'Ralph's Party' Completed Bookray!

by Lisa Jewell | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014027927x Global Overview for this book
Registered by lucycat of Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on 5/1/2003
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lucycat from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 1, 2003
From the back cover:

'Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road in a romantic and engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people's lives.

Ralph and Smith are best friends. Until they fall for Jemima their new flatmate. Jem knows one of them's the man for her, but which one?

Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above. Happily unmarried for fifteen years, it looks as if nothing can spoil their domestic idyll.

Except maybe Cheri the femme fatale in the top flat. She's got her eye on Karl and isn't about to let his fat girlfriend stand in the way...'


The following is pasted across from my journalling from my original copy of 'Ralph's Party' (currently making new friends in the States)...if you'd like a peek at that journal, it can be found here.

I enjoyed this one, but then was blown away by Lisa Jewell's next book, 'thirty-nothing' (the story of which ran an almost direct parallel to events in my own life at the time, unsurprisingly it has remained a firm favourite.;O))
This is good fun too, an intelligent romp through a 'chick-lit' style plot with enough recognisable characters and regrettably familiar situations to set bells ringing all over the place....oh, and one of the most gratifyingly grotesque and utterly deserved comeuppances you can possibly imagine...

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

I picked up another copy of this lovely (and very English) chick-lit book, so I'm going to send it off sight-seeing in my second ever BookRay.

Thanks for playing, and I hope everyone enjoys the book!

Journal Entry 2 by lucycat at -- Controlled Release in Lancaster, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Released on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at http://robbiesmum.bookcrossing.com in Lancaster, lancashire United Kingdom.

Headed out to Robbiesmum in today's post!
Happy reading, everyone. :O)

Journal Entry 3 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 8, 2003
Ralph's Party just arrived in the post! Can't wait to start reading it - it's one of those books I've kept meaning to read for ages. When I've read it I'll add my review and pass it on.

Journal Entry 4 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 12, 2003
I really enjoyed this book. I've read Lisa Jewell's other novels so I kind of knew what I was expecting, but it was fun reading how the flatmates and other people living on different floors of the house interlinked. The characters were interesting, not stereotypes. Jem was great - small and dark haired and quite kookie. Lots of fun. I also liked Ralph and Siobhan, deep and interesting. So glad I joined in this Book Ray. Hope the rest of you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 5 by Robbiesmum at -- Controlled Release in Lancaster, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Released on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at Postal release to Vi0let in Lancaster, lancashire United Kingdom.

Posted to next person on the Book Ray - Vi0let

Journal Entry 6 by vi0let from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Received Ralph´s party today.

Journal Entry 7 by vi0let from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, May 23, 2003
Good characters, and the plot wasn´t too sweet and happy. Easy-read.

Will send Ralph´s party to Nikel27 soon.

Journal Entry 8 by vi0let from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, May 27, 2003
The book is on it´s way to Nikel27.

Journal Entry 9 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Friday, May 30, 2003
the books has arrived and I will try to start it the next week, lucky that I have now 3 weeks vacation , and a lot of time to read. thanks Lucy for letting me join your bookray.

update 06/07/03:

finish with reading, it was okay to read, but I really don't got into the story.Sorry about that hope the next one will like it more.

will go to a journey over the oecan to Constant-Reader

Release planned for Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at Postal System in Ginsheim, Hessen Germany.

this book goes via surface to the next member of this bookray, have fun to read it.

Journal Entry 11 by lucycat from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Hey-up me hearties!

I just had a mail from Vivian (Constant-Reader) to say that she's received 'Ralph's Party' but is a bit bogged down with ring/ray books at the mo, and would like to send the book straight on to the next reader, and be added on to the end of the list (hence the change in running order above.)

I'd just like to say again (I'm sure on behalf of everyone in the ray), thank you so much, Vivian, for your kindness and consideration. It's very much appreciated. :O)


Journal Entry 12 by Constant-Reader from Lawrenceville, Georgia USA on Thursday, June 26, 2003
Received earlier this week as part of a bookring. I am inundated with rings/ray right now so I am going to pass on this right now and get it back at the end of the list. I will be posting this on Saturday morning to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 13 by Constant-Reader at postal release to BCer keeprdg in Duluth, Georgia USA on Saturday, June 28, 2003
Released on Saturday, June 28, 2003 at postal release to BCer keeprdg in Duluth, Georgia USA.

Journal Entry 14 by keeprdg from Duluth, Georgia USA on Thursday, July 3, 2003
I received this book in the mail, and will start it after I finish reading my current bookring book. Thanks for sharing your book, lucycat!

Journal Entry 15 by keeprdg from Duluth, Georgia USA on Tuesday, July 15, 2003
This was a quick, fun read. I could have done without some of the more graphic details in a few places in the book, but overall I enjoyed reading it. As an American, it's also fun to read some of the different language and expressions that we don't use in the U.S.

Journal Entry 16 by keeprdg from Duluth, Georgia USA on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Mailed today to MissJAS. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 17 by missJAS from Vancouver, Washington USA on Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Received in the mail today, and already jumped into the first 3 chapters!

A fun read, like sharing gossip with a good friend! It made me want a beer! Took me a while to figure out what a "spliff" was...there was quite a bit of slang that I did not know. I greatly enjoyed it, thanks for sharing Lucycat.

Mailed to Moogytee 8/6/03!

Journal Entry 18 by moogytee from Sacramento, California USA on Thursday, August 14, 2003
'Tis here! Thanks, missJAS and Lucycat! Just read and very much enjoyed "Thirty-nothing," so I'm sure I'm going to like this one, too!

Journal Entry 19 by moogytee from Sacramento, California USA on Sunday, August 24, 2003
Good book! It's the first thing I've read since having LASIK eye surgery, so it was a bit slow-going. :) It was more dark and complicated than 'Thirty-nothing', but for some reason I found myself a bit less involved in the characters (maybe because there were more of them?). I enjoyed it, though. There's a lot going on here despite the light, 'chick-lit' feel. Thanks for including me in this ray!

Journal Entry 20 by puppymummy from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 8, 2003
Arrived in the mail today, looks terrific. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Journal Entry 21 by puppymummy from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, September 16, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was so pleased with the ending! The antics of Smith during the party were really amusing.
I will post this off to the next participant shortly.

Journal Entry 22 by puppymummy at Postal Release in Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Released on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at Postal Release in Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

I finally got my act together and sent this off to sunny Queensland. It should arrive soon!

Journal Entry 23 by wingluckayewing from Crestmead, Queensland Australia on Friday, October 3, 2003
another one for the TBR pile beside my bed :)

Journal Entry 24 by wingluckayewing at on Monday, December 29, 2003
Released on Monday, December 29, 2003 at postal release in Kingston, Queensland, Australia Controlled Releases.

So Sorry for the delay in getting this sent on, but it is now on its way to USA!

Journal Entry 25 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Arrived in the mail today, all the way from Australia. I had no idea it was on the way, so it was a surprise. I guess I know what my next read is going to be. :) Thanks for sharing, lucycat!


Journal Entry 26 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Wednesday, January 7, 2004
This was a fun book, but I didn't like it quite as much as Thirtynothing. I wondered when the title of the book was actually going to mean something in the story! This whole book was like watching Melrose Place - drama, drama, and more drama. The only thing I really wasn't happy with was the Siobhan-Karl outcome. I *really* wanted them back together. Rick was a putz.

Thanks for sharing this one, lucycat. I look forward to more by Lisa Jewell!

Journal Entry 27 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Saturday, January 17, 2004
This is being mailed to the next reader, Debbie325, on 1/21! Bye bye little book!

Journal Entry 28 by Debbie325 from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, February 16, 2004
Received this book, just started reading it, thank you.

Journal Entry 29 by Debbie325 from Brooklyn, New York USA on Thursday, February 19, 2004
Hi, sorry for taking so long to journal this one, it's been hectic here lately, but I've recieved it and started reading it and will pass it along to the next bookray person. thanks.

Journal Entry 30 by Debbie325 from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, March 15, 2004
sending this on to the next person on the bookray today., only started reading the book, didn't get to finish it, too much going on so I'd rather pass it on., thanks for the opportunity

Journal Entry 31 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Thursday, March 18, 2004
This arrived in today's mail. Should be able to read it soon.

Journal Entry 32 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, March 23, 2004
This was a quick and easy read, my first book by Lisa Jewell. It has gone out in the mail today to spaceystacey.

Journal Entry 33 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Monday, March 29, 2004
Just received in the mail today. Will be reading soon and passing along.


My sincere apologies to all. I had somehow misplaced this gem of a tale and just relocated it. Mailed out 6/24/04 to next reader on the list.

Journal Entry 34 by jendudley from Edinburg, Texas USA on Saturday, July 31, 2004
I forgot to journal this when I rec'd it, but I have read the book now. Great book. Their lives were so intertwined, it was amazing, very much like Melrose place! But like Ellymae58, I was unhappy with the Karl-Siobahn relationship. Thanks for letting me particiate! Who gets this Next??!!

Journal Entry 35 by lucycat from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 2, 2005
It's here! :O)

Thank you *so* much to everyone who has participated in this ray/ring thing...I can't believe how far this book has travelled in a year and a half, how many times it has been read...and that it's still in one piece!

What a wonderful end to 2004...and a rather inspiring start to 2005! :O)

Luc.x


Journal Entry 36 by lucycat at 'The Mission' pub, Posterngate in Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Released 16 yrs ago (11/1/2005 UTC) at 'The Mission' pub, Posterngate in Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Time for this one to get moving again - it'll be accompanying me to tonight's Hull & East Riding BC Meet at 'The Mission' in Hull. Safe travels, little book! :O)

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