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Life Swap
by Jane Green | Literature & Fiction
Registered by tiggerboing of Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on 2/10/2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by mummafour): to be read


15 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by tiggerboing from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 10, 2008

8 out of 10

From the outside, Vicky Townsley would appear to have it all. Features Director of the hugely successful "Poise!" magazine, she lives alone in London, is single, solvent, and seriously successful. But she'd give it all up in a heartbeat for marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber Winslow on the other hand, has exactly what Vicky Townsley wants; a huge stone mansion in Highfield Connecticut, children and a busy charitable commitment for the local Women's League.But Amber isn't happy either. She hasn't found quite the fulfillment she had expected from being a full-time wife and mother, so when she spots a double page spread in "Poise!" magazine asking married readers to life swap with a glamorous, single journalist in London, she sits down and writes a letter. But she never expects to be picked..."Life Swap" is the story of what really happens when two women decide to walk in one another's shoes for one month. It's the story of the grass not being as green as you might think, and of discovering that happiness is not always where you expect it to be. 


Journal Entry 2 by tiggerboing at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, September 22, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Released 9 yrs ago (9/24/2008 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Sending as a RABCK to Solskinn as I have seen it on their wish list.

Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 3 by wolkenklang on Monday, September 29, 2008

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Thank you so much for this RABCK, tiggerboing!

I want to read every single book that Jane Green has written, but Life Swap is right at the top of this not so short list. I am SO MUCH looking forward to read this! 


Journal Entry 4 by wolkenklang on Friday, October 10, 2008

9 out of 10

I started reading this today and I am already halfway through. It's again Jane Green's writing style at its best! And a great story, too.

edit October 20th:

This was one of those books that I didn't finish quickly because I liked it so much. I wanted to read a bit of it every day.
Unfortunately, like all good books, it came to an end far too quickly. Interestingly, I liked Vicky in the beginning of the book, but kind of disliked her at the end. Amber though I couldn't stand much in the beginning, although I could relate to her reasons for having become the person that she is, but I liked her a lot in the end of the book.
Jane Green built up the characters really well, using at least half of the book just telling about each girl's life before the swap. I would have enjoyed it if she has told more about the swapping experience. I think this part of the shory got cut too short; None of the girls experienced the really difficult situations in the other's life.
As always in Jane Green's books there were certain lines that I want to keep in mind. She does write a few really, really good things about approaching life and relationships that are worth being remembered. 


Journal Entry 5 by wolkenklang on Friday, October 10, 2008

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There shall be more bookcrossers getting the chance to read this book, thus I'll start and international bookray, hoping that the last person on the list will ray the book forward to another bookcrosser!

International Bookray:

Shipping list (location / shipping preferences), subject to change:

01. blackteiwaz (Costa Rica / Americas preferred, Europe OK if needed) - completed
02. darkpunkangel (Canada / Int) - completed
03. spaceystacey (New Jersey, USA / USA, Int if really needed) - completed
04. krl112 (New Jersey, USA / USA & Canada preferred) - completed
05. 300dogs (New Jersey, USA) - completed
06. sunfi (Ohio, USA / Int) - completed
07. Aramena (Oklahoma, USA / USA preferred) - completed
08. tabby-cat-owner (Arizona, USA / Int if necessary) - completed
09. Supertalya (South Korea with USA address) - completed
10. Dei (Singapore / Int) - completed
11. Blundery (Australia / Australia, NZ, Asia preferred, Int if necessary) - completed
12. violetcrumble (Australia, Australia preferred, Int possible) - asked to be skipped
13. sunny27 (Australia, Australia only) - completed
14. mummafour (Australia / Int) <--- book is here, stalled since March 2010!
15. Wandering-B (Hong Kong)
16. Plum-crazy (UK / Europe preferred)
17. ana-b (The Netherlands)
18. christoffel (The Netherlands)
19. Schneefee (Germany / Int)
20. Martjxox (Italy)
21. Brujula (France, at the end)
22. lady-anglophile (Kuwait / Int)
23. Nagwan (Yemen)
24. pitluv4 (Canada, wants to be the last reader) - seems inactive & has stalled books - please skip!
25. Bibliocrates (Alabama, USA, doesn't want to be at the top of the list / USA only)
26. NMReader (New Mexico, USA, wants to be the last reader)

Bookray Rules:

*) After you have received the book, please make a journal entry to let the previous readers know where the book currently is.
*) Please try to read the book within a month from arrival.
*) When you are done reading, please send a PM to the person after you on the list and ask them for their address, then send the book on to them.
*) If the person after you no longer wants to participate in the bookray, PM the person next in line and send the book to them. Please also let me know (via PM) if somebody has asked you to be skipped, so that I can update the shipping list.
*) Please also make a release note when you sent the book. This way everyone knows that the book is currently in transit.
*) Most importantly: Enjoy the book! :) 


Journal Entry 6 by wolkenklang at sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 18, 2008

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The book is on its way to its first stop! Happy reading, everyone! 


Journal Entry 7 by blackteiwaz from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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It's here! Thank you very much Solskinn! :D
Unfortunately, I have a couple of Bookrings ahead of this one, but I'll try to get to it as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 8 by blackteiwaz from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, November 24, 2008

6 out of 10

I'm sorry to say I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would.
It feels too long, it took 150 pages for the actual plot to start, since the author wants to make sure we understand the characters and their motives. It has some funny moments, it is just way too long, which had me skipping entire paragraphs and that is not a custom of mine.
Once the action starts, the book becomes a quick and nice read, since the main characters are likable and you want to know what happens, even if it is predictable. At some point I was nodding in agreement, understanding how Amber felt.
I'll send it off to the next reader as soon as I get her address, thank you for sharing! 


Journal Entry 9 by blackteiwaz at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Finally on its way to the next reader, sorry for the delay! 


Journal Entry 10 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 05, 2009

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Arrived safe and sound while I was home for the holidays. Thanks for sending this to me blackteiwaz. I already started reading this and should finsh this soon I hope. 


Journal Entry 11 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 26, 2009

9 out of 10

I really enjoyed reading this book, the end though made me wonder what would happen later. Oh well, I guess I'll leave that up to imagination.

I already have the next person's address so I will mail it off to her in the next week. 


Journal Entry 12 by darkpunkangel at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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Sent today to the next participant, hope you enjoy the book! 


Journal Entry 13 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Saturday, February 14, 2009

9 out of 10

Received this book in the post yesterday and have already started to read it. I think it will be a weekend read and out in the post again on Tuesday. I have pm'ed the next in line for her address.

I have enjoyed all 4 of the books by this author that I have read thus far: Jemima J, Mr. Maybe, and Straight Talk. I really enjoyed the premise of this latest read as who does not at some times think they would like to change places in the world with someone else.

KUDOS and I hope the next reader enjoys the read as much as I did. 


Journal Entry 14 by krl112 from Hawthorne, New Jersey USA on Saturday, February 21, 2009

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Arrived today. I have two other bookrings to read before I start this one. I'll keep everyone posted. I have the next person's address already, so I'll send it out as soon as I'm finished. 


Journal Entry 15 by krl112 from Hawthorne, New Jersey USA on Monday, March 16, 2009

9 out of 10

I loved this book! The reason I signed up for this bookring is because the premise reminded me of a great movie, "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet, where two very different single women swap houses for a holiday. This book takes the concept much further, where the two very different women, one married with children and one single in the city, swap lives. Exploring the concept that life is not always greener on the other side is very interesting to me. I think this is a common and universal question we all consider. The two main characters in this book try to walk in the others shoes (quite literally), and the revelations they encounter are so true. 


Journal Entry 16 by krl112 at sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 16, 2009

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Thank you so much solskinn for including me in this ring. I'm forwarding this book to 300dogs today. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 17 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Friday, March 20, 2009

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Arrived safely in Jackson, New Jersey. I have a few rings/rays ahead of this but will get to it asap. 


Journal Entry 18 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Saturday, April 18, 2009

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This was the first book I've read by Jane Green. I enjoyed it but like blackteiwaz, felt part of it dragged on. I was bored with the constant drama with Amber's friends yet laughed at "speed sex" never knowing the concept had an actual name! I am signed up for another ring, Green House, and look forward reading that as well.

I already have sunfi's address and will mail this out to her later today. 


Journal Entry 19 by 300dogs at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Mailed to sunfi in Ohio to continue the ray. Thanks for including me! 


Journal Entry 20 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Just received this in the mail today, it rained rings/rays here a couple months ago so I still have number ahead of this one, but I'll move it along as quickly as I can. Thanks 300dogs for mailing this to me and thanks sloskinn for including me in this one. I'm not sure who created the book string, but it is very cute and matches the book cover perfectly. 


Journal Entry 21 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Just finished this one, it was enjoyable and a bit predictable, thanks for including me in this ring. I'll get this on its way to the next reader in the next few days. 


Journal Entry 22 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Friday, May 29, 2009

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It's on its way, it should arrive in the next few weeks. 


Journal Entry 23 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

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Arrived today! I love Jane Green and am really looking forward to this! 


Journal Entry 24 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Friday, June 26, 2009

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I loved this book. I was a little surprised at how long the book went on before the actual swap happened, but I didn't really mind as I enjoyed reading about both Vicki's and Amber's lives. The fact that the swap section seemed shorter also seemed very realistic to me from what I'd read. But I really would have liked to find out what happened later with Vicki and how her life turned out!

I also thought that the writing style seemed a little different from previous Jane Green books I've read, but it very much suited the story.

Mailing out to the next participant today!
 


Journal Entry 25 by tabby-cat-owner from Phoenix, Arizona USA on Monday, July 27, 2009

10 out of 10

I received this book awhile ago, but I forgot to make a journal entry for this. I just finished reading the book and it was quite enjoyable. Jane Green's writing style is easy-to-read. It was interesting to read about the two different lifestyles of two young women who live on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to read about how a short-term life swap changed their lives. I definitely am going to read more books by Jane Green. 


Journal Entry 26 by tabby-cat-owner at Mailed to fellow bookcrosser, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 30, 2009

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This book was mailed to Supertalya in South Korea who is next on the list.

I hope you enjoy this book, Supertalya. 


Journal Entry 27 by Supertalya on Thursday, August 06, 2009

8 out of 10

Wow, this came fast!!! I should be starting this one soon.

I really enjoy Jane Green's novels. It's a fun fluff novel with a good theme. It would be nice to step into somebody's shoes for a while to really appreciate what you have. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingDeiwing on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Received fresh from Korea whoopie! Will journal it quickly once i finish reading. i have a book to complete just before i touch on this one. 3/4 thru' with current book so should not be too long! Thanks so much Supertalya for sending to me much appreciated & tigerboing for making this ring possible to reach me. 


Journal Entry 29 by wingDeiwing on Monday, December 14, 2009

8 out of 10

First time i am reading this author and i adore her writing style. So witty, so light. While the green is always greener on the other side, this books does makes me reflect that we should constantly count our blessings and what we wish for and desire so much for may not exactly make us happy or contented.

Thanks so much tiggerboing for starting this ring to get me acquainted with this author. Mailing to Blundery in Downunder. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 30 by Blundery on Monday, January 11, 2010

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This book arrived today and with all the comings and goings of Christmas, I completely forgot it was on its way. I am so looking forward to a light summer read so I am sure I will get this finished fairly quickly (just got to finish the book I am currently reading first).
Thanks so much Solskinn for putting it up for Bookray :-) 


Journal Entry 31 by Blundery on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

7 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to many aspects of Ambers life (not the money part unfortunately). Keeping up appearances for the other school mums is always hard work :-)

I didn't find it as predicatable as most books from this genre are. I spent most of my reading trying to guess what would happen next, but there were a few unexpected turns that worked will for the story (and kept me on my toes). It was my first Jane Green book, but I don't think it will be my last.

I will send this off to the next bookcrosser as soon as I get the address.

thanks again to Solskinn for keeping this book travelling around the world.

 


Journal Entry 32 by sunny27 from Gympie, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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Received today from the lovely Blundery. I haven't signed up for a ring or a ray for ages. So nice to get that excited feeling at receiving a book in the mail!
It goes right to the top of the pile. 


Journal Entry 33 by sunny27 from Gympie, Queensland Australia on Thursday, February 25, 2010

7 out of 10

Well, it wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as I'd expected. I've had a really busy couple of weeks, so I've had to snatch a few pages here and there and perhaps that made it difficult to get really absorbed in the story. Nice characters, nice settings, some really funny moments. I didn't see the twist coming at all, which was nice for a change.
I've contacted Mummafour to organise passing the book on.
Thanks so much for sharing it! 


Journal Entry 34 by mummafour from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Monday, March 29, 2010

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Thanks sunny27 i did recieve this book a week ago and have started to read it all ready. I will finish it off this weekend! 


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