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Bookcrossing - what fun!! I'm newly active on Postcrossing also (username Hobbittsy).

For Exchanges, Birthday, and other such RABCK purposes, here are some things I enjoy:

  • Books of course! Wishlist books, books from different countries around the world, or any book you've enjoyed. I have very eclectic tastes.
  • Postcards (especially stamped and mailed with a greeting or note)
  • Bookcrossing supplies (in English or English/Spanish) or wings extensions.
  • Cards or letters - I enjoy any and all holiday or birthday wishes.
  • Tea
  • Chocolate, especially dark, fair-trade
  • Donations to a good cause, with a note about why you support it. Or to one of my favorites: Lone Buffalo school in Laos. I taught there for a year and can say that they do very good work.
  • An anecdote about something you did to help someone recently, big or small
  • A good joke or pun, or a cartoon you've enjoyed

I am taking 4 Reading Challenges for 2022:

  • Beanstack+
  • 666 Around the World (6 books from 6 different countries, in each of 6 continents)
  • The "The" Challenge (20 books beginning with "The")
  • And a personal goal to reduce Mt TBR. I begin January with 79 TBR books and hope to finish the year with 50 or fewer!

    Current Bookboxes:


    I'm currently entered / involved in these active sweeps, exchanges and RABCK games:


    • Oppem Birthday Group 2022
    • Stationery Sweeps - closes June 14
    • Hosting Authors from Unusual Countries Sweeps, closing June 1
    • Winner of the Colorful Surprise Sweeps (R5: Yellow) - Jan '22, hosting in mid '22 (R6: Purple - probably June)
    • Winner of the Postcards & Stamps Sweep - Feb '22, hosting between June-Dec '22 (probably June or July)

    I participated in 3 Reading Challenges for 2021:


    My favorite and most ambitious challenge (begun when I didn't know I'd start traveling - but a nice leadin to that life) was the 2008 Olympic Challenge where I read something (book, essay, short story, poem, ...) by an author from every country participating in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    I'm keeping this list around because it helps me remember / find things later.


      Olympic Challenge:
      Total Read: 205


      Continent of AFRICA:

      ALG Algeria: essay in For Rushdie: Essays by Arab and Muslim Writers in Defense of Free Speech, published by George Braziller (library)

      ANG Angola: The Return of the Water Spirit by Pepetela

      BEN Benin: Snares Without End by Olympe Bhely-Quenum

      BOT Botswana: Maru by Bessie Head

      BUR Burkina Faso: The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Somé (library)

      BDI Burundi: This Voice in My Heart by Gilbert Tuhabonye

      CMR Cameroon: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

      CPV Cape Verde: Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo by Germano Almeida

      CAF Central African Republic: African Tales: Folklore of the Central African Republic, ed. Polly Strong

      CHA Chad: Teenager in the Chad Civil War: A Memoir of Survival, 1982-1986 by Esaie Toingar

      COM Comoros: Union of the Comoros Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy Paper (World Bank Loan Application, online)

      CGO Congo: Johnny Mad Dog by Emmanuel Dongala (library)

      CIV Côte d'Ivoire: Grandma Nana by Véronique Tadjo

      COD Democratic Republic of the Con: The Antipeople by Sony Labou Tansi

      DJI Djibouti: The Land Without Shadows by Abdourahman A. Waberi

      EGY Egypt: essay in For Rushdie: Essays by Arab and Muslim Writers in Defense of Free Speech, published by George Braziller (library)

      GEQ Equatorial Guinea: Ndowe Tales by Enenge A'Bodjedi

      ERI Eritrea: Unjust Praise by Ghirmai Yohannes (online)

      ETH Ethiopia: Notes from the Hyena's Belly by Nega Mezlekia (library)

      GAB Gabon: Batouala by Rene Maran

      GAM Gambia: Wolof by Tijan M. Sallah (library)

      GHA Ghana: The Hypocrisy of the Christian Church in the Third World by Samuel Donkor (borrowed)

      GUI Guinea: The Guardian of the Word by Camara Laye

      GBS Guinea-Bissau: Island by Amilcar Cabral (online)

      KEN Kenya: Owen & Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu

      LES Lesotho: Blanket Boy by A. S. Mopeli-Paulus

      LBR Liberia: Folk Tales of Liberia by J. Luke Creel with Bai Gai Kiahon (library)

      LBA Libyan Arab Jamahiriya: The Right Course by Ibrahim al-Koni (online)

      MAD Madagascar: poems by Jean-Joseph Rabearrivelo and Flavien Ranaivo in The Penguin Book of Modern Poetry (library)

      MAW Malawi: Index on Censorship: Banned Poetry. Poem by Jack Mapanje

      MLI Mali: The fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ

      MTN Mauritania: poetry by Oumar Ba in Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry (library>

      MRI Mauritius: poetry by Edouard Maunick in Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry (library)

      MAR Morocco: Racism Explained to My Daughter by Tahar Ben Jelloun (library)

      MOZ Mozambique: We killed Mangy-Dog and other Stories by Luis Bernardo Honwana (library)

      NAM Namibia: The Orphan Calf and the Magical Cheetah: Cheetah Poems, Essays, and Illustrations by Namibian People by Stephen De Vincent

      NIG Niger: Bemba, an African Adventure by Andree Clair (library)

      NGR Nigeria: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

      RWA Rwanda: Left to tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza (library)

      STP Sao Tome and Principe: Ossobo: Essays on the Literature of Sao Tome and
      Principe by Donald Burness


      SEN Senegal ring: Ambiguous Adventure

      SEY Seychelles: Indian Ocean Folktales by Lee Haring (library)

      SLE Sierra Leone: The Devil That Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna

      SOM Somalia: Desert Flower by Waris Dirie (library)

      RSA South Africa: Something Out There by Nadine Gordimer

      SUD Sudan: Minaret by Leila Aboulela (library)

      SWZ Swaziland: All the King's Animals by Cristina Kessler, foreword by Mswati III, King of Swaziland (library)

      TOG Togo: An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

      TUN Tunisia: I Introduce Myself To The World by Amina Saïd (online) and The Colonizer and the Colonized by Abert Memmi (library)

      UGA Uganda: Snakepit by Moses Isegawa (library)

      TAN United Republic of Tanzania: The Princess Who Lost Her Hair by Tololwa Mollel

      ZAM Zambia: Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens (library)

      ZIM Zimbabwe: Zenzele by J. Nozipo Maraire



      Continent of OCEANA:

      ASA American Samoa: Alchemies of Distance by Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard

      AUS Australia: The Children Must Dance by Tony Maniaty

      COK Cook Islands: Cook Islands Legends by Jon Jonassen

      FSM Federated States of Micronesia: Micronesian Legends by Bo Flood

      FIJ Fiji: Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers. Story by Raymond Pillai

      GUM Guam: Micronesian Legends by Bo Flood, et. al.

      KIR Kiribati: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

      MHL Marshall Islands: Marshall Island Legends by Daniel A. Kelin

      NRU Nauru: Stories from Nauru

      NZL New Zealand: The Little Kowhai Tree

      PLW Palau: Micronesian Legends by Bo Flood

      PNG Papua New Guinea: Gutsini Posa by Regis Stella

      SAM Samoa: The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man by Albert Wendt

      SOL Solomon Islands: The Confession and Other Stories by Julian Maka'a

      TGA Tonga: Langakali by Konai Helu Thaman

      TUV Tuvalu: Songs of Tuvalu by Gerd Koch

      VAN Vanuatu: Black Stone by Grace Mera Molisa



      OCA Continent of ASIA:

      AFG Afghanistan: Devil's Playground by Said Yassin Zia

      BRN Bahrain: Quixotiq by Ali Al Saeed

      BAN Bangladesh: Brick Lane by Monica Ali

      BHU Bhutan: The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden

      BRU Brunei Darussalam: 'Punched' Lines: Sit-Down Comedy from Southeast Asia ed. Helena Hon

      CAM Cambodia: A Cambodian Odyssey by Haing Ngor

      TPE Chinese Taipei: The Butchers Wife by Ang Li (library)

      PRK Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Second Encounter by Han Ung-bin (online)

      HKG Hong-Kong: The Feng Shui Detective by Nury Vittachi (library)

      IND India: The Tiger Ladies by Sudha Koul

      INA Indonesia: The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer (library)

      IRQ Iraq: essay in For Rushdie: Essays by Arab and Muslim Writers in Defense of Free Speech, published by George Braziller (library)

      IRI Islamic Republic of Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

      JPN Japan: Mon The Gate by Natsume Soseki

      JOR Jordan: Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif

      KAZ Kazakhstan: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (library)

      KOR Korea: Korea Unmasked by Won bok Rhie

      KUW Kuwait: A Man's Staff by Fatima Yousef al-Ali (online)

      KGZ Kyrgyzstan: The Place of the Skull by Chingiz Aitmatov (library)

      LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic: Stories from Laos by Outhine Buunyauong (online)

      LIB Lebanon: Beirut Blues by Hanan Al Shaykh

      MAS Malaysia: Kadazan Folklore by Rita Lasimbang

      MDV Maldives: Various (online)

      MGL Mongolia: The Khan's Daughter by Laurence Yep (library)

      MYA Myanmar: Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi

      NEP Nepal: Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay

      OMA Oman: Behind the Veil by Unni Wikan (library)

      PAK Pakistan: Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidwa

      PLE Palestine: Sharon and My Mother-in-law by Suad Amiry (library)

      CHN People's Republic of China: The Good Women of China

      PHI Philippines: Filipino Children's Favorite Stories by Liana Romulo (library)

      QAT Qatar: Qatari Women: Past and Present by Abeer Abu Saud

      KSA Saudi Arabia: Princess Sultana's Daughters by Jean Sasson

      SIN Singapore: The Bondmaid by Catherine Lim

      SRI Sri Lanka: Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers by Shyam Selvadurai

      SYR Syrian Arab Republic: Index on Censorship: Banned Poetry. Poem by Adonis

      TJK Tadjikistan: Index on Censorship: Banned Poetry. Poem by Bozor Sabir and
      A Love Poem by Iskandar Khatloni

      THA Thailand: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap (library)

      TLS Timor-Leste: Black & White Christmas by Afonso Busa Metan and
      Maubere Poems (online poems)

      TKM Turkmenistan: Memoirs of a Turkmen Cowboy by Jonathan Maslow (library)

      UAE United Arab Emirates: The Wink of the Mona Lisa by Mohammad Al Murr

      UZB Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan On the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century by Islam Karimov

      VIE Viet Nam: The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen (library)

      YEM Yemen: Sold: Story of Modern-day Slavery (ring)



      EOC Continent of EUROPE:

      ALB Albania: The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare

      AND Andorra: Views from the Bridge of Europe (story by Michele Gazier)

      ARM Armenia: The Buddha by David Kherdian

      AUT Austria: Wittgensteins Nephew by Thomas Bernhard

      AZE Azerbaijan: The Girl From the Golden Horn by Kurban Said, aka Lev Nussimbaum

      BLR Belarus: Pack of Wolves by Vasil Bykov

      BEL Belgium: In The Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost (library)

      BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina: Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic

      BUL Bulgaria: Views from the Bridge of Europe (story by Blaga Dimitrova) and works of Elena Alexieva

      CRO Croatia: Cafe Europa: Life After Communism by Slavenka Drakulic (library)

      CYP Cyprus: online poems and prose by Nora Nadjarian

      CZE Czech Republic: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

      DEN Denmark: I am David by Anne Holm

      EST Estonia: ray A Selection of Hyperboles by E. Spriit

      FIN Finland: The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson

      MKD Former Yugoslav Republic of Ma: Hourglass by Danilo Kis (library)

      FRA France: Stairway C by Elvire Murail

      GEO Georgia: The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin (library)

      GER Germany: Laura's Star by Klaus Baumgart

      GBR Great Britain: The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

      GRE Greece: Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (library)

      HUN Hungary: In Praise of Older Women by Stephen Vizinczey

      ISL Iceland: Absolution by Olaf Olafsson

      IRL Ireland: The Horse Goddess by Morgan Llywelyn

      ISR Israel: My Michael by Amos Oz

      ITA Italy: A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo

      LAT Latvia: online Latvian Poetry

      LIE Liechtenstein poem Free as a Bird by Elisabeth Buchel (online)

      LTU Lithuania: Poetry from Lithuania (online)

      LUX Luxembourg: Views from the Bridge of Europe (story by Guy Rewenig)

      MLT Malta: The Fixer by Joe Sacco (library)

      MNE Montenegro A Stranger's Supper: an Oral History of Centenarian Women in Montenegro by Zorka Milich

      MON Monaco: But Do Blondes Prefer Gentlemen by Anthony Burgess (library)

      NED Netherlands: The Assault by Harry Mulisch

      NOR Norway: The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

      POL Poland: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski

      POR Portugal: Blindness by Jose Saramago

      MDA Republic of Moldova: Views from the Bridge of Europe (story by Vitalie Ciobanu)

      ROM Romania: A Bar in Brooklyn by Andrei Codrescu

      RUS Russian Federation: A Week Like Any Other by Natalya Baranskaya

      SMR San Marino: library How To Travel With A Salmon & Other Essays by Umberto Eco

      SRB Serbia: The Days of the Consuls by Ivo Andric and St Sava and the Devil (online)

      SVK Slovakia: Views from the Bridge of Europe (story by Martin Simecka)

      SLO Slovenia: Poems by Lucija Stupica (online)

      ESP Spain: Abel Sanchez and other stories by Miguel De Unamuno

      SWE Sweden: April Witch by Majgull Axelsson (library)

      SUI Switzerland: The White Masai (ring)

      TUR Turkey: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

      UKR Ukraine: Two Lands, New Visions: Stories from Canada and Ukraine



      PASO Continent of AMERICAs:

      ANT Antigua and Barbuda: The Man Who Loved Attending Funerals by Frank Collymore

      ARG Argentina: Pubis Angelical by Manuel Puig

      ARU Aruba: Poetry by Rosabelle Maria Illes (online)

      BAH Bahamas: Poems by Nicolette Bethel and Christian Campbell in The Caribbean Writer, Vol 16

      BAR Barbados: Flickering Shadows by Kwadwo Agymah Kamau

      BIZ Belize: Stories by Julie Babcock in The Caribbean Writer, Vol 16

      BER Bermuda: Mesoamerican Mythology by Graham Faiella (library)

      BOL Bolivia: Turing's Delirium by Edmundo Paz Soldan

      BRA Brazil: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

      IVB British Virgin Islands: The Answer by Jennie N Wheatley (online)

      CAN Canada: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

      CAY Cayman Islands: So, You Want to Live on an Island by Gay Morse

      CHI Chile: Paula by Isabel Allende

      COL Colombia: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

      CRC Costa Rica: And We Sold the Rain. Stories by Samuel Rovinski, Carmen Naranjo

      CUB Cuba: The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier

      DMA Dominica: ray Rhythm & Revolt - Tales of the Antilles

      DOM Dominican Republic: Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (library)

      ECU Ecuador: The Galapagos Phat Guide by Antonio Adrian

      ESA El Salvador: One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta

      GRN Grenada: tide running by Oonya Kempadoo

      GUA Guatemala: El Señor Presidente by Miguel Asturias (library)

      GUY Guyana: Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers. Story by Rooplall Monar

      HAI Haiti: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

      HON Honduras: And We Sold the Rain. Stories by Roberto Castillo, Julio Escoto, et al

      JAM Jamaica: Summer Lightning and Other Stories by Olive Senior

      MEX Mexico: The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel

      AHO Netherlands Antilles: The Sign of Jonah by Boeli Van Leeuwen

      NCA Nicaragua: The Inhabited Woman by Giaconda Belli (library)

      PAN Panama: And We Sold the Rain. Stories by Pedro Rivera, Bertalicia Peralta

      PAR Paraguay: excerpt from Hijo de hombre by Augusto Roa Bastos in Latin American Literature Today

      PER Peru: story by Ciro Alegria in Latin American Literature Today

      PUR Puerto Rico: Perez and Martina: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale (library)

      SKN Saint Kitts and Nevis: A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips (library)

      LCA Saint Lucia: Collected Poems 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott (library)

      VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Story by Cecil A Williams in The Caribbean Writer, Vol 16

      SUR Suriname: ray Rhythm & Revolt - Tales of the Antilles

      TRI Trinidad and Tobago: Stories by Winston Hackett and others in The Caribbean Writer, Vol 16

      USA United States of America: Bad Habits by Dave Barry

      URU Uruguay: The House on the Dunes by Roberto Viola

      VEN Venezuela: story by Arturo Uslar Pietri in Latin American Literature Today

      ISV Virgin Islands: Seasoning for the Mortar; Virgin Islanders Writing in The Caribbean Writer





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