I'm so excited to be hosting my first bookcrossing.com bookray. To explain, a bookray is when a book is sent to several people in a defined order until all the members get to read the book. The leader sends the book to the first reader who then sends it to next reader, and so on until all the members of the ray read it. Hopefully, the book makes it to all the members (who journal the book as they receive and send it on). Once the last member is finished, he or she is free to keep, or release the book once again.
I just sent two copies of a book that I have previously mentioned here, but have labelled it as the "Alternative/surprise" bookray. I wanted the participants to be as surprised by this book as I was (when I originally read it). The two copies went to Europe (the Netherlands) and the United States (New York) and each book has (in the future) about six or more readers to go before the bookray is over. Having only just recently participated in a bookring (the book when all have finished with it returns back to the originator), I don't know how long they take to complete (I have heard sometimes it takes years). The same is true for bookrays, but it should be interesting to follow this.
As for my own reading situation, I just finished Private Scars by Red Room writer Brenda Youngerman. A very compelling read, it is a cautionary tale for any person, especially those who are in or could be in an abusive relationship. Brenda writes with sensitivity and clarity. Perhaps, the novel resonated with me because, in some ways, it reminded me of my life twenty-five years ago. I certainly felt empathy for the main character, Nancy Suzanne Lewiston, and her struggles to break free of a man who seemed publically affable on one hand, while being privately abusive on the other. As I said, a cautionary tale that is all too real (and scary)!
With the finish of Private Scars, I am beginning One Soldier's Story by Bob Dole, and of course, Etidorpha, which I am slowly, but surely, reading. To add to the reading pleasure, my book group at the library has chosen Richard Russo's Straight Man to read as February's book. I guess I need to get back to my books.
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Doctors without Borders
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