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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 650 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 12 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

Click here to see the complete report.


School Library Journal Announcement & More Australian Travels!

We have fantastic news! The School Library Journal just announced that “Alice Bliss” made the best books of 2011 list in the Adult Books for Teens category! We are so proud and would like to thank everyone who has read the novel and contributed to the “Where’s Alice Bliss?” campaign! Check out more information by clicking here!

And even more great news! Book Crosser Elddau1 from New South Wales in Australia has continued Skyring’s “Alice Bliss” journey! The copy started at the New Zealand Book Crossing Unconvention and journeyed to the National Library of Australia in Canberra! It was here, on November 26th, that Elddau1 was given the copy at the 2011 Canberra Christmas Lunch! Here’s a beautiful picture of the library at night time!

Below is the review of “Alice Bliss” written on the Book Crossing website by Elddau1:

This was very good. It was also the right book at the right time for me. (It was the anniversary of the passing of my FIL. And I think about my brother every day.) I was hoping for some insight and there wasn’t really any but it was a comfort to ‘share’ the same thoughts and feelings with someone who had been there – and the author must have, to get it so right.

Apart from a personal connection, it was an excellent book in itself. The characters were very real and well done. I was right there in the Workshop. Previously I loved ‘Being Emily’ and this one reminded me how that book felt for me. And with maybe a little of Stephanie Plum’s characters in the ‘burg’? The ending felt a little off pace for me though – but where would you end it?

A very good read, with depth and impact. (Amazing for a ‘first book’.) There was so much in this book – but rather than me write about it, you should just read it and feel it for yourself.

The copy will hopefully be passed off to a friend this week, so stay posted on the journey! If you’d like to follow it yourself on Book Crossing, click here!

“An Accomplished Novel” writes ‘The News From Gridleyville’

The “Alice Bliss” campaign is so excited to have such amazing bloggers and book reviewers taking on the challenge of sending Alice around the world! We’re particularly proud of a certain Sam Gridley, an accomplished author and the mind behind blog, “The News From Gridleyville”! Sam Gridley’s fiction and satire have appeared in more than thirty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and several honors from magazines. His novel THE SHAME OF WHAT WE ARE was published in 2010 by New Door Books. Below is a small snippet from his review!

Check out the “Alice Bliss” review in the “The News From Gridleyville”! Click the picture below to see more!

If you like seeing what other blogs have to say about “Alice Bliss” – click the “Check Us Out” tab and visit the “Read What People Are Saying” tab to visit a bunch of links of some really great blogs and articles! We also have a featured blog section to the right!

Sam’s wild release was at Mugshots in Philadelphia, PA! We hope someone in search of a latte will pick her up and take her home! We’ll keep you posted through Book Crossing!

En Amour Avec “Alice Bliss” – She’s Made Her Way to France!

Here’s a beautiful picture of Keara Watson in Saint Marcel Bel Accueil, Nord Isère, France with her copy of “Alice Bliss“!




A Fantastic Review and a Wild, Texan Release!

A “wild release” downtown at the Texas Book Festival!

A huge thanks to Jenn (aka Picky Girl) for writing a great review you can read HERE! We hope you enjoyed your first Book Crossing book!


Alice Bliss “Caught” in Little Creek, Virginia

I just found the book and I plan on reading it before I release it again. I myself am I military daughter, so I believe I could relate easily to this girl’s experience, although my own father was never sent to missions as dangerous as this. Can’t wait to start reading!

A “Wild” Release @ Coldheart (US Military) Virginia

This is a poignant novel about a girl who is coping with her father’s deployment to Iraq. As a military spouse myself, I could relate to so many aspects of this story, and my heart went out to this teenage girl whose world is turned upside down. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly realistic. Loved this book!

Serena @ savvyverseandwit with a “wild” release in the wilds of Maryland

Alice bliss

I took part in the experiment to see where this book would end up once I read, reviewed, and released it into the world.  So, here’s a picture of me releasing it into the wilds of Maryland (Ok, its a Safeway/Starbucks Cafe).

I toyed with releasing it in a bookstore, at the library among the library sale stacks, and finally decided to release it in the Safeway near my house in their Starbucks Cafe.  It was done surreptitiously and I was incredibly self-conscious.  Nevermind that this is a book I really didn’t want to let go because I loved it so much.

I may just have to buy my own copy of this book to add to my shelves and read it again.  It was THAT GOOD!

Alice Bliss is backpacking in India

This journey began in Portland, Oregon, via Diane Prokop, who left her copy of Alice Bliss at the PDX Airport:

Apparently, Alice Bliss got on a plane and went to Mumbai, India, where she was left in a taxi.  By accident?  Or was this an attempted bookcrossing “wild” release? Amazingly, the cab driver tracked down the person who left the book at her hotel the next day.  Now Alice Bliss is packpacking her way to Agra.

The saga continues.


Alice Bliss in Plano, TX

Journal Entry 1 by hrinaldi1 from Plano, Texas USA on Saturday, August 27, 2011

10 out of 10 A must read for every American.