Under The Duvet

by Marian Keyes | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060562080 Global Overview for this book
Registered by MyopicMeringue on 5/15/2004
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by MyopicMeringue on Saturday, May 15, 2004
A collection of light-hearted and humorous anecdotes by the novelist Marian Keyes about her observations and experiences. I found it quite eye-opening to know what the life of an author is really like. This is great fun to read.

Journal Entry 2 by MyopicMeringue on Thursday, May 20, 2004
This book is about to be sent on a book ray. This is a list of the order of mailing (subject to change). I will be sending the book out tomorrow (21 May 2004) to dingus.

1. dingus (location: Switzerland; mailing preferences: Europe)
2. KatColorado (location: Switzerland; mailing preferences: Europe)
3. battypuss (location: France; mailing preferences: Europe)
4. elhamisabel (location: Germany; mailing preferences: anywhere)
5. awakeagain (location: US; mailing preferences: not stated)
6. wissota (location: US; mailing preferences: US)
7. spaceystacey (location: US; mailing preferences: US)
8. Aramena (location: US; mailing preferences: anywhere)
9. Nik-the-Stik (location: Canada; mailing preferences: US/Canada)
10. BigBird2002 (location: US; mailing preferences: US)
11. Casperette (location: US; mailing preferences: US)
12. butlin (location: US; mailing preferences: anywhere)
13. Suefitz (location: US)
14. AceofHearts (location: Canada; mailing preferences: anywhere)
15. Gizmopuddy (location: Ireland; mailing preferences: Europe)
16. tabyorky (location: England)
17. blaisezabini12 (location: Romania)

Anyone else who wants to join the Book Ray, PM me and I'll add you to the list.

Journal Entry 3 by MyopicMeringue at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, May 22, 2004
Released on Friday, May 21, 2004 as a Bookray mailed to dingus.

Journal Entry 4 by dingus from Genève, Genève Switzerland on Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Got it! Thank you MyopicMeringue!
I'm sure I'm going to enjoy reading this book! :-)

Journal Entry 5 by dingus from Genève, Genève Switzerland on Thursday, May 27, 2004
I loved this book, where you get to discover the author's personality through many little stories with great humour!!
I'm sending it to KatColorado today :-)

Journal Entry 6 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Under the Duvet has just arrived here this morning. It was waiting for me when I came back from work, what a nice surprise. I will start reading it as soon as I have finished the book I'm reading at the moment. Thx Myopic Meringue for letting me read it and thx Dingus for sending it to me...

Journal Entry 7 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, June 04, 2004
Under the Duvet is a collection of journalism and exclusive stories by Marian Keyes. She writes about her every day live as an author, a wife, a daughter, an Irish woman and much more. I like the way you can feel, that she loves to write without taking herself too serious all the time.

I had a lot of fun reading the stories, they are often funny and had me laugh out loud, sometimes they're more serious and once in a while you can just about notice that MK is not always the outgoing person she seems to be at first sight but has a darker side too. I wished, we had writers like that in our newspaper.

I wonder what other expressions there are in different languages for "under the duvet". In German, we have the expression "aus dem Nähkästchen plaudern" which would be translated more or less: talk from the sewing box. Maybe there are more expressions like this???

Journal Entry 8 by KatColorado at on Monday, June 07, 2004
Released on Monday, June 07, 2004 at Postal release in Zürich, Zürich Controlled Releases.

I will send the book to battypuss in France. I hope it travels savely ;-))

Journal Entry 9 by battypuss from Saint-Lô, Basse-Normandie France on Sunday, June 20, 2004
I thought this was one of her novels, rather than a collection of pieces written for various papers/magazines over the last few years. That said, I enjoyed it! Will send to elhamisabel as soon as I can hobble to the post office with one hip and one arm in plaster...

Journal Entry 10 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, July 21, 2004
I recieved the book today.
Thank you, MyopicMeringue, for including me and you, battypuss, for sending it to me.
I have another unfinished bookring to read so it may take some days until I write again.

Journal Entry 11 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Finished it.
The stories were funny. Some more, some less so.
I'll send it on to awakeagain tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I send it on to awakeagain today

Journal Entry 13 by awakeagain from Port Murray, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, August 03, 2004
This BookRay arrived at my house today. Will PM the next person to be read as I've started it already.

Journal Entry 14 by wissota from Duluth, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004
I received the book today in the mail. I will read it as soon as I can. Thank you for the oppertunity.

Journal Entry 15 by MyopicMeringue on Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Unfortunately, this bookray appears to have stalled. I have been unable to get hold of wissota, so I have purchased another copy of the book, and will be sending it out to spaceystacey, so that the ray can continue.

***UPDATE*** (on 14 February 2005):
Looks like I was wrong - the bookray hasn't stalled and can therefore continue. Hooray! Thanks, wissota, for sending it on - sorry for the misunderstanding.


Sent some time ago to spaceystacey.

Journal Entry 17 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Monday, February 14, 2005
Ok now I have two copies of this one. I will contact the bookring organizer to seek direction on what to do with which copy.

I loved the chapter about New Years Eve.

2/14/05 Sending this one out to Aramena (formerly casseytara) in Oklahoma. Will mail as soon as I have her address.

Journal Entry 18 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, February 24, 2005
Yay! I absolutely adore Marian Keyes! I have three other book ring books, but I suspect I'll still be starting this one pretty quick as I won't be able to resist getting right into it!

Journal Entry 19 by wingAramenawing from Moore, Oklahoma USA on Monday, March 07, 2005
I read this over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I was upset when I reached the end of the book, I thought there were still several pages left and then I was looking at a preview of her next book instead! Bah! Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors, and as with her novels, she made me, if not laugh out loud, smile quite a bit. The essays here actually read much like her novels, which shows how much of an author's personal experience and personality go into their stories.

Mailed to Nik-the-Stik today!

Journal Entry 20 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Saturday, March 19, 2005
Just received this yesterday! Plan to start reading it right away.

I will journal again when complete :)

Thanks a lot for sending it out - I can't wait to get at it!! :)

Journal Entry 21 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Monday, April 04, 2005
Just finished this afternoon on my lunch break! Greatly entertaining read - I felt like I was reading my own journal, throughout many of her anecdotes, observations & points of view. Tooo amusing! :) I really loved her style; I would definitley recommend this to anyone looking to chuckle out loud!

Thanks for sharing this!

Have just PM'ed BigBird2002 for an address, and will mail out ASAP, upon receiving :)

Journal Entry 22 by Nik-The-Stik from London, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Slight change of plans! Both BigBird2002 & casperette informed me that they needed to take a pass on this Ring, right now.... but it will be traveling in the mail to butlin this afternoon! :)

Thanks again for sharing this one, Myopic!

Journal Entry 23 by butlin from Hudson, New Hampshire USA on Friday, April 15, 2005
Received aok - up next on the TBR list!

Journal Entry 24 by butlin from Hudson, New Hampshire USA on Monday, May 09, 2005
I really enjoyed this. As everyone else said...some of the stories were very funny some not so funny...just like everyone's life! I thought it was funny how she always called her husband Himself. I started calling my husband that, but he just didn't get it!

Journal Entry 25 by Suefitz from Saratoga, California USA on Monday, June 06, 2005
Got the book on Wednesday, sorry for the delay in entry. Looks great. Have a little more time to read since I got layed off a month ago.

UPDATE: What a great book once I could finally get to it. It was a quick read. Will send on shortly - waiting for next person's address

Journal Entry 26 by Suefitz at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 08, 2005

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Hope AceofHearts enjoys as much as I did.

Journal Entry 27 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 15, 2005

Journal Entry 28 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 01, 2005
sent on to Gizmopuddy as I have had the bookring for far too long

Journal Entry 29 by Gizmopuddy from Maynooth, Co. Kildare Ireland on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Received the book today with the most wonderful care package from AceofHearts and Hoserlauren, thank you both so much. Really made my day. Will read the book as soon as possible and pass it on.

Journal Entry 30 by Gizmopuddy from Maynooth, Co. Kildare Ireland on Saturday, November 05, 2005
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think it was the only Marian Keyes I hadn't read, she portrays the life of a thirtysomething Irish women so well. So many of those stories were mine also, particularly about being an Irish ex pat.

I have Tabyorky's address, but will just drop her a quick PM to make sure she hasn't moved

Thanks so much MyopicMeringue for arranging this.

Journal Entry 31 by Gizmopuddy at on Sunday, November 13, 2005

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tabyorky had already read the book, so sending to blaisezabini12 in Romania, in spite of the fact she is a Kimi fan -hehe

Journal Entry 32 by blaisezabini12 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, November 28, 2005
Finally arrived! This book has traveled a lot but it looks great! I have already started reading it. Thank you MyopicMeringue for organising the ray and thank you Gizmopuddy for mailing the book to me (the postcard was great:)).

30 November: the best book I've read this month for sure! It's true that not all the articles were that funny but I liked the fact that they dealt with a various number of topics. After reading so many Marian Keyes books it was time to find out more about her life - for example, I didn't know she had so many problems with alcohol.
My favorite articles were the ones which dealt with obtaining a driving licence (maybe that is because I also have to pass through that procedure in the near future...and I am really scared).
I have pmed the owner of the ray because my best friend (jade405) also wants to join this ray. But after she reads the book (I'm sure it won't take her more than a week - she is also a big Marian Keyes fan:)) we are ready to send it on its way.

Journal Entry 33 by jade405 on Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I just finished reading it yesterday, and found it delightful. Until now, I've read three of Marian Keyes' novels and enjoyed all. I would reccomend this book to all who enjoy her previous writings, because it's even more refreshing, and will make you recognize yourself in several situations.

I've sent the book to blaisezabini12.

Journal Entry 34 by blaisezabini12 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, December 06, 2005
It's with me again. Now I just have to find out if MyopicMeringue has some plans for this book.

6 December 05: I have a great idea for this book:) You'll find out soon what the idea is!

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