Category Archives: Wild Release

A “Wild Release” at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Military Base!

Book Crosser icicletoez just reported that they wildly released their copy of “Alice Bliss” at the Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey! A U.S. Military branch! The release occurred on November 12th – so if you’re in the area, go check it out and try to snag the copy!

Want a hint as to where to find it? After Alice has a track practice, where is she most likely to go in the school afterwards? Also – be sure to follow the journey on BookCrossing by clicking here!

If you would like to read icicletoez review on “Alice Bliss” – please click the below logo to link to her blog! Thank you!

Wanna see exactly where the base is? Zoom out for more!

Good luck and happy hunting!



Where in the World is “Alice Bliss”? Find a Copy Near YOU!

The map below represents all of the places that copies of “Alice Bliss” have been wildly released – meaning places where readers who have participated in the campaign have left their books! If you’re in an area near one of the question mark signs, click for more information and make the journey to find Alice today!

Alice’s Journey from Missouri to Texas!

On Book Crossing, ReadingReviewer from Florrisant, Missouri was given a copy of “Alice Bliss” and wrote this beautiful review! Her wild release and story are below!

Ask yourself every day – what can I do to support the military and their family?

When Matt Bliss made good choices to support his country as well as his family he never imagined the impact it would have on any of them. Joining the Army National Guard provided extra income, which everyone saw as a plus until the reality of war came knocking and Matt was called up to serve because they desperately needed boots on the ground, even those filled by an Engineer.

His wife is unsure how to cope without him and his daughter’s especially seventh grader Alice cannot deal with their father being away. Alice and her father have always been close and having him not there to discuss the garden layout or work on a project is breaking her heart. He wants to share his life with her but Matt knows he has to keep in mind he may not be there to do that and Alice try as she might does not want to hear any of this.

Matt ships off and those left at home take on new roles and personalities especially Alice who quickly has to become an adult and take over running the house to help her mother out even though she is still just a child trying to figure out how to deal with middle school. Alice has great friends who stick with her and she maneuvers the landmine that is her new life but nothing will ever be the same regardless of the outcome.

What Matt wanted most was letters from home “something to carry with him close to his heart” and Matt wanted to leave letters to his family so he filled journals with letters and notes to his daughters so at every critical point in their life they have his wisdom to take with them.

This is not Matt or Alice’s story alone it is the real life of every soldier who leaves their family knowing they may never come back and everyone it impacts. It is truly the most difficult book I have ever read and it is a great story that we should all understand. I had a hard time reviewing it because it breaks my heart writing words that can never give you the complete emotion impact of how real this story is to some family right now. But you should read this book and you should remind yourself that if you are not doing something to support the men and women who are defending the rights we are so fond of, then maybe it is time you did.

ReadingReviewer then passed this book on to her friend, Karen_C, in Cleburne, Texas! She wrote a follow-up review that you can read by clicking here! A month ago, she sent it out to her friend in Hamilton, Ohio who just received it on October 29th! We’re eagerly awaiting your review, mrsjones!

Proof that “Alice Bliss” Knows How to Travel!

We are so impressed by how far this little book went! This is proof that one, simple “wild release” can truly make an impact! Let’s get Alice around the world! Check out the below map to see where in Europe, Australia, and Asia Alice has traveled to so far – zoom in and check it out!

Alice Makes Her Way Around Germany!

Blogger, Taina Conrad, wildly released her copy of “Alice Bliss” a month and a half ago and it was just picked up! We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this copy and see how far it will travel around Germany! Check out the map below to get an idea of where Alice is in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany!

A Little More On Taina Conrad:
She is a 28 year old biologist currently working on her PhD on “Isolation Mechanisms in Mason Bees.” She has loved reading all of her life and remembers her parents sighing about how her and her brother were always reading too much. Taina and her brother would usually read so fast that the books they received on Christmas would only last one to two weeks! She also collects board games and has a collection of over 100!

“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!

“Alice Bliss” Jumps from Philadelphia to Switzerland!

This is a post from Book Crossing by user, adeforest! If you want to follow this particular book’s journey, simply click here! From Philadelphia to Veyrier, Genève Switzerland! We cannot wait to see where this book will end up next!

Her Review:
Alice Bliss swept me in from the first sentence and carried me along with its musical prose, engaging heroine, and moving story. Reading this book filled me with the same kind of pleasure I felt when I was young and first starting to read. I wished I knew these characters as friends. This is a book abundant with good people with a gratifying sense of community. The minor characters are as deeply drawn as the main players. I came to care about all of them deeply, most of all the man “who knows how to be happy,” the absent father off in Iraq who is the book’s center — Matt Bliss.

Laura Harrington’s background as a playwright comes through in the crackling dialogue, which deftly reveals personalities as it moves the action forward, while her work in musical theater is evidenced in the masterful tonal shifts throughout. The story unfolds with the grace and energy of a dance, at times exuberant, at times elegaic. The whole is wholly satisfying.

Her Wild Release!
I released Alice Bliss in Switzerland last week. The setting was fitting, as my friend Jocelyn’s vegetable garden, still abundant with haricots verts, aubergines, red-leafed lettuce, and herbs, would have made the characters Alice, and her father Matt, happy. I gave the book to Jocelyn’s daughter, Aline, who was enthusiastic about the Book Crossing endeavor and wondering where in the world this copy of AB might end up. Earlier in the evening her mother and I had been talking about seed swapping and plant sharing and scattering wildflowers through handmade “flower bombs.” Book Crossing, we agreed, is a similar concept. A scattering of words, a story, that we hope will take root and bloom in a hundred readers’ imaginations.

Books Still Waiting To Be Found!

These books were wildly released and still waiting to be found!

We’ll keep you posted as these books continue to travel!

A Review and Wild Release in Wichita Falls!

Released by Sharon Chance during the 30th Annual Hotter ‘N Hell Bike Race!

Sharon’s Review:
In Laura Harrington’s novel, “Alice Bliss,” the author tells the story of how war comes home to affect the families that are left behind to hope and pray for their loved one’s safe return. In a brilliantly presented narrative, Harrington gently but firmly conveys the story of the anguish that so many are going through.

Through the eyes of Alice, she shares how the family copes while Matt is away. The family tries to go on with their life while waiting for letters and phone calls from Matt whenever it’s possible.

“Alice Bliss” is an emotional coming-of-age tale that is heart wrenching, and yet also holds elements of warmth as Harrington conveys the importance of family closeness in times of hardship and crisis. She handles difficult emotions and situations with grace and this is reflected in her storytelling. Adults and teens alike will be touched by this novel.

Thank you so much for participating in the campaign, Sharon! 

Need a little inspiration for your “wild” release of Alice Bliss? Read on …

My best release

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My best release
Image credit – The Canberra Times

According to my stats, I’ve released 1691 books in the wild. The true figure is a more than that – I’ve released a lot without making notes. Nevertheless, I’ve set many books free in my time, and I’ve had an amazing amount of fun doing it.The book I threw into Lake Burley Griffin at midnight thatwashed up in Borneo. The one I sealed into two ziploc bags and set free over Niagara Falls. The one eaten by seagulls in Akaroa Harbour that was rescued by a yachtie. The book I left in the Mojave at a place I called “MOFN“.

But the book release that paid off in a most surprising and gratifying fashion was a tiny little Penguin minibook given to me by the awesome Jenny from Melbourne.

Jenny is a member of the Lions Club, and has more combined energy and enthusiasm than any two people I know. She sets up OBCZs, stickers books to within a millimetre of their lives, tirelessly corresponds, lives for reading… She’s a darling.

She’d heard, in early 2010, that my wife and I were heading off to the BookCrossing Anniversary Convention in Amsterdam, and wanted to send a few books along. Now, I know Jenny of old, and she has a big heart, and big books to match. We BookCrossers always travel with a few books, but they do weigh up in these days of strict baggage limits, and after the first hundred or so there’s not much room left for stuff like undies and toothbrush. I’m travelling with my wife, remember, and her standards are higher than mine. So I told Jenny, that’s fine, so long as they are light reading type books.

Sure enough, a few days later, a big envelope full of paperbacks arrived, and Jenny, who is a thoughtful lass, included a few itty-bitty books, about a tenth the size and weight of a regular paperback. Put out by Penguin, they have some really good classic reading. One book was about James Boswell meeting Dr. Johnson, surely one of the happiest encounters in English literature.

Philosopher's Walk

I packed my bags full of books – and underwear – and headed off. First stop on our convoluted journey to Amsterdam was Kyoto, where we had a delightful time as the cherry blossoms fell into the brook beside the Philosopher’s Walk, the bamboo forest was serene, the Imperial Palace majestic, and each meal a delicious guessing game.

We ate our final hotel breakfast buffet surprise – just what is that grey sludge, why does it smell so wonderful, and how do we eat it with chopsticks? – and boarded the airport train at the station just across the street. Passing through Osaka – a city of jaw-dropping ugliness – we arrived at Kansai International Airport for the onward flight to Istanbul via Helsinki. (Why, yes, I planned the itinerary, why do you ask?)

Here we were upgraded to Finnair Business Class, which was super-nice, and ushered into the lounge they share with United.

Now, I’m no stranger to airport lounges, and while they look like good places to release a book, they usually have fastidious staff bustling about keeping things tidy. Well, in Japan they do. Not sure about Heathrow.

We sat down by a window, drank some coffee, sampled the refreshments, including some marvellous green bean cakes, and waited for our flight, clucking happily over the rare-as-hens-teeth upgrade.

As it happened, I had one of Jenny’s little books with me – the Boswell-meets-Johnson one – and I thumbed through it as I waited, enjoying Boswell’s description of the man who would become his life’s work. Our flight was called, and I looked around for a spot to leave the book. I knew that as soon as I rose, someone would be along to clear the table, and they would surely find the book, possibly running after meto the confusion and embarrassment of all. At the very least, the book would languish in some lost property drawer.

But, in the window frame, there was a little space hidden from immediate view. One had to be seated – as I was – to spot it. If I left the book there, it would likely remain out of the clutches of the lounge staff until the cleaners went through around midnight, and in the meantime there was every chance that Jenny’s little book would find a new owner, off to Paris or New York or Tahiti. Somewhere exotic. Somewhere a long way from home.

And then off we went. Fantastic flight to Helsinki over the icecap, sunny European farmland to Istanbul which was as splendid as ever, and then that bloody volcano as we tried to check in for Amsterdam via Heathrow. My heart dropped at the thought of trying for a train or a one-way hire car, but luckily my elite status got us on a Turkish Airlines flight directly into Schipol, so we actually got to Amsterdam quicker and with more interesting food than we would have had on British Airlines. We were pretty much the last flight in for a week or so, and our onward plans were chaos, but that’s another story.

Image credit – The Canberra Times

We got home eventually, via Luxembourg and Flossmoor, and a few weeks later, I was sitting down over brekkie, enjoying morning coffee and the weekend paper feast, when I turned a page and there was Doctor Johnson looking out at me from the pages of The Canberra Times!The very same book that Jenny had bought from an op-shop in Melbourne, sent to me to release in Amsterdam and I’d left in Kansai. It had been found by a Canberra journalist, who had been charmed by the concept of BookCrossing and turned it into a feature article under the title “Love me and leave me”.

My jaw dropped to ankle level. I’ve had some wonderful journal entries, but this was totally unexpected. My sly bookdrop had been shared with my home city over their weekend morning coffee!

I read along with him, enjoying the discovery,

Here I am in the Asuka lounge at Kansai airport near Osaka waiting for my return flight to Australia. I’ve tried the weird green cake (one bite only, yuk) and the French red and white wines (one sip of each was enough) and have settled for the soap-like cheese with a cracker. … I spy a little book hiding in a small nook, propped up at the window near where I’m sitting. And what a little hand-size treasure it turns out to be.

…the research into,

It seems the basic idea is to extend the readership of books that languish on your shelves by releasing them to a wider world. You can do it in a more controlled way by posting or giving the book and website information to friends, or just by leaving the book in a public place where, hopefully, somebody picks it up, becomes an active part of the adventure and joins what is basically an online book club.

…the reading,

So I’ve read Meeting Dr Johnson — all 51 (tiny) pages — once at Kansai and once on the plane. Both readings were quite satisfying, although in a slightly weird sort of way. When all is said and done, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell were a pompous pair — pontificating on so many subjects and laying down the law for a civilised society. Rules Britannia, of course.

…and the continuing adventure,

I’ve let the book loose again. Recently I did a controlled release of it and sent it to a close family friend in Seattle. So it has escaped Canberra once more to continue its global journey, spreading the good doctor’s words, wit and wisdom. My friend has Dutch connections; I wonder if it’ll get back to the Netherlands?

Not yet, according to the book’s page on Maybe the Seattle friend released the book at Sea-Tac!

But what a fantastic story. This is BookCrossing at its most magical. Sharing books, sharing stories. Strangers united by chance, the thoughts that once passed through Boswell’s eighteenth-century mind echoing in an airline lounge in Japan.

— Skyring