Starting in Great Lakes, Illinois with Book Crosser McGuffysReader, “Alice Bliss” has now been passed on to another Book Crosser in the same state! Ajpdna posted the following review of the book:
Alice is not alone in her heartbreak. This book tells a story that will be replayed over and over as long as the economics of war drives our political process. Laura Harrington has captured the deepest feelings of a young girl, her sister and her mother as the father goes off to war. Anyone who reads Alice Bliss will gain a new respect for the family’s who live this every day.
We could not agree more with Ajpdna! We also are thrilled about the picture she posted of herself along with the review! Click the photo to follow the Illinois journey as Alice continues to travel!
The year has been off to a terrific start and the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign is ready to take on 2012! Have you made any resolutions regarding reading this year? How do you plan on keeping them?
“Alice Bliss” is ready to travel more than she ever has this year – but we need YOUR help! If you’ve read the book, pass it on to share with others! That’s exactly what Krazy Book Lady has been up to these past few days! If you want to receive her copy of “Alice Bliss” simply visit her website by clicking the logo below and fill out the form!
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for her traveling copy on Book Crossing! You can follow the journey yourself by clicking the logo below!
Lastly – if you want to keep up on Krazy Book Lady herself, follow her on Twitter!
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!
More copies of “Alice Bliss” have officially been sent out around America, as well as one copy to France! We’re anxiously awaiting the traveling on Book Crossing to begin! You can follow along yourself by clicking here and scrolling around the already traveling copies!
We’d also like to announce something special we’re doing through everyone in the campaign. “Alice Bliss” deserves some screen time and we’d love YOUR help in creating a promotional video! If you or a friend have a copy of “Alice Bliss” – we’d love if you could come up with a quick 10 second clip that features Alice traveling! Ideally, it would be great if you could make the book “travel” from the left side to the right side! It can be as simple as the clip below!
It does not have to be stop motion like the one above! Keep it simpler and have you and your friend pass the book to each other! Try to keep the book out of frame entirely and then remove it entirely so that we can edit everyone’s clips together seamlessly! Any questions, shout them out! We’d love to help you!
Once you have created your masterpiece, send it to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can incorporate it into the final project! Feeling creative? Make more than one! We’d love to see what you can do!
Otherwise – we’ll keep you posted on the travels of the new copies! We’re so excited to get started on a new wave of the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign!
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!:
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!
We’re going to take this moment to congratulate the campaign on its success so far! “Alice Bliss” has done some amazing things for individuals around the globe, as well as swing some nice awards along the way! Here’s a few accomplishments we’d like to share with you!
– People Magazine gave “Alice Bliss” 4 out of 4 stars in the July 4th issue! –
– A Discover Great New Writers pick for Fall 2011 –
–A Listeners’ Top Book Pick for Books of Summer –
on NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook. Click the logo!
– “The Best Reads of the Summer” from Entertainment Weekly! Click the logo! –
– Alice has a consistent rating of FIVE STARS on Amazon! Click the logo! –
– There at 55 registered books currently making their way around the world! –
Check out all of our amazing reviews by clicking here on our “Read What People are Saying” tab! We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far!
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!