by Toni Jordan | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780340963777 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Amandil of Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 5/24/2010
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Amandil from Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, May 24, 2010
Inhalt: Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local cafe (920). The number of poppy seeds on her orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she'll take to eat it. Grace counts everything, because that way there are no unpleasant surprises. Seamus Joseph O'Reilly (also a 19) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her cupboards without conducting an inventory, or leave her flat without measuring the walls. Grace's problem is that Seamus doesn't count. Her other problem is ...he does. As Grace struggles to balance a new relationship with old habits, to find a way to change while staying true to herself, she realises that nothing is more chaotic than love.

Das Buch habe ich in meinem "realen" Lesezirkel gelesen und bin jetzt sehr gespannt auf weitere Meinungen. Wir haben sehr viel diskutiert, ob die Figuren gut darstellt waren und auch vor allem, ob der Krankheitsverlauf realistisch sei...Mich hat das Buch auf seine Art sehr bewegt.

Startet als Ring:
1. LilyKlip
2. Qantaqa
3. Urfin
4. erinacea

Released 10 yrs ago (6/2/2010 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt / Persönlich weitergegeben --, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany


Macht sich am Freitag auf den Weg - viel Spass beim Lesen!

Journal Entry 3 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, June 09, 2010
A nice and quick read. I did find all the counting and categorising a little annoying though - although I guess, that was kind of the point... Some of the descriptions of places and people in the book were a bit too detailed for my taste (and I don't just mean the counting). I skipped quite a lot of pages where nothing really happened. And I could have done without all the details about Nikolas Tesla...

Still enjoyed it as a nice little love story ;) Thank you for the Ring.

Journal Entry 4 by Amandil at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wird nun doch eine Mini-Ring - nach dem Lesen bitte an Qantaqa schicken, vielen Dank!

Journal Entry 5 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (6/20/2010 UTC) at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany


reist nun weiter an Qantaga

Journal Entry 6 by Qantaqa at Planegg, Bayern Germany on Thursday, June 24, 2010
The book arrived safely - and just in time, I finished my book yesterday evening and now was wondering what I should read next :)!

Journal Entry 7 by Qantaqa at Planegg, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Not quite what I expected - not a bad read, but I wasn't very impressed either. During long parts of the story I felt as if I was reading chicklit (which is NOT one of my preferred genres). Besides, I have to agree with LilyKlip - several parts were a little bit boring.
Nevertheless, thanks a lot for the bookring!
The book is already on its way to the next reader.

Journal Entry 8 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 10, 2010
The book arrived this week. Thanks.
It looks small, maybe I will just squeeze it in between what I read now... as I'm kind of curious. I don't mind Tesla, I watched "Prestige" more than once ;o)

Journal Entry 9 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 31, 2010
I am in holidays right now, and since four days I am reading this book.
At first I was astonished that also girls/women can be this special, all the other books so far concerned boys/men I guess... also I think at some points the condition is probably not well described but okay, it's a comedy. But now I am really appalled by what Grace has become due to the medication, some kind of zombie. I hope it all resolves well.

Can anyone explain to me the joke on page 46, with Russell, the tree with leaves?

Journal Entry 10 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (8/10/2010 UTC) at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany


Persönliche Übergabe an erinacea heute Abend beim Meet-Up.

Journal Entry 11 by erinacea at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Received during today's meet-up, thanks!

Journal Entry 12 by erinacea at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Thursday, August 19, 2010
I agree with LilyKlip's entire paragraph, could have been written by me. :)

This was much more of a chick-lit story than I'd anticipated, and while there were a few scenes where I had to laugh, I found the book altogether more depressing than funny. I had a bit of trouble warming up to Grace, not so much because of the counting than because I found her attitude a bit jarring. My favourite character by far was Grace's niece, Larry - she was delightful whenever she appeared. :p

A friend of mine is obsessive compulsive (albeit in a different way) and I've seen the effects the medication can have, and yes, it's awful. Not sure about the description of the disease itself, that seemed a bit random sometimes.

I thought it was scary how Grace eventually starts copying the bacteriophobes' thoughts and behaviour, but I think that's a natural reaction considering the group's composition.

Did Grace's mother and sister apply reverse psychology in their arguments about the dangers of therapy and Irishmen, or were they really that unsupportive?

My favourite part was the ironic use of "There's safety in numbers" shortly before (Spoiler! highlight to make visible) Grace drops out of therapy.
Sums up the book pretty well, I guess.

Journal Entry 13 by erinacea at Tiergarten, Berlin Germany on Friday, September 10, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (9/10/2010 UTC) at Tiergarten, Berlin Germany


At Amandil's insistence taken along to today's meet-up to find another reader.

ATTENTION: This book is still a ring! It is supposed to circle some more before, eventually, returning home. You may pass it around among bookcrossers, but please don't give it away otherwise (let alone, release it) unless you've contacted Amandil beforehand, who gave you the okay to do so.

Journal Entry 14 by Pebbletool at on Friday, September 10, 2010
Oh-oh... Chicklit?! Maybe I should have asked erinacea before taking this book home. It sounded interesting with a touch of humour, now I am a bis concerned...
Well, I´ll give it a try :)

31.08.2014: Oh dear... after checking my virtual Bookcrossingshelf I realized that there are some books I just didn't remember at all and that obviously found their way out of my RL-BC-shelf to other parts of my flat so I absolutely forgot about them. I am very, very sorry! I will send them on their way as soon as possible.
Sorry!!! :/

Journal Entry 15 by Pebbletool at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Berlin Germany on Saturday, September 20, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (9/20/2014 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Berlin Germany


Travels home now :)

Journal Entry 16 by Amandil at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, January 10, 2015
Oh weh, Schande über mein Haupt. Das Buch ist bereits seit Wochen wohlbehalten in Münster angekommen, danke fürs Schicken!

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