The Reading Group

by Elizabeth Noble | Other |
ISBN: 0340734701 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AnglersRest of Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on 2/9/2005
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 09, 2005
A Glass of wine, a gossip and a good book - The Reading Group is born...

Each month four women get together to discuss a book, as each month passes we learn about the straying husband, aging parents and so forth.....

It took me a few pages to get into, but once I had, I was hooked!

Journal Entry 2 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, February 26, 2005
26th Feb 2005 - Opened this book as a Book Ring, to take part please send me a PM.

morsecode (US/Canada shipping or International via surface)

.....back to AnglersRest!

angellica (UK) (ship anywhere)
arugh48187 (USA) (USA shipping)
tania-in-nc (USA) (USA shipping)
xpangaeax (USA) (US (shipping preferred but int OK)
spiritinflight (USA) (shipping US/Canada or Int via Surface)

.....back to AnglersRest!

This Ring is available for further participants, so please PM me if you'd like to join.

Book Ring Rules (Adapted from psychjo & Kleptokitty)
1) Everybody should leave a journal entry when receiving the book and after the read! Please let us all know what you think about it...
2) Also PM the next person on the list for a mailing address and when that person doesn't answer within 7 days MAX! please PM the one after...
3) Everybody should also try to read the book soon (max - approx one month)
4) You can send the book via surface mail or airmail - that is completely up to you.
5) If you find you don't have the time to read it when it's your turn please PM and I'll move you to a later slot.
6) Any new members joining from now will be added to the end of the Ring

Journal Entry 3 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, February 28, 2005
1st March 2005 - Posted off to Fire-Dragon! - hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 4 by Fire-Dragon from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, March 03, 2005
The book arrived in the post today. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it as soon as I finish my current book. It won't be long!

Journal Entry 5 by Fire-Dragon from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, March 13, 2005
This was a good read. The characters and their concerns and problems were very alive and real. I think to many people it would have been a real comfort read.

I guess I am not the target audience, being 28 with no children. I did feel a bit frustrated that not one of the characters (except in the end Clare) had any horizons beyond their immediate lives. I absolutely value friends and family but I also value career and a sense of the outside world - whether that be current affairs in Lebanon or an exhibition at the Tate Modern. I did feel that the world for these women had shrunk to the school run and an occasional guilty trip to John Lewis.

Also, I felt the books were incidental. Unlike The Jane Austen Book Club, which I have recently read, the books' plots and themes did not feel integrated into the main plot and narrative. Annoyingy, there were also spoilers: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is waiting on my to-be-read shelf and I really could have done without finding out the central twist in the plot!

I think Elizabeth Noble has a good insight into the human psyche and what makes people (and particularly mothers) tick. It's an enjoyable read but not a difficult one and most women would enjoy it.

Journal Entry 6 by Fire-Dragon from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, March 30, 2005
I have now sent this on to Hellie. Sorry about the delay.

Journal Entry 7 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, April 10, 2005
Sorry - was awaiting BCid no so could journal this! I've now pencilled it it on front page so next peeps will know the number - hope this ok!

Anyway, book arrived Friday and I have finished it just this afternoon. if I read quickly, gives Dinkie a bit longer, as she doesn't get as much reading time as I do!
I know what fire-dragon meant about not being the target audioence, BUT having older friends with chilkdre, I could see where a lot of it came from, and lots of it is just women generally, which we can surely all relate to. I was a little disappointed that the books seemed to play a very minor role - consequential, fire-dragon said and I would agree.

That said I thought the premis of the book was very clever, and I think I enjoyed it more than the Tenko Club actually - it seemed to flow betetr somehow...I did think it was clever that the books each introdueced a new month, and new details about each character emerged each month, so we gradually got to know them all.

Thanks for sharing AnglersRest - will be off to Dinkie soon.

Journal Entry 8 by Hellie at on Sunday, April 10, 2005

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Passing to Dinkie on Tuesday when we go out with other friends for my 25th birthday!!!

Journal Entry 9 by Dinkie from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, April 18, 2005
Thanks Hellie, I will read the book and pass it on to rahar109.

updated 05/07/05 Finally have the Internet working again!
I've enjoyed the book and thought it was cleverly written but found myself just getting in to the story of one character and then it was on to the next chapter and time to progress on with another character.

Have sent the book on its travels to rahar109.

Journal Entry 10 by wingrahar109wing from Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, July 03, 2005
Arrived in the post while I was at the Unconvention.

Journal Entry 11 by wingrahar109wing from Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Like some of the previous readers, I was expecting the books to feature more, rather than the afterthought they seem to be. I don't know whether I'm a little old for this book, but I couldn't identify with any of the characters.
It was an undemanding read, but like The Tenko Club, all their problems were resolved a little too easily.

Pm'ing Caro1 for her address.

Journal Entry 12 by wingrahar109wing from Ash Vale, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, September 11, 2005
Being posted to Caro1 tomorrow (Monday).

Journal Entry 13 by Caro1 from Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 09, 2005
This book arrived about a fortnight ago, along with a bar of my favourite G&B chocolate (thanks rahar109) but for some reason I completely forgot to journal that I'd received it.

I found this a fairly entertaining and undemanding read, chicklit, or perhaps 'henlit' with a twist. Interestingly I have taken part in reading groups discussing 6 of the books featured, I wonder what the author would have found to write about if she had followed our lives at those points, very little probably!

Journal Entry 14 by angi612uk from Whitchurch, Bristol United Kingdom on Thursday, October 27, 2005
I received this book yesterday but couldn't get on the site to journal it. Thank you angler's rest and Caro1.
I'm halfway through so should be able to finish it by Saturday. Is there anyone else for me to send it to, or can I bring it to the Exeter meet on Saturday afternoon to give to you, Angler'sRest?

Journal Entry 15 by angi612uk from Whitchurch, Bristol United Kingdom on Sunday, November 20, 2005
I posted this back to you yesterday, Julie.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to read it. I found it a little disappointing because I felt it should have featured the books more, with how the books affected the lives of the women, but that's just me. I quite enjoyed it, it was cleverly done.

Journal Entry 16 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Recieved home from Angela.
Now off on the next leg of its travels again!

Journal Entry 17 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, December 03, 2005
Arrived yesterday, thank you AnglersRest. I've got 3 other rings with me at the moment, one with 1344 pages but I'll get to this ASAP.

Journal Entry 18 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
An enjoyable read that had me adding a few more books to those I would like to read. Like other have said I would have liked to have more of the plot focused on the books but this was an easy, light read.

Thank you AnglersRest will PM next person for their address.

Journal Entry 19 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Mailed to morsecode today 28 Dec 2005

Journal Entry 20 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, January 05, 2006
Book arrived safe and sound today. I should be able to get it back on the road early next week.

Journal Entry 21 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, January 09, 2006
This was a nice read. I enjoyed the characters and they seemed very real to me. I wanted to keep reading the book to find out what happens to them.
Unlike some of the other readers I'm not unhappy that the reading group books were not central to the plot. Honestly I felt that the use of the books and Austenisms in The Jane Austen Book Club didn't make up for what I perceived as a lack of character development.

On a side note:
Those of you who enjoyed this book would probably like The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. It is similar without the book club theme.

Journal Entry 22 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, March 11, 2006
Yippee! The Reading Group, which was my very first ring, has made it home having been on its travels for just over a year. Thanks to all that took part.

Journal Entry 23 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, March 13, 2006
The book is off to Angellica, at the start of the next batch of ring participants. I have Angellica's address, so will pop in the post today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 24 by angellica from Worksop, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Arrived this morning :)

Thanks AnglersRest

Journal Entry 25 by angellica from Worksop, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
Read this as a break after reading a thriller. I enjoyed reading this. it took a good few pages to get into, but then I couldn't put it down!

Have already posted to next on the bookring.

Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 26 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Thursday, July 27, 2006
Found this in my mailbox today. I have a couple of bookrings in front of it, but it shouldn't take too long. You can keep track of its progress via my bookshelf.

Journal Entry 27 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Thursday, August 24, 2006
An enjoyable read, but not one of my favorites. I found it interesting that I had read about half of the books they selected and the other half is on my TBR pile. I also did not appreciate the revealed plots and thought the book discussions were more annoying than anything. It took me a while before I could keep all the characters straight, but after a bit I was fine. Each plot line was pretty good, my favorite being Cressida, but overall the book lacked somewhat.

Thanks for sharing. It should go in the mail to the next reader in the next few days.

Released 12 yrs ago (8/25/2006 UTC) at Post Office at 153rd and Garrett in Apple Valley, Minnesota -- Controlled Releases



Tania-in-nc asked to be skipped, so I mailed this off to xpangaeax. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 29 by xpangaeax from Bakersfield, California USA on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Oh my goodness, you guys, I'm so sorry! Somehow, this book got sent to my old address (nobody PM'd me for my address - I wonder if I gave it in the very beginning when I signed up??) and it had to get forwarded to my new one. I just received it yesterday and have a couple to read in front of it but I will do my absolute best to hurry through it since I've already inadvertantly held it up!

Journal Entry 30 by xpangaeax from Bakersfield, California USA on Thursday, June 07, 2007
God, I am awful. Please forgive me! This book is off to livingbooks aka spiritinflight as of tomorrow.

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