The Year of Pleasures : A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812970993 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingsnowy652wing of Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada on 4/15/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingsnowy652wing from Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, April 15, 2006
From The Back Cover:


"Bette Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild woman friends from her collage days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.

In this rich and deeply satisfying novel, a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgetable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal and comes to appreciate the solace found in ordinary pleasures."


****Elizabeth Berg has become one of my favorite authors -- and this book does not disappoint. I enjoyed reading about Bette's journey following the death of one that she loved so very much. Elizabeth Berg writes with a description that surpasses a lot of her peers. The story-line was great, the characters were great and the writing was great.






Journal Entry 2 by wingsnowy652wing from Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, June 15, 2006
This book will be going out as a bookray.


Bookray Guidelines

1. Please journal the book when you recieve it. Then journal it again and let us all know what you thought of the book. Please also inform us when you sent the book to travel to the next person.

2. When you are close to being done the book "PM" the next person in line for their address.

3. Try not to keep the book for longer than 1 month. If you need it longer please inform us and/or ask to be skipped and have your name put further down the list.

4. Most importantly ---- enjoy the book!!!!!


participants:

1. smhamn (usa) ~ usa
2. sabeena29 (usa) ~ usa
3. Wordyone (usa) ~ usa
4. JDT (usa) ~ usa ----- asked to be skipped
5. nancyluvsbooks (usa) ~ usa
6. dancing-dog (usa)~ usa
7. chambejd (usa) ~ usa
8. lilysmom (usa) ~ usa
9. valentina1209 (usa) ~ usa -- asked to be skipped already has read
10. dvg (usa) ~ anywhere
11. DianaCoats (usa) ~ anywhere -- asked to be skipped
12. AuburnCaMom (usa) ~ anywhere
13. DoveiLibri (usa) ~ usa/canada (prefers to be near the end)
14. Satnam (usa) ~ anywhere
15. Ladybug01 (usa) ~ anywhere -- asked to be skipped
16. mysteryfan03(usa) ~ anywhere
17. naturallybear (uk) ~ uk
18. WelshHelen (uk) ~ prefer uk - willing anywhere
19. raeliz64 (uk) ~ anywhere
20. VeganMedusa (new zealand) ~ anywhere
21. Bug2004 (usa) ~ usa
22. Ilios (usa) ~ usa book is here
23. dg7500 (usa) ~ usa/canada
24. nuttyreader (usa) ~ usa/canada
25. Bluestocking88 (usa) ~ usa/canada
26. passiontoread (usa) ~ anywhere
27. GateGypsy (canada) ~ anywhere
28. Rrrcaron (usa) ~ anywhere
29. pennydainty (scotland) ~ prefer uk - willing europe
30. penelopewanders (switerland) ~ europe

totoroandmei (japan) ~ asia

****The last person on the ray may do whatever they wish with the book -- wild release; continue the ray; ray it forward; rabck, trade, keep it; etc...

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sent to smhamn -- bookray

Journal Entry 4 by smhamn from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, June 26, 2006
Received from snowy652!! Thanks for all the goodies you sent along with the books! I will keep the postcard travelling with this book. I have another bookring book I am in the middle of and then will start this one!! Will comment once I have read the book!

Journal Entry 5 by smhamn from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Tuesday, July 4, 2006
I thought this was a wonderful book! I love the characters, and the reconnection with her friends she had lost contact with. Thanks for including me on this ring!!

Released 17 yrs ago (7/4/2006 UTC) at Controlled Release in A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to sabeena29!! Also releasing as part of the Keep Them Moving Challenge!

Journal Entry 7 by sabeena29 from not specified, not specified not specified on Monday, July 10, 2006
received today- I have enjoyed everything I have read by this author and look forward to reading this very soon. Thanks so much for including me.

Journal Entry 8 by sabeena29 from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, July 29, 2006
Berg does not disappoint with this one- it was hard to put down once I started reading. You could tell how much Bette and her husband loved each other and how hard it was for her to be without him. I especially liked how Bette wanted to reunite with her old friends- I have often thought to attempt to contact a few of my old friends to catch up with them. Sending off to Wordyone- enjoy! Thanks snowy652 for organizing this ray :)

Journal Entry 9 by Wordyone from West Bend, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, August 3, 2006
I received this today. I have another book I'm in the middle of, but then will get into this one. I look forward to it - I've liked everything I've read by E. Berg. Thanks, Snowy for starting this, and Sabeena29 for sending it on to me.

Journal Entry 10 by Wordyone from West Bend, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, August 8, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet, funny, heartwarming story.

JDT has asked to be skipped, so I'll be sending this out to nancyluvsbooks today.

Journal Entry 11 by nancyluvsbooks from Williamsburg, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 12, 2006
Yay! I received this in the mail today! I will read it and pass it on to the next person within 30 days. Thanks!

Journal Entry 12 by nancyluvsbooks from Williamsburg, Virginia USA on Friday, September 8, 2006
I've been too busy to read this, so I'm going to get another copy some other time. Dancing-dog, the next person on the list, is one of my BC meetup buddies, and I will see her tomorrow at the meetup and pass this along to her.

Journal Entry 13 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Saturday, September 9, 2006
Nancyluvsbooks passed this on to me at our Meet-Up today - looks good! :=D

Journal Entry 14 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Monday, September 18, 2006
Another good Elizabeth Berg book with all the qualities I love about her writing - poignant, evocative with characters who think the things that you would in their situation .... only one thing about the story line bothered me a little bit - Betta was very lucky (and it seemed to me a little unlikely) that she was able to locate her old college roomies and actually resume a friendship after 20+ years ... Don't you wish the world was more like the lovely little town that Betta found? Thanks so much for sharing this book, snowy! :=D

Mailed to chambejd Sept 19th.

Journal Entry 15 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Monday, September 25, 2006
This book arrived today. I am really looking forward to reading it! Thanks!

Journal Entry 16 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, October 8, 2006
I just finished this book and enjoyed reading it. It kind of reminded me of Berg's The Pull of the Moon.

It was mailed to lilysmom on Thursday, 10/12/06. Thanks for including me!

Journal Entry 17 by lilysmom from Bellingham, Washington USA on Thursday, October 19, 2006
I received this book from a fellow BC'er as part of a long bookray and will read it, journal it and pass it along. Thank you.
Berg has always seemed to have the ability to crawl into my skin and write my feelings and she didn't disappoint me with this novel about hope and love and friendship and finding the value of a quality in the simple, lovely things around us in our lives. If the saying 'Take time to smell the roses' could be written into a novel, this would be it in many ways.

Journal Entry 18 by lilysmom at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Flanders, New Jersey USA on Monday, October 30, 2006

Released 17 yrs ago (10/30/2006 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Flanders, New Jersey USA

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I am sending this off to a fellow BC'er involved in a bookray for this book.

Journal Entry 19 by dvg from Toms River, New Jersey USA on Monday, November 6, 2006
Arrived safely in NJ today! I'm excited about reading this book from my favorite author. Can't decide whether to finish my library book or start this one right now. Ohhh who am I kidding....I'm reading this one right now! =)

Will have it finished quickly and will email DianaCoats who is next on the list.
Update: 11/11/06 DianaCoats asked to be skipped. Emailing AuburnCaMom.

Journal Entry 20 by dvg from Toms River, New Jersey USA on Thursday, December 7, 2006
I forgot to post that I mailed this on December 2nd! Its on its way to AuburnCaMom.

As always I love reading Elizabeth Berg. Once I started reading I could not put it down. I loved the character Betta and loved hearing about her love for her hubby, her move and how she discovered her home and how it truly became her home! How wonderful to reconnect with friends, wish I could do that with some I've lost contact with. You will surely enjoy reading this book.

Journal Entry 21 by AuburnCaMom from Auburn, California USA on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The book arrived before the holiday. I have started it and it is wonderful so far!

Journal Entry 22 by AuburnCaMom from Auburn, California USA on Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Wow, I finished this last night and yet again I love Elizabeth Berg. The book ended well, but it was very unexpected as I had so many pages left and had just sat down to read and I really only had a few pages as the rest were fillers for book groups! I was sad to end it, but loved the story. PMing DoveiLibri though it says prefers to be last, we will see. If she is to be skipped I will PM next after her.

Journal Entry 23 by wingDove-i-Libriwing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, January 22, 2007
It's here safe and sound! Have one book to be read before I can get to this one! Shouldn't be too long! I'll be sure to journal again when it's ready to travel!

Jan. 24, 2007 Sent a PM to "Satnam" requesting their address.

January 25, 2007: Starting this book tomorrow! Really looking forward to it! January 26, 2007: Oh, yes! Started this book and raced through the first couple of chapters already. Elizabeth Berg always creates characters that we can all identify with at least on SOME level. January 26, 2007: Rec'd the address for the next participant today! The Year of Pleasures will be on its way to Satnam as soon as I've finished reading it! January 31, 2007: Finished this wonderful book tonight, just under the wire for my January TBR-Only challenge! What lovely characters, each one special! Will be sent to Satnam tomorrow!

Released 17 yrs ago (2/1/2007 UTC) at -- By Hand Or Post, Ray/Ring, RABCK, Meet-Up in Fort Myers, Florida USA

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Sent to Satnam in NH via media mail today!

Journal Entry 25 by Satnam from Milford, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, February 15, 2007
I received this about a week ago. I don't have internet access at home so finally remembered to bring it to work with me. Thanks for sharing snowy652!

Journal Entry 26 by Satnam from Milford, New Hampshire USA on Monday, March 19, 2007
Just wanted to update everyone. I am reading this and loving it! I don't want it to end, but I have PMed Ladybug01 for her address.

Journal Entry 27 by Satnam from Milford, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, April 12, 2007
I loved this book! I read another book by her last year and didn't like it, but I'm glad I tried this one. After ending a long-term relationship last year, I could relate to some of the grieving process. I ended up writing down 2 pages of quotes from the book. I may edit this entry later with one of my favorites.

I mailed it on to mysteryfan03 today. Thank you snowy652 for sharing a great book!

Journal Entry 28 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Got this today! Thanks!

Journal Entry 29 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I really couldn't get into this book. Maybe it is just my mood lately :+) I sent it on its way to the United Kingdom last week before the postal rates went up and forgot to journal it! Sorry! Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 30 by naturallybear from St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 24, 2007
Just recieved, will be next on my TBR pile!

Journal Entry 31 by naturallybear from St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 2, 2007
Sent to Welsh Helen. Another great Berg Novel, with evocative characters and a storyline that makes it hard to put down until you've finished!

Happy Reading!


Journal Entry 32 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Arrived safely yesterday, thanks, naturallybear. My ring pile has grown over the last few days so it may be a few weeks before I get to this one but I'll try not to hold up the rest of the readers too long :-)

Journal Entry 33 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, September 2, 2007
This is quite easily inmy Top 5 reads of this year. I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of Elizabeth Berg before but I'm so glad that I signed up to this ring as I'll now be on the look-out for her other books.

I loved how she showed such respect for her characters, especially Betta and her relationship with her late husband. I also thoroughly enoyed her writing style - very flowing and at the same time clea an evocative. A definite un-pt-downable read :-)

Thank you so much for sharing, snowy652. I've actually had raeliz64's adress for a couple of weeks, so many apologies for not sending on sooner.

Journal Entry 34 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Posted to raeliz64 yesterday.

Journal Entry 35 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Received today. Thanks very much.

Journal Entry 36 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This was the first Elizabeth Berg novel I have read and I enjoyed it very much. The emotions that Betta goes through came over as very real and I shed an ocassional tear as I was reading.

Journal Entry 37 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, September 17, 2007
Posted to VeganMedusa today.

Journal Entry 38 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wow, that was fast! I'll start this after the weekend - ooh, it's been so long since I've had an Elizabeth Berg fix!

Journal Entry 39 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm going to have to get myself a copy of this - definitely one of my favourite EB books (along with the Katie books and Never Change). I wish my mum could read this. Heck, I wish I could buy a copy for everyone I know!
I've been grappling with depression recently and this is the sort of book that I needed right now, to remind me of all the everyday pleasures to be had.
Thanks snowy652 for sending this very special book out into the world to share with us.
It'll be posted to bug2004 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 40 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Monday, October 1, 2007
Re'cvd today. Will get to as quick as I can. Thanks for sharing!!!

Journal Entry 41 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I love Elizabeth Berg!!! I have only read a few of hers, but she is so, so good at what she does!!!!

This was my favorite so far....I loved the simple, yet detailed writing. I was sad to see the story end!!! So great!!!

Thanks for sharing!!! Will send it off by the end of the week!!! :)

Journal Entry 42 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So sorry for the delay....real life just got in the way!!!!

Mailed off to Ilios today.

Journal Entry 43 by Ilios from Tampa, Florida USA on Monday, December 3, 2007
Got it! My mailbox was ready to explode today, with a bunch of BXing packages. I will read this ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

Update 12/09/07
I've literally devoured this book. This is my first book by Elizabeth Berg and I will definitely become one of her fans. The first few chapters were particularly good. The author's description of Betta's relationship with her husband and the many facets of grief she endures brought tears to my eyes. I am looking forward to discover more books by this author.

I am contacting the next BXer today, so that I can send this book on its way. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to all!

Journal Entry 44 by Ilios at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida USA on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Released 5 yrs ago (3/20/2019 UTC) at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida USA

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