…and I am sorry about that! Life has been hectic. Too hectic for my liking! I have been working too hard on too many things and it is starting to get me down a little. I have not done any writing or reading for months. I wonder how I can get back to them…do you guys have any ideas?
I have got so many books on my “To Be Read” pile it is unbelievable!
Well, it is happened! It was this weekend and this is the first UnCon I have done in a while and it feels like I have never left…all the faces are the same and the NSS gifts are just as good.
I found out that my NSS giver was Poodlesister and she gave some amazing things…
I have added the Bookplates to my collection and I am saving the chocolate!! I do love London themed items!
I also received my NSS from the Oslo Convention that happened in April earlier this year. I was unable to go, Travelina brought it with her as she was coming to the UnCon. Here is what my NSS giver gave me:
Sadly, I don’t know who was the giver. Oh well!
My NSS receiver was Semioicghost. A lover of Sci Fi! I cross stitched her a bookmark. She worked out that it was from me. I am glad that she liked it.
My Instagram story on Sunday was of the Release Walk through Loughborough. It was lovely to wander around the town. I did some Geocaching and I was introduced to Munzee. Sadly Munzee is not available on my phone as it is a Windows Phone. I was catching Caches while on the Release Walk.
I cannot believe it is only a few weeks until the Bookcrossing UnConvention 2017 in Loughborough. I can’t wait to see everyone. I have already packed my books that I will be releasing over the weekend and got my transport all sorted. I have organised a ‘Northamptonshire Themed’ Raffle Prize; which I am very excited to be donating.
I will be stitching when I am there – I have found a cross stitch pattern of the Bookcrossing “Road” sign! I will keep you all posted on the progress of that…
Yesterday, I received a very exciting piece of mail – it was the “What the Reviewers Said” Book Box that was organised by NatalieC7. It has been a while since I have received a Book Box – it was exciting! I always have my Bookcrossing mail labelled with my username (JemmaJ) and then I know it is BC related! The sender of the box was Yorkshire-Lass. It is a UK based box thank heavens!
Within this box, you selected two books; that have been wrapped, by the reviewers comment that have been placed upon the wrapping. I choose:
“Something poignant and often hilarious…I loved it. Six stars Hurrah!”
This book was actually “What I did on my holidays” by Chrissie Manby. I have never heard of this author. It does not look like it will be a long read, so I have added it to my TBR pile.
The second book I chose was:
“Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling”
This review turned out to be for “Sister” by Rosamund Lupton. Another author I have never heard of. I will add it to my TRB pile and make a decision later on in the year to see if I will read it or not.
My TRB pile is getting bigger and bigger!
As requested by the rules of the box, I have added two wrapped books! Very exciting!
Just over a month until the UnCon in Loughborough – will you be there??
Well, Camp NaNo is a DISASTER! I have not written a thing. Even though I have had a of of inspiration surrounding me. I just couldn’t write anything – which has made me feel relaxed a little. I know that NaNoWriMo is only a couple of months away. I WILL be more focused on the project. I am going to stay positive! I am going to use NaNo as my release, other than m stitching.
As for BookCrossing, I am writing this while I wait for my fellow BookCrossers to arrive for a meet up at a local OBCZ – I am hoping that some more people will arrive soon. It could be just the two of us.
I am excited about the UnConvention, it is almost two months away. I have been trawlling through he local charity shops looking for unlove books. Yesterday, I was at a local school fair and there was an ex- library book stall. Sadly need unable to have a look around until the end. This was when I was surprised that the ex-library book stall was now FREE! I grabbed as many of the books I could – they are coming with me to the UnConvention! I have already bought my bookplates ready to put in some books. I am at need to get some more. I wonder if the Supply Store will be attending this year?!
Oh yes! Camp NaNoWriMo for July is nearly here! I have decided to give it another go. This Camp I have decided to try my hand at humour again – Heard Down At The Mill – it will be a collection of funny things I have heard while at work.
I am a little nervous about writing it; but I know that it will give me something exciting to think about when I am at work.
i already have a few already jotted down and are waiting to be written out properly and correctly. Knowing me, I will probably change my mind by the start date – July 1st
You may have noticed that there is a new “page” here on the blog?! Bookcrossing Conventions & UnConventions is what it is called. Here I will be posting all things related to Bookcrossing Conventions & UnConventions. Very exciting right?
As I have been doing a lot more reading recently, it is time for me yo get my TBR pile down! I will be sending some books out via RABCK and hopefully the receivers will enjoy the books just as much as I have.
I am also in the process of planning a monthly meet up for Northamptonshire (and other local ‘shires’) at The Towcester Mill Brewery; as The Mill has its own Official Bookcrossing Zone, which I am the Zone Manager. I will let you all know when and what time it is.
I have got my bookplates all sorted for the UnCon in September – I am super excited as I missed the official Convention in April.
I have been doing a lot of “reading” lately; well listening to Audiobooks, as I have been doing a lot more exercise, by walking to and from work. I have been reading a lot of self help and positive books – which have been helping. I have been focusing on my Jamberry business for the last few weeks and I feel that it time that I take it to the next level!
Luckily, my shifts have now changed at my current job – sadly not as good as I thought, but it is going in the right direction!
I have been selected to lead a Girlguiding Northamptonshire International Trip in 2019; the European Adventure event. I am very excited and I have already started planning for my fundraising activities. I have created an Easy Fundraising account and a Fund My Travel page to help me with the fundraising. I would really appreciate it if you would all have a look at one or both of the pages
Oh yes! It is finally here! On Friday, 21st April it will be the 16th International Bookcrossing Day as on April 21, 2001, BookCrossing.com was launched. It is very exciting – if you wish to know more about Bookcrossing; just click here!
I have set myself a challenge, to release 21 books on April 21st. Originally, I was supposed to be attending the International Convention in Oslo, however I was unable to get the time off work. So, I thought as I have not been put on work on the Friday (strange I know – silly shifts!) I would do a mass release! I am super excited about it. I have never really done a ‘proper’ release challenge before. As some of you may already know, I am also the OBCZ manager at Towcester Mill Brewery. I have too many books upon the shelves; this was when I started releasing the odd one up at the shop; which is now at the Bell Plantation here in Towcester. I know that it is going to take a lot of organising and it is now the 19th April. I can do it!
I have also decided to show my releases on my personal and the OBCZ Instagram accounts – keep your eyes peeled!
I am rather excited! I have been doing a lot of reading recently and I have decided that I need to get away for a little but. I have decided that if I am unable to attend the Jamberry International Conference in Utah in June, I will attend the International Bookcrossing Convention in Oslo. I WILL attend! I WILL attend! I WILL attend!
I am going to make the most of this trip to Norway. I will have some books to release while I am there and I will be naughty and read my Kindle on the journey. I have set myself a challenge of only reading 10 books for the Goodreads reading Challenge for 2017
My muse has also returned! I completed another assignment for my Writer’s Bureau – which I am very excited about! I am sending that out tomorrow morning; hopefully I will get the feedback quickly. I have been thinking about releasing the assignment as a short story on Createspace…what do you all think?