Have you ever found a book in the WILD?

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Have you ever found a book in the WILD?

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1LyzzyBee
Maio 9, 2008, 4:41 pm

I've found 3 (well, 4 really...)

I'll tell you about mine if you'll tell me about yours...

2SqueakyChu
Maio 9, 2008, 8:34 pm

Not really in the wild, but I did find a copy of Rich Shapero's Wild Animus with a BCID in it. I knew it to be a less than desirable read so I just wrote down the BCID number and journaled where I saw it (in a used book store).

I have found one other book in the wild but that one I specifically caught after receiving a release alert.

3indygo88
Maio 11, 2008, 11:46 am

I haven't found any.... :-(

4SqueakyChu
Maio 11, 2008, 12:09 pm

--> 3

Do you have your release alerts turned on? That's a good way to found out where they are being left...in areas near you!

5LyzzyBee
Editado: Maio 11, 2008, 1:52 pm

I've found 2 that way, and 2 by chance...

I found one in Covent Garden Piazza when I lived near there - hunted that one down
Can't believe I didn't note down the BCID, guess I didn't think I'd end up with 107 pages of books on my shelf!

Then I found
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/2946404 in a library coffee room, I had just gone to work in that library (turns out I'd given it to the person who left it there at a book stall at a local fair a year previously!)

Then I hunted down http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5252067 and the other 2 parts of the trilogy, as it was released near where I worked and I wanted to read it

And finally, I found
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/2996625 while out for a run during the London Convention - so not odd to find a book then, but still cool!

6melydia
Jun 23, 2008, 8:41 pm

I found a couple, both in places where I knew tons of books had been released. The first was Life Its Ownself at Potbelly's in Rockville, Maryland. I was not the target audience, but it wasn't horrible. The other was more recent: The Eyre Affair in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. I was thrilled to find this one because it was on my wish list. Haven't read it yet - I'll get to it once I've reached my goal on doveilibri's Reduce My TBR Mountain 2008 challenge. :)

7seldombites
Jun 23, 2008, 10:40 pm

I saw one in the local hospital waiting room, but I didn't take it home.

8Sodapop
Jun 23, 2008, 11:15 pm

I found one in a geocache. I haven't read it yet. Need to get to it soon.

9anxovert
Jun 24, 2008, 4:31 am

on the way home from work today my wife spotted a book I released about five weeks ago - it was back at the spot I released it - it was picked up (but never journalled) by someone within three hours of its original release and it only reappeared today.

10ZeusThing
Jun 24, 2008, 5:04 am

Not found, but I released too many books, and I found that someone discovered (journal-ed about it) a book I had donated to a Library in Toronto at a local book store. How it went from Library to Book store ... umm... I never knew.

11denidouble
Editado: Jun 24, 2008, 5:07 pm

Never ever found one as they're usually left when I'm in work and never get there in time. Also, never had any feedback on books I left so gave up and joined Bookmooch instead,

12cuteface
Jun 26, 2008, 9:53 am

i found one book and my sister found the first one thats how i first heard about bookcrossing ive had 85 feedbacks on books of mine that people have found i always label front of book with free book that makes people pick it up

13LyzzyBee
Jun 27, 2008, 9:01 am

I'm on about 20% of true wild releases caught, this goes up and up as I have been doing it longer and hear from books I released years ago. Seconding the postits thing - people pick the thing up then. I also put a sticky label on teh front permanently for when the postit falls off...

14k00kaburra
Jul 5, 2008, 12:59 pm

I haven't really had any wild releases caught, unless random books through swapping websites count. I didn't know they would be BC books until I got them! But it just isn't the same as finding books truly in the wild...

15weebaby
Jul 5, 2008, 7:35 pm

I've found one while waiting in line for the last Harry Potter book. It was manga, which I don't like, so I wrote the BCID on my hand and left it there for someone later in line.

16LyzzyBee
Jul 5, 2008, 10:07 pm

14 - that's still pretty cool though!
15 - I wish more people would do that. So many times I am chatting to people "oh yeh I saw one of your books but I left it there..."

17whymaggiemay
Jul 9, 2008, 5:45 pm

I've found two, one of them my own which had been picked up, journaled, read, and returned to the same spot. Amazing that I was the person who came by that day and picked it up, especially since it's not a place I frequent often.

18monnibo
Jul 19, 2008, 1:27 am

Yes! It's how I first found out about BookCrossing... my "first" exposure -- but I didn't take the book. Then YEARS later, I joined a meetup.com group without realizing it was THE SAME bookcrossing thing. :) wonderful surprise!

19LeesyLou
Jul 21, 2008, 8:29 am

I've gotten a few off of BookMooch which turned out to be registered on BC even though I didn't expect it; that's as close as I've come.

20onyx95
Jul 23, 2008, 12:14 pm

I found one on FrugalReader, it was actually maked as labeled with BCID. That is as close as I have come other than seeing my own releases a few days after I left it somewhere else.

21dreammy
Jul 28, 2008, 11:35 am

I haven't found anyting yet but I have left a few in various places. In a few states.

22dreammy
Jul 28, 2008, 11:37 am

Take that back I have found a few on paperbackswap, frugalreader, whatsonmybookshelf, bookmooch if those count but those were controlled releases.

23Miss-Owl
Jul 29, 2008, 4:10 am

Does it count if you saw a release in the sidebar and then went to get it?

My cuz hunnyb and I saw goodthinkingmax's release Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus at Sydney Uni library nearby, and off we went to pick it up. Later on I released it at hunnyb's 21st, and saw a young guy nose-deep in it, but it was never journalled. Too shy? Or maybe just a Mars thing :p

24benuathanasia
Editado: Ago 14, 2008, 10:02 am

That's how I discovered BXing! The Clock Winder was sitting on a bench at Stop and Shop. It took me about half an hour to decide to take it. I wasn't sure whether it REALLY, TRULY was free and for a good home.

25LyzzyBee
Ago 15, 2008, 1:03 am

Hooray! I love to hear these stories! It is amazing how long it takes people to convince themselves to take the books - I often pop a postit on the front that says "free book - yes, really"

26ainsleytewce
Maio 12, 2009, 5:39 pm

Poor old Wild Animus.

I can't remember more than one I've found actually in the wild, not at crossing zones, etc.

This is one of my favorite bookcrossing stories. i found a book of short stories in a bargain rack at Twice Sold Tales that had been registered by somebody in Nebraska about 3 years earlier. I bought it, read most of it, and re-released it. The person who registered itwas evidently no longer active. It's anybody's guess how it ended up in Seattle.

27jumpingin
Jun 1, 2009, 11:15 am

I've found three, but they were all through release alerts. I'd love to just stumble across one someday!

28KimB
Jul 13, 2009, 11:53 pm


I've only picked up books at a bookcrossing zone. Only one of my wild releases has been caught and the journal entry was written by a second hand book shop owner a few hours away. Didn't really seem in keeping with the idea! But I'm not sure how it got to her.

29wookiebender
Jul 14, 2009, 12:20 am

I found one while browsing for books to buy & register & release at the local Cat Protection Society shop. It was a book I'd previously read and disliked (The Beauty Myth), but I rescued it (paid $4 for it), wrote an excited JE, and then wild released it elsewhere.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/998938

30neonazu
Jul 14, 2009, 4:35 am

I have got one, from Bookmooch.

31snarkhunting
Jul 15, 2009, 12:34 am

I've been bookcrossing since 2003 and have yet to find a wild book. I expect it'll be a grand day when I finally do. :)