Saturday, July 31, 2010
The jig is up—"Spy Games" has been caught and seems to have travelled to California! An AnonymousFinder says: "If you want just to waste time in coach or in train - that book ' ll perfect suit to you. Anyway that isn't an ordinary fiction. There you 'll find everything you want to. Also I have to mark that for me this book seemed not so interesting cause i don't have fluent english(i'm russian). But this book was a real gift for me. When I found it in the night near Greyhound station. So I spent all my way from Pennsylvania to California (!!) enjoying this book. So you should read it & perhaps you'll find loads of humor and adventures for you. Enjoy reading." Here's to being in the right place at the right time.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Nate the Great and I went to lunch at Panera Bread in Greensburg today, but only one of us made it back to the office. Nate decided to hang around—undercover, of course—on the bulletin board by the restrooms and do some recon. Can't wait to hear back from him!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I got an e-mail from "Rebecca" today, who has been spending time with an AnonymousFinder since going out on her own a little over three weeks ago. The AF writes: "i thought the book was a good read over all. However it sseemed to be a little wordy to me. Thanks fot sharing it with me!"
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Home at last, with a trail of books left in my wake. I stopped at three travel plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and released a book at each: "Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp," by Debbie Dady and Marcia T. Jones, at the Lawn Travel Plaza; "Dog Eat Dog," by Laurien Berenson, at the Blue Mountain Travel Plaza; and "Spy Games," by Gina Robinson, at the Somerset Travel Plaza. I left the Turnpike altogether at one point to make a detour to the Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa. The medicinal values of Bedford's springs were discovered around 1796, and the resort was soon visited by numerous notables. James Buchanan used the Springs as his summer White House while President. I have wanted to stop there ever since I learned about it, so today seemed like the perfect opportunity. If it hadn't been so hot outside, I would have enjoyed exploring it and taking lots of photos, but the heat got the best of me and I retreated to the comfort of my air-conditioned car after leaving "The Picnic Caper," by Carol Reinsma, on a wall at the entrance to the hotel's circular drive. Fall would be a cooler time to go back.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Even though it was 150°F today (or felt like it, anyway), Sister No. 1 and I went into Center City to do some sightseeing, shopping, and book dropping. Sister No. 1 was very good at finding little pockets of air conditioning as we explored. I loved the Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmer's market that features an eclectic array of fresh baked Amish goods, produce direct from the field, unusual spices, meats, cheeses, flowers, ethnic foods, and much more. I was also glad to finally see LOVE Park, named for the statue in this photo. I remember a U.S. postage stamp from the 1970s or 1980s with this statue on it, but I didn't realize it was real until decades later. All in all, it was a long, hot day, but I got to spend it with my big sister, so it was a good one. Books we left along the way included Wish You Were Here, by Rita Mae Brown; Never Give Up, by Hiromu Mutou; Eyes of Fire, by Heather Graham; and A Better Angel, by Chris Adrian.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Since I'm on vacation this week, I decided to visit Sister No. 1, who lives in the Philadelphia suburbs and loves to have visitors. I arrived in time to pick her up from work, but not before I left my special BookCrossing calling card—Sue Grafton's "I Is For Innocent"—by the lovely fountain in the courtyard outside her building. I had a nice tour of her office and got to meet the people she works with. I even helped decorate a cubicle for someone's birthday the next day! We had dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant and after I dropped her off at her place, I was ready for my hotel bed. On my way to my room, I left another special BookCrossing calling card—Jennifer Weiner's "Little Earthquakes"—in an elevator of the Courtyard Philadelphia Devon Hotel in Wayne, Pa.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'm on vacation this week (more of a "staycation," unfortunately) so I had the luxury of meeting a friend for lunch and not having to worry about getting back to work on time. We met at Szechuan Garden on East Pittsburgh Street—home of Greensburg's best Chinese food. While I was waiting for her to arrive, I left "The Advocate," by Larry Axelrood, inside the apartment rental guide box on the sidewalk outside Vocelli Pizza.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I tried a new release spot today because I had the perfect book to leave there. I left Danielle Steel's "Granny Dan," a story about a prima ballerina, on the windowsill outside the front door of The Dancer's Closet on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg. Though I didn't care for the story much myself, it didn't prejudice me against sharing it with the world.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Another WA&HF release checks in and we have another new member! MollyJane2007 reports: "I found this book at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival last week and plan to release it tomorrow! I hadn't read Calvin & Hobbes in years and forgot how much fun they are. This is my first Book Crossing book and I love the idea of catching & releasing books." I agree: it *is* a great idea.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I got a relatively quick catch from my Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival releases a couple of days ago. "Death on the Nile" was found by go_pirates612, who says: "I am new to BookCrossing. I found the book at the Arts and Heritage festival at Twin Lakes Park where I am working until college starts in the fall. I'm excited to get started..." I'm excited for you, go_pirates612! (And for me, too!) Enjoy!
Sunday, July 04, 2010
It's the Fourth of July weekend so that means it's time for the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes in Greensburg. Once again, Mom and I volunteered to take a shift in the welcome booth while representing Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (she's the volunteer; I'm just the company). And once again, after our shift ended, we walked through the park, leaving a few books behind:
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I was thrilled to find this journal alert for "Clifford's Kitten" in my e-mail this morning. New member Rutledge writes: "I liked it when the big dog came. When the dog was frightened of Clifford and ran away. Then the cat was safe." I'm glad you liked the book, Rutledge. I really like it when a month starts off with a catch!