The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)

by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385341008 Global Overview for this book
Registered by grubsneerg of Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on 5/25/2009
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, May 25, 2009
Bought new from amazon.com because I heard so many good things about it. I hope it doesn't disappoint!

Journal Entry 2 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 01, 2009
It didn't disappoint! This book was both everything I hoped it would be and nothing like I expected. I didn't expect to laugh out loud; I didn't expect to feel tears pricking at my eyes. There were a lot of different people to keep track of, but that just made me read a little slower, enabling me to savor each letter all the more. I was shocked and saddened to see that the author, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away in early 2008; kudos to her niece, Annie Barrows, for helping bring her aunt's legacy to life.

Journal Entry 3 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 01, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (5/31/2009 UTC) at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA

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I enjoyed this so much that I immediately passed it on to my mother to read. I think she'll like it.

Journal Entry 4 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 29, 2009
Mom has finished this. Here are her thoughts: "At first, I didn't know if it would be a good book with all these short letters, but once I learned who all the people were and what their relationships were, I liked it very much. I found it very interesting and was sorry to read that the author passed away and that there will be no more books from her."

Journal Entry 5 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 29, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (6/29/2009 UTC) at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA

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Mom is giving this to Sister No. 3 to enjoy.

Journal Entry 6 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, August 03, 2009
Got this back from Sister No. 3. Now where will it go?

Journal Entry 7 by grubsneerg from Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Since my copy of this book is ready to travel, I offered to pick up the North American readers on shelj7k's ray so everyone gets a chance to read it faster. Her rules still apply:

Please:

  • Make a journal entry when you receive the book
  • PM the next participant, even if you have their address, to confirm where the book should be sent next.
  • Read the book within a month if possible - if delayed make sure to let us know!
  • When you've read the book, make a journal entry telling us what you thought.
  • Make a controlled release when sending the book on, using YOUR country, state, and city as the release location.
  • The last person on the list is free to continue the ray or wild release or whatever they please.
  • Enjoy!!!

Many thanks for joining my first BookRay!

N/B: This mailing list is subject to change:

1. jeskawest (USA) Mail US <-- Done
2. NMReader (USA) Mail US <-- Done
3. spoiledrotten (USA) Mail US <-- Done
4. a1856 (USA) Mail US <-- Done
5. allthesepieces (USA) Mail US <-- Done
6. mssaver (USA) Mail US <-- Done
7. ravencat (USA) Mail Int'l <-- Done
8. PCGator (USA) Mail Int'l <-- Done
9. Grorser (Canada) Mail Int'l <-- Done
10. rockyhorror1978 (Canada) Mail Int'l <-- Done

Bookray is complete! Thank you all for participating and for making it a success!

Journal Entry 8 by grubsneerg at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, August 14, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (8/14/2009 UTC) at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA

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On its way to jeskawest. Happy travels!

Journal Entry 9 by jeskawest from Long Beach, California USA on Sunday, August 23, 2009
Just received this one. I am excited to read it for several reasons, so I'm glad I was able to get on this bookray. I'll start reading it soon!

Journal Entry 10 by jeskawest from Long Beach, California USA on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I looovved this book. I am not always a fan of novels told through letters, but this one worked beautifully. Really, a terrific book for anyone who loves books and reading. I know I'll be getting this for someone for Christmas this year!

Journal Entry 11 by jeskawest at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Saturday, September 12, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (9/10/2009 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Sent this on its way to NMReader.

Journal Entry 12 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It has arrived. Thank you

Journal Entry 13 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, October 18, 2009
I thought a update on the status of this book would be appreciated.

I am starting this book today. I should have it in the mail by the end of the week.

October 19th:
Ok, I started the book just before bed time last night and I am at the half way point. I knew the Channel Islands had been occupied but I know nothing about what it was like for the people there. This has been educational and it has made me want to learn more about the island and what happened during the war.

Journal Entry 14 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, October 19, 2009
What a delightful tale. I am impressed at how much this book makes me want to learn about the occupation on the Channel Islands.

I am sad to learn I will not be able to enjoy another book by this author.

Thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 15 by NMReader at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Monday, October 19, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (10/20/2009 UTC) at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

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I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did

Delivery Confirmation Number: 0308 2690 0001 9865 6737

Journal Entry 16 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, October 22, 2009
Received in the mail today at the perfect time as I just finished a book last night. Thanks so much for sending and including me!

10/24/09 Finished this book tonight and really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for including me and sending my way.

Journal Entry 17 by spoiledrotten at Broomfield, Colorado USA on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (10/27/2009 UTC) at Broomfield, Colorado USA

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Sent off today to continue on its journey. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 18 by a1856 from Castle Rock, Colorado USA on Thursday, November 05, 2009
I received this in the mail yesterday, and I started it last night! I think this is going to be a very fun book to read! I will PM the next person in preparation for it's next stop!

Journal Entry 19 by a1856 from Castle Rock, Colorado USA on Wednesday, December 02, 2009
What a great book! I tried to read it slowly over time, as I wanted it to last! I really had not realized that the Channel Islands had been occupied, and so, that the Germans actually did occupy part of England! I have a friend that lives in Normandy, so I've recommended the book to her too. I found it really interesting to hear about life there during the occupation.

I think the author is a wonderful writer, and like someone else has said, I'm sad that I won't be able to read any more books by her.

Thank you grubsneerg, for starting this book ring! I have sent it on to allthesepieces.


Journal Entry 20 by a1856 at Broomfield, Colorado USA on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (11/30/2009 UTC) at Broomfield, Colorado USA

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Released to allthesepieces via mail.

Journal Entry 21 by snarkhunting from Decatur, Georgia USA on Friday, December 11, 2009
Been a bit busy with work, but I believe this is the one that came in on Tuesday. I've got another ahead of this one, but I hope to get started soon. Meanwhile, I'll send a PM along to the next participant for shipping information. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 22 by snarkhunting from Decatur, Georgia USA on Sunday, January 10, 2010
Egads, what can I say about this book other than that it was amazing? I'm more of an "ideas" person. That is to say I'm not typically drawn in by stories about people, but all throughout this book, I kept wishing--no, scratch that. These people were my friends. They breathed. They existed. They were beyond any reasonable doubt alive, each with their own perspective, and each with their own little quirks. I simply refuse to believe that the characters in this book were purely a figment of the authors' imagination. I was glued to their story from page one right up until Juliet's final letter, in which she discloses...well, it'd be better to read it for yourself!

I laughed. I cried. I laughed and cried all at once. And I'm sure I'll cry again on Monday. I'm going to be awfully sad to see this book go, but at the same time, ridiculously happy to have the chance to share it with someone else.

Thank you very much for the chance to read this incredible book. Now I want to go back to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to talk about it!

Journal Entry 23 by snarkhunting at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Monday, January 11, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (1/11/2010 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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On its way to the next participant! Happy reading!

Note: I just got home and realized I forgot to tuck the shipping list back inside the book. I'll get that its own envelope and drop it in the mail tomorrow morning. Sorry about that!

Journal Entry 24 by mssaver from Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, January 16, 2010
It's here! I'm in the middle of another book, but I should be done soon, and I'll plunge right into this one.

Journal Entry 25 by mssaver from Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Like many other readers, I did not know about the German occupation of Guernsey. The book touches on the suffering of the people on the island but also presents a variety of eccentric, humorous, and lovable characters. I'll send it on to ravencat.

Journal Entry 26 by ravencat from Buffalo, New York USA on Saturday, January 30, 2010
Arrived today and looking forward to reading this as soon as I get back from vacation in about a week.

Journal Entry 27 by ravencat from Buffalo, New York USA on Sunday, February 14, 2010
Such a wonderful and moving story with so much history about the Channel Islands during WWII. Not only that,it had so many other aspects to it such as survival,friendship,and most of all my favorite a love story!! The characters were so charming and true to life that I could almost picture them in my head! I also enjoyed the letter format it was written in. I am so thrilled to have had a chance to read this book so Thank-you so much grubsneerg for sharing it. Sending it off to PCGator.

Journal Entry 28 by ravencat at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (2/16/2010 UTC) at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA

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Sent off to PCGator via US Postal Service with delivery conf # 03091830000234579998

Journal Entry 29 by PCGator from Plant City, Florida USA on Thursday, February 18, 2010
The book has arrived safely to Florida, I found it in my mailbox when I got home from work today. Finished my previous book, so this story will be what I read for the upcoming weekend. I just saw the musical "South Pacific" a couple of weeks ago in Tampa, so guess I am continuing with the World War II theme - I find it such a fascinating time in our history.

Journal Entry 30 by PCGator at Plant City, Florida USA on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (3/1/2010 UTC) at Plant City, Florida USA

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Add me to the list of readers who thoroughly enjoyed this story. Juliet is such a likeable heroine, someone who lives by her own lights during a time when women were not commonly encouraged to lead such independent lives. These characters and their stories seemed so real. Once into the book, I didn't want to put it down.
Thanks so much for including me in this ray. The book is now going from Florida up the East Coast all the way up to Grorser in New Brunswick - a distance of almost 1,800 miles. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 31 by Grorser from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada on Monday, April 19, 2010
This novel is written as correspondance, letters sent and received tell the story of Juliet Ashton's discoveries on the island of Guernsey. And the letters tell the story very well.

It is a compelling tale of what happens when an occupying army takes up residence and how the population reacts and copes.

What i find so fascinating about this tale is that it had two authors with the niece of the original author finishing up the book after her aunt's death. How difficult it must be to finish another's work and seek inspiration from another's muse.

I've enjoyed this book a great deal and I do apologize for letting it linger here so long. We've had some family-related issues and work has been wild. Not suitable excuses but all I have to offer.

The book is next off to rockyhorror1978. I'll PM for the mailing address right away and try to get this in the mail this week. rockyhorror1978, you're in for a treat.

Journal Entry 32 by rockyhorror1978 from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Arrived today! I'm looking forward to reading this wishlist book. Thanks to grubsneerg for starting this ray and to Groser for passing this book on! :)

Journal Entry 33 by rockyhorror1978 from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 16, 2010
A beautifully written book! Add me to the list of praisers!

It was interesting to read the perspective of war from the survivors and those not directly involved in the war. Like many, I was not aware of the British Channel Isles being occupied. It was wonderful to read about the lives of the residents from a first person perspective: the lack of basic necessities and how they "made do" with what they could scavenge! The style of writing, letters, added to the genuineness of the story and made it that much more believable. Another wonderful aspect of the book was the sense of community that radiated from the story-tellers. In the face of adversity came a community of literary lovers that made unbearable conditions, bearable. Like Juliet I was captured by their dedication to each other and an attempt to find the silver-lining in a horrible situation.

As for Juliet, for the most part I liked her at a character. I found her a bit flighty and annoying at times. She also appeared inconsistent: verging on hysteria in some letters and a strong-willed woman in others.

I am going to share this book with a BX friend in the Netherlands. I have no luck initiating bookrings/rays so I am going to try and keep this book moving on it's own volition. Whether you can afford to send it across the street or across the world, just keep it moving!

Journal Entry 34 by rockyhorror1978 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (6/1/2010 UTC) at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands

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Being sent as a surprise RABCK to chamonix44. Enjoy! :)

Update: Being mailed 15 October 2010. Pardon the tardiness in mailing this book out.

"Anyway -- because we are readers, we don't have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next -- and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis -- at any time of night or day."
— Kurt Vonnegut

Journal Entry 35 by wingchamonix44wing at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
What a lovely surprise! Thank you very much rockyhorror1978 for sending me this book. It was on my wishlist for a long time, and then I was given a copy of it by pinkoeria, and despite being drawn to read this novel every time I looked at it on my bookshelf, there was always something I had to read first, for one reason or another. Yes, there is always a reason why I read each book, (apart from WANTING to read it), like....someone is waiting for it, or I want to take it to a certain place to release, and I know I am going there soon, or I want to take it to England to post, and I have to get it read before I go to England. (Why England? Very reasonable postage costs compared to this rip-off country where I live now.)
So, now that I have TWO copies of this book, this is my reason for choosing to start reading it right now. I can have one copy upstairs by my bed, and one copy downstairs. (I usually have two different books on the go, one up, one down). Now, with two copies it won't take too long to get it read. I saw that this book spent TWO whole months in the post. You must have started to worry that it might be lost, but it got here in the end. It's a good traveller! Don't worry, I will pass it on to someone else afterwards. So it will keep moving! Thank you for the nice postcard, for my collection, and the lovely pink bookmark! You are very generous!




Journal Entry 36 by wingchamonix44wing at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, December 20, 2010
I finished reading this book yesterday. I am not going to rate the book yet until I have read the Acknowledgments, and the Afterword at the back of the book. So I'll be back with a review soon.

Journal Entry 37 by wingchamonix44wing at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I loved this book like all the other journallers did. Nice story. I felt sorry for Elizabeth, and for the people of Guernsey with what they went through during the war. I will send this book to someone soon, so that it can continue travelling. I gave the book a 9 star rating.

Journal Entry 38 by wingchamonix44wing at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (3/23/2011 UTC) at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands

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I am passing this book on to motherof11, (via her daughter). This is a very enjoyable story. I hope you like it too. Can you please keep this book moving?!

This book was released as part of the following challenge in the Release Challenges forum:
"Keep Them Moving 2011 Release Challenge January - April"

Journal Entry 39 by wingmotherof11wing at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, March 27, 2011
Picked this book up from my daughter. Thanks so much, chamonix44! I heard many good things about this book, and it was on my wishlist, so I'm very happy to have finally received it! I'm looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 40 by wingmotherof11wing at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Thursday, April 28, 2011
What an absolutely lovely, warm, endearing, enjoyable book!!!!I thoroughly enjoyed every word!!! Sometimes it even brought tears to my eyes!
My youngest daughter (17) read it too, and also enjoyed it very much!

Journal Entry 41 by wingmotherof11wing at Maroochydore, Queensland Australia on Monday, May 16, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (5/16/2011 UTC) at Maroochydore, Queensland Australia

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This goes to JuneQueensland for her birthday.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Journal Entry 42 by junequeensland at Maroochydore, Queensland Australia on Sunday, July 10, 2011
Firstly so soy to hear of the passing of Mary Ann Shafer,but what a legacy to leave behind that many readers will enjoy. This is a very different book but once you get into it very enjoyable. A mixture of happiness and sadness. Thank you Motherof11 for sending this delightful book to me. I am now bookcrossing it to my daughter Glenys in Tasmania

Journal Entry 43 by glenystasmania at Maydena, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
this one has been on my wishlist for quite a while, thanks for forwarding it on to me.... pretty near the top of my tbr pile..... cheers glenys

Journal Entry 44 by glenystasmania at Maydena, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, May 03, 2012
Loved this book, and have the perfect next recipient, thanks so much for sending this my way

Journal Entry 45 by glenystasmania at Bushy Park Market in Bushy Park, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, May 03, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (5/8/2012 UTC) at Bushy Park Market in Bushy Park, Tasmania Australia

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Journal Entry 46 by glenystasmania at Bushy Park Market in Bushy Park, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, May 03, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (5/8/2012 UTC) at Bushy Park Market in Bushy Park, Tasmania Australia

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