A ray of books

I got a book today. I didn’t buy it, I received it in the post. It’s a bookcrossing book which was sent to me by a fellow bookcrosser as part of a book ray.
What’s a book ray? you ask. Well to put it in fairly simple terms it’s a chain. Here’s how it works.
1. Someone registers a book on bookcrossing
2. They announce that they are starting a book ray
3. Other bookcrossers who are interested in reading the book register for the book ray
4. The creater of the book ray makes a list of the bookcrossing members who have joined the book ray
5. They then read the book (if they haven’t already) then send the person who is first on the list a private message asking for their address
6. The creater now sends the book to the first person on the list
7. This person receives the book, reads it then asks the next person on the list for their address
8. The pattern repeats until the last person on the list has the book
9. The last person on the list is free to do what they like with the book.

If it were a book ring, the last person on the list would have to send the book back to the person who created the ring, but in this case it’s a ray so the book could end up anywhere at the end.

It’s been a while since the ray actually started and I’d forgotten I’d signed up for it, so it was a nice surprise when the person who had the book before me asked for my address. Now it’s here and I can’t wait to start reading.

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, the book is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
I shall let you know if it’s any good.

Long live bookcrossing! There’s nothing better than free books 🙂

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It’s Saturday, hip hip hooray

Actually Saturday is pretty much over at this point but the title was too good not to use. (OK, it wasn’t actually that good but I couldn’t think of a better one).

A friend of mine who used to be a language assistant with me has come back to Germany to do a second assistantship. This time she’s living in another town roughly 45 minutes away from Karlsruhe, but today she came into town so Jan and I went to see her. We went to Cafe Emaille for lunch then to Gelbe Seiten Cafe so that we could have coffee and I could pick up some books. I needed new ones to read on my daily journey to work and they have a bookcrossing zone there. Hooray for free books!

After coffee we headed to C&A so that Jan could buy me some clothes. (And before you start thinking I’m one of those girlfriends I should point out that normally I buy my own clothes, but this particular shopping trip was part of my birthday present. He doesn’t like to surprise me with clothes in case a) I don’t like them or b) they don’t fit, so instead I got a birthday card promising me a shopping trip at a later date).

Currently Jan is at his flat where he has to pick up a few things. But soon he’ll be coming over again so we can have dinner. Then we plan to spend the rest of the evening eating Ben & Jerry’s icecream and watching films. Not a bad Saturday I’m sure you’ll agree.

Shoes and other things that girls worry about before a night out

Loking at my stats, I’m quite pleased to see that my bookcrossing blog got 25 views yesterday and another 5 today. Now if only all 30 of those people have signed up things would be perfect. The more bookcrossers there are out there the higher the liklihood that I’ll find a free book lying around just begging for me to take it home and read it. Free books are definitely among my favourite things in the world. Actually, I quite like anything that I don’t have to pay for, but books are definitley among the best.
Good old Joachim Loew and his cigarette are still getting me a lot of traffic as well. His nickname is Jogi you know, which amuses me greatly. In German a ‘j’ is pronounced like an English ‘y’, so Mr. Loew shares his name with a certain cartoon bear. *snigger*

I’m feeling quite excited today. Jan and I are off to Baden Baden tonight with 6 other people. We’re going to a rather posh hotel called Brenner’s Park. I’m not sure how many stars it has… 4? 5? I just know it’s posh. And we’re going to have a 6 course meal there. Six courses! I don’t know how I’ll fit it all in! I’ve spent the whole morning making random comments like “I really need to pluck my eyebrows” and “I’m not sure what shoes to wear”. I expect Jan was quite pleased to escape back to his flat where he’s going to do computer sciency type stuff until it’s time to get ready. He wanted me to meet him at Marktplatz later so we can get the tram to the train station together, but I insisted that he come here first so I can take a photo of us in our posh clothes. It’s not often that I get an opportunity to get dressed up in posh clothes. I need photographic evidence to prove that it is actually possible for me to look good.

I have to go and write another job application now. This time for a company in Mannheim. Then I can get back to wondering what on Earth I’m going to do with my hair tonight.