BookCrossing Meetup BookBox

Registered by wingMelydiawing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 7/12/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 12, 2008
This is the journal accompanying the BookCrossing Meetup Bookbox. This is similar to a regular bookbox, except that instead of travelling between individuals, it's visiting local BookCrossing groups.

Please journal here when your group receives the bookbox. Feel free to share the BCID with the members of the group so everyone can keep track of the travels. Two more things:
1. Everyone should sign a page for your group with their usernames.
2. Take a picture of your group, then return the camera to the box. I'll post the photos here.

Have fun! :)

Journal Entry 2 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 12, 2008
I met up with crrcookie in Chantilly, VA, today for lunch and to hand off the bookbox. She will be bringing it to the Audubon, PA, group tomorrow, then hand it off to ResQgeek for a trip to San Francisco! After these hand-carried stops are done, the mailing list for the box will begin.

Mailing order:

1. Miami, FL (Carlissa)
2. Charleston, SC (kiptrix)
2. MidSouth Mississippi (mississippimom)
4. Southern Maine (solittletime)
5. Albequerque, NM (Jare)

and back to BC in DC!

Journal Entry 3 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
This bookbox was handed off to me yesterday and I added the bookplate in the front with the BCID and also a pocket in the back that holds business card size slips of paper so that those that journal it at the meeting can also journal it online after they go home.

Here is the starting line-up:


The Thin Woman

The Postman

Eaters of the Dead

Cold Mountain

Goodbye, Columbus

Judgement in Death

In the Shadow of the Oak King

Faerie Tale


This Book Will Change Your Life

High Plains Redemption

Black Ice

Nothing Personal

A Writer's Time


Journal Entry 4 by PrettyPoodle from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
I added these books to the box:

Hill Town

Singing Boy: A Novel

Journal Entry 5 by H2Omelons from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
I caught the book "Faerie Tale" today at the Audubon BookCrossers' Club (ABXC) meeting at Panera Bread. We had the pleasure of not only increasing our numbers by 3 new members but we also had the rare privilege of being visited by "BC in DC" - the Washington DC area BookCrossers' Club. It was great having them with us and we hope to make this a regularly recurring exchange with us visiting them as much as they visit us.

I really love the idea of the BookBox and will have to find a way to work one out for the local area - hopefully as a way of promoting and enhancing participation in BookCrossing in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Taken: Faerie Tale
Added: Spellbound, by Christopher Pike

Journal Entry 6 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
Ooohhh! H2Omelons- you beat me to Faerie Tale! :-)
This bookbox was a great idea and I look forward to seeing where it goes after this and who it touches along the way.

At the Autubon, PA Meetup I took out:
A Writer's Time (couldn't resist- my time management when it comes to writing has been suffering lately)
This Book Will Change Your Life (which I may be able to put back in again if it'll fit in the box again when I go to the BC in DC meetup in August)

I put in:
Big Fish
Seize the Night
Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need

Journal Entry 7 by passionatebklvr from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, July 14, 2008
At the Audibon bookcrossing meeting I took Big Fish and put in Commitment.

Journal Entry 8 by ResQgeek from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, July 31, 2008
The original plan called for crrcookie to pass the box off to me at the BCinDC get together at my house on Saturday. However, due to a death in the family, crrcookie had to leave the area unexpectedly, so the box arrived with the mail yesterday. I'll probably leave it out for people to look through during Saturday's get together, then I'll pack it up for the trip to California. I have two (yes 2!!) bookcrossing meetings planned next week. The first is with the Tri-Valley BookCrossing group on the east side of SF bay and the second is with the SF BookCrossers in San Francisco itself.

I'll update the list of books in the box before I pack it up for the trip.

Journal Entry 9 by ResQgeek from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 2, 2008
BC in DC meeting
ResQgeek's home

We had a lovely meeting this afternoon, with katekintail, furball, SqueakyChu, purplypup, xanderer, eeyore75, and lil-ladybug. It was especially nice to have some new faces, and everyone seemed to have a good time (especially since the meeting, which was tentatively scheduled to end about 4pm, finally broke up at almost 7pm!

Now its time to pack the box up for California. The books in the box now include:

Hill Towns
Seize the Night
Old Age is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am
Nothing Personal
Black Ice
High Plains Redemption
The Aladdin Factor
Singing Boy
Judgement in Death
Tip a Canoe
In the Shadow of the Oak King
The Postman
Goodbye, Columbus
Eaters of the Dead

Journal Entry 10 by JDT from Pleasanton, California USA on Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Picked up the book Commitment from the Meetup BookBox and added to the journal this evening at our special dinner meetup with ResQGeek! Very fun evening.
I added The Painted House by John Grisham.
Thanks for this great bookbox idea! Our server at the Royal Afghan Restaurant took a group picture.

Journal Entry 11 by lisaxiii from Pleasanton, California USA on Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Took out the book Clover and put in The Summer I Dared. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 12 by countedx58 from San Francisco, California USA on Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I grabbed Singing Boy by Dennis McFarland and donated Twelve Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard. What fun!

Journal Entry 13 by ResQgeek from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tri-Valley BookCrossers
Dublin, CA
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting ten wonderful BookCrossers from the Tri-Valley area on the east side of San Francisco Bay this evening. I was a few minutes late to the gathering, having miscalculated the delays I should expect on the drive from my hotel near SFO Airport. The food at the Royal Afghan Cuisine was delicious, and the company delightful, and as always, I somehow came back with more books than I left with...

I wish I could remember everyone's screen names, but here are the ones I remember (I'm sure someone will remind me of the ones I missed):


Thank you all for a terrific evening!

[Edited to add:] I knew someone would fill in the gaps in my memory. There was only one other Bookcrosser: PleasantRead. The second person I didn't list was a non-BookCrossing husband who joins the group for dinner sometimes.

Journal Entry 14 by ResQgeek from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 7, 2008
San Francisco
Hotel Rex
Wednesday, 06 August 2008

After rediscovering how much I dislike driving in the heart of big cities, I managed to get my rental car safely parked in a garage and made my way two blocks up the hill to the Hotel Rex, where Suetu and other San Francisco members of Bookcrossing were waiting for me (I wish I had caught everyone's screen names, but I'm always terrible with names...). We had a long and often animated discussion of the books we'd brought, and talked about the best books we've read lately. A very pleasant evening, as any bookcrossing gathering always seems to be.

Now I've got to get the box packed back into my luggage for the trip home, where we will prepare it to head out in the mail to its other destinations.

Journal Entry 15 by Calif-BookLover from Brentwood, California USA on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Added my two cents worth to melydia's BC Meetup BookBox Journal... such a fun idea. Also Added the book "Driving Mr. Albert", and took out "Old Age is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am". And ResQgeek, it was really fun to meet you!

Journal Entry 16 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, September 1, 2008
The box is temporarily back in my possession. I picked it up from ResQgeek today. It's terribly heavy so I'm taking out the hardbacks and replacing them with paperbacks before it goes in the mail.

Journal Entry 17 by wingMelydiawing at melydia's Meetup BookBox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 4, 2008

Released 15 yrs ago (9/4/2008 UTC) at melydia's Meetup BookBox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases



Mailed this off to Carlissa in Miami this morning.

Journal Entry 18 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Thursday, September 11, 2008
Picked up this bookbox at the P.O. today. It didn't make it in time for our regular meeting, which was on Monday, but I'll see if anyone wants to meet again this month.

Journal Entry 19 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Thursday, September 25, 2008
Pkboo, Azuki, and I have made our selections and added some books to this wonderful box of books.

The box will be on its way as soon as I receive kiptrix's address (I just sent her a pm this morning).

9/25: bookbox mailed today. DC# 0306 3030 0002 2802 8896

Journal Entry 20 by Azuki from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wish we had as big a turn out as you folks for the BC meet up!
So, just our small group of people, chatting about books and toyvoyagers and other things. Sorry we are camera-shy so no pic was taken...
I am surprised by the quality of the books in the box. I put in three and took out two.
I understand this box is going to the Charleston Un-Con next. Hope it makes it in time, and how I wish I could personally bring the box there! A big wave and hug from Miami!
Thanks for starting this box. What a lovely idea.

Journal Entry 21 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, September 26, 2008
Just popping in here to say that I forgot to make a journal entry when the bookbox was back in Alexandria, Virginia, because I *do* want to watch this journal and bookbox travel.

Hello to fellow journalers and bookbox participants.

Thanks, melydia, for starting this bookbox...

Journal Entry 22 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Meetup Bookbox has arrived in the Charleston area (in Summerville, SC, to be exact) and I am happy to say that it will be at our UnConvention in a couple of weeks. This is such a nice idea. I hope many BCers will participate in October and afterwards. Now, I'm off to check out the contents.

Journal Entry 23 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Saturday, October 11, 2008
At the Redoing the Charleston UnCon, I selected two books from this box:
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

I put into the box three books, all by Dean Koontz:
Life Expectancy
Odd Thomas
Forever Odd

Thanks so much for sharing this bookbox!

Journal Entry 24 by bookczuk from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I picked up Garden State: A Novel but eventually put it back, as it was not related to the movie (which I never saw, so thought maybe I could read the book and be culturally enlightened. Oh well.)

My contribution to the box was Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

P.S. For pictures of our "meetup" aka The 2008 UnCon, see here. :)

Journal Entry 25 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Monday, October 20, 2008
I'm getting ready to ship the bookbox to mississippimom. Not everyone who took or left a book has journaled, but I see that there are only two of the original books still in the box! I've added three books, two of which have been journaled by BookCrossers in faraway places (I forget where Cimarron Rose came to me from, but it also is from another BCer, so I hope they all continue to be journaled. Thanks so much for this idea, it's been fun!

Journal Entry 26 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Monday, October 20, 2008
This box is now in the mail, on its way to mississippimom and the MidSouth Mississippi group. Have fun!

Journal Entry 27 by mississippimom from Olive Branch, Mississippi USA on Friday, October 24, 2008
WoooHooo... the melydia BookCrossing MeetUP BookBox arrived in Olive Branch, MS today!
What a wonderful idea....

I had to take a minute to journal receipt of the box...
now I can take my time going through all the lovely books...

Can't wait to share this with the MidSouth BookCrossers Meetup Group...
You can check out the MidSouth BookCrossers Facebook page here

UPDATE: Just wanted to let everyone know we will have this bookbox at our annual MidSouth BookCrossers Christmas Party to share with everyone there...
Then it will be off to spend New Year's with solittletime and the Southern Maine BookCrossers....

Journal Entry 28 by Daelith from Memphis, Tennessee USA on Saturday, December 20, 2008
Got to browse this journal and add an entry during our December meetup.

Journal Entry 29 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Saturday, December 20, 2008
The box made an appearance today at our Christmas party (thanks to mississippimom) and I think it enjoyed the outing! There is a lot in the journal and should be interesting reading by the time the box arrives home. We took a group pic in front of the Christmas tree :)

I didn't take any books but I did add two books to the box - A Cup of Tea and When Rain Clouds Gather - I hope someone enjoys them!

Thanks for doing the box, melydia - it was fun!

Journal Entry 30 by mississippimom from Olive Branch, Mississippi USA on Saturday, December 20, 2008

MidSouth BookCrossers - Memphis TN
had a wonderful time browsing through the bookbox and catching & releasing books at the Christmas Party.

MidSouth BookCrossers Christmas Party
nancyluvsbooks - dancing-dog - MissLou - MississippiMom
wildseakitten - Daelith - MarilynD

Now I just need to get it all ready to ship out to solittletime to share with her meetup group!

Merry Christmas!

Journal Entry 31 by mississippimom at Olive Branch, Mississippi USA on Friday, December 26, 2008

Released 15 yrs ago (12/27/2008 UTC) at Olive Branch, Mississippi USA



Here's the bookbox all stickered up and ready to go to solittletime.
I'll put it in the mail Saturday!

Thanks again melydia... this was great fun!

melydia's bookcrossing meetup bookbox
Do you think she'll know it's a bookcrossing bookbox?!?!

Journal Entry 32 by WildSeaKitten from Collierville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I found this journal at our Christmas Party with the book box it came with. such a neat idea. I look forward to watching it travel.

Journal Entry 33 by bookbinderskid from Sedona, Arizona USA on Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The bookbox is such a great idea and it's alot of fun watching it's progress thru the journal notes. Thanks melydia ! Taken: A Cup of Tea and Black Ice
Added: Desert Solitaire

Journal Entry 34 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, November 2, 2009
It's been about ten months since we last heard from this box. Anyone know where it is now?

Thanks! :)

Journal Entry 35 by mississippimom from Olive Branch, Mississippi USA on Monday, November 2, 2009
I sent it to solittletime for the Southern Maine Bookcrossing Group....
I know it arrived in first part of January because I have several journal entries on books that were in the box.... Here's one

And you can see bookbinderskid made a journal entry here in January.
Not sure what happened from there. Maybe solittletime can help you out.

Journal Entry 36 by wingMelydiawing at -- Geocaches, Virginia USA on Friday, June 11, 2010
Well, it's been about a year and a half since this bookbox last showed its face. Solittletime in Maine said she was mailing it off to Jare in New Mexico, but I guess it never got there. Alas. Bon voyage, little books!

Journal Entry 37 by wingjarewing at Los Lunas, New Mexico USA on Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The box arrived safe and sound in New Mexico today! We haven't had a meetup in such a long time, now we have the perfect excuse to get together. I'll see how soon we can do that and take/add some books!

Journal Entry 38 by winglabmomnmwing at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, July 18, 2010
We had one of our typically massive turnouts for Meet-Up yesterday....just Jare & I :-)

I took out Andre Jordan's Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now; added A.S. Byatt's Elementals. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 39 by wingjarewing at Gibsonton, Florida USA on Thursday, July 5, 2012
I had feared this book lost. After labmomnm and I had added to it, I handed it off to a newer member who I had been spending time with, and then she disappeared! Well, she has sent me an email and now the box is in the hands of my mother who will get it to me. I'll share and add to it along with the St. Petersburg, FL meetup group then it will FINALLY return home!

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