The Transatlantic Book Project: US Round One Recap


Last November Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek and I launched the Transatlantic Book Project. The whole concept revolves around the idea that we could read and annotate a book and then pass it on to other bloggers to annotate as well. Rachel and I each chose a book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) for the project, invited some of our favorite bloggers in the US and UK to participate, and the Transatlantic Book Project was born. Recently both books completed their journey for the first round. For bloggers in the US, we had the pleasure of reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first. In total, the book traveled over 7000 miles around the US. Take a look below for links to all the US bloggers’ posts about their experiences with the book.

US Stops for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

  1. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
  2. Cristina @ Girl in the Pages
  3. Katie @ Bookish Illuminations
  4. Lindsey @ Bring My Books
  5. Stefano @ Caught Read Handed

So where is Harry right now? I mailed HP a couple of weeks ago to Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm and it just arrived! It will now travel around to each UK blogger before arriving back to Rachel.

Order Harry Will Be Traveling in the UK:

  1. Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm
  2. Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads
  3. Ashley @ Nose Graze
  4. Trish @ Between My Lines
  5. Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek

Before I sent out HP, I took a few photos to share with you of what we’ve been up to. It was such a delight flipping through the book to see what kind of notes other bloggers had left. Click any image below to enlarge.

If you’d like to follow Harry as he travels across the UK or Ava Lavender in the US, be sure to follow the Twitter #tabookproject.

The Transatlantic Book Project: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


The Transatlantic Book Project, hosted by myself and Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek is officially underway! For those who haven’t heard of this collaborate project, for the next few months two books will be circulating throughout the US and UK. Ten bloggers are involved in this project and everyone will have a chance to read and annotate each book. For the full list of all the bloggers involved, check out our launch post here. Click on any photo below to enlarge.

For the first round in the US, bloggers will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Rachel was kind enough to send me a few little goodies with her chosen book (all the chocolate is gone by the way). Harry Potter is, of course, really special to me. It’s by far my favorite series and I’m pretty confident no other book will live up to it. I actually reread it last year after far too long and it really doesn’t matter how many times I do, it’s so wonderful.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I wrote in a book. When Rachel and I first started discussing this project, I was a little nervous about jumping in. I don’t write in my books, I don’t dog-ear, bend the covers, or toss them across the room (I have seen people do this!). When it was finally time to start, I swallowed all my misgivings and got to work. The first note is the hardest, but after a while, I found it easier to reach for a pen or highlighted. I think the most difficult thing about annotating was trying to limit myself. I wanted to give everyone else participating a chance to make their own notes.

What I found really surprising while reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is how often it conjured up images from the first movie. I really applaud the makers of the first movie, which is probably the most faithful of all of them. By the time I finished the book, I was ready to pull out the DVD and watch it. I also recently bought the illustrated edition of this book (I’ll be sharing several photos of it in my book haul post for the month) and spent a little time pairing the illustrations with my place in the book. This brought Harry Potter to life in a different way than reading or watching the movie. If you haven’t had a chance to see this new HP edition in person and you’re a fan of the series, I highly recommend you give yourself an early Christmas present. You won’t regret it!

So how did it feel to write in Harry Potter? Overall, it was a little weird. Like I said before, I don’t write in books. I’m not sure I’d take to annotating my books on a regular basis. I will say that I found myself looking ahead a lot and wishing I could annotate another HP book later in the series when we get a chance to see how these characters grow over time.

I’m really excited to see everyone else’s posts when they get their hands on this book. Next up is Cristina @ Girl in the Pages who I have just sent the book to. Make sure to keep an eye on her blog for the next update. Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek will also have an update soon for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, the other book involved in the Transatlantic Book Project.

The Transatlantic Book Project


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.

This Project has been in the planning stage for quite a while, and we’re SO EXCITED that it is finally ready for kick off. Our Dream Team of participants includes…

5 US bloggers:

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 

Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

Katie @ Bookish Illuminations

Lindsey @ Bring My Books

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed

and 5 UK bloggers:

Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek 

Trish @ Between My Lines

Ashley @ Nose Graze

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

You should go follow these ladies if you would like to keep track of our books as they journey throughout the UK, Ireland (technically, Trish is in Ireland!), and the US, as each Blogger should be posting about the book when they receive it. We will also be using the hashtag #TABookProject on Twitter if you would like to keep up with us over there too!

Have you annotated books with friends, or taken part in a similar project? Let us know your thoughts, tips and tricks in the comments!