There was once a Book Blogger, who wanted to buy a book, and have it travel all over the US to her Book Blogging friends, who would write little notes inside, and eventually the book would make its way back to her with everyone’s annotations. This Book Blogger was Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense.
Around this time, another Book Blogger, Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek, had just watched Ariel Bissett’s video on annotating books, and had written a blog post in response. Originally, she thought writing in books was SACRILEGE. However, the one idea that did appeal to her was having a book annotated by friends, so you could read their comments and thoughts as you were reading the story.
As fate would have it, Alicia reached out to Rachel with a great idea, and The Transatlantic Book Project was born.
10 Book Bloggers. 2 Books. 1 Transatlantic Book Project.
In November 2015, the Transatlantic Book Project was launched. Two books would circulate among ten book bloggers – 5 in the US, and 5 in the UK, and each blogger would annotate those books before finally sending them home to their eventual owner. I chose Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Alicia chose The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Both books recently completed the journey for the first round, so this is the halfway catch-up!
The participating bloggers in the UK all read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, which has now been shipped to Stef @ Caught Read Handed, so that it can circulate the US bloggers. In total, the book travelled over 1,500 miles around the UK! Check out the links below to see the UK bloggers’ experiences with the book:
Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek – Experience / Review
Trish @ Between My Lines
Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads – Experience / Review
The order Ava will be travelling in the US:
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed
Lindsey @ Bring My Books
Katie @ Bookish Illuminations
Christina @ Girl in the Pages
Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
If you’d like to follow Harry as he travels across the UK, or Ava as she makes her way around the US, be sure to follow the Twitter hashtag, #tabookproject.
Have you annotated books with friends, or taken part in a similar project? Let us know your thoughts, tips and tricks in the comments!
Love this idea! I participated in Stefani’s The Serpent King arc tour where we all added our own page flags but I really love this idea of adding little annotations and seeing everyone’s thoughts. So cool!
I used to be so opposed to annotating books, but this project has made me rethink it! There are some books I wouldn’t write in – special editions, signed editions, etc., but I’m much more open to the idea of annotations now! R xx
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Aw, this is such a brilliant idea. How exciting!
I can’t wait to get the book back to see everyone’s comments! I thought it was a great idea for a book lover, and blogger. What a memento! R xx
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