8 journalers for this copy...
Some brief "rules"
* Journal the book when you receive it.
* PM the next person on the list for their address when you receive it so as to try to avoid hold-ups later on.
* If you don't hear from the next participant within a few days, PM them again. If after a few more days you still haven't heard from them, PM me to let me know, and move on to the next person on the list.
* Read (and hopefully enjoy!) Please read within a month of receipt if you can.
* Journal again when you've read it to let us know what you think of it!
* Surface mail is fine for international postage. Please include this info in your journal entry.
1. sqdancer, Alberta, Canada
2. NeedSun, Ontario, Canada
3. brewster13, Manitoba, Canada
4. timollie5502, New York, USA
7. rooshill, California, USA
8. CdnBlueRose, Colorado, USA
9. CheriePie, Massachusetts, USA
10. Back to me, dododumpling, Cambridgeshire, UK
This ring is now closed to participants.
Thank you for sharing this book!
Sent to NeedSun this afternoon.
Thanks for starting this ring Dododumpling. It looks like a reall good read.
It will be mailed tomorrow.
UPDATE May 18 --> I began reading this on Monday. While I'm not completely 'into' the story yet, the first few 'days' are intriguing, and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to read more of this story. Will post again when done reading.
UPDATE June 2 --> I am thoroughly enjoying reading this, although getting to the end is taking me some time. Thank you for your continuing patience ... I'm getting close to done, and hope to have this sent off shortly.
I enjoyed this story, to an extent. I really enjoyed the beginning until about 2/3 of the way through ... then I kind of lost interest. It took me 5 days to read the last 100 pages -> I prefer to be so engrossed in a book by that point that I can't put it down. Instead I had no problem putting this book down. I kept waiting for a climax, or for the build to a climax, and it just never came to me.
It just wasn't a real page-turner for me, and I found the end lacking. Overall, it was a so-so book for me.
I will send on ASAP. Thanks for sharing! Brewster
I have a couple of rings ahead of it, but I will start it ASAP.
But this was a nice story... very different from the movie with all of the side storylines going on, but I enjoyed it.
On its way to rooshill 7/27/05!
I'm reading a borrowed book right now and have 2 other rings that arrived last week, so it will be a little while before I can start this. I'm a bit apprehensive after reading the reviews here. I loved the movie and *want* to love the book...we'll see!
This is an excellent book - one that I'd read again someday.
Interesting side note - it inspired me to get out the deck of fortune cards that's been sleeping on a shelf for a couple of years. :)
I have CdnBlueRose's addy so it's on the way.
EDIT 10-Nov-2005: Back at the end of September, shortly after I received this, I confirmed with dododumpling if she wouldn't mind me moving this down slightly in my TBR since I was last on the list, and so I could concentrate on the rings/rays in my possession which had participants after me waiting on them. Being the sweetheart she is, she didn't mind at all, but I figured I'd note it here for anyone wondering why I've had this longer than a month.
I also wanted to note that I'm starting on this book today and will return it to dododumpling right after... just in time for the holidays. :)
Vianne is exactly the opposite of Reynaud and stands for everything I believe in and all that is right with the world; her outlook on life closely mirroring my own--except for the parts about fleeing from place to place to escape The Black Man. She was a good mother and a wonderful woman, and I was happy to see the impact she had on many of the people of Lansquenet, giving them strength and courage, and a new love for life.
The premise of the story, a chocolate boutique opened by Vianne in a strictly Catholic village, allows the characters, both major and minor, to examine their beliefs as the priest Reynaud speaks out against the debauchery of the chocolatier. Joanne Harris, the author, is very good at describing things in the best frame of reference, the chocolates, the flowers of springtime, the images brought to mind while reading this book were both beautiful and mouth-watering. And seeing as how it's just past Halloween, and a recent vacation to Key West from which I just returned last week, I happened to find all kinds of chocolate in the house which we usually don't have. I think this book may have caused me to gain a few pounds because with all the reading about chocolate, goodness knows I had to indulge. Heh, at least all the Halloween chocolate is almost gone now... though I miss the Key West fudge and Lindt chocolates. LOL
This will be on it's way home to dododumpling shortly just as soon as I get an address. Thanks for sharing!
UPDATE 17-NOV-2005: Sent to dododumpling via International Economy (Surface) mail on 18-Nov-2005.
It's back on Mt TBR now though ... :)
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