Joined Thursday, May 22, 2003
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My Piece of String
A Song for the Dark Times
The Hard Way
The Burning Room
Now you see her
Judge & Jury
Die of Shame
Life of Pi
The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye
A Starter Kit for Wizards
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Hi there, everyone !
Have had a love of reading and books ever since I can remember, and I seem to have a problem giving many of my 'special' books away. Being introduced to Bookcrossing by my daughter has inspired me to get organised and do something about them !
Books have always been valued by me, especially as gifts, and these have a special place on my bookshelf. Then there are the ones I've lugged around with me on my travels - also special. What about all the books I've bought for a 'special' read ? Or as a special treat - with their glossy pages, beautiful pictures, artwork or layout, regardless of topic.
So for two months I worked through the bulk of books from my bookshelves, registered and labelled them. Next step was to set them loose around Croydon. Then go one step further and invite Lions Clubs, Croydon residents, local businesses, book outlets and community centres to participate. Add the little BookCrossing logo to the (now defunct) Croydon 3136 Business & Community Directory against Crossing Zones in Croydon. Even play 'book monitor' to help others make the most of their BookCrossing experience.
So why did I keep buying books to give away ? Because I truely love the concept of BookCrossing. A book is a wonderful present to be enjoyed, and hopefully my careful labelling, stamping and covering of books reflected this. Books can take us places we never visit, introduce us to people we've never met, teach us things we never knew, and enable us to stretch to our full potential.
Croydon Official BookCrossing Zone: It took a while to set up an official crossing zone at one of my favourite places, Network Nirvana, until closure 25 November 2016.
Official Lions BookCrossing Project: It took even longer to convince my past Lions Club to make this an official Croydon Lions Club project. Donated books will continue to be released locally and at Croydon events.
Diabetes awareness BookCrossing project: Have created another bookshelf (Diabetes-3136) for distributing books, and to help diabetes support groups 'kick start' promoting their communities by sending them books if requested. Once all books registered through the Lions Croydon bookshelf are released, will use this bookshelf while phasing out the other one.
Yes, I'm a community-minded person, well travelled, well read. Importing business owner in a previous life (before internet) and now spend time at home with 'dead people'. Given up promoting my town and community since closure of Network Nirvana. Proud to have been Internet Chairman for my Lions District in the past. Recovering PaddyNet chatter. Transposer of geneology data. Enthusiastic sender of postcards and a coin collector. Proud mother of Charlene. Diabetic. Owner of an Austin A40 Somerset. Passionate about the net - or can you tell ?
Had not been BookCrossing since December 2016, and with so many books now in my house, need to 'get organised' and start clearing them out.
Serves me right - falling back into my lazy ways of not making journal or release entries - when a book I'd read and released was found recently. Pfffft.
17 October 2021
Have just finished reading 'Lazy Bones' by Mark Billingham.
Now reading 'A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin.
Enthusiastic member of WikiTree. Support the Kiva BookCrossing team. Also rediscovered crocheting !
My Wish List:
1) I wish the 'Current Releases' did NOT show trades, book rings, postal or RABCK. Jeees. Use a 'Controlled Release' journal for those, folks !
2) Have you found a book, then visited Book Crossing to register, yet NOT RECORDED THE BOOK YOU CAUGHT ? Shame on you !
3) I wish all 'AnonymousFinders' only caught books written with invisible ink.
Sort out all my daughter's books and clear all books passed onto me from Network Nirvana.