All About earthcaroleanne

St. Andrews graduation in the snow

I joined BookCcrossing in 2008 after reading about it in a newspaper.  The idea of books in the wild just grabbed me.  Unfortunately I’ve never caught a single book and have only had 4 wild releases journalled – but they may turn up yet!   What I especially love about BookCrossing is being introduced to new genres by other BookCrossers.  I also love RABCKs – not just receiving books but receiving messages from people I’ve sent books to.   The last one started “I think I love you!”.  That just made my day.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people at the Uncon and I love the author talks.  I’m delighted to have discovered Stephen Booth and can’t believe how many Uncon bookrays we’ve got through.  I’m afraid I won’t have many books to release this time because my 4p flight doesn’t give me much baggage allowance but it will stop me bringing too many books home.  For anyone not reading the fora, my attempt at reducing Mt TBR is failing miserably as I now have 9 years worth of books waiting.

As for life outside BookCrossing, I don’t seem to have one.  I graduated last November after doing my Masters part-time while working full-time and I hoped life would start again after that.  However work took over instead and I worked seven days a week until June.    I’ve spent the last couple of months sleeping when not working and my plan is for life to start in October (or maybe 23rd September).  I’ve attached a photo of me at my graduation but I’m very far away, as I don’t like my photograph being taken.  I managed to avoid being in any photos from last year’s release walk by taking them for people.  I believe that is my handy work on the home page.

 

 

All About GaryJ

Gary / GaryJ

According to my GaryJ profile, I’ve been on BookCrossing since January 2006. That’s slightly misleading, as I’d been to the 2005 BCUK Unconvention in Birmingham as well as several local events before that, although I was known back then as Gazza1980. My other half (katie1980) was already signed up to BookCrossing in the hope of “being able to give away lots of books” (!) and I was just tagging along.

I’m not much of a book reader, probably only reading a 2-3 books a year (yes, a year), though once I get started on a book, it’s usually finished in a couple of days. I have no desire to start a new book, yet when I do, I’m often as excited as anyone to get to the end.

My favourite authors historically are Andy McNab and Chris Ryan (both for the SAS / covert operations stories), Dean Koontz (although some of his books don’t grab me), and various horror authors that get passed on after katie1980 has finished with them.

If I’m not an avid reader, why am I part of BookCrossing? Quite simply, it’s the social aspect for me. I’ve made good friends from BookCrossing (several attended our wedding) and I enjoy the atmosphere at the meets.

Some BookCrossing socials just can't be explained... (Uncon 2007, Brighton)

My interests lie in web development, which is handy considering that I work as a freelance web developer. It’s for this reason, having been disappointed with the websites and information communication from previous Uncons, that I volunteered myself for this year’s BCUK Uncon Committee as the role of webmaster to show how I think it could / should be done.

We’ve not been 100% perfect, but from the compliments we got when the site was launched and the ongoing feedback (and perhaps more importantly, the very few problems highlighted to us), I think it’s been successful. Everyone has access to the information from a variety of sources and media that suits them, and we’ve provided several methods of getting in touch with the committee.

The rest of the committee have done an excellent job with each of their different roles, and without skirting around the cliché, it’s been a real team effort to get everything organised. I have every confidence the event itself will go as smoothly as the planning has. If it doesn’t, you’ll find me in the corner, reading a book…

Tired Readers, by suedo283 on Flickr (Convention 2008, London)

All About footymadgill

footymadgill

I joined Bookcrossing in June 2009.  I had always left my books on hotel bookshelves and wondered where they would end up then   I heard about book crossing while reading a book called “How I lived on a pound a day”.    It was more towards the end of 2009 that I really got interest in Bookcrossing and now you can’t keep me off it!

This will be my first Uncon and I am apprehensive but excited.  I am looking forward to meeting some old friends but as a newbie I am looking forward to making lots more!  I have been registering books for release and checking wishlists to see if I can grant any of these…I have a few surprises!

Outside of bookcrossing, my hobbies include reading, film watching and Zumba.  I have just signed myself up for the Zumbathon to be held at Alexandra Palace in October, raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cure Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise fund.  It seemed a good idea at the time but I am now thinking, why?

My other main loves are my cats.   I have Jess who is a ginger female (15 yrs), Fletch who is a black boy (13 yrs) and Fletch’s sister Biscuit who is a torty female (13 yrs).    I do voluntary work with Croydon Cats Protection where I hold a stall at the bazaar and a stall at their homing day.  All of my cats are from Cats Protection.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

All About Ardachy

Ardachy

Hi I’m Trevor. I joined Bookcrossing in April 2006 when I was living on the Black Isle in Scotland and discovered the ‘Books on Bens’ webpage that swan-scot had going. ‘Ardachy’ was the name of the Bed and Breakfast I ran with my wife and I started by releasing books in our guest rooms and local beauty spots. I loved the way that BookCrossing integrated my three interests which were reading, walking and photography.

In 2008 we moved back to East Anglia for family reasons and I became even more active, attending my first BC Convention in Amsterdam and my first UnCon in Swindon. I help manage a number of OBCZs in the Colchester area and regularly attend meet-ups with other BookCrossers. I started Essex BookCrossing and BookCrossing Around Colchester and volunteered as a Region Manager. I also became a member of the BookCrossing team on Kiva which you will probably see me promoting at the UnCon.

My preparations for the UnCon mainly revolve round my roles as Region Manager and Kiva Team Captain but I am also looking forward to meeting old friends like swan-scot and getting to know BookCrossers I have not met before. Having recently taken 1700 books to a festival in Colchester, together with karen07814 and others, I look forward to seeing even more books at the UnCon.

Surprisingly, I do have time for other interests and these include walking, cycling, politics and real ale ( not necessarily in that order! ) and I can be found at various places on the internet including twitter as @ardachybc.

All About MissMarkey

MissMarkey (in her Uncon polo shirt)

Hi, here I am doing what I like to do most – reading in the garden. I’m really enjoying this ‘Aberystwyth’ series by Malcolm Pryce.It’s my current favourite genre – quirky murder mystery.

When I’m not reading in the garden (or on my allotment) I work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in a primary school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. In the school holidays I like travelling to BC conventions and have been to 6 in the last 3 years since joining Bookcrossing.

I release children’s books on a regular basis by hanging them on a tree just outside the school gates. The children love this. I shall be looking out for children’s books at the Uncon.

I am a recent convert to geocaching which fits in quite well with going to conventions I find.

I’m looking forward to meeting some old BC friends and making a few new ones at Nottingham. See you there. MissMarkey

All About katweeble

katweeble

I joined Bookcrossing as my sister (Weebly) was already a member and it was more to my taste than the online gaming group (monkeys) she got me linked to before -by gaming I don’t mean poker or casino by the way.

I like it because it gives me back the serendipity way of choosing books to read that I used to have when I worked in libraries on the front line – ironically I find it difficult to find books to read in a library full of shelves of books.

I am looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new ones, and hearing some interesting talks – and to just sitting and reading with like minded people.

All About Littlesuz

Littlesuz

Hello, I’m Susi, aka LittleSuz.

I joined bookcrossing back in 2005 when I saw an online listing for the Edinburgh meetup. Initially, it was just an opportunity to go out and meet new people. I never expected to get so involved! However, gradually over the years it’s sucked me in. I became organiser for the Edinburgh meetup, started using the forums, helped to organise the 2009 Edinburgh Uncon, and chaired the organising committee for the 2010 Uncon. This year I’m taking a little break from major organising duties in order to concentrate on other things, including my upcoming wedding in 2012 🙂

But I still couldn’t miss out on attending the 2011 Uncon. It’s great to meet up with people, pass on a ton of books, pick up two tons more (!), and have a lot of slightly eccentric fun. Bookcrossing  has vastly increased the breadth of my reading and I’m sure there’ll be new authors for me to discover at this year’s event.

Outside of bookcrossing, my hobbies include (guess what!) reading; as well as cooking, pub quizzes, and flamenco dancing. I’m also a bit of a facebook addict and try to get to the gym regularly. (But sometimes I’m just too lazy!) I work in HR for an Edinburgh-based disabilities charity and live in that city with my lovely fiance Paul.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

All About rotewoelfin

So, the most difficult question first – it sounds unbelievable, but I can’t remember why I joined BookCrossing. Don’t know anymore how I found the page. But I joined the site on the first visit – so somehow it had been convincing 🙂 Some days after I joined I got a message with an invitation to a MeetUp in Karlsruhe, where I lived. I visited this MeetUp and since then I’m addicted!

I love meeting people regularly at the local MeetUps and at least once a year at one of the bigger (Un)Conventions. The German convention in Hamburg was the first of the bigger ones I visited, Vienna and Amsterdam my international ones and now I’m really looking forward to meeting you all at my first British convention. I made a lot of friends over the years via BookCrossing, some of them really close. This is one point I’m looking forward to about Nottingham – meeting people and making new friends.

Preparing? I’m collecting English books all over our OBCZs – let’s see how many of them will fit into my suitcase 🙂 Oh, and I think I’m going to print some geocaches before I leave here – one of my other hobbies. Flight booked, bus booked, hotel booked – I’m ready *grin*

When I’m not preparing myself for a convention I’m working at the IT department of a German retailer. And at the week-ends I’m going to watch football, supporting my team all over Germany.

Still questions left? – Ask me at the convention or write me a PM 🙂

All About beebarf

I joined Bookcrossing way back in May 2003 at the behest of my online (and now real life) friend MarciNYC. She knew I was a book lover, knew I was running out of shelf space and she knew I was slightly … quirky – and she thought Bookcrossing would appeal.

She was right.

I was a little in the wilderness at first, until I found the BCUK Yahoo group, and found a vibrant community of (mostly) likeminded people, all too willing to share their literary passions and favourite authors. My bookshelves actually got more crowded as I signed up to rings, rays and was generously given RABCKs. Some of the books I discovered were stinkers. Some of the books I discovered were absolute gems. Some were inbetween – but all have been devoured, journalled, released…

For various reasons, I haven’t been to an Uncon since the last one in Birmingham, so I’m really looking forward to seeing old faces and making new friends. As the Sheffield group has folded, I regularly go to Nottingham meet-ups and I’m so pleased that I’m going to be able to introduce people to one of my favourite cities (and one of my favourite coffee shops, our meet up OBCZ, Divine!)

In preparation for the Uncon, I’m collecting a range of books written by East Midlands authors, but the big project I’m involved with (and I’m not sure just how big it’s going to get!) is the Unconvention blanket. One of my other passions is knitting … quite often our Bookcrossing meets resemble a stitch ‘n’ bitch (without the bitching, we’re all really nice) so it seemed logical that we make – with the help of Bookcrossers everywhere – a blanket to give away as a raffle prize. I’m co-ordinating all the knitters and will be sewing all the squares together and adding a border. I’m also in the midst of making the prototypes of Ballycumber and Ballyhood soft toys so look out for them, too!

I work full time as the Communications Manager for a small national charity. In my free time, when I’m not nose deep in a Bookcrossing book, I’m nose deep in Ian Rankin novels – I’m a part time Literature and Creative Media student at the University of Sheffield, and Rankin is the subject of my dissertation. All being well, I graduate summer 2012. That’s definitely going to be the big event of my year, but I hear there’s some kind of sports thing going on about then?

All About JemmaJ

I originally joined BookCrossing after I found a book in my local cafe, The Dolphin Cafe in Towcester. I did first meet BookCrossing in Canada in 2000 but there were no books that took my fancy, so I started looking when I came home. It was not until December 2010 that I actually joined BookCrossing but I wish that I had joined earlier!

I love letting my books free and knowing where they are going and where they have been and also I like to know where the books that I am reading have been to before. Meeting fellow BookCrossers is fab too! I am not a fan of these “hand held book machines” – I have this thing about feeling the book in my own hands.

I am looking forward to meeting fellow UK based (well, mostly UK based) BookCrossers at the Unconvention. It will be the first one I have gone to and I love making new friends.

In the run-up to the Uncon I have been making some of the goodie bag items, they are all keeping me busy! I’ve got many to make!!