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From Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Age 57
Joined Saturday, November 5, 2005
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 24 10,828
released in the wild 24 8,799
controlled releases 2 3,607
releases caught 1 444
controlled releases caught 0 2,698
books found 5 1,764
tell-a-friend referrals 0 42
new member referrals 0 16
forum posts 31 18,683
Extended Profile

My profile is always a work in progress.
Profile pic created using Harold Lohner's Snowflake Monograms.
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Please join my release challenges!

Never Judge a Book by Its Cover (NJABBIC)
Themes change weekly
New management as of 2021
2023: Q1Q2Q3 • Q4
2022: Q1Q2Q3 Q4
2021: Q1Q2Q3 Q4

3 per week:
Since 2013
Theater Challenge:
All year
Took the stage in 2016
TV Challenge:
Renewed in 2022
3 per - 2023
3 per - 2022
3 per - 2021
3 per - 2020
3 per - 2019
3 per - 2018
3 per - 2017
3 per - 2016
3 per - 2015
3 per - 2014
3 per - 2013
Theater - 2023
Theater - 2022
Theater - 2021
Theater - 2020
Theater - 2019
Theater - 2018
Theater - 2017
Theater - 2016
TV - 2023
TV - 2022

Asian Zodiac/Lunar New Year:
Appeared in 2017
D for December:
Debuted in 2008

Seeking Septads:
Started in 2020
Olympic/Paralympic challenge:
originated 2021


The people on my friends list are mostly BookCrossers that I've actually met in person - it helps me keep track. If you've sent me a friend request and I didn't confirm it, that doesn't mean I don't like you. It just means I haven't met you IRL...yet! ;)

I try to honor my BC commitments within a reasonable timeframe, but if you're expecting something from me and haven't gotten it yet, it never hurts to send me a friendly reminder PM!

(Please keep in mind that media mail to - and sometimes from - the US mainland can take 3 weeks or more; when sending books via media mail, I generally try to include the USPS tracking information in the book's journal entry.)

Please note: most of the cat books on my shelf belonged to purple58 before they passed through my hands. While I am not immune to occasional feline cuteness, I have no actual cats in my life and probably don't need any more cat books.

Thanks to all the wonderful Bookcrossers out there!

You're the best. Really.

If you've send me a RABCK, of a book or anything else, please be assured that I do appreciate it, very much.

About my wishlist: if you'd like to send me a book from my wishlist I won't object(!), but that's not the main reason I keep a list. I try to keep it current so I can use it to help me keep track of what I'm interested in and/or looking for. Thanks to cliff1976 for his pioneering work on the original wishlist site.

Also: not all of the wishes on my list are for me. A few are for my mother & brother.

Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist (I'm open for trades, etc.):

Note: unfortunately I only read English, but I do have some items in other languages on my wishlist - primarily origami books.

Oru Magazine #2 (origami magazine in Japanese)
Almost impossible to get hold of, but I'm putting it down anyway...

I try to only register books I'm willing to let go - ask croyd, he knows I've got lots more!

If you'd like to trade, send me a PM. If it's something on my TBR shelf, ask anyway - I'll try to move it up on the list! My mom's a stamp collector, so I'm sometimes willing to trade overseas if you'll put interesting stamps on the package. We're always glad to receive any stamps, but Mom's favorites are music stamps and my own (very small) collection is of origami-related stamps - I have a few of the ones listed here.

Oh, and if you receive a book from me and I haven't given any specific instructions for what to do with it next (ring, ray, whatever), please feel free to release it any way you wish - I'm happy to see my books travel, and I'm thrilled when they check back in!

Stamps by bizarrostamps at deviantART

Rings, rays, and boxes that I've started:
This list may not be entirely up to date, but if you'd like to join any of the ones marked with an asterisk (*), send me a PM and I'll see what I can do.

----------------- finished, lost, stalled, on hold, etc.-------------------
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson - seems to have stayed with Vampberry
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore - ended with book_drunkard
I am Nujood... by Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui - will be released by bargainqueen
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers - ekgv414 will send it traveling
I am Nujood... by Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui - cheli-garza will pass it on
All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen & Jory John - exploring Calgary
(graphic) Stephen King's The Stand (6-part series) - ended up with jare
Kindred by Octavia Butler - returned and released
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart - released by Abi-Gibby
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - back with Firegirl
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman - most recently with safrolistics
Lamb by Christopher Moore - finished up with Ossiefry
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - ray ended with hostile17
Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates - still with MyBookCafe (currently AFK)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (international ray) - Dancesports kindly replaced this!
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey - ray being continued by Tsjara
(audio) Mostly Cassette Audio Bookbox II - back home
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore (replacement copy) - finished and sent out as a RABCK
Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear - may be available from 2012
(Newbery) M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton - returned to me and released
(Newbery) Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen - returned to me and released
Stiff by Mary Roach (replacement copy) - released by cafekat
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore - most recently with molekilby
Stiff by Mary Roach - TBR by princess1984..eventually?
Kindred by Octavia Butler (US only ray) - released in the wild by UAQ-729447 (formerly booklover87)
Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat - released by wendyv
(audio) Mostly Cassette Audio Box - sadly stopped with wamstreet; replacement box here
(Newbery) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - stalled with yokaye; sent to the Lost Book Island 5/13/09
(Newbery) Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt - stalled with yokaye; sent to the Lost Book Island 5/13/09

Bookrings/rays/boxes & other related stuff I'm waiting for
Why *do* they arrive in bunches?

Biographies of Things - 2023 edition
Indigenous Peoples
Crossing Paths
--------- books below this line not expected anytime soon...if ever -----------
From a Crooked Rib - stalled?
HobbitGlen's (Older) Children's Bookbox - didn't happen?
Station Eleven - wild released
Letters of a Woman Homesteader - staying in Utah?
Snow - stuck in Ireland?
MaryZee memorial bookish/cozy box - postponed indefinitely
pippis's Bookcrossing Cookbook - hasn't made it to Belgium
bookstogive's I Hate SF box (round 2) - lost by the USPS?
Stones Into Schools - somewhere in South Africa
OphEliaGirl's Teen/Y.A Bookbox - Round 1 - either lost in the mail or not actually mailed
Un Lun Dun - last seen in Canada
cat02886's ABC-bookray game - faded away?
The Good Soldier Svjek - never got off the ground?
OphEliaGirl's Teen/Y.A Bookbox (round 2) - didn't happen
Wreck This Journal - bypassed me but finally made it home
Cooking with Wholefoods - somewhere in limbo
cat02886's Letter Game Bookring - died out?
(Newbery) Catherine, Called Birdy - stuck
Flat Stanley from Kansas - AWOL?
(Newbery) Hope Was Here - stalled

VBBs I've joined:

booklady331's Non-Fiction VBB - rounds 1-15
----------------- no longer running / not participating -------------------
JennyC1230's Young Adult/Teens VBB - rounds 1-4
Audiobook VBB by iwillrejoice - rounds 13-23
tabby-cat-owner's Holocaust VBB - round 1
JudySlump612's NPR SF VBB (Superluminal) - rounds 1-2
flewry's 1001 Library VBB - rounds 1-2
collectorkerri's 1st Sentences VBB - rounds 2-3

Bookrings & similar things in my possession (*)
or already passed on to the next reader:

* kizmiaz's bookray for The Man in the High Castle ended with me
----------------- books below this line already sent back out -------------------
erishkigal's Indigenous Peoples box
nimrodiel's Manga/Graphic Novel box
6of8 and MaryZee's Biographies of Things box
Bookworm-lady's bookray for Victorian Murderesses
Spatial's bookray for The Hate U Give
AlterEgoZoe's Far East Bookbox - Rounds 1-3
emmejo's LGBTQ+ Bookbox - Round 2
Biographies of Things box - 2017 edition
(audio) imawinn2's CASSETTES Are Still Alive Bookbox Ray
(audio) BigJohnLefty's Another CD-only Audiobookbox, 2015-16 version
MaryZee's Biographies of Things box, 2015-2016 version
k00kaburra's Manga Bookbox
The Atheist's Mass
KateKintail's LGBTQIA Bookbox
quietorchid's Medicine Chest Box V
Cereus Blooms at Night
MyssCyn's Bookmark & Labels ring
Project X
emmejo's LGBTQ+ box
The Casual Vacancy
KateKintail's YA Bookbox
Bremer Augenblicke (the book with the eyes)
A Long Way Home
How the States Got Their Shapes
Orphan Train
Cassette audiobox from imawinn2
booklady331's CD only audio book box
Queen of the Air - released at the end of the ray
Waist-High in the World
(graphic)Urasawa's Pluto (manga series)
JennyC1230's Shrinking Teens bookbox
(graphic) Dolls (manga series)
quietorchid's Medicine Chest IV
The House of the Scorpion
(audio) BigJohnLefty's CD-Only AudioBookBox (round 4?)
(graphic) GoryDetails's Graphic Novel box (shrinking)
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
(graphic) I Shall Never Return (manga series)
Picnic at Hanging Rock with DVD
(audio) BigJohnLefty's Another Audiobookbox (round 3)
Erishkigal's Native American bookbox
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I Hate Myself and Want to Die
Erishkigal's SF bookbox, round 2
chefcrossing's books about books box
Killer Show
Medicine Chest Bookbox III by quietorchid
chefcrossing's rescue-themed bookbox
The Wooden Sea
Un Lun Dun (replacement)
Down the Plughole
GoryDetails's LGBT-themed shrinking bookbox - replacement
The Day the World Came to Town
The Long Earth
Surviving Galeras
chefcrossing's Serial Killer bookbox ray
GoryDetails's Based on the Book bookbox
GoryDetails's LGBT-themed shrinking bookbox - LOST!
The Bitter Glass
Rampaging F***ers...
spacedog's children's bookbox
(audio) LittleWhiteBird's Shrinking Audio Bookbox
AKSarah's Bookbox of the Living Dead
Greyflank's Towering Inferno bookring
The White Horse of Zennor
MaryZee's Biographies of Things box
Farm Boy
(audio) KateKintail's Audiocassette box ray
chefcrossing's Space Bookbox
laevina's Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror box - 3rd round
(1001 Library) Willard and His Bowling Trophies
(1001 Library) A Confederacy of Dunces
(audio) BigJohnLefty's CD-Only AudioBookBox
(graphic) Creatures of the Night
(1001 Library) The Moonstone
bookstogive's I Hate Science Fiction/Fantasy (you don't have to!) box
The Cannibals of Candyland
(graphic) Isle of 100,000 Graves
JudySlump612's Medicine Chest Bookbox II
Blood Music
Samurai Shortstop
(1001 Library) Pippi Longstocking
Packing for Mars
(audio) indygo88's CD Audio Bookbox
(graphic) Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror (3 books)
Foreign Correspondence
Erishkigal's SF bookbox
(audio) KateKintail's Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1 (round 2)
KiaraNala29's YA bookbox
The Stars My Destination
laevina's U.S. BookBox Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror
time-traveler's Bizarre Fiction Bookbox
Rhyme Stew
z3CarGaragez's Young Adult Bookbox Crossover part I
I Am the Messenger
The Poison That Fascinates
The 27th Day
The Help
jenptcfan's Banned/Challenged Book Box
Water for Elephants
(1001 Library) Watchmen
(audio) sp4home's Cassette Audio Bookbox
How To Train Your Dragon
(audio) MyssCyn's US Audio 27 Tapes Bookbox
JudySlump612's Medicine Chest Bookbox
Death on the Ice
(Newbery) Dear Mr. Henshaw
The 19th Wife
Stupid Science
imawinn2's "A" is for Author...Bookray game
(Newbery) Ella Enchanted
(Newbery) Out of the Dust
(Newbery) Shen of the Sea
(Newbery) Caddie Woolawn
The Last Town on Earth
Bad Science
Listening Is an Act of Love
The G hret=e/bf=raveyard Book
Erishkigal's Mystery with A Twistery Bookbox
(audio) carlissa's Cassette Audio Bookbox
Q & A
SqueakyChu's bookray for Asleep
The Lost World
(audio) KateKintail's Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1 (round 1)
Flat Stanley from California
(Newbery) Tales from Silver Lands
The Lost World
(Newbery) Hope Was Here
(Newbery) Catherine, Called Birdy
NatGirl101's bookmark ring
Lottiotta's Postage Stamp Crossing Zone
(Newbery) Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth...
(1001 Library) The Golden Ass
(Newbery) The Wanderer
(Newbery) Princess Academy
I Am Legend/
(Newbery) Charlotte's Web
Duma Key
Moody-Blue's Every Color of the Rainbow bookbox
(1001 Library) The Wonderful O

A couple of wonderful book-related videos that I can watch over and over:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - Oscar-winning short film
The Joy of Books - magic in a bookstore

Listening to a podcast of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" (7/15/06) and the woman says the phone company wanted to charge $5 a month for a hyphenated name (that would be the charge for a double listing) so she & her husband just combined their surnames instead. She figures the phone book people just didn't know what a hyphen was!

I wrote the following bits down, but I forgot to write down which book they came from...suggestions welcome! (I was reading a bunch of Melanie Rawn at the time but I'm not sure if they're from her books or not.)

Tentative identification: By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille

"Survival is often a mixture of stupidity, hypocrisy, and compromise."

"I'll rant and rave about The Law, and you rant and rave about military expediency. People will take sides. Internal strife is not always bad. It works to make people forget what a hopeless position they're in when they're arguing about trifles. So you and I will argue over trifles. Privately, we'll compromise."

With the help of spacedog's Newbery bookrings,
I have 87 (of 100) Newbery Medal Winners on my far! (I've read 86 of the winning books.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)

2021: When You Trap a Tiger
2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
2016: Last Stop on Market Street
2015: The Crossover
2014: Flora & Ulysses
2012: °°°Dead End in Norvelt
2011: Moon Over Manifest
2010: When You Reach Me
2009: The Graveyard Book
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky
2005: Kira-Kira
2004: The Tale of Despereaux
2002: A Single Shard
2001: A Year Down Yonder
2000: Bud, Not Buddy
1999: Holes
1998: Out of the Dust
1997: The View from Saturday
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice
1995: Walk Two Moons
1994: The Giver
1993: Missing May
1992: Shiloh
1991: Maniac Magee
1990: Number the Stars
1989: Joyful Noise
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography
1987: The Whipping Boy
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall
1985: The Hero and the Crown
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw
1983: °°°Dicey's Song
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn
1981: Jacob Have I Loved
1980: A Gathering of Days
1979: The Westing Game
1978: Bridge to Terabithia
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1976: The Grey King
1975: M.C. Higgins, the Great
1974: The Slave Dancer
1973: Julie of the Wolves
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1971: The Summer of the Swans
1970: Sounder
1969: The High King
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files...
1967: Up a Road Slowly
1966: I, Juan de Pareja
1965: Shadow of a Bull
1964: It's Like This, Cat
1963: A Wrinkle in Time
1962: The Bronze Bow
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins
1960: Onion John
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1958: Rifles for Watie
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill
1955: The Wheel on the School
1954: ...And Now Miguel
1953: Secret of the Andes
1952: Ginger Pye
1951: Amos Fortune: Free Man
1950: The Door in the Wall
1949: King of the Wind
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons
1947: Miss Hickory
1946: Strawberry Girl
1945: Rabbit Hill
1944: Johnny Tremain
1943: Adam of the Road
1941: Call it Courage
1939: Thimble Summer
1938: The White Stag
1937: Roller Skates
1936: Caddie Woodlawn
1934: Invincible Louisa
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow
1928: Gay-Neck
1927: Smoky the Cow Horse
1926: Shen of the Sea
1925: Tales from Silver Lands
1924: The Dark Frigate
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle
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Elementary and middle school students in Hawaii vote annually for their favorite fiction book, and the winner is given the Nēnē Award (named after Hawaii's state bird). Since the contest went statewide in 1964, there have been 57 winners; so far I have 37 of them on my BookCrossing bookshelf (I've read 36 of the winners).
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)

2020: The Wild Robot
2019: The Terrible Two
2018: El Deafo
2014: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
2012: (Tie) The Invention of Hugo Cabret
2012: (Tie) The Lemonade War
2011: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
2010: Found
2009: Inkheart
2008: °°°The Lightning Thief
2007: A Boy at War
2005: Because of Winn-Dixie
2003: The Bad Beginning
2002: Bud, Not Buddy
2001: Holes
2000: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
1999: °°°The Best School Year Ever
1998: Under the Blood-Red Sun
1996: Maniac Magee
1995: My Teacher is an Alien
1994: Shiloh
1992: The Whipping Boy
1991: There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
1989: Dear Mr. Henshaw
1983: Bunnicula
1982: Superfudge
1980: °°°The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
1979: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
1977: Ramona and Her Father
1976: How to Eat Fried Worms
1975: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
1974: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
1973: Sounder
1971: Ramona the Pest
1969: The Mouse and the Motorcycle
1967 (no award given)
1966: Old Yeller
1965: Mary Poppins
1964: Island of the Blue Dolphins

Completed Reading Challenges

2017: 666 challenge = 38 locations
2017: Authors A-Z
2017: Titles A-Z
2016: Unite the Kingdoms
2016: 666 challenge = 38 locations
2016: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2015: 666 challenge = 39 locations
2013-2014: States Reading Challenge = 50 states + 9 districts/territories/dependencies
2013-2014: Canadian Reading Challenge = 10 provinces + 3 territories
2009: 50 States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2009: 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents Reading Challenge = 38 countries + Antarctica
2008: A to Z Reading Challenge = surnames, titles & given names

Just gotta squeeze in a little note about some really terrific book-related NON-wrecks from Cake Wrecks because they're, well, amazing. (Yes, it's called Cake Wrecks, but on Sundays they feature wonderful Sunday Sweets instead of the hilarious/disastrous wrecks they highlight during the rest of the week.

Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks
Sunday Reading Sweets
Sunday Sweets: Story Time!
Sunday Sweets: Classic Kids' Books
Sunday Sweets for Book Lovers

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Books I've registered have visited 45 US states plus Washington, D.C. (missing LA, MS, MT, ND, VT):

6 Canadian provinces/territories (missing MB, NB, NT, NU, PE, SK, YT):

and 45 other countries!

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I'm not actually *asking* for these things, but as requested, for the birthday group:

Things I'm always happy to receive: new or used postage stamps (for Mom's collection), BC supplies, colored staples (standard size), dried peaches, origami-related things, the occasional bar of well-wrapped dark chocolate (melting may be an issue)... Oh, and while not dark chocolate, the seasonal Ritter Sport Kaffee + Nuss chocolate that linguistkris sent me was very delicious - my favorite candy from the birthday group so far!

I like bright colors, sparkly things, silly toys...and will choose purple, red, or blue over pink almost every time.

There are some non-book items in my wishlist - the "author" is "(for wishlist tag)". One of those items is small amounts of colored A4-sized paper - it's not easy to get in the US and the silver rectangle proportions make for interesting origami folding. ;)

Things I'm not terribly interested in: very "girly" things (hearts & such), chick lit & romance books, strongly scented items (not good for my sinuses/allergies), tea & coffee (my caffeine mostly comes from Coca-Cola & chocolate).

More info above in my profile (see "Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist")

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