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The illustration above is by Max and was published in El País on 21st March '08.

Trying not to commit to so many bookrings etc in order to have more time for the lovely books I have waiting my attention on my own shelves!

Of the 539 books that I've released into the wild, in 11 different countries (England, Wales, Japan, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal...), just around 52 have been caught (my most recent - indirect in this case - wild catch was from a garden bookshelf!).

Currently reading "Bos Taurus" by Ramón Zabalza, "The Sound of the City” by Charlie Gillett, "July's People" by Nadine Gordimer and "La vie, mode d'emploi" by Georges Perec.

Books read in 2024:

"The Littlest Sled Dog" by Michael Kusugak
"Ounce Dice Trice" by Alastair Reid

Books read in 2023:

"Truismes" by Marie Darrieussecq
"Paradise" by Abdulrazak Gurnah
"The World and All That It Holds" by Aleksandar Hemon
"La musique d'une vie" by Andrei Makine

Books read in 2022:

“The Mayflower in Britain” by Graham Taylor
"La Datcha" by Agnes Martin-Lugand (a bookring)
“Ada Salter, Pioneer of Ethical Socialism” by Graham Taylor
"The Ginger Tree" by Oswald Wynd
"The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller
"Al-Naqba" by Barbara A. Goldscheider

Books read in 2021:

"Billy Budd and Other Tales" by Herman Melville
"My Dad's a Birdman" by David Almond
"Sea Prayer" by Khaled Hosseini
"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
"Ma Black Musique" de Laurent Lavigue
"I'VE LIVED IN EAST LONDON FOR 86 1/2 YEARS" by Martin Usborne and Joseph Markovitch
"The Man Who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono
“Tales from the Arabian Nights”
“La Cité des châteaux de sable” by Chris Sharp

Books read in 2020:

"The Good Soldier Schweik" by Jaroslav Hasek
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"Sold as a Slave" by Olaudah Equiano
"Nonviolent Communication" by Marshall Rosenberg

Books read in 2019:

"All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque
"A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway
"The Mayflower Pilgrims" by David Beale
"Small Island" by Andrea Levy
"L’attrapeur de rats" by Alexandre Grine
"Le fou du roi" by Mahi Binebine (a bookray)
"La petite fille de Monsieur Linh" by Philippe Claudel
"Mayflower The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple 1620" by Kathryn Lasky
"Alabama Song" by Gilles Leroy
"Mayflower II" by Warwick Charlton
"Les passeurs de livres de Daraya" by Delphine Minoui (a bookray)

Books read in 2018:

"Trumpet" by Jackie Kay
"Une vie" by Simone Veil (a bookring)
"Camisole de paille" by Amadou Idé (a bookray)
"Le monde sans les enfants et autres histoires" by Philippe Claudel
"L'étoile d'Alger" by Aziz Chouaki
"La Cendrillon du canal" by Liu Xinwu
"The Dark Sahara" by Jeremy Keenan
"The Twits" by Roald Dahl
"Le jardin arc-en-ciel" by Ito Ogawa (a bookring)
"Raspberries on the Yangtze" by Karen Wallace

Books read in 2017:

"Saraswati Park" by Anjali Joseph
"Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje
"Fasting, Feasting" by Anita Desai
"Jazz" by Toni Morrison
"No et moi" by Delphine de Vigan
"Inés del alma mía" by Isabel Allende

Books read in 2016:

"On Bullfighting" by A. L. Kennedy
"Captain's Purr" by Madeleine Floyd
"Miss Julie" by August Strindberg
"Sahara Man" by Jeremy Keenan
"The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara" by Rosita Forbes
"The Light in the Window" by June Goulding
"Comme tous les après-midi" by Zoyâ Pirzâd
"Le restaurant de l'amour retrouvé" by Ito Ogawa (a bookring)
"Le rendez-vous d'Essendilène" by Frison-Roche
"The Château" by William Maxwell
"The Vanishing Futurist" by Charlotte Hobson
"The Bremen Town Musicians" by the Brothers Grimm
"Husherbye" by John Burningham

Books read in 2015:

"Bajo un millón de sombras" by Andrea Busfield
"Nouvelles d'Algérie" by Maïssa Bey (a bookring)
"A Glass of Blessings" by Barbara Pym
"Puppy Mudge Has a Snack" by Cynthia Rylant
"Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy" by Julie Fulton
"Elephant" by Petr Horacek
"Thomas and the School Trip" based on a book by the Rev. W. Awdry
"Mog at the Zoo" by Helen Nicoll
"Les hirondelles de Kaboul" by Yasmina Khadra
"Ma Black Musique" by Laurent Lavige (a bookring)
"Death and the Penguin" by Andrey Kurkov
"The Broken Road" by Patrick Leigh Fermor (a bookring)
"Léon, l'Africain" by Amin Maalouf (a bookray)

Books read in 2014:

"Piaf" by Pierre Duclos and Georges Martin (a bookring)
"Tête-à-tête avec mon chat" by Isabelle Simler
"The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas
"The Forty Rules of Love" by Elif Shafak
"Rêves de femmes: une enfance au harem" by Fatima Mernissi (a bookray)
"Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History" by Art Spiegelman (a bookray)
"To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf
"Fille des frontières" by Fatéma Hal (a bookring)
"The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy" by Tim Burton
"Nedjma" by Kateb Yacine (a bookray)
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by J. K. Rowling
"La liste de mes envies" by Grégoire Delacourt
"Ojalá Jane Fonda nos ilumine" by Marcelo Juan Valenti
"Hija de la fortuna" by Isabel Allende
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
"We're going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
"Death in the Afternoon" by Ernest Hemingway
"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga

Books read in 2013:

"Letter from America" by Alistair Cooke (a replacement copy for this bookray)
"Arrow of God" by Chinua Achebe (a bookray)
"A Parrot in the Pepper Tree" by Chris Stewart
"Moominpappa's Memoirs" by Tove Jansson
"Funny Finnish Pursuits" by Risto Etelämäki
"Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie
"Et puis, Paulette..." by Barbara Constantine (a bookring)
"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" by Muriel Spark
"Thames: Sacred River" by Peter Ackroyd
"Hamaguri" by Aki Shimazaki (a bookray)
"Kamikaze Mozart" by Daniel de Roulet (a bookring)
"L'allaitement" by Dr Marie Thirion
"The Bridge on the Drina" by Ivo Andrić (a bookray)
"L'étranger" by Albert Camus
"Baby-Led Weaning" by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
"Le mythe de Sisyphe" by Albert Camus
"The Other Hand" by Chris Cleave
"Regeneration" by Pat Barker

Books read in 2012:

"A Time of Gifts" by Patrick Leigh Fermor (a bookring)
"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
"Lhomme qui était tombé dans une flaque" by Igal Sarnal (a bookray)
"Le coeur cousu" by Carole Martinez (a bookring)
"Lady Sings the Blues" by Billie Holiday & William Dufty (a bookray)
"Volkswagen Blues" by Jacques Poulin (a bookring)
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" by Paul Torday
"44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith
"Tom, petit Tom, tout petit homme, Tom" by Barbara Constantine (a bookring)
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
"Dreams from my Father" by Barack Obama (a replacement for this bookring that has got stuck in Indonesia)
"The Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif Shafak (a bookring)
"Sur ma mère" by Tahar Ben Jelloun (a bookray)
"Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks (a bookray)
"Ce que le jour doit à la nuit" by Yasmina Khadra
"The Changeling" by Robin Jenkins
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
"Etxemendi" by Florence Delay (a bookring)
"Liza of Lambeth" by W. Somerset Maugham
"Between the Woods and the Water" by Patrick Leigh Fermor (a bookring)
"L'autruche céleste" by Iléana Doclin (a bookray)
"The Vagina Monolgues" by Eve Ensler (a bookray)
"Reef" by Romesh Gunesekera
"Up!" by Disney

Books read in 2011:

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
"Soldados de Salamina" by Javier Cercas
"Dave Barry Does Japan" by Dave Barry
"The Pursuit of Love" by Nancy Mitford (a bookray)
"Le Charme des après-midi sans fin" by Dany Laferrière (a bookring)
"Money in the Bank" by P. G. Wodehouse
"The Lambs of London" by Peter Ackroyd
"La chute" by Albert Camus
"Surviving Galeras" by Stanley Williams and Fen Montaigne (a bookray)
"The Extinction Club" by Jeffrey Moore
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson (a bookray)
Denis Côté's adaptation of "L'amélanchier" by Jacques Ferron
"El invierno en Lisboa" by Antonio Muñoz Molina
"Kamouraska" by Anne Hébert
"Faith, Hope and Charity" by Odön von Horváth
"Bonheur d'occasion" by Gabrielle Roy (now travelling as a bookray)
"In the Country of Men" by Hisham Matar
"Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids" by Kenzaburo Oe (a bookray)
"La grand-mère de Jade" by Frédérique Deghelt (a bookring)
"St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" by Karen Russell
"In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" by Alexander McCall Smith
"The Highly Sensitive Person" by Elaine N. Aron
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"The Last Lighthouse Keeper" by Alan Titchmarsh
"Moon Tiger" by Penelope Lively
"Le collier d'Hélène" by Carole Fréchette
"Sixties London" by Dorothy Bohm
"Le serment des barbares" by Boualem Sansal
"Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia" by Roberto Saviano

Books read in 2010:

"A Stranger in Spain" by H. V. Morton
"Confessions of a Yakuza" by Junichi Saga (a bookring)
"People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks (a bookring)
"The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein (a bookring)
"Carmen et autres nouvelles" by Prosper Mérimée
"Wildlife Travel: Scottish Islands" by Richard Rowe (a bookring)
"Pearls and Men" by Louis Kornitzer
"Désert" by J. M. G. Le Clézio
"The Tears of Sheba" by Khadija Al-Salami
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie (a bookring)
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (a bookray)
"The Chimney Sweeper's Boy" by Barbara Vine
"Candide" by Voltaire (a bookray)
"Star Gazing" by Linda Gillard (a bookray)
"Coyotes" by Ted Conover (a bookring)
"La sombra del viento" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (now travelling as a bookring)
"The Corpse Walker" by Liao Yiwu (a bookray)
"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
"Annie John" by Jamaica Kincaid (a bookray)
"Steaming" by Nell Dunn
"L'élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery (a bookring)
"The Writing on my Forehead" by Nafisa Haji (a bookring)
"Death on the Ice" by Cassie Brown (a bookray)
"What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami (a bookray)
"Burnt Shadows" by Kamila Shamsie (a bookray)
"Guernica" by Dave Boling (a bookring)
"Le rapport de Brodeck" by Philippe Claudel (a bookring)
"Word Whirls and Other Shape Poems" Collected by John Foster
"The Big Wave" by Pearl S. Buck (a bookray)
"Une année chez les Français" by Fouad Laroui (a bookring)
"One Day" by David Nicholls (a bookray)
"Raggle Taggle" by Walter Starkie
"L'enfant multiple" by Andrée Chedid (a bookring)
"All She Was Worth" by Miyuki Miyabe (a bookray)
"The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo" by Germano Almeida (a bookray)

Books read in 2009:

"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac (a bookring)
"The Mapmaker's Opera" by Béa Gonzalez (a bookray)
"Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" by Winifred Watson (a bookray)
"A Night out with Robert Burns" arranged by Andrew O'Hagan
"The Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Seierstad (a bookray)
"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs (a bookray)
"A Brief Guide to Charles Darwin, his Life and Times" by Cyril Aydon (a bookring)
"Sayyîdî Milady" by Nadine R. L. Touma
"Andrée's Story" with an introduction by Vilhjalmur Stefansson (a bookray)
"La Novia de Matisse" by Manuel Vicent
"Letters Home" by Fergal Keane (a bookray)
"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
"Lutetia" by Pierre Assouline (a bookring)
"Eldorado" by Laurent Gaudé (a bookring)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid (a bookray)
"On Reading" by André Kértesz
"LE DESERT, ET APRES suivi de LE GARDIEN" by Habib Ayyoub
"Le silence des Chagos" by Shenaz Patel (a bookring)
"Les petits garçons naissent aussi des étoiles" by Emmanuel B. Dongala (a bookring)
"L'allumeur de rêves berbères" by Fellag (a bookring)
"Chang, The Life Story of a Pekingese" by Joyce Godfrey Batten
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe (a bookray)
"Le message" by Andrée Chedid (a bookring)
"The Lonely Londoners" by Sam Selvon (a bookring)
"Où est la terre des promesses?" by Annemarie Schwarzenbach (a bookring)
"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway (a bookray)
"Theatres of Glass" by Rebecca Stott
"Desert Flower" by Waris Dirie
"Three Plays" by Anton Tchehov
"Retazos de un bastardo" by Oscar Nóbregas (a bookring)
"Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini (a bookring)
"Mao et Moi" by Chen Jiang Hong
"Le cri" by Laurent Graff (a bookring)
"Les gitans" by Lucien Clergue
"El camino del círculo" by James R. Vollbracht
"Journal d'une femme de chambre" by Octave Mirbeau (a bookray)
"Amores eternos: Una momia en Rosario" by Pablo Gavazza
"Jogging Round Majorca" by Gordon West
"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys (a bookray)
"Flamencos de ganania" by Estela Zatania
"The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai
"The Scoops" by Miriam Moss
"Puccini's Ghosts" by Morag Joss
"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen (a bookray)
"Giotto's Hand" by Iain Pears
"Treat it Gentle" by Sidney Bechet
"La relieuse du gué" by Anne Delaflotte Medhevi (a bookring)
"Farewell to Manzanar" by Jeanne and James Houston (a bookring)
"The World at Night" by Alan Furst
"Sarinagara" by Philippe Forest (a bookring)
"The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway
"The Victorians" by A. N. Wilson

Books read in 2008:

"Prospero's Cell" by Lawrence Durrell
"Polar Gleams" by Helen Peel, a passenger on a trip to Siberia by sea (1893), organised by my Great great uncle.
"Embroideries" by Marjane Satrapi (SqueakyChu's bookray - my first!)
"Lavengro" by George Borrow
"Imágenes gitanas" by Ramón Zabalza
"Méharées" by Théodore Monod (TaLyDream's bookring - my first!)
"Mirage" by Rochelle L. Holt (crossed the world and back as a nonetheless short bookring)
"Castillos de cartón" by Almudena Grandes
"Dans la nuit Mozambique" by Laurent Gaudé
"Dance of the Ariadnes" by Sharon Spencer (now travelling as a bookray)
"The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt" by Mary Russell (now travelling as a bookring)
"Las edades de Lulú" by Almudena Grandes
"The Yacoubian Building" by Alaa Al Aswany
"Oasis interdites" by Ella Maillart
"Burning Bright" by Helen Dunmore
"The Land of the Sherpas" by Ella Maillart
"Noticias del extranjero" by Alberto Manguel
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel
"In Siberia" by Colin Thubron
"Cosmétique de l'ennemie" by Amélie Nothomb
"The Sword and the Cross" by Fergus Fleming
"Bonjour tristesse" by Françoise Sagan
"Cruzar la muralla" by Joaquín Doldán
"The Last Life" by Claire Messud
"Love in a Dark Time" by Colm Tóibín
"A History of Reading" by Alberto Manguel (a bookray)
"L'empire des signes" by Roland Barthes (a bookray)
"La femme de Gilles" by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
"Street & Studio" by Ute Eskildsen
"Partir" by Tahar Ben Jelloun (a bookring)
"Foreign Correspondence" by Geraldine Brooks (a bookray)
"Un désir d'Orient" by Edmonde Charles-Roux
"The City Under the Desert Sands" by Herbert Kaufmann
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
"Two Days in Tehran" by Michael J. Hunt (a bookring)
"Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf
"Eleni" by Nicholas Gage (a bookring)
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini (a replacement for this bookring)
"Jour de silence à Tanger" by Tahar Ben Jelloun
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Books I read in 2007:

"Visages de L'Algérie" by Catherine & Bernard Desjeux
"Mémoire algérienne" by Henri Alleg
"Zidane de Yazou à Zizou" by Patrick Fert & Jean Philippe
"Suite française" by Irène Némirovsky
"The Rings of Saturn" by W.G.Sebald
"Inside Algeria" by Michael von Graffenried
"La Prisonnière" by Malika Oufkir & Michèle Fitoussi
"The Brooklyn Follies" by Paul Auster
"La baie d'Alger" by Louis Gardel (travelled as a bookring and now back home)
"English Passengers" by Matthew Kneale
"Les Algériens en guerre" by Dominique Darbois & Philippe Vigneau

The list of books on my wishlist is becoming longer than I ever thought it would be. Reading one book often leads me towards others that I'd like to track down, and so my wishlist is more than anything else my means of keeping track of those I wish to read one day.

I don't really like the title "Friends list" (too reminiscent of primary school), and think of it rather as a "Thank you list" and will keep it as a record of the several people who have generously agreed to pass their book onto me, and for which I am most grateful.

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