Round 72 - Starting Sunday December 1st, 2019

TalkOZ VBB - The Australian Virtual Book Box

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Round 72 - Starting Sunday December 1st, 2019

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Edited: Feb 20, 2020, 7:11am

***This round is now complete***

The Australian Virtual Bookbox - Round 72


• Everyone who wants to participate volunteers two books. These need to be books you believe others would like to read, not rubbish you want to get rid of.
• List of books that are available at VBBOZ Books and books owed at In Transit.
• If you would like to join, just let us know and you will be added to the next round.
• You have 48 hours to respond and have your turn. If it appears that you may not have been sent a PM about your turn you will be given an additional 12 hours. If we still haven’t heard from you, you will be bumped to the end. If you are bumped you will be given 48 hours at the end of the round to take your turn along with others on the bumped list. If you find yourself on the bumped list you may post a request to be added to the end of the main list and take your turn as usual.
• Once a book of yours is removed from the box, please send it as soon as possible. TBR books are fine as long as you can read and send within a few months.
• If a book stays on the available list for more than two rounds it will be moved to the books to be replaced collection. Please keep track of these and replace them during your turn.
• Mid-series or end-of-series books are allowed in the VBB, but please limit yourself to offering only one such book at any time, unless you know the books are on another participant's wishlist.
• I will update books in the VBBOZ Library.

To join in you will need to have been a BookCrossing member for at least three months, and to have "wild released" at least ten books. This condition may be waived at my discretion.

On your turn:

1. Select the books that you want to take out of the box and list them in your post. (please keep all posts in the relevant thread)
2. Replace with the same number of books (or more) and link to the BookCrossing journal pages for each book(s).
3. Check the “Books to be replaced” collection and replace if needed.
4. If you want to skip your turn, you have the option to be placed at the bottom of the list for another try this round.
5. PM the owners of your selected books to notify them of your selection and address.
6. Please PM the next person to let them know they're up. You don't need to PM the next person if you are last on the main list. People on the bumped list will be PMed by vbboz.

The order of play is:


Passing this round:

Bumped list:
aussieangel2 ***

*** You have books to be replaced

- It's your turn now

Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 12:23am

I'd like to offer a big welcome to Billbooks, who is joining the box. Lovely to have you with us, Bill. :D
I'll add his initial books to the collection shortly.

Nov 28, 2019, 12:48am

I have removed Death by Water from the Extras collection, and replaced it with Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey -

Nov 28, 2019, 6:12am

I've notified everyone of the new round and the new thread.
amberC is up first and I've told her she may take her turn early if she wishes.

Nov 28, 2019, 7:55pm

Billbooks is offering two books for Round 72:

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink -


Nov 28, 2019, 8:23pm

I will exchange
My Best Friends Girl, Death of a Dreamer and House of Dark Delights

I would like to choose
A Sunless Sea

and I will replace them with:

Book Love by Debbie Tung

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Pearlers Wife by Roxane Dhand

I will PM crimson-tide and aussieangel2

Nov 29, 2019, 1:56am

Hi Folks! I'm jumping in early, as I have recently found out I am going to be moving overseas in the new year, and will be quitting the box but have quite a big 'book debt' to sort out. After consultation with crimson-tide, we decided that I should list the 14 books I am offering to replace my 14 in the box now, so that if there are things on people's wishlists they can grab them this round and I can post them before I leave (and help with my packing!) If there are things amberC wanted and didn't grab out (I got in a bit too late to beat her turn) I'll forward them on to crimson-tide for management, or amberC you can PM crimson-tide and me and sort something out.

I am skipping my turn at picking (obviously!) this round.

I am removing everything I have in the box currently from all rounds - 14 books in total. I have the following to offer:
1. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin – on Billbooks’s wishlist
2. Nation by Terry Pratchett – on Billbooks’s wishlist
3. Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – on crimson-tide’s wishlist
4. The Scar by China Mieville – on crimson-tide’s wishlist
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth – on book-a-neer’s wishlist
6. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – on book-a-neer’s wishlist

Then I have a number of Anne Perry titles for the rest, as I had heard a few people are after Anne Perry's but they might not be on their wishlists:
7. Southampton Row
8. A Funeral in Blue
9. Treason at Lisson Grove
10. The Shifting Tide
11. Death of a Stranger
12. Slaves of Obsession
13. Long Spoon Lane
14. Buckingham Palace Gardens

I also offer two other Anne Perry's as Donations - Dorchester Terrace and Seven Dials.

We don't leave until January so I will have time to post anything picked this round.

Cheers - it's still aussieangel2's turn!

Nov 29, 2019, 3:26am

Great news about your new job jennymidget, but very sorry to see you leave the box. And thank you very much for replacing all the books, that's fantastic. I'll get on and replace all of those now - that will certainly keep me off the streets for a while. ;-)

If anyone is interested in any of the above books, I'd encourage you to choose them this round, so jennymidget can send them out before she leaves early next year. And if anyone had their eye on a particular book of hers that she just removed, then please say so and we'll sort something out and "re-replace" it.

I'll also contact amberC so she can have a second run at her turn, given the circumstances. Hope no-one objects to that.

Nov 29, 2019, 6:55pm

Congratulations on the move jennymidget. I would like to take these ones off your hands.

Southampton Row
Treason at Lisson Grove
Buckingham Palace Gardens

I will replace them with:

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Girl Reading by Katie Ward

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

It is still aussieangels2's turn

Dec 1, 2019, 12:25am

I have let lolkathryn know that it is now her turn.

Dec 1, 2019, 8:25am

Hi All,

Sorry to see you go Jennymidget!!

I have 2 books to replace (The Ressurectionist and Olive Kitteridge), and in their place I offer:

The Plot Against America

I will also take The Scar, and replace with
THe Bonfire of the Vanities

I will PM jennymidget and crimson-tide now


Dec 1, 2019, 11:02am

I'd like to select:
Lies Sleeping from amberC
Bring Up the Bodies from jennymidget

Will replace with:
Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock -
Rough Music by Patrick Gale -


I shall contact amberC, jennymidget and book-a-neer.

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 4:15am

I’d like to take

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

and replace them with

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden

I will contact jennymidget and jeniwren.

Dec 2, 2019, 10:37pm

A huge hello to catsalive, who has said she would like to rejoin the box.
Welcome back! 👍

Dec 3, 2019, 1:10am

I will take Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock ( crimson-tide) and Book Love by Debbie Tung (amberC)

and put in

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lukashenko and A Special Providence by Richard Yates

I will PM the next one up

Thanks :)

Dec 4, 2019, 11:50pm

Hello again, everyone. To start me off again, I'm putting in:

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Nice to see you all again :)

Dec 5, 2019, 4:06am

I'll take

Slow River by Nicola Griffith (crimson-tide)
Girl Reading by Katie Ward (amberC)
Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin (jennymidget).


Closed for Winter by Jorn Lier Horst
The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams & Deborah Beale

I had trouble restricting myself to 3 books when I had no intention of taking any this first round back in the fold. Sigh! Plus ca change plus c'est le meme chose.

Dec 6, 2019, 2:07am

Billbooks has requested that he be skipped this round.

I have PMed aussieangel2 to let her know it is her turn again.
The round will be closed off in 48 hours

Dec 8, 2019, 4:01am

Round 72 is now finished. Thanks everyone.

The next round will be in February.

Edited: Dec 8, 2019, 4:13am

I have one book to replace: Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

I'll replace with:

Don't Tell Mum I work on the Rigs.... - Paul Carter

I'm not selecting anything this round.


Dec 8, 2019, 6:08am

Thanks for the replacement, Sarah.

Jan 15, 2020, 5:27am

I'm just going through the books I have and need to make some changes before the next round starts.

Every Which Way but dead - move to Extras
Blood Law - Move to Extras

Replace with:
Other People's Diaries - Kathy Webb

That's More of It Now: The second book of Irish Mammies - Colm O'Regan

Remove from Round 71:
From Dead to Worse
The Blood Doctor

Replace with:
The Preacher - Camila Lackberg

Bodyimage Warrior - Chelsea Bonner

Remove from Extras
The Ice Man
Burned Alive
Daughter of the Forest


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