriel García Márquez
Harper Lee
J. D. Salinger
Jackie Collins
John le Carré
Judith Krantz
Maeve Binchy
Maj Sjöwall
Mary Higgins Clark
Michael Crichton
P. D. James
Pat Conroy
Peter Mayle
Ray Bradbury
Richard Adams
Robert B. Parker
Robert James Waller
Robert Ludlum
Rosamunde Pilcher
Ruth Rendell (= Barbara Vine)
Sidney Sheldon
Stan Berenstain
Sue Grafton
Sue Townsend
Terry Pratchett
Tom Clancy
Toni Morrison
Umberto Eco
William Goldman


 

Thanks. Very helpful.

 

Great list, you manage to find helpful information.

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15901421 U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (died 2017)

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15252963 The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy (died 2013)

 

 

This week's theme is off-kilter: titles in which at least one of the main words (not counting "The" at the beginning, or subtitles) is not strictly horizontal.

The words may be at an angle, vertical, curved, or otherwise crooked.

Imagine that you've drawn a horizontal line under a word in the main title: if the main body of each letter does not sit on that line - if some letters are higher, lower, or at an angle - then the book is a good release for this week.

Some samples:

--> Mischling, Second Degree - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16061075
--> The Sledding Hill - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14703386
--> Songmaster - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16081733
--> Ambassador of Progress - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16189604
--> This is Washington, D.C. - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16184147
--> Charlotte's Web - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16189597
--> The House on Mango Street - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16157477
--> Old MacDonald - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16113505
--> Mouse Guard - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15825057

If you're not able to include the correct cover image, please describe the relevant text, as in: "The title is slanted upward" or "the word 'Songmaster' is curved".

(Apologies for not posting earlier: this is the first week when I've been working. I started this three-month temp job on February 1 and the last two Fridays were holidays. Then today I got home and instead of posting the theme, I promptly forgot that it was a Friday.)

 

 

The words may be at an angle, vertical, curved, or otherwise crooked.
(...)
--> Old MacDonald - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16113505

From the picture, I would say that the letters in this title are in different height, but standing fully upright. So it would also be valid if some letters are just shifted (one could argue that the baseline of the word is crooked, then)?

Also, you said "words" - what about books where only one letter of the title is "off", like this one: https://d3nc0ar6dmrp7n.cloudfront.net/---/300_15839599.jpg ?

 

The words may be at an angle, vertical, curved, or otherwise crooked.
(...)
--> Old MacDonald - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16113505

From the picture, I would say that the letters in this title are in different height, but standing fully upright. So it would also be valid if some letters are just shifted (one could argue that the baseline of the word is crooked, then)?

Also, you said "words" - what about books where only one letter of the title is "off", like this one: https://d3nc0ar6dmrp7n.cloudfront.net/---/300_15839599.jpg ?

Originally, I was thinking of something fairly dramatic, with the words at an angle or curved, or something..but I decided to allow words with only some of the letters askew or at different levels. So if you were to draw a line under the word, not all of the letters would be sitting on that line - some would be deliberately above, below, or at an angle to that line.

(This does not include normal letters with "descenders" which go below the line - in those cases the main body of the letter "p", "y", "j", etc. still sits on the same line with the other letters.)

So your example with the one crooked letter is fine. Also, initial caps that go BELOW the main line of the text - for example https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15825057 - are ok.

 

Originally, I was thinking of something fairly dramatic, with the words at an angle or curved, or something..but I decided to allow words with only some of the letters askew or at different levels. So if you were to draw a line under the word, not all of the letters would be sitting on that line - some would be deliberately above, below, or at an angle to that line.

Thanks. I found a number of "fairly dramatic" ones, but I'll also include such where the deviation is hardly visible. Real handwriting (not the simulated one) should always be a bit misaligned, too...

 

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187103
Like Water for Chocolate.

Also in the Movie Books release challenge.

 

 

Yay!

 

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181188 Arto Paasilinna (2018)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181208 Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181155 Christine Nöstlinger (2018)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000507 Frank McCourt (2009)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112235 Frank McCourt (2009)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16142428 Gabriele Wohmann (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000809 Henning Mankell (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112284 Henning Mankell (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181151 Henning Mankell (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181191 Henning Mankell (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16142393 Herbert Rosendorfer (2012)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/15848004 -ky (Horst Bosetzky) (2018)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16188235 Maeve Binchy (2012)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112214 Mary Higgins Clark (2020)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181146 Max von der Grün (2005)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181158 Max von der Grün (2005)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112225 Pat Conroy (2016)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181195 Robert James Waller (2017)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112255 Rosamunde Pilcher (2019)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181198 Rosamunde Pilcher (2019)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/15261822 Sarah Kirsch (2013)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16164949 Utta Danella (2015)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16164959 Utta Danella (2015)

If I had read the news in the morning on Wednesday evening, I could have added another author who just had died the day before. However, his (nonfiction) books are stored in my mother's basement, and I haven't been there again later that week, so when I found about his death, it was too late to pick them out and find an appropriate place to release them...

 

it was too late to pick them out and find an appropriate place to release them...


You'll have a head start on books for the second quarter re-boot then. That's what I do when I find a book too late.

 

it was too late to pick them out and find an appropriate place to release them...


You'll have a head start on books for the second quarter re-boot then. That's what I do when I find a book too late.

Sure, but it would have been more stylish to release on the same day the author's death made the news. I don't think it happened before that a specific book was only valid half of the week ;)

 

The following books are being released into my Little Free Library at Lackey Clinic:
1. Fancy Nancy Spring Fashion Fling by Jane O' Connor - title partially in curved letters https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16198063
2. Whatever After Bad Hair Day by Sarah Mlynowski - title curved https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16198065
3. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich - title slanted downward https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16198067

 

 

 

 

 

 

winghyphen8wing 3 wks ago
2021 Week 16

Since we're having the virtual Uncon this weekend and International BookCrossing Day is right around the corner, the theme for week 16 is translations and multi-lingual books.

The edition of the book you release must be a translation...or have the text in more than one language. (Not just a few words, but the whole text, or at least the majority of it.)

Some examples:

The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185871
These stories were originally published in Danish.

Haibane Renmei by Yoshitoshi Abe
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15432659
Translated from Japanese

Rachel Calof's Story
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14381982
Originally written in Yiddish

Jump! / ¡Salto! by Scott M. Fischer
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16103394
Text in both Spanish and English

Una realidad más amplia / A Larger Reality edited by Libia Brenda
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15209878
Anthology simultaneously published in Spanish & English (in the same book)

はらぺこあおむし by エリックカール
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15430846
Japanese translation of a book originally published (I think) in English

I expect this to be a very easy week for ekorren. :p

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202100 - Italian to English
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202098 - Japanese to English

I have not read these books, I found them ages ago and kept just in case

 

I have not read these books, I found them ages ago and kept just in case

Happy to oblige. :D

 

I have not read these books, I found them ages ago and kept just in case

Happy to oblige. :D

Hopefully you can keep it up :)

 

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16095854 translated by Henning Koch

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10369398 Woman with Birthmark by Hakan Nesser (Swedish to English)

 

1. Silk by Alessandro Barrico,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202721 (translated from Italian to English)
2. The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202731 (translated from French to English)
3. The Long Road by Kim In-Suk,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202698 (translated from Korean to English)

 

 

This week we are looking for images of vision aids: glasses (the sort you wear, not the type you drink from), sunglasses, magnifying glasses, goggles, monocles, telescopes, binoculars, opera glasses, pince-nez… Let's see what you come up with!

Yes, 3D glasses are fine. And since I said telescopes, I guess I'd better include microscopes as well.

Artificial eyes that enhance vision like Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody's magical eye and Geordi La Forge's VISOR are acceptable.

It should be clear from the list of items, but just in case: they do not need to be worn - the glasses could be lying on a table, or the telescope could be a whole building...

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16208339 - Man wearing glasses
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16208340 - Author with flying goggles
I mainly read auto/biographys , so was surprised at how few of them featured glasses. Perhaps there is a bit of vanity involved.

 

Perhaps there is a bit of vanity involved.

I wouldn't be at all surprised.

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16204474 Between Heaven and Earth by Helmut Thielicke (translated from German to English)

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16208897 Iris and the Tiger (woman wearing eyeglasses on the cover)

 

 

1. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209229
2. Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Activist and Supreme Court Judge,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209223

 

All german editions, translated from...

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000207 modern hebrew
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000866 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000979 italian
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112199 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112215 russian
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112230 italian
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112241 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112308 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16134527 spanish
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16142407 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16142461 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16150297 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16151834 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16159265 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16159295 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172261 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172264 portoguese
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172265 spanish
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172268 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172276 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172281 italian
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172296 french
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181134 french
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181142 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181144 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181145 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181152 italian
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181177 arabic
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181205 icelandic
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16188244 swedish
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16188247 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16188252 modern greek
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16188255 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16198213 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16198223 english
http://bookcrossing.com/---/16202604 english

 

All german editions, translated from...

Nice.

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14297313 Time to Kill (Nun wearing sunglasses)

 

This week, we look for anonymous books: The book's front cover and spine does not show the name of the author, neither a pseudonym, so you can't see who actually wrote the story or stories without turning the book around or opening it.

There may be names on the cover, sure - just not the name of any author of the actual book. For example, anthologies often show the name of the editor on the cover. Or, as far as I know, Walt Disney himself never wrote even one of those many comic and other children's books published with his name.

If an editor contributed only a preface or other short comments but none of the stories, you may consider him a non-author.

No pseudonyms, though - pseudonyms are still names. However, the "name" 'Anonymous' (or equivalent) would be acceptable.

P.S.: There may be names inside the book or on the back cover, we just don't look there this week ;-)

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213830
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213831

Hope these two books fit. Not a lot around, was thinking I may need childrens books

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213830
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213831
Hope these two books fit.

Both look good. For the second one, there seem to be two different editions - one with an author name, the other one says "By the editors of F C & A publishing". I assume yours is the second edition which is perfect.

was thinking I may need childrens books

Children's books and anthologies are probably the most common ones with anonymous covers.

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213830
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213831
Hope these two books fit.

Both look good. For the second one, there seem to be two different editions - one with an author name, the other one says "By the editors of F C & A publishing". I assume yours is the second edition which is perfect.

Thanks, I await your next weeks challenges with (nervous) anticipation

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213830
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213831
Hope these two books fit.

Both look good. For the second one, there seem to be two different editions - one with an author name, the other one says "By the editors of F C & A publishing". I assume yours is the second edition which is perfect.

Thanks, I await your next weeks challenges with (nervous) anticipation

they do seen to be a CHALLENGE lol

 

Thanks, I await your next weeks challenges with (nervous) anticipation

they do seen to be a CHALLENGE lol

Yes, ekorren is definitely good at keeping us on our toes!

 

Thanks, I await your next weeks challenges with (nervous) anticipation

they do seen to be a CHALLENGE lol

I believe that's actually an effect of the community based approach we are using this year - three new people come up with their own ideas, and it seems all of us were a bit tired of repetitions of "author name starts with <four random letters>" or "<list of colors> elements on the cover" - which usually were the themes with 50% or more of all books being valid.
We seem to rather go for themes where you can be curious what people will find instead of just "how long the lists of solittletime and ekorren will be".

Actually, I try to estimate whether a theme is feasible, but I do not really take into account how easy it is - not even for me. I don't really keep books for themes I plan for the future, and if I look through some stock before the respective week it's basically to avoid "impossible" themes (assuming that if I can't find something, others probably won't either, so it's a bad idea to use this).

Btw: I don't know myself which themes will be week 19 and 20 at the moment - I may have some ideas but I haven't decided for anything - and for week 21, I consider a certain topic but I'm not sure yet how the theme derived from it will look like.

The current week's theme may be not very easy in percentage of books, but the books are easy to identify. If you have the chance to look through some larger stock (like a public bookshelf) I'm sure you'll find some.

 

Thanks, I await your next weeks challenges with (nervous) anticipation

they do seen to be a CHALLENGE lol

I believe that's actually an effect of the community based approach we are using this year - three new people come up with their own ideas, and it seems all of us were a bit tired of repetitions of "author name starts with <four random letters>" or "<list of colors> elements on the cover" - which usually were the themes with 50% or more of all books being valid.
........


I do appreciate the effort that you three are putting into keeping this challenge going, and am enjoying it. Thank you all.

 

I believe that's actually an effect of the community based approach we are using this year - three new people come up with their own ideas,

It seems to be giving us a good variety. :D

We seem to rather go for themes where you can be curious what people will find instead of just "how long the lists of solittletime and ekorren will be".

The answer to that is: longer than anyone else's! ;)

...if I look through some stock before the respective week it's basically to avoid "impossible" themes (assuming that if I can't find something, others probably won't either, so it's a bad idea to use this).

Agreed: if you can't find something in *your* stock, that theme is probably too difficult for most of the rest of us! :o

 

Agreed: if you can't find something in *your* stock, that theme is probably too difficult for most of the rest of us! :o

During the past few years, there was also the variant "too american for me" ;-P

There were indeed a few themes through the years which were really difficult to find matching german books for, while they were rather easy with english editions. For example, american publishers seem to use more "special effects" like metallic foil, holes and cutoffs. Of course, the fact that I have a stock of more than 100 english books available besides the german ones, might help in these cases ;-)

Another thing that comes to my mind (IIRC we never had that as a theme, though): While american paperback editions often are covered with long lists of real or fake praise credited to whoever hasn't refused to be used, german publishers are very reluctant with putting advertisement on the cover. If at all, you might find one or two quotes on the back cover, but hardly ever on the front.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16216970 - 'A Woman in Berlin '

I have never done this before but during my shift in the op shop this morning I saw this book and I couldn't resist buying it for this challenge.
In place of the author's name it has 'Anonymous" - on the spine there is a note about the name of the man who introduces the book, but no author, after a quick look it looks as if her name is never mentioned. There is also the name of the translator inside.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16216970 - 'A Woman in Berlin'

This was actually one of the books I had in mind when added the clarification that the name "Anonymous" should be valid to my draft ;-) I have a copy waiting to be sent to a specific themed OBCZ whenever the box is full and the steward comes out of pandemic hibernation. Maybe for redo week...

The name of the author is known today, btw, but it hadn't been revealed until 2003, two years after her death.

 

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16216970 - 'A Woman in Berlin'

This was actually one of the books I had in mind when added the clarification that the name "Anonymous" should be valid to my draft ;-)

The name of the author is known today, btw, but it hadn't been revealed until 2003, two years after her death.

I am not releasing it till Friday, when I go back to the shop, have just looked up the author and I think I may devote a couple of days to read it before release. I am a fast reader and its a reasonable sized book. May be a bit harrowing though.

 

P.S.: There may be names inside the book or on the back cover, we just don't look there this week ;-)

Thanks, that helps!

 

I'd like to point out #8 this time - a book released in 2007 has been caught recently, after 13 1/2 years.

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16159299 Glück in Frankreich (Ernst von Salomon)
Released: 2021-03-27 type OBCZ at DE:BW:Pliezhausen | Bücherbrett an der Viereckschanze
Caught: 2021-04-04 (8 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-13, Places-2021

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16114899 Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (Otfried Preußler)
Released: 2021-03-27 type OBCZ at DE:BW:Pliezhausen | Bücherbrett an der Viereckschanze
Caught: 2021-04-05 (9 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-13

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16142431 Die Brücken der Freiheit (Ken Follett)
Released: 2021-04-02 type WILD at DE:BW:Pliezhausen | Schönbuch
Caught: 2021-04-06 (4 days) by Farako15 (Newbie)
Challenges: NJ2021-13

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16159290 Mit verdeckten Karten (Alexandra Marinina)
Released: 2021-03-22 type WILD at DE:BW:Neckartailfingen | Aileswasensee
Caught: 2021-04-13 (22 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-12

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16112263 Toronto, tödlich (Simon Ritchie)
Released: 2021-03-31 type WILD at DE:BW:Tübingen | Alter Botanischer Garten
Caught: 2021-04-13 (13 days) by Neboula (Newbie)
Challenges: NJ2021-13, Places-2021

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16172269 Novemberschokolade (Ulrike Sosnitza)
Released: 2021-04-11 type OBCZ at DE:BW:Tübingen | Bücherbaum Heuberger Tor
Caught: 2021-04-13 (2 days) by Schnitzeli (Newbie)
Challenges: NJ2021-15

http://bookcrossing.com/---/15999358 Michael im Teufelskreis (Carlo Ross)
Released: 2021-04-13 type ÖPNV at DE:BW:-- Bahn/Bus/Schiff -- | RB 18 Tübingen - Stuttgart - Osterburken und zurück (Abellio)
Caught: 2021-04-17 (4 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2020-35, NJ2021-15, SeptemberSapphire-2020

http://bookcrossing.com/---/5094265 Das Unerfreuliche zuerst (Sibylle Berg)
Released: 2007-09-26 type ÖPNV at DE:BW:-- Bahn/Bus/Schiff -- | RB Herrenberg - Tübingen - Plochingen/Bad Urach (bis Juni 2020)
Caught: 2021-04-19 (13.6 yrs) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2007-38

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16110694 Die Witwe (Fiona Barton)
Released: 2021-03-20 type OBCZ at DE:BW:Villingen-Schwenningen | Bücherpavillon Latschariplatz (Villingen)
Caught: 2021-04-20 (1.0 mons) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-12

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16181158 Vorstadtkrokodile (Max von der Grün)
Released: 2021-04-08 type WILD at DE:BW:Nürtingen | Zizishausen
Caught: 2021-04-23 (15 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-14

http://bookcrossing.com/---/16000506 Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit (Herbert Rosendorfer)
Released: 2021-03-31 type WILD at DE:BW:Tübingen | Goldersbachtal zwischen Lustnau und Bebenhausen
Caught: 2021-04-25 (25 days) by AnonymousFinder
Challenges: NJ2021-13

 

I'd like to point out #8 this time - a book released in 2007 has been caught recently, after 13 1/2 years.

Oh, nice!

 

I'd like to point out #8 this time - a book released in 2007 has been caught recently, after 13 1/2 years.


Wow!!!

 

 

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16216264 The Spin: A Novel of New Zealand Politics by Anonymous

 

 

1. 100 Things You Should Know About Kings and Queens,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16214579
2. 100 Things You Should Know About Ancient Rome,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16214578
3. Practice Random Acts of Kindness,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16214575

 

 

The cover PICTURE should contain some kind of writing - at least one letter or digit somewhere. This may for example be an inscription on a sign, a speech bubble in a cartoon, the title on the cover of a book on the table, the number on a playing card, or even an abstract background made from letters.

Any overlay text like the author, title, publisher, subtitle, advertisements etc. is NOT part of the picture, though, regardless of its position to the picture - unless the illustration has been specially drawn including the text. Basically, the text must have been there before someone made a book cover out of the picture.

The writing does not have to be readable - if it's obvious that some blurred dots represent text, it's still valid. But something should be there. I have seen pictures of books or newspapers with empty pages, and, well... no, empty is empty, whatever you may imagine to be there ;-) However, some black lines graphically representing the text on the paper would be enough.

Examples:

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16198205
--> There's a stone with an inscription in the background

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16198210
--> The whole cover is one drawing created for this book, with the title integrated. Such a title would be valid, but of course the speech of the man to the right would be enough, too.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16199699
--> While it may be unclear whether the title ("Deine Juliet") is part of the picture or has been added as an overlay (which I would rather assume), there are also the postage stamps in the upper right corner.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16181176
--> There are some irregular-shaped dots on the spines of the books the children read. Although they are no recognizable letters, you may safely assume that they are supposed to represent letters.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16000110
--> The signature of the author is used as illustration.

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219269 - Question as to whether this book is eligible, there is script imposed on top of the cover pic, not sure what language, but looks to me like abstract background. Have registered book but not scheduled for release till sure.

2 . https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219270 - Has the words 'Saloon Bar ' on the doors behind the boy on cover.

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219269 - Question as to whether this book is eligible, there is script imposed on top of the cover pic, not sure what language, but looks to me like abstract background. Have registered book but not scheduled for release till sure.

Definitely valid. The script is part of the cover illustration, not of the "technical data" or some "buy me, we want money" overlayed by the publisher.

 


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219269 - script on cover as abstract backgrouncd
2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219270 - 'Saloon Bar ' on the doors behind the boy on cover.

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15979759 The Inspirational Christmas Almanac (no author listed on cover or spine)

 

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219283 The Texan’s Baby Bombshell (table of baked items with a sign that says “cherry pie”)

 

 

Authors who have died in the 2000s
LFL release with photo

1. Dick King-Smith d. 2011 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185812

 

Non-horizontal titles
LFL releases with photo

1. Asimov on Science Fiction - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16197539
2. Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16197425

 

Translations and multi-lingual books
LFL releases with photo

1. Cagaster Vol. 1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068104
translated from Japanese to English

2. Malka - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14199021
translated from German to English

 

Vision aids
LFL releases with photos

1. The Story of the Constitution - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209110
--> Glasses
2. Is This "One Of Those Days," Daddy? - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16211681
--> Glasses
3. Witness for the Prosecution - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13850512
--> Magnifying glass

 

No author name on cover
wild releases with photos

1. New Writings in SF 8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213944
2. Shadows 5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213949

 

Text in cover art
wild releases with photo

1. The Story of the Liberty Bell - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219744
--> non-legible text indicated on bell

2. The Story of the Supreme Court - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219770
--> names written into cover art, plus non-legible text indicated on building

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15957065 Round Ireland with a Fridge (Title on signs)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15261305 The Killing (Writing in cover art)

 

1. Harriet Tubman: Slavery and the Underground Railroad,
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219786
2. Cat's Cake, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219785

 

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