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From Banyo, Queensland Australia
Age 63
Joined Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 14 25,309
released in the wild 28 15,871
controlled releases 4 1,817
releases caught 2 1,941
controlled releases caught 3 412
books found 0 273
tell-a-friend referrals 0 85
new member referrals 0 157
forum posts 0 2,986
Extended Profile

If you have found or received one of my books it is yours to do with as you wish. Feel free to keep it forever, share it with your friends, or release it to continue its journey in the wild.

The only exceptions would be if it is part of a bookring or bookray, or a loaner from my Permanent Collection. The journal entries for the book on the Bookcrossing website will tell you if it is one of these and what you should do with that particular book.

I would though, like you to PLEASE journal the book when you receive it.


I don’t actually have one. If I have really wanted to read a book I have always gone out, bought it, read it, and added it to my library. If you are looking for something to send me … surprise me! (You cannot really go wrong with science-fiction or crime or history or aircraft or weird facts/trivia or ... well, anything except romance I suppose.)


I think the TBR and PC books on my Bookshelf give a fair indication of what I read. In the main the books I release are ones that I have discovered I have two (or more) copies of in my personal library, purchased for a release challenge, or as is getting to be more common, deliberately bought more than one copy of so I can keep one and release the other(s).

I always look in the discount bin of every bookshop I wander past, and have been known to purchase every copy of a book or all the books in the bin if the price is right. My worst (or best, depending on your outlook), effort so far has been 80+ copies of the same book purchased in one hit.

I am more of a book collector than anything, and the books on my TBR list will almost always become part of my Permanent Collection once I've read them (unless I have received from other BookCrossers in which case they will become Available as soon as I've read them, and then released as soon as possible after that).

Next to KEMS, and our fur baby Annie, books are my main passion. They are certainly my oldest friends, my boon companions in good and bad times, and I cannot imagine life without them.

I started cataloguing my library years ago, and found it was just too hard, but have resumed cataloguing them on this web site, so has become a de facto catalogue of my library. I try to register any new acquisitions as soon as I can after getting them, but find even that is rather onerous these days.

And when I've finished doing that, I can start on my other “garbage” ... I mean my collections of magazines, comics, LPs, cassettes, videos, CDs, DVDs, Doctor Who stuff, Star Wars collectibles ...

Luckily KEMS is also a reader and is tolerant of my little foibles. She probably wouldn’t have married me if she wasn’t!


My profile picture is of me at the Australia Day 2006 Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane - my natural habitat as KEMS put it! I will admit that I can't resist book sales and always leave with literally a car load of second-hand books, and always look out for multiple copies of the same book to make it easier to register them for Bookcrossing purposes.


I was the long standing host of the TV Book Release Challenge and the Science Fiction Release Challenge, but am not hosting them in 2022 due to health issues.

These challenges are being hosted in 2022 by hyphen8 and GoryDetails respectively.

You can find the 2022 Challenges at (for the TV Book Challenge) and (for the Science Fiction Book Challenge).

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