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Of Mice and Maltesers - chat thread for round three.

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AgentProvocateur Sat 02-Jul-11 17:54:54

First posting date - 1 August.

Please email the initials of your book and author by 20 July to ali41w at googlemail dot com.

aristocat Sat 02-Jul-11 18:07:32

great start AP, i just need to decide on a book smile

artifarti Sat 09-Jul-11 09:40:56

Ah, you've already done it! grin

Hello all.

Dysgu Sun 10-Jul-11 16:36:26

Hello All

I am off to browse my bookshelves and will then send an email to AP

Agree with what Arti said on the other thread choosing books that are unlikely to have been read by everyone already.

LolaLadybird Sun 10-Jul-11 21:48:13

Hi. Have e-mailed by book choice to AP this evening.

stickylittlefingers Tue 12-Jul-11 18:38:37

hello again... Am having customary confused about the book. I'm all worried now that it's actually really well known, just I was out the loop for years!!

artifarti Thu 14-Jul-11 20:33:39

AP - am just sorting out the table to email to you. Am assuming the following people, as have not had a reply from anyone else by email:


I think we can pretty much assume that all of the books have dropped into a black hole too! Has anyone received theirs back?!

Will also email initials of my book and author.

Itsjustafleshwound Sat 16-Jul-11 19:36:31

I trust you have received my e-mail and we will have the posting (and choc!!) details to post.

Looking forward to it - thanks!

AgentProvocateur Tue 19-Jul-11 22:36:16

Well, I'm back to rain and a mountain of washing (thanks to a bottle of shampoo that spilt over the few clothes that were clean!)

So far, I've had book choices from SLF, LolaLadybird, ItsJustaFleshWound and Artifarti, so a couple more still to come in.

I can't decide what book to choose, so I'm going to have a rummage in the bookcases tomorrow and hope that inspiration strikes me.

Good point on the last thread, Arti, about not choosing bestsellers - it's so disappointing to open that envelope only to find that it's one you've read.

aristocat Wed 20-Jul-11 13:06:54

AP just going to email you now - have been torn between two books this time ........

aristocat Wed 20-Jul-11 13:15:31

AP you have mail grin

BTW JohnWorf is on hols - i am sure she will contact as soon as she returns home

AgentProvocateur Wed 20-Jul-11 23:08:07

Aristocat I've not got your email. Could you resend it please?

I'm struggling to choose a book this time round. I always seem to choose miserable books for my RL book group, and for the last two rounds of this. I have ordered one from Amazon that I read years ago and enjoyed. I'll need to quickly re-read it before I decide, in case it's not as good as I remember.

aristocat Thu 21-Jul-11 10:47:40

AP have emailed again to ali41 - hope you get this one smile

AgentProvocateur Fri 22-Jul-11 10:58:07

I've got everyone's choices now, apart from Dysgu and JohnWorf (who is on holiday), so I'll give them both a couple of days to reply, then I'll email you all with addresses at the start of next week.

I can't guess any of your choices by the initials, and there are no duplicates so far. Can't wait to get started!

Dysgu Sun 24-Jul-11 22:20:59

Sorry for delay - but have sent my choice to AP now.

Things have been very busy and rather emotional here - the school where I work closed its doors forever on Thursday as the county is reorganing and middle schools have all closed. Most people have been redeployed but some have chosen to leave the island and everyone is going to starting afresh in september - so there were many tears from staff and our 500+ students this week.

All sorted now though, and ready to read some books and enjoy the beach before sorting my new classroom later during the holidays.

A bit worried about my book choice - concerned that others may have read it! No one had at my RL book group so going with my choice and keeping my fingers crossed.

Hope all is good with everyone else.

AgentProvocateur Mon 25-Jul-11 15:54:26

OK, you should all have an email now with the details of the person you are posting to and - more importantly! - their chocolate preferences. I think JohnWorf is still on holiday, because I've not heard from her yet but I'll send her a PM.

The posting order is:

Aristocat (to LolaLadybird)

Remember to put your MN name inside the book before you post it.

Can't wait to get my first book!

Itsjustafleshwound Wed 27-Jul-11 12:32:10

Oops!! I have just posted the book to JohnWorf so I hope it will be there when she gets back ...

Thanks for taking on the organisation ...

aristocat Thu 28-Jul-11 19:11:03

hello all ...... LolaLadyBird your book and chocolate has been posted today smile enjoy!

stickylittlefingers Fri 29-Jul-11 18:29:50

hello! Book and choc are on their way, arti... I can't wait to get going on this again!!

Have a lovely weekend, everybody smile

AgentProvocateur Sat 30-Jul-11 13:17:07

I had a last-minute change of book, but it's now in the post to you, SLF.

stickylittlefingers Sat 30-Jul-11 21:24:52

smile Thank you!

We could make a "didn't make the final cut" list as well perhaps, for when we need inspiration and it's still a week until the next book arrives? I'd be interested to know what you didn't send, IYSWIM. I've read more William Trevor since AP sent Lucy Gault, for instance, he's really good isn't he?

LolaLadybird Sun 31-Jul-11 22:52:59

Thanks for the book and choc Aristo - looks like a real page turner and looking forward to getting started. We are off on hols next weekend so have added it to the top of my holiday book stash. Don't think the choc will have to wait so long ....

AgentP - yours is all packaged up ready for a trip to the post office tomorrow.

Sticky - I'd also be interested to know what was on the 'didn't quite make it' list. Like AgentP, I very nearly changed my book choice this weekend but I don't own a copy of the other book and figured it wouldn't be a good start to be late in the first month whilst I waited for an Amazon delivery!

AgentProvocateur Mon 01-Aug-11 16:03:48

I can't wait to get mine.

My didn't-quite-make-it list went like this: Decided on Portofino by Frank Schaeffer but when I bought it and re-read it, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered. Then I was going to go for A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry because I read it on holiday and was blown away by its brilliance, but I thought its sheer size (and unrelenting tragedy) would be offputting. So then I decided on The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway but I thought some of you might have read it.

The one I decided on was one I read a couple of years ago, and really loved. It's quite thick, but easy to read. Don't let the back blurb put you off. In fact, don't read the back before you start it. Hope you all enjoy it.

stickylittlefingers Mon 01-Aug-11 17:12:22

I have been warned wink...

Thanks for the Also-rans. I will make a note for the next time I'm in the library (I've come home from the library with four extra books today - thinking that 5 plus the chocolate will keep me going while I go down with the DDs to stay with my parents next week. They tend to go to bed quite early...)

artifarti Mon 01-Aug-11 18:32:47

Thanks for the book and choc slf! Looks good and I haven't read it so will make a start tomorrow.

itsjusta - yours is in the post. It's quite a chunky one but I was so absorbed by it that I couldn't put it down so hope you find the same.

By the way, are we going to start threads for each of the books? I used to quite like that (before it all went wrong last time round...)

AP - I read A Fine Balance a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

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