Monday, November 30, 2009

November Stats

Wild Releases: 34
Catches: 10

Wild Releases: 316
RABCKs: 122
Catches: 52
OBCZ Finds: 1
Bookrays: 1
Wild Finds: 1

Wild Release #819

I found another new release spot today at the Dollar Tree in Hempfield Plaza. There is a lovely deep ledge to the left of the entrance. That's where you may find Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Dangerous to Know."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wild Release #818 & Catch #114!

I met some friends for lunch at Hoss's Family Steak & Sea on Route 119 in Greensburg—the perfect opportunity for my first release there. I left "On Chesil Beach," by Ian McEwan, on the ledge outside the entrance door when I arrived, and it was gone by the time we left. It seems to have been picked up rather quickly by new member blondecharm2717, who reports: "I just discovered this book at Hoss's Steak and Seahouse and I can't wait to read it." I hope you enjoy the book—and BookCrossing—blondecharm2717!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wild Release #817

It's no mystery why "The Silver Spoon Mystery," by Dorothy Sterling, was left with the plastic spoons at the Hempfield Square Giant Eagle. It was my feeble attempt at a semi-themed release. I'll do better next time. ;)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Catch #113!

Louis L'Amour's "Last of the Breed" is on a new adventure, thanks to an AnonymousFinder. "Caught the book sometime ago on October 3rd at Twin Lakes County Park," he writes. "Finished reading it the first week of November, released it at the head of the Roaring Run Watershed Rails-to-Trails located at Apollo, PA @ November 23rd." Now that's something to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wild Release #816

If you stop at Aldi Foods in Greensburg to pick up some things for Thanksgiving dinner (as I did) you may find Sidney Sheldon's "Nothing Lasts Forever" on the windowsill in the vestibule. Hurry! It may not last forever.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wild Release #815

Before I could hit the open road today (OK, I was really on my lunch hour), I needed to fill up my gas tank, so I headed to Giant Eagle's GetGo in Greensburg and left "The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road," by Cameron Tuttle, on top of the gas pump.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wild Release #814

Sister No. 6 and I spent the day in search of a red Snuggie for her Angel Tree gift (a local nursing home puts patients' Christmas wishes on paper angel ornaments that are hung on a tree where she works; you pick an angel off the tree, shop for the gift, and return it to work to be delivered to the nursing home patients for Christmas). There were Snuggies, Snuggies everywhere, but not a red one to spare. We struck out at CVS in Greensburg, too, but I did leave a book behind on a window ledge outside the door: "Beneath A Blood Red Moon," by Shannon Drake.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Catch #112!

"The Polar Express" has pulled into the next station! New member mrsbrumby39 reports: "While walking back up Main Street after we where in the Annual Greensburg Parade we found the book on the Skate Shop ledge. We think it is a neat idea and we are going to read the book later tonight or tomorrow." Thanks for the journal entry, mrsbrumby39, and welcome to BookCrossing!

Wild Releases #804 - #813

Today was the annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Greensburg--a fabulous opportunity to release lots of books. I got a great parking space and was able to release ten books: "The Pumpkin Pie Prize," by Acton Figueora; "The Polar Express," by Chris Van Allsburg; "The Christmas Thief," by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark; "Return of Santa Paws," by Nicholas Edwards; "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," by C.S. Lewis; "There Goes Santa Claus," by Nancy Mehl; "Gifts from the Heart," by Better Homes and Gardens; "Crafts to Celebrate the Season," by Mary Engelbreit; "A Map of the World," by Jane Hamilton; and "Christmas Angels," by Phyllis Méras and Julianna Turkevich. Thankfully, it wasn't as cold as last year, so once my mission was complete, I stuck around and enjoyed the parade.

Friday, November 20, 2009

WIld Release #803

Chicken and cow are not the only animals you may find at the Hempfield Pointe Wendy's today. Look on the ledge outside the door next to the drive-thru windows and you may spy "The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat," by Claudia Bishop.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wild Release #802

I had a meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott, Greensburg, this evening and was thrilled to find a bookshelf in the cozy lounge area for their guests. I slipped "The Devil Wears Prada," by Lauren Weisberger, on one of the shelves before I slipped out the door.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wild Release #801

Sister No. 6 and I met in Irwin to do some shopping. I got myself a new pair of shoes at the Payless ShoeSource and left Elaine Viets' "High Heels Are Murder" on a ledge outside the front door.

Catch #111!

"Little Miss Sunshine and the Wicked Witch," which I released at Twin Lakes duing the Humane Society's Whisker Walk a few weeks ago, has written home. New member mediumarmadillo says: "I guess I caught this shortly after it was released, b/c we were surprised by the dogs in costume, then I was excited b/c not only did I catch the book, but it was a Little Miss title - score! While it didn't take me 3 weeks to read it, it took me 3 weeks to remember to make a journal entry!" Better late than never, mediumarmadillo! Thank you and welcome to BookCrossing!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Catch #110!

How's this for a weird it's-a-small-world coincidence? "Boy Crazy" was caught and journalled by an AnonymousFinder who writes: "I found this book at the Greensburg Post Office. I immediately recognized this book because I designed the logo on the cover in the mid 1980s. I autographed it ad plan to set it free today. This is a fun concept and glad to be a part of it. Keep up the good work." Crazy, huh?

Wild Releases #799 & #800

I spied a pumpkin on the stoop of Doe's East Coast Dogs on West Otterman Street in Greensburg yesterday, but when I went there later to release "I Spy A Pumpkin," by Jean Marzollo, it had disappeared. Thankfully, on my way out of town for lunch today, I saw it was back in place on the stoop, so I was able to complete my themed release.

Lunch was had at Chipotle in the new Lincoln Place shopping plaza, where I am enamored of the vegetarian bowl as well as the numerous wide ledges perfect for releasing books. I left "The Source of Magic," by Piers Anthony, on the ledge outside the front door for my 800th wild release on!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Catch #109!

Two catches in one day! "Veronica the Show-off" was journalled by new member CMcdonald77, and will soon be travelling again: "I found the book at a Greensburg Arby's fast food restaurant.  I have always been fond of books.  Veronica the Show-off is a great choice as a travelling book.  I will release it 11/16/09 and allow it to continue on its journey. I will leave it in Irwin Panera Bread restaurant." Thanks, CMcdonald77, and welcome to BookCrossing!

Catch #108!

I was so pleased to get the journal alert in my e-mail saying "Tuscan Termination" has been caught! New member readsalotruthie says, "I haven't yet read the book.  i will give another review after I do." I'm looking forward to it, readsalotruthie. Welcome to BookCrossing!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wild Release #798

If pizza is on your menu this evening, head to Pizza Hut on Route 30 in Greensburg where you just might find "Pizza Pat," by Rita Golden Gelman, on a bench outside the front door.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

WIld Release #797 & RABCK #243

On my way in to mail Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" as a reciprocal wishlist RABCK to SeeLifeMarvels in Florida (she was kind enough to wishlist RABCK me "The Other Boleyn Girl"), I nonchalantly dropped the Pen Pals book "Boy Crazy," by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, on a tall table in the lobby of the post office.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Catch #107!

"Another Amy" has checked in after a month out on her own. New member soundpreacher says it was "Not too bad. Seriously below my usual age range, but a pretty good book." Thanks for journalling and joining, soundpreacher, and welcome to BookCrossing!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wild Release #796

I often wish I had discovered BookCrossing before I went on vacation to Italy in 2006; alas, it was March 2007 before I came across the site on the PostSecret blog. If I *had* known about BookCrossing—and had this particular book in my possession at the time—I would have left "Tuscan Termination," by Margaret Moore, in one of the many hill towns in Tuscany that we visited. Since that was not possible, I left it at a local Italian restaurant, instead: Pasqualino's in Murrysville, Pa. If you happen to be there enjoying the fabulous food, look at the ledge inside the front door for a free appetizer for your mind.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wild Release #795

I bought "Sesame Street Storyland" new years ago to entertain my young nieces and nephews while we camped over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Now that they are teen-agers, they are no longer amused, so it was time to release it for someone else to appreciate. I left it on a bench outside The Toy Box in Ligonier, Pa., on the day after the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Sesame Street on PBS.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wild Release #794

Luckily for me, I am never up early enough in the morning to indulge myself at the bakery in Panera Bread. Instead, I spend dozens of lunch hours there, when the lure of creamy tomato soup is greater than that of a chocolate pastry. Today, I left "Baker's Fatal Dozen," by Lisa Harris, in the suggestion card rack between the front doors. Bon appetit!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Wild Release #793

The nearest beach is about four hours away by car, so I had to get creative with this release. I left Ian McEwan's "On Chesil Beach" on the base of the lighthouse that stands guard over the creek, bathrooms, and walking track at Lynch Field in Greensburg.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Wild Release #792

The drums of autumn are soon to be silenced as winter is just around the corner. Today was a nice day to enjoy the autumn weather, so I went for a drive out to Irwin and left Diana Gabaldon's "Drums of Autumn" on a bench outside the Bob Evans Restaurant there.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wild Release #791

Mom, Sister No. 6, and I met a faboulous ex-co-worker and her two girls at Slacker's Backyard Café in Level Green, Pa., for a breakfast that benefited a couple of local food banks. Their food is delicious and plentiful, and the company was fantastic. On our way out, I left "So You Want to Be a Wizard," by Diane Duane, on a ledge outside the front door.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Wild Release #790

If you happen to have a hankering for Chick-fil-A (as I did earlier!) you may be lucky enough to share a meal with Ludwig Bemelmans' "Madeline and The Bad Hat." I left it on a ledge outside the side door.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wild Release #789 & Catch #106!

I stopped by Giant Eagle in Eastgate Plaza on my way home from work and left "Organize Your Corpses," by Mary Jane Maffini, on a bench on the sidewalk. Less than an hour later, I was rewarded with a catch and a new member! Squinchy reports: "Pick this book up on a bench outside Giant Eagle in Greensburg by westmoreland mall. Haven't even open it up yet but plan to asap." Thanks, Squinchy! I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wild Release #788

Plato's Closet is a secondhand store that specializes in clothes for teens and twenty somethings, so it seemed the most appropriate place to release "Secondhand Spirits," by Juliet Blackwell. You can find it perched it on a windowsill outside the door of the Greensburg store.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Catch #105!

Sally J. Freedman has a new friend thanks to FliegendeAffen's aunt, who was walking around downtown Greensburg when she came across "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself." FliegendeAffen reports: "She brought it back for me to read because I'm a bit of a bookworm. :) I plan to read it within the next few days and then pass it along, as well." Welcome to BookCrossing and enjoy!

Wild Release #787

It is a blustery day today, so it seemed an appropriate time to say au revoir to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind." I left it on a ledge outside the main doors of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in Greengate Centre. Where shall it go? What shall it do? Frankly, my dear, I can't wait to find out!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Wild Release #786

I love buildings with windowsills. Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts on North Main Street in Greensburg has a lot of great windowsills. If you pass one, there's another, and another, and more around the corner. Today I left Judy Blume's "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" on the very last windowsill as I nonchalantly walked by.