Tipping the Velvet

by Sarah Waters | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1573227889 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rita-Booke of Bartlett, Tennessee USA on 1/23/2006
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19 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Rita-Booke from Bartlett, Tennessee USA on Monday, January 23, 2006
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Journal Entry 2 by Rita-Booke from Bartlett, Tennessee USA on Saturday, June 03, 2006
This book was much racier than I had anticipated. I frequently blushed while reading it out in public!
A Victorian woman finds herself attracted to a woman and drawn into a whole new world.

Released 13 yrs ago (6/10/2006 UTC) at Bellamy's Deli - 694 N Germantown Pkwy @ Trinity in Cordova, Tennessee USA

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I will drop this at my local MEET UP today. Be warned: it's a racy one!!

Journal Entry 4 by ariesgirl29 on Saturday, June 10, 2006
Racy?!? - Is that a warning or enticment? ;)

Journal Entry 5 by ariesgirl29 on Sunday, April 08, 2007
I am sending as rabck - didn't want to wild release ;)

Journal Entry 6 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Friday, April 20, 2007
I can't wait to read it! I could use a little more raciness in my life...

Journal Entry 7 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Monday, July 02, 2007
Definitely not for the timid, this book was a fun read. I loved following Nancy's journey, a unique coming-of-age story, I would say. I never felt fully involved in the storyline, but I was interested the whole time in seeing how things would turn out for her, and who she would end up with next! Plus, reading about London in the late 1800s was fascinating!

Journal Entry 8 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 22, 2007
Taken to the meetup to find another reader.

Journal Entry 9 by samandjack from Sambro, Nova Scotia Canada on Monday, July 23, 2007
I got this from rednumbertwo at the July meetup yesterday.

Journal Entry 10 by samandjack from Sambro, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, September 16, 2007
I am always tempted by Sarah Waters, but always end up vaguely unsatisfied. Not sure why, but I think I will not bother with more books by this author.

Journal Entry 11 by samandjack at Cabin Coffee, Hollis at Salter St. in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, September 16, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (9/16/2007 UTC) at Cabin Coffee, Hollis at Salter St. in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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going to the meetup at 1pm today. Left on the bookshelf at the back.

Journal Entry 12 by MalTheQuilter from Timberlea, Nova Scotia Canada on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Caught in Cabin Coffee at least four months ago and forgot to register it, even thought I read it. I found at some points it was getting kind of slow and I ended up skimming it to finish. Worth a try, though. I'll re release it at Cabin Coffee.

Released 11 yrs ago (4/28/2008 UTC) at Cabin Coffee, Hollis at Salter St. in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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On the shelf at the back

Journal Entry 14 by amidabutsu from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Saturday, May 17, 2008
i have seen the bbc movie, and i've wanted to read that book for a long time.

Journal Entry 15 by amidabutsu from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Monday, August 25, 2008
i quite liked it. i've read another one by sarah waters since and i think i prefer "tipping the velvet". i quite agree with samandjack about being a little dissatisfied though. i guess it's interesting and a nice change to have a romance/historic novel that has lesbian characters as opposed to the regular straight women you traditionally read about in those novels. but it still has this romance disguised as a historical novel so you feel like you're reading something serious type of feel to it.
oh, and i didn't find it that racy... maybe i'm just blasé :)

Journal Entry 16 by amidabutsu from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, May 03, 2009
here is the list for the book ray. you're responsible for contacting the next in line once you're done with it. try to keep the book for a month maximum. and make sure to create journal entries for the book. enjoy!

breeze553 (portugal)
LaPitchoune (finland)
lucy-lemon (u.k.) ---> withdrew - skip to the next
jozebedee (u.k.)
drykid (u.k.) ---> withdrew - skip to the next
BokOrm09 (u.k.)
fluffy-owl (u.k.)
shovelmonkey1 (u.k.) ---> withdrew - skip to the nex
bookowl1000 (u.k)
bookvole (u.k.)
hereticcoy (u.s.)
2of3Rs (u.s.)
News-Hound (u.s.)
carelaisa (canada)

the ray is over! thanks to everyone who participated!

Journal Entry 17 by amidabutsu from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Sunday, May 10, 2009
on its way to breeze 553.

Journal Entry 18 by amidabutsu from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Thursday, July 02, 2009
i sent the book a long time ago for a ray but it never arrived. so i bought and registered a new copy, to continue.
except the book did finally arrive, just before i was about to send the new copy. so we're back on track with the book ray. and i now have another spare copy of "tipping the velvet" which i will pass along at some point.
the joys of international posting i guess?

Journal Entry 19 by Breeze553 on Monday, August 24, 2009
I never read anything similar to this so it was really unexpected. I only watched the first part of the movie and was quite intrigued about how Nancy life would turn out to be after all. It was a really fun and interesting reading. I loved the way Sarah Waters wrote it.

Journal Entry 20 by Breeze553 at CTT, -- Por correio / mão própria -- Portugal on Monday, August 24, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (8/24/2009 UTC) at CTT, -- Por correio / mão própria -- Portugal

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Sorry for taking so long to read it..
Thank you amidabutsu again for having this bookring :)

The book is now on its way to LaPitchoune!

Journal Entry 21 by LaPitchoune from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is just to announce the book is now with me. A lovely vintage cover. Thanks. I'm eager to read this soon.

Journal Entry 22 by LaPitchoune from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, October 03, 2009
I finished the book a couple of days ago. It was a captivating story, although the three phases in Nancy´s life, situated into relatively short a time frame, themes varying from limelight to pauperism through imposed elitism - and finally socialism - seemed too diverse to be fully plausible.

Nancy was interesting, because I personally couldn't quite understand her whims. Actually, she didn't seem all that likable, even. But that wasn't a problem, really, because her function as a character was to portray (sexual, social and financial) otherness in society. The theme echoed nicely in the vocabulary: words such as gay and queer were among the most frequently used adjectives.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this Victorian adventure. Warm thanks for the ring! I'll send the book on to jozebedee.

p.s. Since autumn is the season for oyster and clam, and the former holds such an important role in this story, I got an immense appetite for them while reading this. As a consequence, I found myself sipping white wine and eating mussels with Tipping the Velvet in my purse.


Journal Entry 23 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 19, 2009
Arrived safely here - thank you! I have several other bookrays to get through first, but I will try to be as quick as possible :)

Journal Entry 24 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 16, 2010
I have really enjoyed this book. I vaguely remember the BBC drama being on, and only wish that I had watched it!! This was indeed very graphic in parts, and if you are easily offended, then this is not the book for you.
I liked the first part of the book - the setting of the scene for Nancy and her unknown future to come. I really warmed to her character and felt quite sorry for her really, with everything that transpired between herself and Kitty. The time spent in the company of Diana (what an awful woman!) and her other Sapphist ladies made me wonder how much of this sort of behaviour actually really went on at that time in history! It is not something that you tend to hear or read very much about. I thought parts of it very detailed, and did actually choke on a cup of tea at one point whilst reading it!! Not because I'm a prude, but because Sarah Waters tells the story so fully and not at all half-hearted. The more you read the more you want to read!
I found the detail in this book fantastic from an historical perspective, and could imagine the people the places and even the smells described. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this book.

Thanks amidabutsu for including me in this ray, and for your patience in allowing me to hold on to it for longer than hoped, whilst getting through my other TBR's :)
Drykid has asked to be skipped, so will be posting out to BokOrm09 on Monday.



Released 10 yrs ago (1/18/2010 UTC) at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Now in the post on its way to BokOrm09!! Enjoy :)

Journal Entry 26 by BokOrm09 from Sevenoaks, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Arrived safe and sound in this morning's post and I've already started reading it :) Thanks to Amidabutsu for organising and Jozebedee for posting it on :)

Journal Entry 27 by BokOrm09 at Chelsfield, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, January 25, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (1/25/2010 UTC) at Chelsfield, Kent United Kingdom

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Definitely not a book for the easily shocked but this is a well written, enjoyable book. The descriptions throughout are very detailed and at times extremely graphic, which some might find a little too much to read. The main character, Nancy is a highly likeable character and following her story is totally absorbing. Its interesting to watch her character develop and see how she deals with each of the challenges that are thrown at her once she decides to leave the safety of her home and family in Whitstable for the bright lights of Victorian London, with all its excitements and perils.

Now on its way to Fluffy Owl. Thanks for sharing this book amidabutsu :)

Journal Entry 28 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Received today, thanks!

Journal Entry 29 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, February 07, 2010
This was a good book, but I think I was expecting something more. I didn't think it was that graphic, no more so than sex scenes in other books. I can see how some people may find it a bit racy, though. I enjoyed the book more than the other Waters book I've read, Affinity, and will probably read more by her in the future, as she does illuminate history in a way other authors don't!

Person below me asked to be skipped, so will send to the next person later this week.

Journal Entry 30 by Fluffy-Owl at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, February 07, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/9/2010 UTC) at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom

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Posting off to the next in line, hope it travels well and arrives safely.

Journal Entry 31 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Thursday, February 11, 2010
Book has arrived safely. I have another book to read first but it should not take long so I will get to this one very soon.

Many thanks.

Journal Entry 32 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Monday, February 15, 2010
I needed something to read on the 5 hour long journey from Wales to Lowestoft to visit family and had time to finish it when I got there,so got through this quite quickly. Shame the weather was not good enough to sit on the beach to finish it.

I wanted to read this book because I had seen the BBC adaptation which I found entertaining. It did mean however, mean that I read the book with BBC scenes in my head. This I think did enhance the part of the story set in the music halls as I had very colourful images in my head.

This storyline of the book reminded a lot of 18th century literature like Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill: a first person story recounting the story of a naive young girl who moves to the big city and stumbles from one ‘risqué’ adventure to another, only this one had a lesbian theme. Risqué is nothing new and I was not the slightest bit shocked by anything in the novel.

I did find it a bit unbelievable that she should so conveniently come across people with the same tastes on different occasions but I thought the same about the above-mentioned novels and still enjoyed them. Nancy participates in what would be considered to be outrageous behaviour that would shock her family and society but still manages to be naive and surprised that others so easily do the same or even do things she had not heard of before.

I did enjoy reading this book which was pleasantly surprising as I gave up on a previous Sarah Walters novel, which just goes to show you cannot judge an author by one novel and should always give them another go.

Journal Entry 33 by bookowl1000 at Lowestoft, Suffolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/16/2010 UTC) at Lowestoft, Suffolk United Kingdom

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After a brief detour to Lowestoft, the book is now on its way back to Wales.

Posted to bookvole.

Journal Entry 34 by bookvole from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, February 18, 2010
This book arrived on my doorstep this morning with a lot of snow! Looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 35 by bookvole from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, March 01, 2010
I really enjoyed this rollicking good read, and made my way through it fairly swiftly despite a seeming mountain of other distractions such as work. Quibble - all tied up so very neatly at the end, unlike life but not the less satisfying for that. Will send on to the next person when I've got their details.

Released 9 yrs ago (4/19/2010 UTC) at ~~~ ♥ ~~~ A Friend ~~~ ♥ ~~~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Hope you enjoy your reading!

Journal Entry 37 by 2of3Rs from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Just received and have barely started reading...I read Fingersmith and LOVED it, read Affinity and The Little Stranger, didn't like those quite as much. Am delighted to be reading this! Thanks amidabutsu for including me in the ring and bookvole for posting from the UK.

Journal Entry 38 by 2of3Rs at Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
My complete review is here...
www.notthenewyorktimesbookreview.blogspot.com
But some is here...
In any case, I enjoyed it and was thrilled to read a well-written novel primarily about lesbians. I received this book through Bookcrossing and some of the people who had read it before described it as racy. I wondered if people thought it was racy because the novel described sex between women and perhaps these readers hadn't experienced that. There were descriptive, sexual scenes with women, which I found lovely.

Sending off to News-Hound soon.


Journal Entry 39 by 2of3Rs at Winterhaven, California USA on Friday, May 28, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (5/28/2010 UTC) at Winterhaven, California USA

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sent to News-Hound on the next leg in the ring!

Journal Entry 40 by rem_KQI-811293 at Yuma, Arizona USA on Friday, June 04, 2010
Just received in the mail, will start it as soon as I am done with my current Charlaine Harris.

Journal Entry 41 by rem_KQI-811293 at Yuma, Arizona USA on Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sorry i held on to this so long, I don't have as much time to read as I used to. I have contacted the next person on the list and am waiting to hear back so I can send it on its way.
Enjoyed the book very much, though the sexually explicit scenes began to seem gratuitous after a while. I did get engrossed in Nan's story and the vivid descriptions of life in the late 1800's.

Journal Entry 42 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Tuesday, October 05, 2010
the book has arrived today :)
I'm looking forward to read it and will do so in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks News-Hound to have sent it my way and to amidabutsu to have this book with all of us!

Journal Entry 43 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Finally got around to read it...

It was a nice story, I like the era in which it is set. But I found that the whole of it went on an on for unnecessary reasons at times but it seems that it’s part of the author’s style. It isn’t the first novel that I read written by Sarah Waters but I must admit it isn’t my favourite one so far.

It's now available for trade, rabck or a ray. Don't know yet what will happen first!

Journal Entry 44 by carelaisa at Happy Day Winner, Happy Day Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/22/2012 UTC) at Happy Day Winner, Happy Day Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to the winner of the March edition of Happy Day Canada/USA.

hope the book will be liked!

Journal Entry 45 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Thursday, May 03, 2012
Thanks, carelaisa! Catching up, I received this a month ago and read all the entries but forgot to journal it myself. Now I've read the book. I enjoy stories set in the Victorian era though this is very different. I liked following Nancy as she struck out on a new life. I agree with Carelaisa that it dragged out a bit, could have been shorter. The book is on several wishlists so I'll pass it on soon.

Journal Entry 46 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (10/16/2012 UTC) at Escondido, California USA

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This is on pumpkinpussycat's wishlist so I'm sending it on to her. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 47 by pumpkinpussycat at Crieff, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I just got this wishlist book as an unexpected rabck from stringofpearls---Thank so much--it really made my day.
I have seen the BBC drama, and look forward to reading the book :)

Journal Entry 48 by pumpkinpussycat at Crieff, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I was not disappointed in the book--it was fascinating to follow Nancy's life, and see how things turned out for her. I had seen the BBC drama--so it was good to see how it was related to the book.
I will pass this along soon.

Journal Entry 49 by pumpkinpussycat at St. Mary's, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am sending this book on its way to Bloedengel in Belgium---it is a wishlist rabck.
Enjoy:)

Journal Entry 50 by bloedengel at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Monday, May 27, 2013
Wowee ... I seem to have caught a quite welltravelled book. En plus, it contains the most beutiful bookmark, homemade, I've ever seen.
Theoretically I beg to differ though. You could end up having too many bookmarks , if you have more marks than books that is. Which in my case is very unlikely.
Thank you : heaps 'n heaps !

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