Friday, December 11, 2009

BookCrossing: The Birth of Venus

The third and final instalment of today's catch-up catches is The Birth of Venus. I released it in late September at Vancouver's Word on the Street book festival and the catch just came in yesterday. Leading up to the day of WotS, I had entertained thoughts of riding my bike from our new Coquitlam abode. I'd bring along some books in my pannier, arrive at WotS (held at the central library branch downtown), and take in the sights and sounds while scattering the books. So that's what I did.

And then I rode my bike back home, which was a lot easier and faster than the bike ride there, because I didn't stick to the Trans-Canada Trail on the return trip. Phew. The one bad thing is that upon my arrival at WotS I realized that I had forgotten to bring the pen and stickypad that I had wanted to bring, therefore I released the books without any front page indication that they were BookCrossing books. I took solace in the fact that I had written - in blue marker - on the top and bottom page-ends of the books, so at least there was some sort of outside-of-book marker (no pun intended). Anyway, having released ten books at WotS, I was hoping for at least one semi-quick catch to make me feel better about their sticky-less covers. Yesterday's was the first of the ten. I hope it's only the start. Here's the catch:
I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction, but this book really grabbed me. I found the book on a bench at Word on the Street (book festival) at the Vancouver Public Library. I plan to give it to a friend to read and take to Amsterdam to release it there.

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