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From Taneytown, Maryland USA
Age 66
Joined Friday, May 24, 2002
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 0 3,832
released in the wild 0 4,827
controlled releases 0 390
releases caught 0 927
controlled releases caught 0 322
books found 0 2,719
tell-a-friend referrals 0 60
new member referrals 0 75
forum posts 0 6,767
Extended Profile
September 10, 2012: Please read forum postby MaryZee's sister, regarding her passing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA, 23058, in memory of Mary Zimmerman.

Birdie's Cafe (formerly the Pour House) reopened July 2010. The OBCZ shelf has been restocked, and will have regular book releases there. Hoping the books will travel once again, and wanting to keep the shelves nice, as always. I'm so happy it's back; I was missing it. Birdie's is the new-and-improved Pour House, which still looks mostly the same. Come see!" title="Attended4 by maryzee, on Flickr">" width="250" height="250" alt="Attended4">

Yahoo Group for members in Carroll County, Maryland
If you would like to know about upcoming events in or near Westminster, Maryland, please join our Yahoo Group. I'm happy to get together to just chat or for local release events. I love meeting other BookCrossers.

About me

5/10/09 - I usually get pm's ok, but if you have trouble reaching me, use my em address - m v z r h at a o l dot com. Also, my addy is on

I love this quote from Deepak Chopra. I think it characterizes what BookCrossing is all about.
"Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging."

March 2008 update to my friends list - Previously, my BC friends list was people I'd chatted with online, traded with, and local BC members. As of today, I've updated my friends list to only people I've met in real life. If I've met you quickly (perhaps at only 1 meeting, or once at the book fair), and inadvertently left you off my list, feel free to pm me to remind me. BCers are my favorite people.

I am seriously addicted to this site!

In a previous life, I worked at Random House for more years than I care to mention and have lots of books! I thought joining this site would give me the incentive to read and release them, instead of just collecting them... cause I love to read, but I really do need to clean off my shelves! Little did I know ;-)

My Book Rings/Rays/Boxes

"Affinity4books cozy mystery bookbox (Helped revive and organize this since she's seldom in the forums) Thread is here. Box is travelling as of 7/6/12.

"Biographies of Things" bookbox (books such as Longitude, The Big Oyster, Imponderables books, etc.) Thread is here. Box is now travelling - no longer accepting new participants.

"Cat Stories" bookbox cat mysteries and fantasy, also non-fiction, readable stories, but no guides to breeds or care, no reference books. Thread is here. Box came home 6/30. I may send this box out again, once I have a chance to read some of these books.

"Bookish Books" bookbox The last forum post is here. Box came home on 5/12, full of good books. I'm going to try to read quite a few of these, freshen up the box with a few new books, and hope to send this out again in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned.

Projects for 2012
Will continue my support of the OBCZ at Birdie's Cafe. Watch for books to be released here regularly!!

For anyone who's interested, although they're not listed as OBCZ's, there are publicly available BC shelves (in Carroll County, Maryland) at Mt. Airy Library and Carroll Community College library.

Civil War Releases
If anyone would like a Civil-War related release, I am 30 minutes away from Gettysburg PA, and would be happy to release something there for you. 2003 Gettysburg release for GoryDetails Gunfire at Gettysburg
2005 Gettysburg releases - for ThnxAndyc The Hearts of Soldiers
A recent Gettysburg catch (for Katekintail) during 2008 - Ghosts of Gettysburg
and Killer Angels and another one - The Tentmaker
And a couple of catches from 2011 -
God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers
Lincoln at Gettysburg

2012 wild & OBCZ catches
Abby in Wonderland Released at the book fair in 2005 and caught in Michigan
Over the Edge Released at the book fair in 2005 (too) and caught in Crystal City, Virginia - my longest release-to-catch at 6 years, 4 months
Penguins Released at the Kensington book festival this year (on a disgustingly dreary rainy day) and caught immediately
The Nanny Diaries Released at the Kensington book festival this year (on a disgustingly dreary rainy day) and caught a week later
The Miracle at Speedy Motors Released at my OBCZ in Westminster, MD and caught about 2 weeks later, by someone soon going to Africa
Into Thin Air Released at Birdie's about a month ago, and just caught. I think this is only about my 3rd catch at Birdie's in a year and a half. Oh well, at least someone's enjoying the books!
Skellig And another catch from Birdie's! Book was released 8 months ago, sat on the bookshelf for most of that time, and was finally caught at a middle school about 10 miles away.
Mother Ireland Yet another catch at Birdie's! This one was caught by a current BCer, but since the book was wild released where anyone could find it, it counts.
Tears of a Giraffe Catch from this year's Gaithersburg festival.
The English Patient Not my catch per se, but it was nice that this book checked back in after nearly 4 years.
The Firebrand Another catch from this year's Gaithersburg Book Festival.
The Devil in the White City This one finally checked in after 5 years!

Trading Policy
Since I have a huge TBR mountain, and several OBCZs, I don't do many trades (although I can perhaps be tempted, and reserve the right to check out your shelf for something special). I do occasionally offer up RABCK's on the Wish List forum. I don't send many books overseas, although I may decide to if it's something small (& light).

Favorite New Authors Discovered thru BookCrossing
Bill Bryson
Geraldine Brooks
Pat Conroy
Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series)
Pauline Gedge
Barbara Kingsolver
Erik Larson
Beverly Lewis
Connie Willis
Simon Winchester

Books Read in 2012

89. All Our Yesterdays: A Century of Family Life in an American Small Town
88. Beneath a Marble Sky
87. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos
86. Shadow Divers
85. Forever
84. Champagne for One
83. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
82. Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya
81. A Superior Death
80. Pussyfoot
79. Bird by Bird
78. Bad Cat
77. Track of the Cat
76. Uppity Women of Ancient Times
75. A Trust Betrayed
74. Through the Grinder
73. On What Grounds
72. The Kite Runner
71. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
70. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or The Murder at Road Hill House
69. The Hydrogen Murder
68. The Queen's Man
67. The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest
66. More Book Lust
65. Fudge Cupcake Murder
64. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
63. Cross Country
62. A Morbid Taste for Bones
61. Homicide in Hardcover
60. The Olive Season
59. Blood Orange Brewing
58. Larceny and Old Lace
57. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
56. Death by Deep Dish Pie
55. Chopping Spree
54. The Johnstown Flood
53. Explosive Eighteen
52. Apple of My Eye
51. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America
50. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
49. Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take it Anymore
48. Blue Moon
47. The Bourne Supremacy
46. Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship
45. Sticks and Scones
44. The Wildwater Walking Club
43. Lost in a Good Book
42. Whale Tales: Tales from America's Leading Marine Life Artist
41. Kate Remembered
40. The Creation of Eve
39. The Monumental Discovery
38. Comfort Me with Apples
37. Town in a Blueberry Jam
36. The Bourne Identity
35. The Murder of King Tut
34. Asterix in Britain
33. Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
32. A Taste of Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul
31. Bridge Across Forever
30. Elixir
29. The Xibalba Murders
28. Sunshine
27. The Personality of the Cat
26. Chamomile Mourning
25. The Egyptologist
24. The Lost Jewels of Nabooti
23. The Jasmine Moon Murder
22. Still Me
21. Catfantastic II
20. Tender at the Bone
19. Thunder Dog
18. 102 Minutes
17. Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
16. Gritty Grace
15. Playing for Pizza
14. Deadly Valentine
13. The Measure of all Things
12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
11. Blind Justice
10. Heaven is for Real (ring)
9. How the States Got Their Shapes
8. Cat Crimes 3
7. An Alchemy of Mind
6. The Cat Who Covered the World
5. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell
4. The Private Life of the Cat Who
3. How Does Aspirin Find a Headache?
2. Catnap
1. Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures

Books Read in 2011

Challenges entered
SIY (Set-it-Yourself) Reading Challenge (Ibis3/Nu-knees)
NancyNova's Country-Hopping Reading Challenge 12 books in 2012
Goal for 2012 - read all other BCers books I've acquired before 2010 and additionally all books I've registered before 2005 (only exception is if they're part of a series, which I'm not yet ready for)

Top of my TBR pile
Hades' Daughter
The Outstretched Shadow
Have His Carcase
Tempting Fate
The Silver Wolf
Night Bites
The White Raven
Realm of Shadows
Beach Music
The Bestseller
The Boleyn Inheritance
Pigs in Heaven
The End of Mr. Y
Great Books
In a Glass Lightly
A Year in the World
The History of Love
The Red Queen
The Once and Future King
Tipping the Velvet
Smilla's Sense of Snow
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Name of the Rose
Murder Must Advertise
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Great Gatsby
Journey to the Center of the Earth
A Tale of Two Cities

In an attempt to organize books that I've received as trades or RABCKs (and to finally getting around to reading the ones I've had the longest), I need to list them here. They're beginning to spread around my house, so physically keeping track of them is getting a bit daunting.

Received in 2006 -
Dance of Death
Pawing Through the Past
My Lost Mexico

Received in 2007 -
The Saint-Germain Chronicles
A Flame in Byzantium
The Sugar House
Ahab's Wife
Magic Kingdom for Sale

Received in 2008 -
The Templar Legacy

Received in 2009 -
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The Last Tsar
The Courts of Love
The Etruscan Chimera
Blue Diary
The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life

Received in 2010 -
The City of Falling Angels
The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

Received in 2011 -
Familiar Oasis
Don't Know Much about History
Murder Inside the Beltway
The Five Greatest Warriors
A Taste for It
A Wizard of Earthsea
Latte Trouble
Decaffeinated Corpse
Loving Frank
The Pillars of the Earth
Monet Talks
Farewell to the Flesh
Crazy Ladies
The Chocolate Snowman Murders
The Nitrogen Murder
The Virgin Blue
American Eve
The Great Stink

Received in 2012 -
The Chocolate Bridal Bash
Dragonwell Dead
A Murderous Yarn
The Touch
The First Man in Rome
The Grass Crown
The Persian Boy
Murder in the Place of Anubis
A Short History of a Small Place
The Silver Needle Murder
The Penelopiad
Making Rounds with Oscar
Miss American Pie
Saint Peter's Fair
A Walk Across America
The Big Over Easy
Baghdad Without a Map
The Devil's Flu
Born to Trot
The Songlines
A B C Et Cetera
Killer Calories
The Princess Bride
Them: A Memoir of Parents
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Road Fever
So You Want to be a Wizard
Bluebird, or the Invention of Happiness
The Winter Queen
Rocket Boys
A Voyage Long and Strange
A Palm for Mrs. Polifax
Classified as Murder
The Body in the Library
The Moai Murders
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
The Body in the Cast
A Rare Benedictine
Murder Well-Done
Out of Circulation
A Streetcar Named Expire
Dead Canaries Don't Sing
Truffled Feathers
Touching My Father's Soul
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Ripley Under Water

And my Hall of Shame - number of registered books I still have from previous years still on Mt. TBR (I will try to read some of the oldest ones first) - as of 2/29/2012
2002 - 17
2003 - 5
2004 - 45
2005 - 41
2006 - 77
2007 - 69
2008 - 48
2009 - 44
2010 - 20
2011 - 35
2012 - 32

What kind of bookcrosser are you
Your Result: Thematic dropper

You release in themes. The pianotuner in a jazzbar, a suitable boy at the gifttable of a wedding of a friend, the Minotaur in the centre of a maze, a prayer for Owen Meany in a baseball stadium, name the title, you release it somewhere suitable.

Obsessive releaser
Love to meet
Playfull RBACKer
ring in bundles
Talk of the toy
strange looking bystander
lucky lurker
What kind of bookcrosser are you
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I'm working on several mystery (and other) series, and although I've listed some of the next books on my wishlist, I also wanted to list these here to help me keep track of them.

Donna Andrews - I've read all the books in the Turing Hopper series; the last one was Delete all Suspects. I have the next 2 in the Meg Langslow series now, Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos and Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, and am looking forward to getting back to them.
Nevada Barr - I've recently just started on this series, and have read the first 2. I have some of the later books, and have the next few on my wishlist.
Rita Mae Brown - Mrs. Murphy series - I've read the first 2 in this series, and the next one up is Murder at Monticello. I have the next 3 in this series, plus several of the later ones.
Joanna Carl Chocoholic mysteries - I've read the 1st 4 in this series, and the next one I need is The Chocolate Mouse Trap.
Kate Carlisle Bibliophile Mysteries - I've recently read the first book, Homicide in Hardcover and loved it. I'll definitely be looking for more in this series.
Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery - I've recently read Blood Orange Brewing, and have the next couple. The rest are on my wish list.
Cleo Coyle - I'm reading the first 2 in her Coffeehouse mystery series now, and have the next 2. Although I don't drink coffee, I love the coffeehouse atmosphere, so I'm looking forward to reading more of these.
Diane Mott Davidson - I love these books, but I've just realized there are only 5 more for me now. The next one up is Double Shot.
Jo Dereske Miss Zukas series - I recently read the 3rd in the series, the Stroke of Death, and I have a couple of the later books in the series. I have several more of the earlier ones on my wishlist.
Carole Nelson Douglas - I'm reading Pussyfoot, and am enjoying it very much. I have a couple others in this series, and am starting to look for more of these.
John Dunning Cliff Janeway series - I've read the first 3 books, Booked to Die, The Bookman's Wake, and The Bookman's Promise, and absolutely loved them all. (All bibliophiles should read these mysteries.) Now I need to find the remaining 2.
Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series - I've read all of the number books through Explosive Eighteen, and most (if not all) of the between-the-numbers books. Stephanie Plum is a hoot!
Joanne Fluke Hannah Swenson series - I'm finishing up Fudge Cupcake Murder, and have Sugar Cookie Murder. The next one I need is the Peach Cobbler Murder, and I have the next 2 after that.
Laurell K. Hamilton - 2 recently read Mistral's Kiss, and am eagerly looking forward to finding a copy of A Lick of Frost (which is on my wishlist).
Anita Blake series - I've recently read Blue Moon and have a couple of the later books.
Rita Lakin - I read the first in her series, Getting Old is Murder, and thought it hilarious with its setting in a Florida retirement community with its characters of elderly Jewish residents. I have one of the later books and am looking for more in this series.
John J. Lamb - I met him on 10/4/08 at Boyd's Bear Country, and bought all his books, including The Clockwork Teddy. (Released The Mournful Teddy there). I've read all of these now, and really enjoyed them. Still need to pick up the most recent, The Treacherous Teddy.
Laura Lippman - I recently read the 1st 2 books in this series, Baltimore Blues and Charm City. Still need to find a copy of the next book, Butcher Hill.
G.A. McKevett - Savannah Reid series - Just finished reading Sugar and Spite and loved it. Have added the first several books to my wishlist.
D.R. Meredith - Murder by the Yard series - I've read all 5 of the books in the series - the last was Murder by the Book (I'm hoping for more to be written).
Shirley Rousseau Murphy - I've read the 1st 3 books in her Joe Grey series, and have the next several in the series and am looking forward to reading them starting with Cat in the Dark.
Tamar Myers - I've just gotten around to starting the Magdalena Yoder series, set at the PennDutch Inn. I've recently read the 1st 2 and am looking forward to finding more in this series. And I'm just starting the Den of Antiquity series.
Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody series - I've just started reading this series, and have finished the first 2. I have a few of the later books, but need to find the next one The Mummy Case.
Margaret Truman - I've recently read 3 of the later books. There are only 2 remaining for me to read, K Street and Inside the Beltway.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - I received the next several books in the Saint Germain series from LyekkaMarengo, and have recently read Path of the Eclipse. The next one is Tempting Fate.

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