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Big Book of Urban Legends, The
Savage Sword of Conan, The (Volume 14)
Seaweed Under Water
Illustrated World's Religions, The
Water for Elephants
Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet
Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Story of the Bonhomme Richard, The (Cornerstones of Freedom)
Pieces of Gold
Demons and Daggers
Three from the Legion
Three-Year Swim Club, The
From Okinawa to the Americas
Iced in Paradise
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|My profile is always a work in progress; most recent update August 6, 2021.
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August 6, 2021: earlier this week my home CPU died an untimely death, so for the moment I'm limited to mobile & what little time I can squeeze in at work. Please bear with me...
Please join my release challenges!
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.
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.
Why *do* they arrive in bunches?
or already passed on to the next reader:
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."
I have 86 (of 99) Newbery Medal Winners on my bookshelf..so far! (I've read 85 of the winning books.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)
(°°° means I haven't read it yet.)
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
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!
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").