Recent Book Activity
The Night Listener
The Mercy of Thin Air
Extra Virgin: Amongst the Olive Groves of Liguria
Before You Sleep
Elizabeth and After
Miss Ambar Regrets
Professor Branestawm's Building Bust-Up
The Alphabet Game (Reading Is Fun)
Disobedience : A Novel
Ambulance Chaser, The
The Accidental Tourist
The Mermaid Chair
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
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Are you a new bookcrosser?
If you're new to bookcrossing, and want to know more about how it all works, check out TexasWren's excellent site, which explains all sorts of peculiar terms like bookrings, bookrays, and RABCKs. You can find books that have been released in your area by using the "go hunting" link on the left hand menu, or you can check out an OBCZ (official bookcrossing zone - NetStation maintains a list of OBCZs worldwide). In Christchurch, the OBCZ is a bookshelf in Trattorie cafe, in Ilam Village. Feel free to stop there and pick up a book or two, release some of your own, or just enjoy a coffee.
If you want to meet other bookcrossers in New Zealand, you can sign up to a New Zealand Yahoo group - see the link at the bottom of my page. It is a well-known fact that when bookcrossers meet, they all walk away with more books than they started with. Physicists are still trying to work out how this is possible.
I was reading The Alphabet Abecedarium, about the origins of letters, when I joined up to Bookcrossing, hence my screen name.
I have a natural tendency to read anything that is put in front of me; I'm currently trying to become more discriminating, but I don't hold out much hope. Most of the books I read are from the library, but I'm slowly accruing a To Be Read BC pile (more like a molehill than a mountain at the moment!). My favourite books for the last few years have to be The Magus, by the recently departed John Fowles, and The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (much underrated). When I'm not reading, I I used to spend my free time potting. I was still learning to make pots round when I had my son (Feb 2008) so the potting will be on hold for a while, as I learn how to be a mum!
What's the photo? I saw this wonderful dolphin on the side of a fountain on a trip to Rome. I reckon it has an evil grin!
True wild releases: 125
Catches from true wild releases: 26 (21%)
Members who joined after catching one of my wild releases: 13
Longest interval between wild release and catch: 344 days! Thank you Louise84!
Thank you to Dunzy for a fantastic cryptic quiz and wings as a bonus!
10 April 2007: I can fly! Happy day. Thank you to darkhorse4460 (unconfirmed!) for the chance to be cheerful. 24 December 2006: Thanks to the amazing NetStation, I was flying high again in January. Not only does NetStation do the most amazing cryptic quizzes, but he gives wings to the winners! Yay! Thank you also to my mystery winger, who allowed me to flutter around madly during May/June of '06 I really enjoyed my wings. I don't know who you are, so can't thank you personally, but I did a couple of RABCKs in your honour. Also thank you to the kind person who gave me wings for a week for the 2006 You're Such an Animal release challenge.
Other bookcrossers' book rings or rays I'm part of
(Rings and rays are just ways of sharing books amongst bookcrossers. You can find an explanation of how they work at TexasWren's Wren's Crossing site)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver Sent on
International Women's Day bookring Three BCers between me and the box
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll bookring Stalled with dittybopper. Now cancelled.
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson Restarted after stalling. Three participants between me and the book
Gilgamesh by Joan London Sent on to Discoverylover
Son of a Witch, by Gregory Maguire Ended with me, given to FutureCat
Songs of the Humpback Whale, by Jodi Picoult Sent on to Marcie130
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door, by Lynne Truss Sent on to ajsmom
Lessons to Learn, by Natasha Judd (aka Alectoness) Sent on to FutureCat
(RABCK stands for Random Act of Bookcrossing Kindness. For an explanation, see TexasWren's excellent FAQ section)
I sent my first ever RABCK to ikkinlala, in the 'Stop dithering and just get on with it!' RABCK. The second went to Sharpquilter's friend in Auckland, from the same contest. Third was to marie-therese, just because I had a book that was on her wishlist.
I sent a few "little somethings" from the Consolations of Crossing RABCK, and a couple of books. Thanks for the journal entries, katayoun and cmbohm/the Oakcrest Eagles!
Books read in 2007
Books read in 2006
Books read in 2005
Books read in 2004
Books read in 2003
Books read in 2002
This wishlist is for me to keep track of books I want to read that haven't yet made it in my local library.
Meet up with other
NZ Bookcrossers at
the BCNZ Yahoo group
Check out my Dad's pottery
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