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From Montrose, Colorado USA
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The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff - Nonfiction

8) Johnny Depp: The Illustrated Biography by Nick Johnstone - Biography
7) Cheap Land Colorado: Off-gridders at America's Edge by Ted Conover - Memoir/Current Events
6) Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur - Memoir/Current Events
5) The Hummingbird's Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings by Sy Montgomery
4) The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty by Sy Montgomery
3) Conversations with Birds by Priyanka Kumar - Memoir
2) The Book Club Companion by Diana Loevy - Nonfiction
1) Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght - Nature

I READ 17 BOOKS IN 2022 and my favorites were:
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery - Nature/Memoir
Defending Jacob by William Landay - Fiction
A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul - Nature

I -started- one book in 2021. This WILL NOT STAND!!!!

I READ TWO BOOKS IN 2020 and they were both excellent:
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter - Memoir/Entertainment
The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals - Nonfiction

I READ (a tragically low) 10 BOOKS IN 2019 and my favorites were:
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonnette - Non-fiction
Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled - and Knuckleheaded - Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik - Outdoors/Memoir

I (was highly distracted and only) READ 24 BOOKS IN 2018. My five favorites were:
Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year by Neil Hayward - Memoir/Outdoors
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D. - Health & Body/Audiobook
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Fiction
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - Fiction
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance - Memoir/Sociology

I READ 71 BOOKS IN 2017 and my five favorites were:
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer - Biography/Audiobook
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan - Nonfiction/Audiobook
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - Fiction
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson – Nonfiction
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose - History/Audiobook

I READ 89 BOOKS IN 2016 and my favorites were:
Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas by Eva Saulitis - Nature/Memoir
Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips from North America's Top Birders by mult. authors - Outdoors/Nature
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore – Fiction
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - Memoir
Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey Through Our Endangered Polar Regions by Camille Seaman - Memoir/Nature/Photography
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Memoir/Current Events/Audiobook

I READ (a new personal record) 93 BOOKS IN 2015 and my five favorites were:
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children's Tales by Marta McDowell - Biography/Nature
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert - Science/Non-fiction
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords - Memoir/Audiobook
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell - Memoir/Science
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Dystopian Fiction

I READ 79 BOOKS IN 2014 and my favorites were:
Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens... Naturally by Lisa Steele - Nonfiction/Pets
City of Thieves by David Benioff - Historical Fiction
Ready Player One by Earnest Cline - Sci-Fi
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Trilogy" by Richard Adams - Sci-Fi
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande - Health & Science/Nonfiction
Fahrenheit 451: 60th Anniversary Edition by Ray Bradbury - Classic/Sci-Fi

I (played WAY too much Candy Crush and only) READ 42 BOOKS in 2013. My favorites were:
One Second After by William R. Forstchen - Fiction/Thriller
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan - Nonfiction/Audiobook
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L.K. Denckia - Outdoors/Gardening
Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Weidensaul - Nonfiction/Nature
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs - History/Memoir

I READ 71 BOOKS IN 2012 and my favorites were:
The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year by Gary Ferguson - Nature
Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks by Michael Lanza - Outdoors/Memoir
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - True Adventure/Audiobook
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean – Nonfiction
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore - Historical Fiction
AND OF COURSE… (not just because he sucked up by mentioning my name 127 times):
It's My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian's Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Ronald R. Cooper - Memoir/History/Outdoors

I READ 79 BOOKS IN 2011 and my favorites were:
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Fiction
The Black Hills: Yesterday & Today by Paul Horsted - History/Photography
Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self edited by Joseph Galliano - Nonfiction
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - Women's Fiction
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - Fiction
Honolulu by Alan Brennert - Historical Fiction

I READ 84 BOOKS IN 2010 and my Top 5 favorites were:
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - Science
Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore - Fiction/Humor
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - Historical Fiction
The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Women's Fiction
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover - Memoir/Nonfiction

I (worked too much and only) READ 44 BOOKS IN 2009. My favorites were:
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch – Fiction
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik – Nonfiction
Fool by Christopher Moore – Fiction/Humor
The Twilight Saga and The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Fiction
Rolling Nowhere and Coyotes by Ted Conover – Nonfiction

I READ 88 BOOKS IN 2008 and my Top 5 favorites were:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks - Fiction
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Scientific Philosophy
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - Memoir/Audiobook
Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies - Political Commentary
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - Nonfiction

I READ 69 BOOKS IN 2007 (my first full year of BookCrossing) and my Top 5 favorites were:
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult - Fiction
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - Fiction
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston - True Adventure/Memoir
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - Fiction
Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke - Fiction

MY ALL-TIME FAVES (in alphabetical order, so none of my babies will be jealous of the others)
1000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List by Patricia Schultz - Travel
1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die by Michael Bright - Travel
1001 Ways to be Romantic by Gregory J.P. Godek - Self-help/Non-fiction
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown - Thriller
Big Trouble by Dave Barry - Fiction/Humor
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore - Fantasy/Humor
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - Fiction/Philosophy
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore - Fiction/Humor
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick - Biography
No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan - Philosophy/Self-help
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Historical Fiction
Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler - Thriller
Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern - Travel/Food
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik – Nonfiction
The Complete "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson - Comics
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - Thriller
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch - Fiction
The Official Guide to America's National Parks, Fodor's 12th Ed. - Travel
The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors by Jack Winocour - History
Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart - Mystery
Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan - Women's Fiction
Watership Down by Richard Adams - Fantasy
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks - Fiction

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett (Oct 2010)
Cassette Tape Audiobookbox (Sept 2008)
Every Color of the Rainbow Bookbox (Oct 2007 and Feb 2008)
Night by Elie Wiesel (July 2007)
Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck! by Christopher Moore (Feb 2007)
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore (Oct 2006)

BigJohnLefty's Audiobookbox 2016 -- now a VBB administered by JudySlump612
BigJohnLefty's Another Audiobookbox, administered by devon212
US Non-Fiction VBB from Booklady331
US Only Audiobook Ray: CASSETTES Are Still Alive Bookbox from imawinn2
CD ONLY Audio Book Box from Booklady331 (RETIRED)
US Non-Fiction VBB from Booklady331
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper from BethanieKay
Another CD-Only Audio Bookbox from BigJohnLefty
Audiobook Virtual Bookbox from iwillrejoice
1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader by Cary McNeal from NMReader
The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski from BethanieKay
Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong by Jen Yates from BethanieKay
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom from JDT
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen from ApoloniaX
Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves from BethanieKay
Exclusive by Bradley/Burton/Jones Bookray from princess-peapod
Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson from raerae78
The Tuesday Erotica Club by Lisa Beth Kovetz Bookring from BethanieKay
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Bookray from flambard
Jesus Out to Sea: Stories by James Lee Burke Bookring from Trekwoman
Lovable Books Bookbox from jenptcfan
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris Bookring from literarylover
Swimming Without a Net by MaryJanice Davidson Bookray from Kitten22
The Sunday List of Dreams by Kris Radish Bookray from BethanieKay
The Audacity of Hope Bookring by Barack Obama from gnissorckoob
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish Bookray from BethanieKay
Life of Pi by Yann Martel Bookray from minerva1221
For One More Day by Mitch Albom Bookring from samutsari
Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming Bookring from ealasaidmae
Memoir/Biography Virtual Bookbox from Firegirl
You, Me, He, She, It Bookbox from Tribefan
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult Bookring from missprissy
It's All About Murder Bookbox from Tribefan
Memoir/Biography Bookbox from KarenZero

US~Canada Wishlist Tag 2017
Oh, the Places We Can Go release challenge by Secretariat (throughout the month of March 2008, release 15+ books with place names in the title). During the challenge I released 123 books (72 wild, 22 controlled and 29 themed) and eleven were caught, resulting in eight new members. Thanks Secretariat - that was fun!

I have my one-and-only sister (BethanieKay) to thank for getting me into Bookcrossing. She found a wild release while on vacation in Scotland back in 2005. In the fall of '06, I signed up - hoping to reduce my bookshelf clutter. Fat load of good that did!! I now have books tucked here and there, and several piles on top of the bookshelf! My darling husband (RxBluff) pointed out that if I get just a few more we'll have a very nice ceiling support!

I have a huge collection of coffee table books - most relating to art, travel, or animals. Have I read any of them cover to cover? Heck, No! I am a wanna-be professional photographer, so I love to look at the big, beautiful, crisp photos they contain.

I also have a large number of Peanuts comic book collections. These are the little paperbacks, about 4x8", that have names like, "You're a Pal, Charlie Brown". I'm always looking for ones I don't have yet.

I am registered on as "Moody-Blue", on as Kristal Cooper, and on as "KDMoreland".

I am the founder of the GrandCanyonOBCZ in Arizona, the BigBendOBCZ and the PJCommunityOBCZ in Texas, the MesaVerdeOBCZ in Colorado, and the LakeCrescent shelf in Washington - all at guest lodges in our National Parks.

If you have read this far, then you are truly a fellow BC addict and are worthy of a prize... PLEASE, check out my Available list and help yourself! I will happily RABCK anything that catches your fancy! Seriously! If you're REALLY bored, wade through my TBR list... If there's something there you've been pining for, I'll try to read it next and send it out to you!

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