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The Kindness of Book Crossers

When browsing through the “Alice Bliss” copies on Book Crossing, we stumbled upon a touching story of one of the traveling books! The New Zealand and Australia journey previously blogged about has continued! Book Crosser Discoverylover was supposed to pass off the copy, but instead, personally hand delivered it to Sherlockfan on December 23rd in Upper Hutt, New Zealand! Read the below entry to learn more!

Discoverylover actually forgot to take the book to our Wellington Bookcrossers Christmas meeting but, kind young woman that she is, she hand delivered it to my home where she found me confined to bed and feeling very sorry for myself. At the time she came I was just about to start another book but a quick browse into “Alice Bliss” and I was hooked.

I wasn’t going anywhere and was able to read the book straight through in one session. Plenty of tissues in my bedside table were a help. I loved it. While I don’t remember exactly what my relationship with our four children when they were fifteen was like we do have three 15 year old grandchildren and I could emphasise with such a lot of the mental turmoil going on in the lives of that age-group in this book.

Sherlockfan is planning to pass the copy off to her daughter to read. We’re so excited for her to blog about her opinion! Want to continue following the journey yourself? Click on the picture of New Zealand below!

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The Australian Journeys of “Alice Bliss”

Starting with Book Crosser wombles in Caboolture, Australia, a triangular journey has begun! Wombles passed her copy off to discoverylover in Wellington City, New Zealand, who then sent the copy to Skyring in Canberra, Australia. On December 10th, discoverlover wrote the following review:

I should really have journalled this a while ago, but I got distracted with figuring out what to write without spoilers, and so I didn’t. The short review is LOVED IT! Since reading it I’ve bought at least 2 (and maybe even 3) copies of it to give to people. I’ve lent this copy to my Mum who said she loved it too. She apparently needed a bucket to mop her hanky out in at the end, and I needed a toilet roll!

I’m probably going to give this to Sherlockfan at the meetup on Tuesday.

Can’t wait to read more by Laura! 

We are so happy that this reader was excited enough to buy even more copies to share! We’ll be checking the website to keep you updated on these future copies. Discoverylover plans to pass the novel on to fellow Book Crosser Sherlockfan on a meet-up on Tuesday. We’re excited to see what they have to say about “Alice Bliss”! To follow the journey yourself, please click here!

Below is a map generating the journey of this copy of “Alice Bliss” –  zoom out to follow the lines and see where the copy has traveled!:

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!

Alice at the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention!

Book Crosser Skyring from Canberra, Australia brought her copy of “Alice Bliss” to the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention. The book was released at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on November 26th! Keep track of the novel by clicking here!

Skyring’s review is below:

My copy of Alice Bliss – the British trade paperback edition – is here in Wellington for the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention.

Alice Bliss is a book that made me laugh, and cry, wince with embarrassment and shout for the joy of life. We were all teenagers once, along with everything that goes with those awkward years, and Alice has her own path through. She has the guidance of her father Matt at many times in the story, even when his National Guard unit is sent into combat and communications become sparse.

Closer to home, Alice has family and/or friends, a diverse group indeed, though I must say that Uncle Eddie is particularly cool. Is this love touching Alice, or just hormones? Long-time friends and new stars soar through Alice’s life, and there’s always something fresh – seeds to plant, people to see, lessons to learn and chores to be done.

The book didn’t go as I thought or feared. There are twists and surprises, but be prepared to feel the tension and the emotions of a teenage girl in difficult times. It’s a ride and a half.

Laura Harrington knows how to tell a story and how to make characters come alive. I read this book in a gallop, bouncing along on the back of the story to see what came along next. I enjoyed every moment.

The image that sticks with me, I guess, is Alice working in the garden, wearing an old shirt of her dad’s, grumbling over her relationships with mother, sister, boys and teachers, but still turning over the earth and planning for the harvest.

She’s a little bit nutty and obsessive sometimes, but that’s how she found a way into my heart.

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