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Household Guide to Dying, The
by debra adelaide | Literature & Fiction
Registered by J4shaw of Boise, Idaho USA on 1/14/2009
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by kiwiinengland): to be read


26 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by J4shaw from Boise, Idaho USA on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

9 out of 10


Loved this book, such a refreshing storyline, and very funny. This was the 1st Australian book I've read.
Sent it on its travels to Somerset, UK, to my sister's Mother in Law, then it'll do the rounds of the sisters, then on its way!


"A brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia -- a modern day Mrs Beeton -- to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past. Inspired by her heroine, Isabella Beeton, Delia has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, as well as an acerbic domestic advice column. As the book opens, she is not yet forty, but has only a short time to live. She is preoccupied with how to prepare herself and her family for death, from writing exhaustive lists to teaching her young daughters how to make a perfect cup of tea. What she needs, more than anything, is a manual -- exactly the kind she is the expert at writing. Realising this could be her greatest achievement (for who could be better equipped to write The Household Guide to Dying?) she sets to work. But, in the writing, Delia is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, and the events of fourteen years previously. There is a journey she needs to make, back to the landscape of her past, and one last vital thing she needs to do.Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss, family and the place we call home."

Sending this over to the UK for some of my friends and family to read and then will be making it into a Bookring

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List of Bookring Participants
1) J4shaw Australia
2) Jennie (none BCer) Somerset, UK
3) Babydoll London, UK
4) Jane (none BCer) Mold, Wales
5) 24-7-365Reader Worcestershire, UK
6) Kryssa Weston-super-Mare, UK
7) JudeK Scarborough,UK <-----stalled for a total of 28 months
8) Laui Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe
9) Icila France
10) Debnance Texas, USA
11) Llednyl Ohio, USA
12) 2of3Rs Oregon, USA
13) Lauraloo29 Alberta, Canada
14) Tinina67 France
15) Beitaljawzaa Switzerland
16) Edwardstreet NZ
17) Wombles Queensland, Australia
18) Mozette Queensland, Australia
19) BookseekerAT Sydney, Australia
20) Arrietty Adelaide, South Australia
21) Blundery Baldivis, WA, Australia
22) Makita21 Victoria, Australia
23) Meganh Victoria, Australia
24) Livrecache Victoria, Australia
25) Briz-cowgirl WA, Australia
26) Fracula Alberta, Canada
27) JudySlump612, Minnesota, USA
28) Jotka, Germany <------- BOOKRING COMPLETE
 


Journal Entry 2 by J4shaw at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (1/31/2009 UTC) at Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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Sent by mail to an extended member of my family in Somerset, UK 


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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I'm about half way through and will then send on to Gillian.

CAUGHT IN BRIDGWATER SOMERSET ENGLAND 


Journal Entry 4 by babydoll857 from Isleworth, Middlesex United Kingdom on Saturday, March 07, 2009

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I received this book mysteriously through the post! 


Journal Entry 5 by babydoll857 from Isleworth, Middlesex United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

8 out of 10

Any novel in which the protaganist's surname is Bennet and she names her 5 hens after the 5 Bennett daughters in 'P&P' according to their personalities is a winner for me! I can't believe how many negative or disinterested reviews there have been for this wonderful brave book. I had to read the last few chapters in short bursts because it was so affecting. As a mother of a little boy myself I could totally empathise with the mad things she came up with to try to protect her children even in death - hers or their's. When I read in the author notes that Debra Adelaide's son had contracted and fought successfully leukemia whilst she was writing this book I thought it was even braver a subject for her to take on. And how sexy is Archie?! Loved it. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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This book was mailed to me by my bookworm older sister who lives in London England. I plan to read this book and pass it on to share the love.

CAUGHT IN WALES 


Journal Entry 7 by 24-7-365Reader on Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Arrived this week, I have one in front of it, will start it as soon as I can, thanks for sharing :) 


Journal Entry 8 by 24-7-365Reader on Friday, July 24, 2009

7 out of 10

Firstly huge apologies for keeping this book longer than I should have, thanks to J4shaw for the gentle reminder and understanding :)

Given the subject of the book I found quite light hearted and funny in places, which surprised me a little and I did think that I shouldn't smile or laugh at such a subject, but then I suppose maybe that was the point! Then in other places it broke my heart and made me cry. Thanks for sharing, on its way to the next person today. 


Journal Entry 9 by Kryssa from a secret surprise!, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 30, 2009

This book has not been rated.

I received this book in the post and started reading it this morning - thanks for passing it on to me :) 


Journal Entry 10 by Kryssa from a secret surprise!, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

4 out of 10

There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it just did not reach me. I guess maybe it didn't quite live up to what I wanted it to be. I thought some of the attitudes to death were portrayed in a strange way, quite dismissive. It was hard to get a feeling of the time throughout the story as it switches back and forth between the two main scenarios (home life and the final journey). Nevertheless there were some honest and relevant pieces - it just didn't work for me. Hope the next reader enjoys this more than I did, and will send on when I have the address. 


Journal Entry 11 by Kryssa at Bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (9/9/2009 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Apologies for holding this up, I had packaged the book ready to send and just realised I have not actually taken it to the Post Office yet! Sorry, it will be on its way tomorrow. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 12 by JudeK from Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 17, 2009

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received book thanks and will now read and send on soon 


Journal Entry 13 by JudeK from Scarborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 04, 2009

9 out of 10

Finished book and really enjoyed it. Have sent message to Lady Trinity for her address to post on this week. 


Journal Entry 14 by Laui at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Received the book yesterday in the mail! Thanks very much for sending it on! I'm very busy at the moment, but I'll try to read it soon and move it on to the next person on the list. If it's taking a bit longer, please feel free to ask me if I haven't forgotten about it ;-) 


Journal Entry 15 by Laui at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, May 12, 2012

5 out of 10

Finished reading it. I must say that it didn't meet my expectations. Those might have changed a bit over time, too. I ended up skipping parts of the book, and I found others a bit too dragging/predictable. However: thanks for sharing!
I'll be contacting the next person on the list and update this post when I've sent it on. Fingers crossed that someone in Europe still wants to read it! Especially since postage has become quite expensive in the past few years *gulp*.
update June 22: haven't heard back from alienagr, so I've contacted Icila.
I've sent the book to Icila, who was kind enough to do the overseas shipping! 


Journal Entry 16 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, June 29, 2012

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Thanks for the book and all the lovely stamps.  


Journal Entry 17 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, October 11, 2012

This book has not been rated.

I kept the book for a long time. I had a high TBR and less time to read in the summertime with journeys, family, friends.
I'm happy to have read it. In fact I was a bit reluctant but I can let a book pass without giving it a try.
And I enjoyed it.

Reading in the ackowledgements that the author's yougest son faced and fighted leukemia when she was partway through the novel disturbed me though.

PMing the next. 


Journal Entry 18 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, October 12, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (10/12/2012 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to debnance in the U.S.A. 


Journal Entry 19 by debnance at Alvin, Texas USA on Monday, October 22, 2012

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This book arrived today. I have a half hour right now to start it. Let's see what I think.... 


Journal Entry 20 by debnance at Alvin, Texas USA on Friday, November 23, 2012

8 out of 10

What's an advice columnist to do when she discovers she is dying? Write a book providing advice about dying, of course.

And that's what Delia does, in this little novel that's a poignant mix of clever columns and stories from Delia's difficult past along with stories about her life as a dying woman.  


Journal Entry 21 by debnance at Richwood, Ohio USA on Friday, November 23, 2012

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Released 4 yrs ago (11/23/2012 UTC) at Richwood, Ohio USA

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Off to a new reader! 


Journal Entry 22 by Llednyl at Richwood, Ohio USA on Thursday, November 29, 2012

This book has not been rated.

Just came yesterday! Will read and send on as soon as possible. Glad this one is moving again! 


Journal Entry 23 by Llednyl at Richwood, Ohio USA on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

4 out of 10

Released 4 yrs ago (1/22/2013 UTC) at Richwood, Ohio USA

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Mikimouse never replied, so I sent this on to 2of3Rs today!

This was an okay read. I think the main problem is that I never got attached to any of the characters and felt that the book unsuccessfully tried to mesh too many threads. In addition, there were too many parts of the book I found entirely implausible. There were some great passages about the nature of housework and I liked the idea of Delia's "household guides," but I wished the entire plot point involving Sonny had been much shorter, or even thrown out entirely. Then the book could have focused more thoroughly and thoughtfully on other things, and been shorter too - I don't mind long books, but this one just seemed to drag.

Thanks for sharing anyway - it was definitely interesting to read an Australian book. I think it's the first Aussie book I've ever read! 


Journal Entry 24 by 2of3Rs at Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Sunday, February 03, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Just received...I am glad to be included in this ring! I am finishing a book and will get to this one next!  


Journal Entry 25 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Sunday, April 07, 2013

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This arrived on Friday. I have 2 other book rings before it. But I will keep it moving. Thank you! 


Journal Entry 26 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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I can't get into this book. Not to worry. I plenty of others to read. :) I will be sending this to its next reader next week.

Thank you for sharing! 


Journal Entry 27 by Tinina67 at Seissan, Midi-Pyrénées France on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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This book arrived safe and sound and I'm already into it...
Thanks for sending this book over the ocean and thanks for including me. 


Journal Entry 28 by Tinina67 at Seissan, Midi-Pyrénées France on Thursday, June 27, 2013

7 out of 10

Not exactly my cup of tea - sometimes quite endearing and funny and heart warming, it dragged a bit in other parts...But I'm glad that I read it - I always try to broaden my reading horizon.
Thanks for including me.
Will be send on asap. 


Journal Entry 29 by Tinina67 at Seissan, Midi-Pyrénées France on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This book has not been rated.

It is on its way to the next person. Travel safe and enjoy the book. 


Journal Entry 30 by Beitaljawzaa at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This book has not been rated.

I received the book on Thursday, but wasn't able to journal it till today. Thanks Tinina67 for holding on to it till I got back from leave.
Will read and send it on. 


Journal Entry 31 by Beitaljawzaa at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, August 22, 2013

6 out of 10

Hmm. It's was interesting. Isn't my usual read. It was funny though, and had some thoughtful insights. I did skip through a few bits where it got tedious. Some bits weren't convincing, but on the whole it was worth delving into. 


Journal Entry 32 by Beitaljawzaa at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/22/2013 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Shipped out today to Edwardstreet in New Zealand. Thanks J4shaw for sharing.

Happy reading!

 


Journal Entry 33 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, August 29, 2013

This book has not been rated.

A wonderful surprise at the local post office- 


Journal Entry 34 by wingEdwardstreetwing at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, September 01, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (9/1/2013 UTC) at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Didn't "grab me" at first but persistence was rewarded.
A novel about love and death. Enhanced and leavened with the household tips and quotes of others about death.

Enjoy Wombles. 


Journal Entry 35 by wombles at Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 20, 2013

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Thanks EdwardStreet for sending this to me. I probably should have asked which bookring it was, seeing as it has taken so long to get here, I've actually read it (back in 2010) but I will give it a quick re read and send it on to Moxette asap.
(Thanks for the cool Kiwistamps on the package) 


Journal Entry 36 by wombles at Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Friday, October 04, 2013

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Last time I read this book in May 2010 I said "I loved this book, as much as you can love a sad book, it was a bit strange in places but amazing in others!".
Rereading books doesn't always give you the results you are expecting.
Perhaps I shouldn't have re-read this, perhaps I should have stopped.
Life experience affects how you enjoy books, back in 2010 I would have breezed through this book, now all it did was make me sad and at points disgusted and nauseous.  


Journal Entry 37 by bookseekerAT at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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arrived back at work after a few days out of the office and discovered this waiting for me - thanks so much! This has been on my wishlist for a while so looking forward to reading it! 


Journal Entry 38 by bookseekerAT at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, March 08, 2014

7 out of 10

I found the book dragged a little for the first half, but the second half grabbed me tightly. There are some lovely elements about the book and the premise is intriguing with lots of promise, but somehow didn't hang all that well together. However, the sections dealing with Sonny were gripping and as I say, after a certain point, I couldn't put it down.
And I love reading Australian novels - always great to see (and hear the voice of) your own country.
Thanks so much for sharing! Will send it on its way once I hear from Arrietty Adelaide 


Journal Entry 39 by bookseekerAT at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (4/11/2014 UTC) at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia

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Many apologies for the delay in getting this into the post - very poor life admin lately (actually, always bad, just worse than usual).

Will be heading to SA today 


Journal Entry 40 by Arrietty at Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Friday, April 18, 2014

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Just received this book from bookseekerAT - ( thanks for sending it)- this was quite a surprise because I don't remember ever asking to be on the bookring but now that I am on the site, I can see that it started in 2009 and later got stalled for a couple of years, so no wonder I didn't remember anything!

Anyway it was a pleasant surprise and now that I have started reading it, I can see why I would have asked to join the bookring as it is a delightful read. I know the subject theme is sad but so far it is refreshing and honest and I'm enjoying it so will let you know what I think at the end - it shouldn't take me very long! Thanks J4shaw for starting the bookring :) 


Journal Entry 41 by Arrietty at Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Sunday, May 25, 2014

8 out of 10

Oh well, I loved this book even though it was sad at the end and of course I bawled my eyes out! I loved Delia's wittiness and observations about dying, family, bereavement and love. To me it wasn't so much as sad but touching and realistic. This is not so much a book about dying but how to live your life before you leave it.

The book has had mixed reviews, here and online, but I loved it, it appealed to my sense of quirkiness and the bizarre. Plus we don't talk much about dying let alone have some fun with it. I did enjoy a giggle over Delia's normal housekeeping column entries too! If I learnt one thing from this book, that would be to spend more time in appreciation of the soothing and quirky actions of chicken!

I will now contact Blundery Baldivis, WA, Australia and keep the book moving. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 42 by Arrietty at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, June 09, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (6/11/2014 UTC) at Brisbane, Queensland Australia

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Blundery is unable to participate in this bookring so am sending to next person on list Makita21. Thanks to J4shaw for the contact details and also for starting this booking.  


Journal Entry 43 by NXS-581865 at Stawell, Victoria Australia on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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arrived a couple of weeks ago, no prior opportunity to journal, apologies.
 


Journal Entry 44 by NXS-581865 at Stawell, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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Got about halfway through it, lots of skim reading, not making any progress with this book, disappointing - the subject and concept is nothing new to me, though the way it was delivered was a letdown for me.
Will pm the next BC'er so the book can continue on it's journey :) 


Journal Entry 45 by wingmeganhwing at Thornbury, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 15, 2014

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How lovely; a book in the mail and with a nice little bookmark inside. Thanks for sending Makita21. 


Journal Entry 46 by wingmeganhwing at Thornbury, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

8 out of 10

Unlike the last few journallers, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and have been unable to journal it earlier due to too much happening in my life right now!
The story brought tears to my eyes as Delia's story unfolded in the form of a guide on dying. The mix of humour and Delia's approach to death was handled well by the author. I did think the coffin idea was a bit macabre, but liked Archie's approach to adding his personal touch. I loved the relationship with the old neighbour which altered as Delia began to understand him and herself at the same time. The story of her son Sonny added more interest for me and I thought the search she undertook concerning him completed the life cycle and gave the subject of death a positive outcome.
I have PMed the last reader (Wodfest) but as yet have had no response. Would you like me to send this home to you now J4shaw?
Livrecache is happy to read this book, so after obtaining her address weeks ago, I mailed the book to her on Friday 12th December. 


Journal Entry 47 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Thanks very much for passing on this book, and for the Christmas greetings accompanying it.

It's quite a while since I've had any activity on Bookcrossing, for which I'm sorry, but I hope to get back into it now.

 


Journal Entry 48 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Friday, March 06, 2015

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I have been gently reminded that I've not yet made a move with this book. I do apologise. I've been overseas, and since I've been back I've been very busy. But it's long weekend so I hope to make a start on it over that time. (I did start in December, but I'll have to go back to it as I've been totally distracted since.) 


Journal Entry 49 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Monday, March 16, 2015

6 out of 10

I'm afraid that, overall, I haven't found this book to be very engaging – but then I haven't finished it (probably because I'm not engaged by it). Although it's quite appealingly written, I have many other books and things demanding my attention just now. I shall PM the next person on the list to try to get the ring moving again, and in the meantime I shall try to finish it, as sufficient people have commended it to make me feel I might be being a little harsh. 


Journal Entry 50 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Monday, March 16, 2015

This book has not been rated.

Update: Jean-Sol has declined as she has already read the book. I've now PM'd Billbooks. 


Journal Entry 51 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, March 29, 2015

6 out of 10

I did finish reading this book after all. At times I thought it dragged but and I found that it was worth persevering with, even if it is at times predictable. I did like the elements of whimsy (the Austen references) and humour (particularly her advice column), but also I thought it patronising and contrived. But it was a clever idea, and quite well written, although I think it could have been better put together structurally. 


Journal Entry 52 by livrecache at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (3/30/2015 UTC) at Hobart, Tasmania Australia

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On its way to Briz-cowgirl WA. I hope you enjoy it.  


Journal Entry 53 by briz-cowgirl at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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Received about 2 weeks ago from Liverecache.
Thought I had posted that it'd arrived already!
Am about 1/2 way through, will finish the rest over the next few days away travelling.
Liking it so far. 


Journal Entry 54 by briz-cowgirl at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Friday, May 22, 2015

9 out of 10

Well I've just finished this book bawling, and I'm not sure if it's the combination of sleep deprivation being on night shifts, or the emotions this book stirred in me I don't know.
It did take a little while for me to get into it, but about 1/3 of the way I was hooked.
I enjoyed the swinging between Delia's past and present, and especially the little letter excerpts that Delia's readers had sent her asking for advice.
It made me think about family who had passed after a prolonged period like Delia, and whether if I were in her shoes would I also want to be so organised in controlling the process.
Anyway, I really loved this book and I think I'll be buying a copy for someone special who this book would mean a lot to.
Thanks J4shaw for starting this bookring. I believe she has sent me the next participants address (Wodfest), so I'll be sending on this weekend.

 


Journal Entry 55 by briz-cowgirl at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, June 25, 2015

9 out of 10

The Household Guide to Dying has been released, and is on its way to Canada to the next participant in the bookring :) 


Journal Entry 56 by briz-cowgirl at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (6/23/2015 UTC) at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Released via Australia Post - on it's way to Canada! 


Journal Entry 57 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, August 21, 2015

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After a two month swim across the waters, this book just arrived today!

Putting at the top of Mt. TBR, thank you all! 


Journal Entry 58 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

7 out of 10

Like many of the previous readers, I have mixed feelings about this book. The 'advice wanted' letters provided some comic relief when needed.

I confess to skimming when the author dwelled on the merits of hanging out the laundry and other minutia and the entire chapter about autopsies. Too much detail for me! But, overall, a good character study.

Thank you to everyone for keeping this bookring going! I will contact the next reader for her address. 


Journal Entry 59 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Sorry for stalling this book for so long, but it's wrapped and will be on its way as soon as I confirm the address is still current. 


Journal Entry 60 by wingfraculawing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (6/22/2016 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Safely in the mail to JudySlump612. 


Journal Entry 61 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Book arrived here safely today - fracula managed to beat the postal strike. Also included is a special, thoughtful gift of BookCrossing postcards. Thank you! 


Journal Entry 62 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, August 09, 2016

6 out of 10

I can see why this book collected such a variety of reactions - I have some strongly different opinions all by myself. I disliked the idea of Delia trying to plan her young daughter's wedding, and I found the cutting back-and-forth between past and present frustrating. But like several other readers, I appreciated the correspondence between Delia and her readers. Original and refreshing!

The part the saved the book, for me, was Chapter 55, where she reflects on some of the books that have been important to her, and how her responses to then have changed as she faces the end of her life. I agreed deeply with her on some of her favorites, and yearned to tell her that James Joyce is full of crap and she shouldn't waste any more time on him. Her mention of 'The Stone Diaries' has even prompted me to give it another chance, since I wasn't impressed on first reading, and now I want to try to find out what I'm missing. This chapter completely engaged me, and for the first time I began to sympathise with Delia.

I'll contact Jotka for the mailing address so I can send this on. 


Journal Entry 63 by wingJudySlump612wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (9/14/2016 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to Jotka today, ETA 10-14 days. Jotka sent me her address very promptly, but I was holding out because I had a parcel going to Canada, and hoped to make only one trip to the PO. However. due to the potential Canadian postal strike, I was advised to wait until further notice. So no more delay for this book. 


Journal Entry 64 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9 out of 10

Book arrived safely today. Thank you for sending it and for this ring.

December 2016
I'm deeply moved. One of these books which need a slowly reading (for me it's an exception). I'm happy that I had enough time for it. 


Journal Entry 65 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Released 6 mos ago (3/29/2017 UTC) at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany

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Book goes to the winner of the 2017 Australian Literature Sweepstake.
I hope you like it. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 66 by kiwiinengland at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, May 08, 2017

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Wow, what a well travelled book. Thank you so much for sending this to me, along with the stunning bookmark, postcard and hand made paper cranes. 


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