Hey readers! I know I’ve mentioned BookCrossing to you all before, but I’m bringing it up again.

(If you don’t know what BookCrossing is, here’s a brief rundown: it’s like Where’s George? for books. You register a book, get a unique code that you write inside the book, then you release the book, either into the wild or by giving it to someone. They make a journal online about finding the book, then pass it on again.)

There are things on BookCrossing called bookrays, bookrings, etc. I’m thinking about hosting a bookray for two fitness books I have, this one and this one.

What would happen is this:

  • if you were interested in being a part of the ray, you’d contact me by email with your name, mailing address, and shipping preferences (can you ship the books anywhere, or just within the U.S., or just inside England, etc.).
  • I’d put a list together, and when you were done with the books, you’d contact me again and I’d give you the mailing address for the next person.
  • We’d keep adding people along the way, meaning the books could keep traveling as long as there were more people interested in reading them.

The rules would be these: 1) make catch notes when you get the books, 2) make release notes when you send them to the next person (both 1 and 2 can be done without making a BookCrossing account, so you don’t need to be a member to participate), and 3) try not to keep the books longer than 2-3 weeks.

Would anybody be interested in this?

Milwaukee-area readers!

I know a handful of my readers are in the Milwaukee area (since I’ve talked to some of you about dance classes/teachers in Milwaukee), and I have a request for people in the area.

If you have any books you don’t want anymore (especially children’s or YA books), please send me a message or email.

You know those Little Free Libraries all over the place? Well, I’ve been keeping about five of them stocked using bags of mysteries my roommate gets from someone at work, but I’m always looking to increase my collection so I can keep all the LFL nice and full for the communities. Plus, there’s a LFL right across the street from an elementary school near me, so I want to refill it with age-appropriate books during the school year.

If you’ve got books you don’t read or want anymore, I’d be happy to meet up with you somewhere and put them back into the hands of your local community! Please let me know!

Wanted: Books in Swedish

Hej allihoppa! :) 

I’m a Swedish learner living in Germany. It’s terribly hard getting a hold of Swedish books around here, especially modern ones. 
So if any of you have any books to spare - old copies of Harry Potter, crime stories, Young Adult stuff - drop me a message, pretty please. We can figure out a way of getting them from you to me, I’d be more than willing to pay the shipping and even some bucks more (keep in mind though that I don’t earn much, haha).
I’d really love some modern books to advance in learning this beautiful language. 


Book swapping tree in Prenzlauer Berg, corner of Kollwitzstraße/ Sredzkistraße, in front on café Anna Blume.

I love the idea, but unfortunately like all my bookcrossing experiences, it’s a bit annoying that I put out the books I wanted other people to read, while 80% of the people use it as a way to get rid of books they’d otherwise have put into the recycling bin. Of course people take the good books away pretty quickly, of course I didn’t expect it to be a way to get my hands on the newest bestsellers for free, but it would work better if they occasionally put some equally good books into the tree (I never saw anyone actually swap but me, all the other people just took a book, but bookcrossing as I know it is okay with that - still, there’s git to be a give-take balance for this to work…). What I -so far- found instead were discarded old school books and whatnot.

It makes me think I should rather keep my books until my kid’s old enough to read them or a friend shows interest in them.

I’d give it three out of five stars, one for the idea, one for the actuall book shelf/ tree idea, one for the location.

Here’s a more enthusiastic review:

Free a Book

bookcrossing Noun. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. (Source: wikipedia)

(from left to right 1) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien 2) Love in the time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 3) War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy)

This has always been one of my favourite ideas. But then, I did study literature at University. This is a global bookclub. Books are deliberately left in public to be found by a stranger, who reads it and passes it on. It’s a community fuelled by the following aims -

The official online community is an online database for books moving around the world. Once a book is found, it can be registered here and subsequent readers can add their contribution to its journey.

There’s something heartening about the voyage of a book. Of course they may be blissfully unaware, but they spend countless hours in the hands of people consumed by their pages. Some scripture has lasted thousands of years. Why not join the celebration of sharing books? Just make sure you leave it somewhere someone will find it like a train or a park bench, with a note inside explaining the project. Otherwise you may be just littering. 

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Have you heard of ‘Book Crossing’?

It is a fantastic way to get more and more people to read different books for no fee.

With the intention to make the world an enormous library, people all around the globe are participating this exercise. You may not be able to travel the world easily but your book just might!

What is Book Crossing?

Book Crossing is the act of leaving a book at a random place (or a fixed region, accepted by other Book Crossers beforehand) with a customized tag on, to have a random person (or someone you agreed with) pick it up and read it; only to do the same when that person finishes the book.

The tag you have customized with a BCID (Book Crossing ID) will act as a passport for your book so you can track it down.

If you like this exercise but value your own books too much then I suggest you to fetch a 2nd hand book you have wanted to read, from an antiquarian and involve it to the system. (That’s what I am planning to do :)

For more information about Book Crossing, click here.


Sending out for the Surprise Bookring tomorrow.

The book came from slipperbunny some months ago for a bookcrossing swap. I finished it just in time! And the lady I’m sending to seems to have similar tastes so I hope she’ll like it. (Reading challenge post forthcoming.)

I used to make better bookmarks. Need to think about what made them better. Maybe I was just more confidant. I originally had a piece of paper that matched the book to make the bookmark out of but I messed it up with my indecisiveness.

The monster was Xactoed out of a greeting card because the whole greeting card seemed like a bit much when all the last person included was a post-it.

I have more mail to send out but I have to waiiit. I’ve been waiting for a long time but so many things have gotten in the way. Soon though.

Have you heard of this? If you haven’t check it out.  A really cool website that tracks the adventures of books travelling around the world.  Anyone can release a book (maybe an old favourite they have twice, or even an unwanted gift) to be either passed on or left somewhere to be discovered. I found “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac at a “book crossing zone”, and so am the first to read it… I’m excited to finish it and send it on. The novel has already accompanied me to Wales and on a hike up Mount Snowdon, so it’s getting around. I’ll release some of my own favourite books into the wild during the coming months so some incredible literature may be flying your way soon!  Lets share some books :)  My user ID on there is AndrewJolly if you’re interested.