This was my first ever BookCrossing meet up in Oxford. They used to have regularly monthly meet ups in Oxford and the organiser at the time was heavily involved with the Open University, so they were joint OUSA meet ups too. This was quite useful when I started studying with the OU myself.
Since this first meet up I've been to countless meet ups in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. I have never been to a BookCrossing Convention or the unofficial UK Bookcrossing convention known as the UnCon. However, in 2015 the main BookCrossing Convention will come to Oxford so I'm fully intending to go to that. In fact I'm pretty excited about it.
I used to be much more actively involved with the bookcrossing community than I am now. I'm not sure really why I drifted away from it. I think I was finding keeping up with the forums on BookCrossing UK time consuming and then a few years back they had a major overhaul of the BC website and it made it frustrating and difficult to use for quite a period. It must cost a fortune to run the website and yet it is all free to use. (Although there are paid subscriptions for people wishing to help the site continue.) I think we all find we move on to other things from time to time. Many people have commented about the sewing UK blogging community and how a lot of regulars just don't blog anymore or very infrequently.
Bookcrossing was great for me for two reasons: 1) The friends I made, and 2) the way it reignited my love of reading. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to chose to read and where to go for recommendations. I discovered so much about what books were out there and through bookcrossing I became a voracious reader again, often across genres I'd never have been interested in before. As you can see from the above picture and one below, at meet ups there are tables full of books people have read and want to pass on. You can often get a great read or recommendation and did I mention the books are free?!
There are far too many bags of books around my house that need passing on so I've decided I need to be a bit more active with my bookcrossing and try and get back involved with the community before 2015.
You can check out the website here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/ or my bookcrossing page here: www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/isisjem
If you see anything on my 'availables' shelf you fancy feel free to drop me a line.