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From Balingup, Western Australia Australia
Joined Friday, September 12, 2003
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 4 3,441
released in the wild 21 1,973
controlled releases 13 1,006
releases caught 2 302
controlled releases caught 5 798
books found 7 1,189
tell-a-friend referrals 0 55
new member referrals 1 72
forum posts 12 2,275
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If I don’t reply to your PM soonish
please email me at helen.s49 AT gmail DOT com

Thanks for taking the time to visit my bookshelf.

  “The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books
without losing their composure or their desire for more.”
~ ~ Gabriel Zaid


I read a wide variety of books; even so, not all the books here on my shelf reflect my taste in reading. I often buy cheap books at garage sales etc with the specific aim of releasing them into the wild, and I'm also often given books by others to register for release. 

For other books in my personal collection that are not yet registered on BookCrossing see my library catalogue on LibraryThing

"To read is to live more and to live better."
~ ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon


My BookCrossing Wish List 

This is not meant to be a 'gimme' list, but a collection of books I think look
interesting and would be happy to read one day if they happened along.
And it is a deliberately long list - to help you folks out there who play along
on the tag games, exchanges, sweeps and all those other fun things
. . . where a decent sized wishlist makes life so much easier.

My address buddy is jeniwren.
So please contact me if you'd like her address for a surprise RABCK
- and she would be happy to give you my address if you wish to surprise me . . . ;-)

If you can’t contact me by PM for some reason, my email address is helen.s49 at gmail dot com


Accurate Release Statistics : as at 30th July 2021.
1973 wild releases  -  all wild releases are true wild releases.
1126 early controlled releases made by journal entry only (when that was the only option).
1006 later controlled releases through the system.
So my total release number is now 4105.

Catch Rate:  333 catches from 1973 wild releases  -------> 16.9%

I'm a member of the Kiva BookCrossing Team

Please join us!


1. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
2. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
4. Autumn by Ali Smith
5. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
7. Trumpet by Jackie Kay
9. Waterland by Graham Swift
10. The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
11. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
12. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
13. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (January GenreCat)
14. Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
15. Truckers by Terry Pratchett
16. The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy
17. Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
18. Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene
19. Joan Makes History by Kate Grenville
20. Cross Off by Peter Corris
21. This Census-Taker by China Mieville
23. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
24. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
25. Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch


1. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
2. The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
3. Silas Marner by George Eliot
4. The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning
5. The Harp in the South by Ruth Park (Australia)
6. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
7. The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
8. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
9. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
10. Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
12. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
13. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
14. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
15. V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
16. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920)
17. The Martian by Andy Weir
18. Blues of Autumn by Richard Adamson
19. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
20. Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing
21. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
22. A Small Sacrifice by Ellen Hart
23. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
24. Night Work by Laurie R. King
25. On Doubt by Leigh Sales

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