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The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Zmrzlina of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, December 12, 2002
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by lnm72): reserved


14 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Zmrzlina from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, December 12, 2002

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This is one of the morning shows' reading club books, which usually doesn't make a book more appealing to me. However, since I have such an interest in bees, and this book has a gorgeous cover, I bought it. Haven't read it yet. 


Journal Entry 2 by Zmrzlina from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, February 19, 2003

This book has not been rated.

This will be going to alsgal in exchange for "Shopgirl."  


Journal Entry 3 by Zmrzlina from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, April 17, 2003

8 out of 10

Wonderful read. Not like anything I've read in recent years, probably because I tend avoid mother/daughter stories. But this struck a chord with me. Perhaps because of the bees, which are the subject of a huge research project I've been dwadling over for years. But perhaps because it is well written, and not at all sticky sweet, just the right sweetness. Anyway, I will probably get another copy to keep with all my bee books.  


Journal Entry 4 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Tuesday, April 22, 2003

This book has not been rated.

Received today from zmrzlina in the mail. Adding to my already overpopulated TBR pile! 


Journal Entry 5 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Friday, August 20, 2004

9 out of 10

I just finished reading this for my book club. I really liked this book & can't wait to discuss it with my friends.

Update 8/24/2004 - reserved for funkybamboozle 


Journal Entry 6 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Friday, August 27, 2004

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Sending off to funkybamboozle. Happy Reading! 


Journal Entry 7 by Funkybamboozle from Georges Hall, New South Wales Australia on Friday, November 12, 2004

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look what I got! Look what i got! Look what I got, just now!!!

Im so excited!! Ive been waiting for this book for a little while, and I am so thrilled to finally have it in my possession.

As a consequence, its going to the top of my reading pile. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, December 20, 2004

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book....soothing (spelling?)..

CAUGHT IN PARRAMATTA NSW AUSTRALIA 


Journal Entry 9 by Funkybamboozle from Georges Hall, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, February 19, 2005

9 out of 10

Well I received this book back on my desk this week. I had passed it on to "Friend A" but received it back from "Friend D"....everyone seemed to love it. In fact, one friend who NEVER reads polished it off in ONE night!!! She said it was the best book she had EVER read. ( a slight exaggeration I think, but a lovely read!)

Bookring - The Secret Life of Bees . (Aussie/NZ Ring Only)
1. aussieangel2
2. woosang
3. cathyinoz
4. flitterby
5. puppymummy
6. BrisKJJ
7. Fleebo
8. Pluisje
9. wombles
10. Woosang
11. star-light
12. lnm72
13. luckydipper 


Journal Entry 10 by Funkybamboozle at Mailed to BC member in Mailed to another BC member, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 01, 2005

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mailed out to aussieangel2 - the first person on my list!! 


Journal Entry 11 by aussieangel2 from Noranda, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, March 09, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Just arrived in the mail yesterday. I have another book to read first and then will start on this one. I'll journal again when I've finished.

 


Journal Entry 12 by aussieangel2 from Noranda, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, May 28, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Sorry to have held this up for so long. I haven't got around to reading it but located a copy through bookrelay instead. I had pm'd woosang for her address and then completely forgot to send it.

Finally got it posted today. 


Journal Entry 13 by woosang from Picton, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, June 30, 2005

5 out of 10

ERK

got 4 bookrings in my mail box at the same time. I have tried to start this book, but with the pressure of 3 other's waiting I am struggling.

I am finding this book a difficult read, I know everyone else loves it but so far I do not. Oh well I will give it another week or so and send it on. POssibly get it sent back later so I can try again.

Will do my best. 


Journal Entry 14 by cathyinoz from Warrandyte, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This book has not been rated.

received in the post today, many thanks. I'm actually heading off to Canada on Sunday so will do some quick reading then decide whether to pass it before I go or be naughty and hold onto it for a few weeks. :-) 


Journal Entry 15 by cathyinoz from Warrandyte, Victoria Australia on Thursday, July 28, 2005

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I'm journalling at the halfway mark only because something struck me and I might forget by the end of the story, or may have completely changed my mind. I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far and am noticing many subtle parallels in this story to the classic "Huck Finn" -- their parental heritage, their escape, their companion and the people they first meet on the journey. Even their attitude toward African Americans are somewhat similar if you give a slight adjustment for the times. I wonder if this was at all intentional? 


Journal Entry 16 by cathyinoz from Warrandyte, Victoria Australia on Friday, July 29, 2005

9 out of 10

Well the rest of the story was not like Huck Finn.

This whole book has an atmosphere as thick and rich as honey, the symbolism of the Black Madonna was used so effectively and the writer's theme was strong right through to the end. What a fantastic first novel. Like many others, I'm looking forward to reading her next novel.
 


Journal Entry 17 by flitterby from Reynella, South Australia Australia on Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Arrived in mail today. I have one book ahead of it in my TBR pile then will get right into it. Thanks so much for including me in this book ring! 


Journal Entry 18 by flitterby from Reynella, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

9 out of 10

This book wasn't what I expected, but it was a fascinating read. My paternal grandfather was a beekeeper, and all the little old ladies in the small town he lived in thought he had beautiful skin because of the bees and honey. Meanwhile my mother's mother died when she was only two years old and one of the few rare treasures my Mom had of her was a long beeswax candle. Her father was a distant man, with a mean streak, but I don't think as mean as T.Ray was in this book. This book really struck a chord with me. 


Journal Entry 19 by flitterby at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Sending off to Puppymummy! 


Journal Entry 20 by wingpuppymummywing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Monday, August 29, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Arrived safely in Melbourne today, there are three ahead but I will get to it soon! 


Journal Entry 21 by wingpuppymummywing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, September 18, 2005

10 out of 10

This was just wonderful. It was the right level of sweetness and warmth, I really loved reading it. Thanks so much to funkybamboozle for sharing it - and thanks to flitterby for passing it on and the wonderful bookmark!
This will be in the mail tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 22 by BrisKJJ from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Saturday, September 24, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Thanks Puppymummy for sending this book on to me. Based on the reviews this copy has received, I'm really looking forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 23 by BrisKJJ from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, October 09, 2005

9 out of 10

I really loved this book. It had a great storyline, and the writing style is just so warm. It felt really cosy! I love the Ya-Yas so it was interesting to read more stories from the American South.

Off to Fleebo in today's post. 


Journal Entry 24 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 11, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Received in the mail today. Thanks! I was a bit worried by the BCID, which is shorter than any other I've ever seen but works just fine... this book has been travelling for a long, long time. 


Journal Entry 25 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, October 27, 2005

7 out of 10

I enjoyed this. I was looking for a lighter read than some of the other books I've had lately... but this wasn't as light as I expected. A good solid story about good solid people during changing times.
Thanks. Will pass it on very soon. 


Journal Entry 26 by Pluisje on Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Arrived safely in Ngatea, with a lovely postcard from Fleebo 


Journal Entry 27 by Pluisje on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

7 out of 10

An easy relaxing read, I actually read the book the day it arrived. The character of Lily started to irritate me slightly after a while. Too much self-pity and too self absorbed.
I liked the bits and pieces about the bees though, also I liked the characters of the sisters.
Thank you for sharing this enjoyable read Funkybamboozle!

Posted to Star-light Monday 19 December



 


Journal Entry 28 by star-light from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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Book arrived safely today. Thanks for the Christmas card, Pluisje! 


Journal Entry 29 by star-light from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, January 29, 2006

8 out of 10

A great story about healing the soul and finding strength within yourself. This book gave me such a nice, warm-fuzzy feeling! I especially liked the quotations at the beginning of each chapter about bees.

3 Feb 2006 - Posted to lnm72 today. 


Journal Entry 30 by lnm72 from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Received yesterday and started it on the Ferry this morning.
Thanks star-light! 


Journal Entry 31 by lnm72 from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, April 21, 2006

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OK, it didn't take me this long to read!

It's been a while and even at the time so I couldn't quite put my finger on what I liked about it so much. The strength of the main character to do something about her life - even though she wasn't sure what - was quite inspiring. You just wanted her to find herself and felt excited to be along for the ride.

The different effects her presence had on the three "calendar" sisters was an interesting discovery of how everything we do has the potential to change someone else's life - for better or for worse.

Thanks BrisKJJ for the recommendation! 




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