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Bookcrossing - what fun!! When I first joined, I had loads of fun releasing lots of books, participating in rings and challenges, and being pretty active. Then I downsized (gave away books, had some yard sales, and donated hundreds of books to my local library) and went to live and work where I didn't speak the main language, which made releasing quite different. And the lack of reliable postal service was an additional challenge.

I've lived in several countries since: Indonesia, Laos, Ecuador, and Sudan. For the moment, I'm back in the USA due to the pandemic but I hope to resume my gypsy lifestyle so I'm trying to avoid collecting too much stuff.

For Exchanges 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 broad tastes.
  • Tea (black, green, or white - flavored or plain)
  • Chocolate, especially dark, fair-trade but really, any and all! I've got no allergies so anything is fair game.
  • Postcards (especially mailed with a greeting or note so I can use them in classes)
  • 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
  • Bookcrossing supplies or wings extensions to support this great site

I'm participating in 3 Reading Challenges for 2021:

My favorite 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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