The 'Confessions of a BookCrosser' Journal

Registered by KiwiKat of Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand on 8/9/2003
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17 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by KiwiKat from Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand on Saturday, August 9, 2003
Found this GREAT, thick, hardcovered, blank journal the other day and, after a recent discussion with another BCer, decided it might be time to circulate a journal where seriously addicted BCers get to reveal the truth about their experiences in this movement. How bad is it for some?? Do you go into convulsions each time you are near a book store (new OR used)? Do you adopt commando-like stealth tactics when your release books into the wild? Have you found some really interesting releasing spots? Have your 'caught' books generated any unusual journal entries? you now have a network of BC pals around the world who are just as addicted as you are or worse? Well, here is your chance to reveal all. The no-holds-barred journal for the chronic reader and releaser!!

Also, I will be borrowing a travelling journal idea from the US with this one. It will be a "stealth" journal, moving from BookCrosser to BookCrosser, purely karma-driven - no one can request it from anyone else - the current holder decides who to send it to next. If you receive it, you can make a journal entry, but please don't make release notes and please DON'T release it into the wild. When it is full it should be sent back to the originator, Kiwikat, in this case!!

HAVE FUN and TELL ALL!!! :-)

Journal Entry 2 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 15, 2003
KiwiKat is such a fantastic BookCrosser!!! What a great idea! And thank you so much for choosing me as the first BookCrosser to write in this lovely journal. Anyone who receives this book will feel so happy as they open their parcel. The book is gorgeous, a really well produced notebook, and you just want to write in those blank pages. I kind of know what I'm going to write, but I am having a little think about my presentation.
I do hope this book has a great journey round the world, and everyone enjoys contributing. KiwiKat's confessions are poignant and very funny, and I can totally understand her addiction to BookCrossing! KiwiKat was the first person to contact me from the site, and I have a big thank you to her for helping to make me an active BookCrosser.
Good luck with the journal, KiwiKat!

Journal Entry 3 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 5, 2003
This is a surprise going to Loopy1 today.

Journal Entry 4 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 2003
What a brilliant idea! And thank you for sending it to me. Now I have two problems - what to write in it and who to send it to.
I have ideas on both counts, but I think I need to mull it over for a while. Not too long though - I have books to read :-)

Journal Entry 5 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Well I've written my contribution, and after a lot of deliberation I have sent the journal off to Scotland, to the first Bookcrosser who ever sent me a book in the post :-)
The picture is of the village post office where most of my books are sent from. I think I'm keeping the guy in business :-)

Journal Entry 6 by swan-scot from Inverness, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, September 19, 2003
I received this in the post today and what a lovely suprise it is! :-) Thank you Loopy1 The book is gorgeous, it looks so inviting to write in - great choice Kiwikat! As a veritable vetran of bookcrossing (1 year+) I have loads to say about what it means to me, but will keep my words in check to leave room for others! I'll write my thoughts over the next two days and send this to someone...hmmm... who next, I wonder...?

Journal Entry 7 by swan-scot from Inverness, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, September 25, 2003
I enjoyed reading the other words of the others who like me, are 'addicted' to bookcrossing.

I've sent this on it's way south as a surprise for another dedicated bookcrosser.


Journal Entry 8 by jackshome from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, September 29, 2003
What a great surprise to recieve this in the mail! Thanks Swan-Scot and everyone else for their input so far, KiwiKat, you're in for a treat!!! I really enjoyed sharing my bcing life so far, and now I don't feel so bad that I'm such an addict! This will be continuing it's journey tommorow.....

Journal Entry 9 by KiwiKat from Blenheim, Marlborough New Zealand on Monday, September 29, 2003
Ahhhhh....but will it finally be leaving the United Kingdom?? Will it be seeking out the True Confessions of BookCrossers in other lands? Or are there more BCers hiding peacefully in the English countryside, in the villages, towns and cities - poor unsuspecting victims of this journal - who just won't be able to keep themselves from Telling All once the book drops into their mailbox??? Well, we just don't know! Oooh, the suspense!!

Journal Entry 10 by estherase on Saturday, October 4, 2003
Thank-you so much for thinking of me for this! It's cheered up my week no end. But, ooooooo the pressure... what to write! And who's next...? I love the stealth idea: just another example of the goodwill that bookcrossing seems to engender in people.
Anyway, I'll have a think and get this off again soon.

On the flip of a coin... this is going to lucycat. It had to be her or olliebear, and I just couldn't decide! I'm sure it'll reach them both sooner or later.

Journal Entry 11 by lucycat from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 11, 2003
Thank you so much for this, Est, it really made my morning...what a fantastic idea!

The guilt is already setting in surrounding who to send it to next, though...especially as I probably would have sent it to you!

Does it stay in Europe, or this country, a while longer, or go off to a friend I follow Linda's fine example and sent it off to the first bookcrosser who ever sent me a book, or the first one to offer me something from my wish-list, the one whose sig line I followed to the BookCrossing site in the first place, or does it go on to someone whose kindness and generosity have brightened many a morning...back to you again there, Est!

Decisions, decisions!

One thing's for certain, though, I'll be letting Olliebear journal too while it's up here in Hull - she's still one of the only three bookcrossers I've ever met in real life, and I know if the coin-toss had gone the other way, she'd have let me play too.

Thanks so much again. x

Update 21/10/03

Right, after much deliberation, I decided that there's no way that this journal should leave these shores without a visit to one of my favourite and longest-serving BC it's off now back down to the smoke to see the multilingual lady with the be-knighted bunny...hope it makes you smile as much as I did!

Huge thanks to Kiwi-Kat for starting this off!


Journal Entry 12 by YowlYY on Saturday, October 25, 2003
This was a wonderful surprise :-))) thanks so much, Lucycat!And yes, it made me smile so much that my face is still hurting... ;-)
I received the book yesterday in my office and it really made my day!! The other highlight of the day was that I could pick up my housebunny Sir Harvey of Glasgow from the vet, yippieeeee!
I don't know of any other ways to start a brilliant weekend... so I will start reading the remaining entries (yep... I sacrificed a bit of my working regrets!) and try to start writing in the book today, then send it off on Monday or Tuesday to my bookcrosser of choice...

Thanks to all who contributed so far, and of course to KiwiKat for having had such a brilliant idea!

Not the latest pic of us, but this is Sir Harvey and me back in March 2003, relaxing while watching TV....

Update on 7th November 2003:

Well yes, it's now been a while since I received the book, and I didn't expect it would have stayed with me for so long, but then we had a huge postal strike here in the UK, that even if didn't affect the whole of the country, it definitely affected the whole of London, so that no mail was distributed for almost two weeks!! Anyway, this is now over and I had also plenty of time to decide who should get the book next... I thought that since I have so many connections with BookCrossers in Italy, it would be nice to have the book travelling there...but who should get it??? There are four ladies who have been in contact with me on a regular basis, and brightenend more than one working day with their envelopes found in my pigeon hole of my I did a "lottery draw" and now it's decided...the book goes to the brilliant girl who made me know Alessandro Baricco, one of the most lyrical writers of Italy, in my humble opinion, and provides me with plenty of information on new bookrings and bookrays starting in Italy...oh, I know, BookCrossing ....I'm doomed ;-)

Journal Entry 13 by beckys on Friday, November 14, 2003
I've just 'found' this book in my mail box and the first thing that came to my mind was: 'Another bookring I completely forgot!'. But then I realized it was a wonderful surprise, and I'm so proud I've been chosen by my dear friend YowlYY ^_^ This is a great idea and the diary looks very nice. I'll read all your comments and write mine soon, and then think about who's going to be the next bookcrosser to receive it...

Journal Entry 14 by beckys on Saturday, November 15, 2003
I've just finished writing on the journal. Yes, I confessed it all. I'm guilty. I should be closed somewhere far from civilized countries, far from books, far from computers...that would be the only way to avoid BookCrossing!!!
Now the journal is ready to leave on Monday and reach one of my favourite bookcrossers who will surely be happy to contribute to the journey of this wonderful diary. Thanks to Kiwikat for her great idea!

Journal Entry 15 by BlackLilith from Città di Castello, Umbria Italy on Tuesday, November 18, 2003
...surprise! :-) Book's karma, or serendipity, let cross again my book-road with KiwiKat, thanks to bookcrossing and a dear BCer friend...beckys! I found there also YowIYY (Aloha!), another big rabbit fan, and her wonderful sir Harvey, and some tea-bags that beckys sent to me (together with a lovely handmade notebook). I already know who'll be the next! It's so wonderful to send a surprise like this one to a BCer friend! Thanks a lot, I'll read and wrote soon and then I'll send to the next...that it's on my mind! ;-)

Journal Entry 16 by BlackLilith from Città di Castello, Umbria Italy on Sunday, November 23, 2003
This special diary is ready to be "on the road" again and will start tomorrow...for a special karma surprise to a dear friend...have a good journey all around the world! And best greetings from "the green heart of Italy" to all of you who'll be next!

Journal Entry 17 by solimano from Firenze, Toscana Italy on Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Thanks! No other words...

Journal Entry 18 by solimano from Firenze, Toscana Italy on Wednesday, November 26, 2003
The journal must go on. It will be a surprise for a Non Italian-Italian BCer.
Solimano says "So long!" to all of you...

Journal Entry 19 by vesna from Torino, Piemonte Italy on Wednesday, December 3, 2003
it was a real suprise finding ANOTHER book ON mu postbox!!!! and I was really happy it wasn't another BOOKRING!!!!

Journal Entry 20 by wingliberliberwing from Milano, Lombardia Italy on Tuesday, December 30, 2003
It's in my hands! Mother? MOTHER?!? Vesna, you're terrible!!!! :o))))))))))

Journal Entry 21 by wingliberliberwing from Milano, Lombardia Italy on Friday, July 23, 2004
So, I'm terribly late, I know, and I'm really sorry.
To make you pardon me, I brought the Diary to the last meetup in Milan and some of my best friends there wrote on it.
It was really difficult to decide WHO will be the next reader and writer. I've found a lot of special persons in BC, a lot of really true friends; some of them have already seen the Diary :o)
I thought a lot, and at the end I'll send the diary to a person who has shared with me many important moments and things in my BC life, mainly difficulties and responsabilities and work (sometimes HARD work :oP) but even the happyness to make something that, in my opinion, helps a little BC here in Italy: the special guy who co-administrates with me the italian forum :o))) [NOT the father of Italian BCers!!!]
Well, now he's on holyday, so I'll take with me the Diary to Rome next week and make some true friends there write on it.

Sorry for the delay and for my terrific English!
Good reading to all!

Journal Entry 22 by matteo-anceschi from Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna Italy on Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Here I am! :)
Now I read this beautiful book..thank you Liberliber!!

Journal Entry 23 by Tipperary from Chiari, Lombardia Italy on Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Oh my gosh!! Such a brilliant idea.. I'll fill a couple of pages and then I'll pass it on to Lizzyblack!!!

Journal Entry 24 by lizzyblack from Kinsale, Co. Cork Ireland on Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Well, it's here in my hands now :)

Journal Entry 25 by lizzyblack from Kinsale, Co. Cork Ireland on Thursday, September 1, 2005
The diary is going to leave Italy to reach Switzerland!! Bye!!

Journal Entry 26 by Yubi40 from Massagno, Ticino Switzerland on Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Well, yes, it arrived in Switzerland ... just that I did not realise, that I had to journal it ... until reading in KiwiKat's intro, that she would take a picture of it ... "and post it!!!!" was the instantenous thought ... ok, here I am! Thanks lizzy for giving it to me ... now I have to read it, write something ... well, I'll think of something, and find another bookcrosser who might add another chapter to it ... Ok, but please be patient! I'll do my best!
Greetings to all of you, and especially those I got to know through BXing:
loopy1, estherase, YowllYY, Solimano, Vesna, Matteo and of course Lizzy ;-)

Journal Entry 27 by Yubi40 at Massagno, Ticino Switzerland on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
era andato perso .. a casa mia ... non l'ho neanche letto ... prometto che nei prossimi tempi metto una nota e lo rilascio. Se qualcuno ha un desiderio particolare, o lo rivuole, fatemelo sapere
Sorry! It got lost ... at my home! And I never even read it ... Promise: I'll relaese it as soon as possible. If you have any suggestions or request on how I should do it, please tell me.

P.S. I'm looking for Solimano: anybody has any news of her?
Sto cercando Solimano: avete notizie di lei? Come potrei raggiungerla?

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