Thursday, August 17, 2006

#9 Bookcrossing

Q: How do you pack for a 4-month trip?
A: Pack everything you think you’ll need, then put half of it back in the closet.

Despite earlier reports of an unsuccessful practice pack, we have adjusted and are fitting 4 months worth of stuff into 3 big bags: 2 for me and 1 for Kelly. We’re also taking one carry-on bag, 2 laptops and a camera bag. The ship restricts us to 3 big bags each, so we’re all set. We have so much unused space in our luggage, I decided to carry a suitcase full of books with me – and these are books that I’ve already read!

Have you heard of Bookcrossing? Bookcrossing is the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. It’s a word, really. I looked it up. It was added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2004. I have registered a dozen books from my personal collection at and then labeled each book with the unique Bookcrossing ID (BCID) provided.
I will leave each of these 12 books in a public place and then watch to see how many future readers will notice the label and will update the Bookcrossing web site. It’s a fun way to track those books that have meant something to me. My books to be left in public places:
• Brian Andreas - Going Somewhere Soon: Collected Stories & Drawings, BCID: 197-4311884
• Bill Bryson - I’m a Stranger Here Myself, BCID: 199-4310704
• Garrison Keillor – We Are Still Married, BCID: 778-4334230
• Garrison Keillor – WLT: A Radio Romance, BCID: 769-4334403
• Alistair MacLeod - Island: The Collected Stories, BCID: 161-4311840
• Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea, BCID: 871-4310867
• Tony Rasch - The Lupine Walker: A Journey, BCID: 938-4311800
• J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, BCID: 482-4311958
• John Steinbeck - Travels with Charley: In Search of America, BCID: 719-4310905
• Paul Theroux – The Old Patagonian Express: By Train through the Americas, BCID: 914-4311702
• Maria Augusta Trapp – The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, BCID: 455-4334397
• John Updike - Rabbit, Run, BCID: 653-4310894

The first book to be ‘released’ will be The Old Patagonian Express at Chicago’s Union Station this Saturday.

Yours in making the whole world a library,


  1. That's a great idea! I think I may register a few of my books next week. Thanks for the tip!

  2. That's a wonderful idea, and I learned a new word! :)

    I just re-read the Trapp Family story myself, after visiting the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, last month.

    I'll be thinking about you guys this weekend, even as Jeff and I finally visit Alaska next week. (The trip was originally planned for 3 years ago, and had to be postponed.)

    Can't wait to hear about any and all adventures!

    P.S. Um, I'm actually an INFP, not an INTP. Kind of embarrassing that I've been proudly proclaiming my INTP-ness for the last 20 years, but, well, at least I continue to learn, right?


  3. How to pack for a trip:

    Take half as much stuff and twice as much money.

    Bridget (INFP :-)