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About meActor. Musician. Webhead.

About my libraryLibrarything is a joy. I'm a new member. Still having a thrill remembering books read long ago and entering them (especially as they come up in recommendations so frequently).

My Rating System:
5- Beyond compare, almost beyond discussion. Perfection.
4- Fantastic. Have re-read or would be happy to re-read.
3- A damned good book, better than most of what's out there. I hope to only read books at least this good.
2- This was supposed to be a damned good book, but left me disappointed. You may like it more than I did.
1- Crap. Don't waste your time.

Here's me, trying out the 50 books chanllenge:

www.librarything.com/topic/44867

Groups50 Book Challenge

Favorite authorsPeter Carey, Paul Quarrington, Mordecai Richler (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceAug 15, 2008

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I loved it. I thought it was gorgeously written. Maybe I loved it more at the sentence and paragraph level than at the story level? Also: Why have I only just noticed this comment?
wow. I just googled Doing Leonard Cohen and read some reviews... it looks fantastic! I am in the wrong part of Canada, sadly. I will keep my eye out for it in case it moves East. Thanks for letting me know!
Hi, Grant!
Thanks for stopping by. I love seeing all the books that everyone else is reading, too. There are so many books out there that I would know nothing about except for LT. Have a great day!
--BJ
Hi Grant,

I think the author of Sex and bacon would be very pleased with both your description of her as well as her intentions, and I agree with you as well--she is very smart and it looks like she is going to have continued success as an author. I probably will eventually read the whole book myself, so I'll write again afterwards. Happy Holidays and happy reading too!

Bonnie
P.S. I forgot to say thatI love the directness of your rating system, and I had the same thought that you expressed at the beginning of your 50-Book Challenge. Why hadn't I discovered LT sooner? For me, it's probably a generational thing. Being almost 60, I'm not as computer savvy as I would like. Anyway, see you on the posts and happy reading! :)
Bonnie
This post was getting too long on your 50-Book Challenge thread so moved it over here. I actually got to hear Sarah read from [Sex and Bacon] in a very small bookstore in Seattle last summer. I feel like I can call her by her first name (smile) because there were less than 20 of us there and we all gabbed beforehand and snacked on all sorts of delicious treats. (Maple syrup-coated bacon, so good!) But I'm so glad I didn't grab any of the candy bars offered, because she read the chapter about the "John" who brought them a particular candy bar to eat while he...

She WAS good--she was more telling the story, rather than reading it, and she sort of acted the whole scene out. I felt like I was "right there", but I really didn't want to be there and I felt more than a bit embarrassed to be listening with two of my best friends. It was like watching porn together--not good! And, I have to admit that I felt really sad for her (that sounds judgmental, but I can get so angry about this topic, especially for all the thousands of children who are being sexually abused) so I wasn't ready to find the comedy in her stories as she has done. My friend bought a copy of her book, primarily because she knew the owner, but we all sort of slunk out of there as soon as we could.

Anyway, as I sat there listening to the chuckles and outright guffaws as I was cringing in my seat--not only for her, but even for the "John," I started thinking about how MUCH we bring our own experiences into the stories we're reading. Soooo, long story, not so short..I'm interested in hearing more about YOUR thoughts and feelings as you were reading the book.
Bonnie
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