corner corner Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast

Medium

Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast
by Bill Richardson | Humor
Registered by EllyMae58 of San Diego, California USA on 1/20/2004
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by bookreadera): to be read


17 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, January 20, 2004

This book has not been rated.

A pair of endearingly eccentric bachelors -in their fifties, and fraternal twins -own and operate a bed & breakfast establishment where people like them, the "gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused," can feel at home. Hector and Virgil think of their B&B as a refuge, a retreat, a haven, where folks may bring their own books or peruse the brothers' own substantial library. An antic blend of homespun and intellectual humor, Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast is a place readers will want to return to again and again. 


Journal Entry 2 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, January 20, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Purchased specifically to fulfill a wish for a wonderful BookCrosser that did something totally unexpected and amazingly nice for me! 


Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Thursday, February 05, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Just received as a RABCK, from EllyMae58.
Will read soon. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 4 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 11, 2004

8 out of 10

Just finished this nice, quick read. It wasn't quite what I expected, but I did enjoy it. Looking forward to the Pillow Book next.

(From the book)
Top Ten Authors over Ten Years at the Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast -
Margaret Atwood
A. S. Byatt
Robertson Davies
Michael Ondaatje
Marcel Proust
Barbara Pym
Leo Tolstoy
Anthony Trollope
Anne Tyler
Virginia Woolf

I especially enjoyed the way this book was written from different viewpoints - the 2 brothers, their various guests, and also people from the town.

Favorite parts included the story of the eggcups and the bathrobe, and Hector's Tired and Feathered.

I think if I were to go to this B&B, and go armed with a large tome to read, it would be the copy of Citizens by Simon Schama that I got from ResQGeek. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, July 14, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Starting a bookray with this book and also the Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book

Please PM me if you're interested, and let me know your mailing preferences.

When you receive the book, make a journal entry that you've received it.

Shipping order -
Nik-the-Stik - Ontario, Canada
JessiBud - Toronto, Canada
Sweetpea0678 - Florida
LPree - Maryland
Megi53 - Virginia
Ireland424 - Wisconsin
DHansen1019 - Wisconsin
Brookler - BC, Canada
Nikel27 - Germany
Maria-Nunes - Portugal
Miss-Gonewest - Australia
Elinell - Utah, US
NeedSun - Canada
Bookreadera - Pennsylvania, US
Lauraloo29 - Canada
Booknhand - California, US

New readers added May 2007
NuttyReader - Texas
BunnyLady - Wisconsin
Llednyl - Ohio
GooseinEngland - Pennsylvania
AriesGirl29 - Tennessee *
GrannyAnn - New York
DeeohTea - Rhode Island * 


Journal Entry 6 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 23, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Received safely today! Will start to read these books this weekend, in order to pass on ASAP :)

Thanks for sharing them, MaryZee! 


Journal Entry 7 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 30, 2004

9 out of 10

Just finished this last night. It was a fairly quick little read and quite enjoyable! At around page 1 or 2, I found myself thinking "what the heck is this all about?"; about 5 pages in, I was already charmed by it & hooked; didn't want to put it down :)

The story of the B&B and the Bachelor Brothers' life just ebbed and flowed together so charmingly & beautiful. I liked the author's knack/ability for descriptiveness, without undue/unecessary length; the storytelling/plot movement was 'just right', I found. I loved the way it was interspersed with little vignettes from various B&B guests; that really added nicely to the overfeel of the story. As I was reading it, I found myself thinking "so-and-so would just love this - I'll have to recommend it to them"; now that's always the sign of a good read, right? :)

Can't wait to see what's in store for the "Pillow Book". Will be starting it today. 


Journal Entry 8 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, August 04, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Mailed this morning to JessiBud, via surface mail/Canada Post :) 


Journal Entry 9 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 06, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Received this book (and its partner!) today as part of the bookring. I love Bill Richardson and can't wait to sit down with these! 


Journal Entry 10 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 06, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Received this book (and its partner!) today as part of the bookring. I love Bill Richardson and can't wait to sit down with these! 


Journal Entry 11 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 22, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Just finished this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! In the interest of expediency, I will be sending this one and its companion, on to the next person in this bookring as soon as I get her address, as I own the second book, myself, and can read it at another time.

However, I just have to share a few of my favourite passages from this book. Bill Richardson always has a way with words and these fall into the category of *I wish I had said that* or...*now you know why he's the published writer and I'm not!*

(on memorizing poetry):
"I love the phrase *learning by heart*, especially when it is applied to poetry, because it seems such a perfect description of the process of memorizing words that have been carefully chosen and weighed and handled. The heart, I think, which is the home of all things rhythmic, is where learned poems go to live. Over time and repeated use, they are folded into one's being, are absorbed by the blood, and feed the rest of the mechanism: more subtle than oxygen, but as vital, in their way. Memorized poems become part of the whole, like reflexes. They surface as they're required."


(on whistling, and nature, sort-of!):
"It occurs to me that it is a fairly rare thing for a woman to be a whistler. Why should that be? Perhaps I should put that question to our musical guest, Joyce. She's an occupational therapist with an avocational passion for birdwatching, which makes her skill at whistling seem both apt and a telling illustration of the ongoing dialogue between art and nature."


(on finding *treasures* in old books):
"It pleases me so much to find odds and sods that have been left behind in books. This is evidence that books -- even bad books -- are organic: not just static and moribund repositories for calcifying ruminations. They grow and change as they pass from hand to hand. Here is a sign that readers, as well as writers, share the human need to leave some sign or symbol that we have passed this way. Nothing is more telling of this urge than marginalia: that cramped and often lunatic scribbling that some contentious soul has squeezed up against the sanctioned text."

(on watching his bed and breakfasters making and enjoying their own meals):
"I always enjoy watching people who are strangers getting to know one another. There is something about chewing in the company of others that breaks down that edge of froideur with which most of us shield ourselves."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I smiled all the way through this book!
 


Journal Entry 12 by sweetpea0678 from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Monday, August 30, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Have already started it. Will hopefully be finished by end of week. 


Journal Entry 13 by sweetpea0678 from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 14, 2004

This book has not been rated.

I could not get into these Bed and Breakfast books. Sending them to next in line in bookring.

Sent September 14, 2004. 


Journal Entry 14 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, September 21, 2004

This book has not been rated.

This arrived in today's mail. I have some other bookrings ahead of it but will read as quickly as I can. Please check my profile to see where I am in my reading list as well as an expected finish date for this book.

UPDATED 10/1 - I started this book last night - it's a very interesting book so far though I keep having to remind myself that this is fiction... Anyway, I expect to finish it in a day or two. 


Journal Entry 15 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Sunday, October 03, 2004

7 out of 10

I finished this book last night and have moved on to the Pillow Book. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but as I said in my previous entry, I have to remind myself that this is indeed fiction. What great little stories though! The book as a whole didn't really grab me all that much, but I love little stories about people's lives, so I enjoyed this book. I have to include one quote that made me giggle:

"Waffle arrives with the speed and assurance of a ballistic missile and dispatches the offender while Mrs. Rochester looks on, cackling and delighted, like an old duenna at a bullfight."

I will PM the next person on the list and mail both books out as soon as I have finished the second one.

Thanks very much for the opportunity to read this!

UPDATE 10/12 - This book was sent media mail today to Megi53. 


Journal Entry 16 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Saturday, October 16, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon. Looks like fun! 


Journal Entry 17 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Tuesday, October 19, 2004

10 out of 10

I zipped right through this funny little book!

One of the more amusing things was how the cover looked so innocent, with its pastel wallpaper background and elegant rendering of a coffee cup. I expected something on the order of *The Cat Who...* books... but ...

There was a quite of bit of that goodhearted rural folksiness (especially where Altona the cosmetics saleslady/newspaper columnist/realtor was concerned), yet we also had a cursing parrot using the "f" word, an engaged woman's one-day stand under a car with a traveling salesman resulting in the narrators' birth, and plenty of gays, including Kevin and Archie who, unbelievably, liked Liberace!!

My favorite part concerned the poetry of Solomon Solomon. Classic dry humor! (and with a little editing, that could be publishable, sellable rhyme!)

Will wait until I finish the *Pillow Book* to send both along in the same package. 


Journal Entry 18 by ireland424 from West Allis, Wisconsin USA on Monday, November 01, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Just received in the mail and can't wait to start reading this one and the one that follows it (included in the bookring)!

** I've already peeked a bit at both - specifically for the recipes...!** 


Journal Entry 19 by ireland424 at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meetup, Rabck in Hales Corners, Wisconsin USA on Friday, January 21, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Released 12 yrs ago (1/20/2005 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Meetup, Rabck in Hales Corners, Wisconsin USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Released to continue the bookring. 


Journal Entry 20 by dhansen1019 from Cudahy, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, January 23, 2005

This book has not been rated.

I just received in the mail will read this book next. 


Journal Entry 21 by dhansen1019 from Cudahy, Wisconsin USA on Wednesday, February 16, 2005

This book has not been rated.

I'm passing this on to Brookler I was unable to get in touch with Suefitz. It will be mailed today. I had a hard time getting into the book (I have been sick with the flu)and did not want to hold the books up. 


Journal Entry 22 by Brookler from Powell River, British Columbia Canada on Friday, March 04, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Received this book a couple of days ago and I'm really enjoying it. Thanks so much. 


Journal Entry 23 by Brookler from Powell River, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, March 09, 2005

8 out of 10

What a delightful little book, the kind that you quietly chuckle through. Some books are a stretch to believe they could ever happen; this book, in spite of some pretty unlikely tales, is a stretch to accept as fiction.

It strikes me that this is a very Canadian type of book, that the "gentle and somewhat confused" character ascribed to many of the B&B guests is somehow typically Canadian. As a west coast resident myself, so many of the characters and happenings sounded familiar.

On to the "Pillow Book"! 


Journal Entry 24 by Brookler from Powell River, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, April 03, 2005

This book has not been rated.

I mailed these books yesterday. DHansen1019 asked me to send them to SueFitz who had been missed because by the time she sent her address, they were already in the mail to me. So that's what I did. Hope you like them SueFitz! 


Journal Entry 25 by Suefitz from Saratoga, California USA on Monday, April 11, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Received book Satruday - looks like a quick read 


Journal Entry 26 by Suefitz at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 17, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Released 12 yrs ago (10/15/2005 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Send on the Nikel27 - enjoy 


Journal Entry 27 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Monday, October 24, 2005

10 out of 10

arrived safe at my house, will start reading soon

update:
thanks for sharing this book with me, Great Weekend read.... 


Journal Entry 28 by nikel27 at Post Office in BookRay, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 11, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Released 11 yrs ago (11/14/2005 UTC) at Post Office in BookRay, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

EnJoy the book as I did !!!! 


Journal Entry 29 by Maria-Nunes from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, November 30, 2005

This book has not been rated.

received both of the books today.
After the currently reading, I'll read these.
Hope I won't keep them much time; so, I'll read them asap.
Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 30 by Maria-Nunes from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, December 15, 2005

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed readind this book :))
I wish I could go and stay in a B&B like this one...
thanks for sharing 


Journal Entry 31 by miss-gonewest from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, January 12, 2006

This book has not been rated.

How exciting, I arrived home today to find these two lovely looking books nesting in my mailbox...I've been looking forward to reading these, in fact I think this was one of the first rings I ever signed up for, so I'm delighted that they have arrived safely.

I am very nearly finished my current ring, so I'll be looking forward to starting this book over the weekend.

Many thanks to marianunes for posting these all the way from Portugal; I'll be back with a progress report shortly. 


Journal Entry 32 by miss-gonewest from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, February 26, 2006

7 out of 10

I am so so sorry for holding up these books, I just realised how long the Bachelor Brothers have been residing with me and I apologise to those who are waiting.

I read the first book and just loved it - I thought it was warm, intelligent and just like sitting down to chat with an old friend.

If only I knew where such a place was, I am sure I'd make it an annual holiday spot.

Many thanks for sharing this with me, I thought it a delight to read. Unfortunately I know that the next few weeks will be just as busy as the last few, so I am going to send the 2nd book along unread. Maybe one day I will find it in my library or 2nd hand store.

I will PM next in line and have these two little books moving along in no time.

Best wishes to all.

27/02 - Have PM'd Elinell for her details and these books will be in the mail shortly.

02/03 - I now have Elinell's address so will send these two darling books along to her in the next few days. Alas as payday is still a while away, these may have to go surface. Sorry for the further delay.

27/03 - My biggest apologies, I was SO sure I'd posted this and I have just found it in my cupboard at work... all packaged and addressed. I will zoom straight down to the post office at lunchtime (about 40mins) and get this in the mail to Elinell. I can't say how sorry I am to have further delayed this... 


Journal Entry 33 by miss-gonewest at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 27, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Released 11 yrs ago (3/26/2006 UTC) at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Posted via airmail to Elinell... apologies again for delaying this ring. 


Journal Entry 34 by elinell from Clearfield, Utah USA on Friday, April 07, 2006

This book has not been rated.

just received...will read and journal when done...

Have finished...finally...I apologize for being so slow! Will be sending to next on list as soon as I get address.

I liked them but felt somewhat disappointed; maybe because I'd heard for so long about how terrific they were I had an expectation that couldn't be met. Thanks for the bookring! 


Journal Entry 35 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Something strange has happened. I see that I am not on this ring at all but I received this and Pillow Book. If it is OK with MaryZee, I will read them since they look pretty interesting and then continuing with the ring.
It was postmarked Mar 8 2007. 


Journal Entry 36 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 05, 2007

9 out of 10

What a charming little book. When I received them so unexpectedly and decided to read them, I had assumed that they were a cosy mystery series. This book was an unexpected jewel and I am now really looking forward to seeing what the next book has to add.

Are they supposed to be travelling together? I can post this one and hold off on the next one if you would prefer.

Edit April 18: Sent by air today 


Journal Entry 37 by bookreadera from Pottstown, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 30, 2007

This book has not been rated.

These two books arrived SAT. I can't wait to start them : ) 


Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.