The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

by Catherynne M. Valente | Children's Books |
ISBN: 9781250010193 Global Overview for this book
Registered by hakkalina of Budapest, Pest Hungary on 5/11/2010
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by hakkalina from Budapest, Pest Hungary on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Paperback edition with 247 pages.

Product Description
September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?). When she gets there, she finds a land crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. Having read enough books to know what a girl with a quest must do, September sets out to Fix Things. As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes, losing her shadow, her shoes and her way. But she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides . . .

Journal Entry 2 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Bookray * Bookray * Bookray ended!

Started on: 2012. július 18. & Finished on: 2013. október 3.

Read and passed on: 1. Nell-Lu (UK), 2. JoolsW (UK), 3. Vekiki (UK), 4. katrinat (UK), 5. sorcheen (GER), 6. xlacrimax (LTU), 7. Tsjara (NED), 8. PrincessRainbow (AUT), 9. mssaver (USA), 10 azuki (USA), 11. Vapermom (CAN), 12. Fracula (CAN)

Thank you so much to participate in this ray!

Journal Entry 3 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (7/18/2012 UTC) at Budapest, Pest Hungary


It is time to go on in order to discover more in this beautiful World... The book is travelling to its next reader!

Journal Entry 4 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, July 21, 2012
This book just arrived, many thanks hakkalina. I like the cover design, so first impressions are good. I finished another book last night, so I'm free to start this one today. Hurrah!

Journal Entry 5 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 23, 2012
I've been wanting to read this since I heard about it, so thanks hakkalina for sharing.

But, I didn't love it. I found the narrative voice and prose style -- which should have been charmingly, delightfully twee -- tiresome. It made reading the book, especially the descriptions, a chore.

Possibly I was in the wrong mood, possibly I'm an old curmudgeon and shouldn't be allowed near books about Fairyland. Either way, I'm sure some of the other readers on this bookray will enjoy the book much more.

I've got JoolsW's address and will post the book later today. I've included hakkalina's "Where's Wally?" postcard as it made a great bookmark.

Journal Entry 6 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 23, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (7/23/2012 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


On its way to JoolsW. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 7 by JoolsW at Haworth, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 30, 2012
I've just received this book today and it has come at the perfect time as I finished a book yesterday and was wondering what to pick up next.

Thanks for sharing hakkalina, and thanks Nell-Lu, for sending this with the Where's Wally postcard : )

Journal Entry 8 by JoolsW at Haworth, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I finished this book at the weekend.

I don’t really know where to start with this… The writing is extremely creative and imaginative. The descriptions of fairyland and all its characters are inventive and clever. I usually love anything that is magical, that takes me to other worlds... and yet, I didn't love it.

I think there was just too much going on for me – too many characters, too many clever descriptions and not enough story to keep me interested.

I’m glad I stuck with it though – it’s a well written and different kind of book and I’m sure many others who read this will find it entirely enjoyable.

Thanks for including me in the bookray, hakkalina! I'll now contact Vekiki and post the book to her as soon as possible!

Released 6 yrs ago (10/9/2012 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom


I've now posted this to the next person in line.

Happy Bookcrossing : )

Journal Entry 10 by wingVekikiwing at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Oh gosh, I'm so so I didn't journal this when I received it! I really thought I had and was ever so confused just now when I couldn't find it on my virtual bookshelf. Sorry to have left you worrying about it.

I'm finished reading - really enjoyed it and LOVE the illustrations - and just PMing the next in line for their address

Journal Entry 11 by katrinat at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, November 03, 2012
I'm really looking forward to reading this, I'm in the middle of another book at the moment but should get to this soon. Thanks for sending and thanks for sharing

Journal Entry 12 by katrinat at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Monday, January 28, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (1/28/2013 UTC) at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom


Sorry this took so long to send on.

Thanks for taking the time to journal this book. Bookcrossing aims to keep books moving and meeting to readers, firstly to spread the love of reading but also so books don't just aquire dust for years on end. I hope that you enjoy reading this book and when you have finished with it that you are able to pass it to a new reader or leave it somewhere for somebody new to discover.

Journal Entry 13 by roommush at Panevėžys, Panevėžio Lithuania on Friday, March 01, 2013
The book is with me now, and I'm already reading it, thank you for sharing!
Not as engaging as expected, reminded me of Alice's adventures a lot, though I don't know whether it is a bad thing or a good thing. I didn't like it much but I'm glad I had a chance to try it :)

Journal Entry 14 by roommush at Panevėžys, Panevėžio Lithuania on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (3/28/2013 UTC) at Panevėžys, Panevėžio Lithuania


Traveling to the next person, enjoy!

Journal Entry 15 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, April 01, 2013
It's here! Thanks for sending it on xlacrimax and the lovely postcard (and I don't think I ever had stamps from Lithuania before ^_^)!
Really looking forward to read this one. Thanks for sharing the book hakkalina! :)

Journal Entry 16 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, April 14, 2013
I really enjoyed this trip to Fairyland. Quirky, imaginative, lots of wonderfully strange creatures/characters. Reminds me vaguely of Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Narnia), and Peter Pan (and probably a few other stories where children are whisked away to another world :p).
But I only really got into the story after September met the Marquess and Saturday, and finished the second half of the book in one day. I liked the ending with all the revelations.. And there is a sequel too, looking forward to read that someday. :)
Oh and I really like the drawings as well!

Lye poured a bucketful of golden water over September's head. "When you are born," the golem said softly, "your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting stange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk and crusty things and dirt and fear and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you're half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it's so grunged up with living. So every once in a while, you have to scrub it up and get the works going or else you'll never be brave again. Unfortunately there are not so many facilities in your world that provide the kind of services we do. So most people go around with grimy machinery, when all it would take is a bit of spit and polish to make them paladins once more, bold knights and true."

Will send the book onwards to PrincessRainbow somewhere in the next couple of days.
Thanks again for sharing Hakkalina!

Journal Entry 17 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (4/18/2013 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands


The book is now travelling to Austria.
Happy reading! :)

Journal Entry 18 by PrincessRainbow at Zirl, Tirol Austria on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
22.4.2013: The book arrived. It looks interesting and I´m looking forward to read it. Thank you for the lovely little card, Tsjara.

23.5.2013: I read the book and liked it. I needed some time to get used to the writing style and the drawings. But then I really enjoyed the story. It was a fantastic adventure full of excitement and interesting characters. The book had a lot of elements of other fantastic stories (e.g.: Peter Pan, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, ...). Even so the story and characters were unique and impressing. I think that the title doesn´t match to the story. A better title would be: "September´s first adventure in Fairyland".
I´m looking forward to read the second book about September: "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland And Led The Revels There".

Journal Entry 19 by PrincessRainbow at Zirl, Tirol Austria on Monday, May 27, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (5/27/2013 UTC) at Zirl, Tirol Austria


The book is on the way to mssaver (USA).

Journal Entry 20 by mssaver at Chicago, Illinois USA on Sunday, June 02, 2013
Thanks Princess Rainbow, the book got here rather quickly. As soon as I finish another book that I'll be sending away, I'll get right into reading this book.

Journal Entry 21 by mssaver at Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, June 20, 2013
I must agree with some of the others who enjoyed part of the book but we thought some of the items were rather annoying. I did manage to read it all the way, where it was not so bad at the end. Now it's on the way to Azuki, who should get it in a few days.

Journal Entry 22 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Saturday, July 06, 2013
Book has arrived in Miami a week ago, but as the package requires signature, it was several days before I can make it to the post office to pick it up. Sorry for the delay.

I have another ring ahead of this but looks forward to reading it. And so exciting to see how many countries this book has traveled to already!

And Tsjara, I love your quote!

ETA: Gosh I didn't realize I had the book for so long already! Just an update, I am now about 1/5 of the way through the book. Sorry but life has been busy and tiring lately so I didn't get much reading done. Will try to finish within the next two weeks and send on. Sorry for the delay but this book most certainly is not lost...

Journal Entry 23 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Very imaginative and creative, quite a few original elements, and an impressive ending. While the tone of the narrator is one of talking to a child, the book overall has the dark overtone and deep meaning that can be appreciated by an adult. Like the quote Tsjara has, about washing yourself to renew your courage and wishes, which adult won't want to soak in a bath like that!!

I confirmed Vapermom's address and the book will go out later this week. Sorry it has taken a bit longer to read this but I really appreciate your patience and your sharing such an excellent book. Like others, I look forward to reading the sequel.

Journal Entry 24 by Vapermom at Trenton, Ontario Canada on Friday, September 20, 2013
Received in the mail today!

Journal Entry 25 by Vapermom at Trenton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, September 22, 2013
Well I gave it the old "College Try" and could NOT get into this book. I did not like it, didn't like the reading style and it's too bad. I tried, really I did!
Have contacted Fracula to get their address

Journal Entry 26 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 03, 2013
Hello all you previous jourallers! The book arrived safe and sound in Calgary and will scoot closed to the top of Mnt TBR.

Journal Entry 27 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, November 14, 2013
I really, really wanted to love this book. Such a great title, nice cover art, great promise.

Alas, like many before me, I just couldn't complete the book. I felt the author didn't know who she was writing for. Descriptions were so long and filled with over-done prose, that if you were reading it to a child, they certainly would have lost interest.

Even as an adult reader, I was humbled by the number of times I wanted to reach for my dictionary. In the end, this book was simply not for me.

I will be awaiting the name of the next intrepid reader.

Journal Entry 28 by wingfraculawing at Little Free Library - Huntwick Cres NE in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (1/5/2014 UTC) at Little Free Library - Huntwick Cres NE in Calgary, Alberta Canada


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