BoekenTrol71's BC MTBR Challenge for 2014

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BoekenTrol71's BC MTBR Challenge for 2014

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Redigerat: jun 24, 2014, 2:24pm

I have over 200 books on MTBR. On BC I get funny results when I try to filter and get the book up that is longest in my possession, registered by another BC-member.
Trying to filter here, I still haven't transferred all data from BC and Goodreads to all books. There are doubles and books without BCID, date acquired, collection(s). Making progress, but it is slow, for there's a zillion other things to be done as well.

Allright, to make a long story short:
MTBR put on 200
Goal for 2014: read 15 books acquired before 1-1-2014

Update March 20th, 2014: orginal Challenge completed, so... I'll add another 15.

Redigerat: mar 20, 2014, 8:56am

Books I intend to read:

The Magus by John Fowles (registered by Korenwolf) done
Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O'Brian (registered by Bloedengel)
Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz (registered by Danielle23) done
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (registered by frutz) done
Het goud van de waarheid by Iain Pears (registered by Eowyn-Unquendor) done
Some Clouds by Paco Ignacio Taibo (registered by eicuthbertson) done
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (registered by jo_an_a) done
The Soul Catcher by Alex Kava (registered by Heaven150) done

dec 31, 2013, 11:17am

Many more to come, but... engaged otherwis this evening of December 31st...

Redigerat: feb 27, 2014, 10:02am

Read: 10 out of 15

1. Weerloos by Kim Moelands Registered by anicha, received from wibaut September 18, 2011
2. The Magus by John Fowles Registered by korenwolf, received July 1st, 2012 link:
3. Het goud van de waarheid by Iain Pears, registered by eowyn-unquendor, received June 30th, 2012 link:
4. Kapitein Corelli's mandoline by Louis de Bernières, received September 29, 2013, registered by Aaltsje link:
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, received June 30, 2013 from marsala, registered by Kally93 link:
6. Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz, registered by and received from Danielle23
7. Hong Kong Souvenir by Lisa Bresner, received June 30th 2013 from Joia72 link:
8. Het kind in de tijd by Ian McEwan, received from JoshuaFlint, July 12th, 2013, registered by schwarzer-mann link:
9. The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, received from grovalskii, June 14th, 2012, registered by Frutz link:
10. Saartje Tadema by Thea Beckman, received from creativechaos June 1st, 2013 link:

Redigerat: jan 3, 2014, 10:04am

It will be interesting to see if we get any responses on this group after we record the journal entries on our BC books of what we're doing. I'll have to remember to put a link back to this group.

*waits to hear from anicha* :)

Idea: Shouldn't we also put a link back to each book's BC journal here on our threads as well?

jan 3, 2014, 1:18pm

>5 SqueakyChu: I've added the link to the book's JE on BookCrossing here. (And it works ;-P ) When I wanted to do the same in the last JE with a link to this topic on LT, I do not get a link, just plain text.
Do you have any suggestions how to fix that?

jan 3, 2014, 2:38pm

You can use the HTML, but I can't get it to work now. Something is preventing the page from loading.

The HTML is

<A HREF="">link to LibraryThing</A>

jan 3, 2014, 2:39pm

Thank you! Will try your HTML tomorrow. Will get back with th result :-)

jan 4, 2014, 10:20am

I've tried the link to this topic, but it is not working. Like you, the page did not load.
What DID work, however, is the link to the general group's page:

link naar LibraryThing

And, with 'so many' BookCrossers involved, I think it is an even better idea to link to the group page, instead of directly to my thread.

Redigerat: jan 4, 2014, 10:44am

Sounds good to me. I still can't figure out why the original page won't load for either of us.


I'm glad you've gotten some interest in this group. Have you posted a notice about it on any of the BookCrossing forums?

jan 4, 2014, 9:44pm

Congratulations on finishing the first from your list. I've started my first but it will be a while before I finish it.

jan 5, 2014, 9:31am

>10 SqueakyChu: I have no idea either.

I haven't posted a notice in any forum (yet), just added the link to the group in my JE of the book read. Good idea though, I think I'll post it in the Challenges Forum.

jan 5, 2014, 9:33am

>11 mathgirl40: Thanks :-)

The first one was a. not such a biggy, b. in Dutch, and c. not so difficult so I kind of flew through. The ones I am reading now are neither, so I guess the next post with 'books read' won't be very soon...

jan 5, 2014, 11:38am

Two things:

1. I added a link from my BC book journal back to LT yesterday with no problem.

2. I really like this group precisely because it's so small. I can follow the threads of everyone here! Thanks, again, for starting it.

jan 7, 2014, 2:10pm

>14 SqueakyChu: @ 1. It works :-) Great! (Will try to get me some more text instead of the link, but I'm not so VERY skilled in using html / links / etc.)

2. You're welcome! I'm happy with the way things are going now too and love watching all threads. Too bad work is consuming WAY too much time now the holiday season is over again :-(

jan 7, 2014, 2:21pm

1. I think it's really fun to learn all kinds of HTML tricks. Have you seen this thread?

2. Don't complain about work. I suddenly lost my job of 39+ years without notice last month. I only wish I had some work to return to. Instead, I'm turning to social security for some income. I'll watch your threads while you're at work! ;)

jan 7, 2014, 2:33pm

Oh no, that's VERY bad!! I'm sorry to have been so blunt, I didn't mean to hurt or offend you in any way. Hope you'll find a (part time) job soon, so you won't be (completely) depending on social security for very long.

I'll take a closer look at the link you included. I love learning new things too, thanks for pointing me there.

jan 7, 2014, 2:40pm

No offense taken. My company eliminated my department. Mine was one of the jobs which was eliminated, and I was not offered another position.

I might eventually like not working, but it's still too new and weird. I have lots of time to read, though! :)

jan 8, 2014, 4:07pm

I have 15 books too. I have not finished my first yet so I am already behind you. I think I might copy you with the links too.

jan 13, 2014, 12:43pm

And one more done :-)

feb 1, 2014, 11:46am

SqueakyChu!! Over thirty-nine years? {{{Hugs}}}

I hope this becomes a pathway to a yet more satisfying and rewarding life. And quickly.

Redigerat: feb 1, 2014, 12:29pm

I hope this becomes a pathway to a yet more satisfying and rewarding life. And quickly.

Thanks, Teresa. I'm hoping for this as well...but it hasn't happened yet! ;)

Redigerat: jun 1, 2014, 9:56am

Read 15 out of 15

11. Some Clouds by Paco Ignacio Taibo registered by eicuthbertson, received March 29, 2012 link:
12. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, registered by Jo_an_a, received January 12th, 2012 link:
13. The Soul Catcher by Alex Kava, registered by Heaven150, received December 9, 2011 link:
14. Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien, registered by Bloedengel, received from Chania, May 17th,2013 link:
15. Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui, registered by Triggerfish, received October 25th, 2010 from tximeleta-vlc link:

mar 20, 2014, 8:59am

I'm done with the challenge as I originally set it for myself. That was quite easy, I had not expected that.

I think I'll just add another 15. Don't like being without a challenge or keeping received books longer than appropriate on my shelf...

Redigerat: mar 20, 2014, 9:49am

That was quick! Congrats!!

Have you thought of adding tickers from Ticker Factory to the top of your thread to show your progress through your challenges?

mar 20, 2014, 3:37pm

I've seen others do it and I like it. Didn't think of doing it myself (yet). Thanks for the tip :-)

mar 21, 2014, 4:49pm

Well done. I am also doing quite well with this challenge and am thinking on the same lines as you.

mar 22, 2014, 11:38am

Congratulations on achieving your goal, and I'm glad you're staying on for an extended challenge!

Redigerat: jun 8, 2014, 4:41pm

Updated challenge:
Read 24 out of 30

16. Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant registered by and received from AngelFrouk July 4th, 2013
17. What's Japanese about Japan? by John Condon registered by kirjakko, received from salvami February 17th, 2012
18. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells registered by and received from JPix on November 15th, 2013
19. De zwarte engel by Erica Spindler registered by Digimike, received from wurmpje on July 1st, 2012
20. Olga, de dochter van de tsaar by Catherine Gavin registered by and received on July 1st, 2013 from monalisaa

apr 16, 2014, 2:23pm

At the moment I'm reading, but they are either not books that were with me before January 1st and / or not registered by other BookCrossers.
This list is not growing fast at the moment. Well, maybe soon: the annual BC-meeting is coming up, as are quite a few birthdays in Oppem's Birthday Group 2014 :-)

apr 17, 2014, 4:32am

You are entitled to sit on your laurels for a little while :)

Redigerat: apr 17, 2014, 8:08am

>31 ardachy:


>30 BoekenTrol71:

What is your "annual" BC-meeting? Does your group only meet once a year?

Redigerat: apr 17, 2014, 10:51am

>32 SqueakyChu:
There are more meetings per year in the different regions of The Netherlands. In the south there's a monthly meet-up, we in the north meet irregularly but mostly three or four times a year.

THE BC-meeting however that is the height of the year and that everyone is looking forward to, is the one called Castricum-meeting, scheduled at the end of June, start of July every year.
BookCrossers from all over The Netherlands and Belgium get together. Last year even Ardik and a few other German crossers joined us.

Castricum is a village near the (North Sea) beach, the spot where the meeting takes place is even AT the beach and with a lot of luck we have great weather.

Redigerat: apr 17, 2014, 12:59pm

That sounds like so much fun! How many people usually attend the large annual meet-up. Maybe we should be doing something similar here in the US.

Sometimes we at BCinDC get together with two other meet-up groups (from Carroll County and from Audubon, Pennsylvania). However, we don't do anything special for those meet-ups.

Our favorite BCinDC meet-up is the annual holiday party in which we play the "first line" game and give out wrapped books whose first line is written on the outside of the package. The wrapped book goes to whoever likes the first line. It's really fun. Then we eat!! :D

My favorite site for the holiday party is at the house of authorauthor who also has her own Little Free Library. Everyone brings food for a pot luck meal. It's always great!

maj 15, 2014, 1:04pm

>25 SqueakyChu: I've finally added a ticker in my first post :-)

maj 15, 2014, 1:39pm

I love the flowers for spring. You're almost done though! :)

Redigerat: maj 22, 2014, 1:34pm

>36 SqueakyChu: Thank you :-) When I'm done, I'll just add another 15. See how far I can get before the year ends.

This challenge makes me more aware of what I read. Not in the sence of genre or authors, but I am more or less constantly aware of the books that I have that are given to me by others. When before I just picked what looked interesting, I now look first if it is mine or if it's a BC-book I was given. Works very well so far :-)

maj 22, 2014, 3:51pm

>37 BoekenTrol71: I now look first if it is mine or if it's a BC-book I was given.

Good plan! :)

maj 24, 2014, 10:11am

I found and put my ticker on my BC profile page. I didn't even think to put it here.

I'm also much more conscious this year of checking first if the book is from another BC'r.

Redigerat: maj 24, 2014, 12:26pm

>39 nancynova: I love the tickers and the bright spot of color they add to our threads (not to mention the guilt-inducing measurement itself!). :D

maj 27, 2014, 10:39pm

>33 BoekenTrol71: It's great to hear that BookCrossing is so popular in The Netherlands. My daughter will be starting university there in the fall. She hasn't shown an interest in BookCrossing yet, but maybe that will change. I'll be visiting The Netherlands briefly later this summer and will have to bring some books to wild release! :)

maj 28, 2014, 1:36pm

>41 mathgirl40: Great! Will you be near Amsterdam, or also visit other parts of the country?

maj 29, 2014, 6:34am

>42 BoekenTrol71: We'll be spending a couple of days in Amsterdam and we'll also be visiting Maastricht where my daughter will be studying the next three years. I expect that I'll be visiting the Netherlands at least once or twice more in the upcoming years. I've been once before, decades ago. Such a beautiful country! :)

maj 29, 2014, 1:22pm

>36 SqueakyChu: I wanted to update my ticker... To find out that I've forgotten my password / code. :-( will have to make a new one...

maj 29, 2014, 5:38pm

...and I have yet to figure out how to change my password there! Not that I care if anyone hacks that account!

Redigerat: jun 1, 2014, 10:03am

>45 SqueakyChu: No, I don't care either. Just out of curiosity: do you have an account there? And does the one password count for all tickers? Or is it organised like I have it: for all different tickers different passwords? *please confirm the first option*
All these passwords make me nuts!!

jun 2, 2014, 12:24am

*please confirm the first option*

Don't panic. It is the first option. I do have an account there. You only need one password in order to create multiple tickers.

Redigerat: okt 18, 2014, 10:45am

21. Rumspringa: to be or not to be Amish by Tom Shachtman registered by and received on December 9th from jo_an_a link:
22. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier registered by disneyfreaksam and received from them on March 28, 2012; link:
23. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson registered by Steppenwolf, received from Bloedengel on July 2nd, 2013; link:
24. Feniks by Deon Meyer, registered by boekenxnl, received from 10n3k3 August 23rd, 2013; link:
25. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, registered by soffitta1, received from EMgeeNL on May 31 st, 2013 link:
26. 4x Stephen King by Stephen King (Richard Bachman). Registered by smitjes, received from 10n3k3 on March 16th, 2013 link:
27. Rollenspel by Pierre Lemaitre. Registered by Aaltsje, received from 10n3k3 on October 22nd, 2013; link:
28. Wolfskinderen by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Registered by koekiebak, received from 10n3k3 on August 23rd, 2013; link:
29. Allen die gestorven zijn by Ake Edwardson. Registered by Aaltsje, received from 10n3k3 on August 23rd, 2013 link:
30. Het Sigma protocol by Robert Ludlum, registered by and received from AylaMey on July 1st, 2012. link:

jun 10, 2014, 10:17pm

Wow, great job on getting through so many books on your TBR list!

jun 11, 2014, 4:23pm

>49 mathgirl40: mathgirl40 Thanks! It feels great to be able to let so many books travel on again.

Redigerat: okt 18, 2014, 10:39am

31. Songs of the Humpback Whale - Jodi Picoult registered by and received from Chremajora on June 16th 2012 link:
32. Malena - Almudena Grandes, registered by and received from sha-re, June 30th, 2013 link:
33. Zeg dat het je spijt - Michael Robotham, registered by Enitnaj and received from 10n3k3 , August 23, 2013 link:

okt 21, 2014, 9:52pm

33 is a good number of books! That should inspire me to do better with my challenge. :)

okt 25, 2014, 1:46pm

>53 BoekenTrol71: mathgirl40 I've just added another one ;-)

dec 27, 2014, 1:25pm

I've lost connection with this thread somewhere in October. My challenge was completed, I was very busy with studies, renovation and ilnesses of various (extended) family members, so when I read, I did not check all reads against all challenges.

When I feel up to it, I'll see if I missed a lot and add them to this thread. If not, I'll just make a fresh start in 2015.

dec 27, 2014, 5:19pm

If it were me, I'd just start fresh. It's a lot easier! :)

jan 2, 2015, 9:22am

I made a new one ;-)

jan 2, 2015, 9:25am

Summing up the goals:
MTBR-Challenge: completed. (And I got WAY more in than I could read and send out, so there's no real result.

Ant that's the only one. I did not reach my goals of 100 book, 30,000 pages, Alphabet Challenge for authors and titles.
It's a bit sad, but life got in the way in various ways. That's how it was in 2014. I hope 2015 will be friendlier!

jan 2, 2015, 9:46am

I did not reach my goals of 100 book...

That's no problem. In fact, it's rather a good excuse to join jessibud2 and myself in this group. Ha!

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