Sizzling Summer Reading  

bipolybabe 55F
10715 posts
7/19/2006 10:29 pm

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Sizzling Summer Reading

Pretty much whatever I do, I'm obsessive about it. I do it without stopping until I'm bored and then I do the next thing incessantly: blogging, looking for sex, fucking, reading or rearranging furniture. Of course, some of those bore me more quickly than others.

I just finished three books in quick sucession and liked all of them:

David Sedaris's "Naked" is a collection of short stories that made me snigger, then giggle then belly laugh out loud as I read them into the night, starting with the first in which his mom derailed his irritated public school teachers' year after year by greeting them at the door with Scotch and "Oh, you're coming about the high voices he makes" or the next year "this is about how he keeps licking the light switch, isn't it?" Despite the title, there's not much sex, just snippets about realizing as a pre-teen that he was gay and alternately, avoiding and diving into it. No need for the "eww, gross" reaction, my closet homophobes. It's very amusingly handled by an incredibly talented writer.

"The Sexual Life of Catherine M." by Catherine Millet is a purported erotic memoir of a woman who in her youth fucked and sucked hundreds, if not thousands, of men in all kinds of configurations and group situations. The only thing that kept it from being a total yawn for me was the discussion of space as it affected the sex act: sex in open space, in public, versus sex in private space. Who knew so much sex could be so dull? I think part of what makes it dull is that she wasn't fully present in her body. It's as if she watches herself from above. I fancy that my own memoir will be a much better ride.

James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" about the 22-year-old's rehab process. Who knew therapy could be so interesting? I guess Oprah tore him up on her show for overstating the length of time he spent in jail, but it's still a fascinating tour of addiction hell.

Oh, and I read it a while ago but want to recommend Toni Bentley's "The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir" to my pervy friends. Just put this one in a brown paper wrapper when you're down at the pool as it's about her journey to find God through anal sex. Well-written and often surprisingly elegant, she captures bizarre details of her obsession, like saving the used condoms in a box.

Next on my list is Jane Juska's "A Round Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance."

So, what are you reading? Got a recommendation for something hot for summer?

(c) 2006 AskAphrodite aka BiPolyBabe


Check out my blog Bi-Poly-Babe for more sensual, sexual pleasure!

barbiebunny 36F
5597 posts
7/20/2006 1:03 am

I looove sedaris..I adore "me talk pretty someday"

Its good to be...ME

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:56 am:
Yep, I loved "me talk pretty one day," and I think "Naked" is even funnier.


TheCliticals 35F/F

7/20/2006 1:38 am

Now I feel rather stupid, because Im currently reading only Dan Brown's Deception Point.


bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:55 am:
I haven't read "Deception Point" but loved "Angels & Demons" and "The ...Code."


ProtonicMan 48M

7/20/2006 4:10 am

Good grief. You remind me just how little reading I have been doing the last several years. Sedaris is awesome. I have heard him on public radio.


bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:54 am:
Yeah, this was my second Sedaris book. I liked "me talk pretty one day," too.


VenusDiaries 62M
867 posts
7/20/2006 8:53 am

BiPo I had read "The Sexual Life of Catherine M" several years ago and have been rereading it again this summer to my lovers over the phone. (Is it phone literature or phone sex) not sure, What is terrible about the book is that it was on the NYTimes best seller list for a substantial amount of time and several reviewer's compared it to the classic by the Marquis de Sade (ie: sadism) "Justine". In my opinion in no way do these two books even compare.

I am sure you would have some saucy escapades to write about. Maybe I should put together a compendium of submissions from AFFers for publication.

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:54 am:
Yep, I've got some escapades. I'm actually writing my erotic memoir, which is why I'm reading so many memoirs currently.

Who else has some saucy blogs I can read?


jst4fun915 34F

7/20/2006 9:19 am

I don't read romance novels, but I'm a huge James Patterson fan, so I've been catching up on his books that I missed. I recently read "Monster", by Jonathon Kellerman, although I didn't enjoy it as much as Jersey thought I would. "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" by Tucker Max is priceless, and a perfect summer read! I need some more books, I'll have to raid Jersey's collection this weekend!

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:52 am:
I'll have to check out "Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," just 'cuz I like the title!


meerkittykat 42F

7/20/2006 11:21 am

I am currently reading "Laurel Canyon : The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood" by Michael Walker. I grew up listening to the music my parents listed to, and when I lived in Studio City I flew over Laurel Canyon Road all the time to head into West LA. Just driving through the Canyon, anyone with a sense of music history gets overwhelmed with the spirit of Canyon's former occupants.

I'm kind of an old

I'm headed off to vacation in a few weeks, and some good beach reading in between sex is always beneficial. Thanks for the recs.

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:52 am:
It's funny 'cuz I like the music my parents listened to, too. I've collected a bunch of sentimental favorites like Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move," etc.

Hope you enjoy some hot reading in between sex during your beach time!


song2262 54F
643 posts
7/20/2006 11:31 am

Wonder if tongues will wag when seeing my selections on the "holds to be picked up" shelves in the libary of my little town

Thanks for your recommendations!

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:50 am:
Hope you enjoy your hot summer reading and don't give the librarians a coronary!

Checked out your blog, and it looks like a fun place to hang out!


wickedeasy 67F  
26804 posts
7/20/2006 1:45 pm

crossing to safety - stegner

where i hang my hat - isaacs

and of course - megazillions of trashy bus books

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:47 am:
It's time for me to re-read "Crossing to Safety." I remember loving it for the beauty of the language.

Have to check out "Where I Hang My Hat."


howaboutahuck 66M
489 posts
7/20/2006 2:36 pm

Well now James Paterson & The History of Georgia's Civil War seems a little tame compared to your reading list. I am definitely going to keep a close eye on your blog. HiHo! HiHo! its off to school I go.

howaboutahuck 66M
489 posts
7/20/2006 2:44 pm

Is there home work in this class? Where are your classes held? And does the teacher like apples? Oh! Are there any hands on lessons?
I have a million questions.

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:46 am:
Yes, there's homework! Yes, the teacher likes apples!

Yes, there are hands on lessons!

Any other questions?


spacecadet561 60M

7/20/2006 2:52 pm

I'm afraid the most exciting things I'm reading are the blogs here. Popular Science has its interesting moments, as does Model Railroader. The best part of the newspaper most days is the comic section.


bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:45 am:
I read the comics first in the newspaper, and sometimes that's all I read.

Hey, there's a great monthly publication you'd like: Funny Times! It's a collection of comics and humorous essays. I've been a subscriber for several years, because I love to laugh.


rm_sexxikritter 52F
2715 posts
7/20/2006 3:12 pm

Hmmmmm, finding God through anal sex??? I'll have to check that one out.

I'm breezing through George Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? and Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover by Arielle Ford. I just finished rereading Looking For Mr. Goodbar.

frassy_sass 54F

7/20/2006 3:36 pm

I would rather not say what book I am currently reading.

However, my guilty pleasure is reading the blogs. Better than Springer or any soap opera on TV!


bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:44 am:
Yep, I read blogs obsessively, too!


Now my curiosity is piqued...what the heck are you reading right now?

beta971 58M
12 posts
7/20/2006 11:36 pm

Based on your current reading list, you might enjoy Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Sizzors" and "Dry." If you like reading about sex, identity crises, crazy mothers, and rehab - you'll like these first two in a series of autobiographies about his life. "Magical Thinking" is good - I haven't read his latest. He's my personal favorite author of 2005. And for some entertaining reading about vintage debauchery, read anything by David Niven (yes, the actor - excellent writer) or the autobio of Errol Flynn, "My Wicked, Wicked Ways."

And now a question for your blog readers: Who has it easier when it comes to getting sex and love - women or men? Check out my blog and post your answer.


bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:41 am:
Thanks! I've requested "Running with Scissors" from the library!


bipolybabe replies on 9/23/2006 12:38 am:
Just finished "Running with Scissors," and I LOVED IT.

Thank you for the rec.


rm_chislut 42F
710 posts
7/21/2006 1:16 am

Just FYI - A Round Heeled Woman is **great**! I would SO love to sit and have a long lunch and good conversation with that woman!

And I second beta971's rec for Running with Scissors.

Normally I'd have a gazillion more titles to recommend -- I read *A LOT* -- but it's 3 a.m. and I think my bout of insomnia is almost over...

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:30 am:
Just finished "A Round-Heeled Woman" and LOVED it!

You're right. The author would be so much fun to chat with. Did you see she has a new book out, a collection of late-life sex stories?


crazygurl2xx 57F

7/21/2006 2:03 pm

i read round-heeled woman.. it wasn't as good as i had hoped but i found it while perusing the subject of older women/younger men in the library online version of the card catalog.

still looking for anything in that category whether fiction or non-fiction.

i have a real weakness for anything Rita Mae Brown and heartily suggest any of her fox-hunt series books for anyone who loves dogs, horses, mysteries and humor in human relationships. very entertaining.

bipolybabe replies on 7/22/2006 10:03 am:
I've been a Rita Mae Brown fan for a long time. Did you read her "Six of One"? That I loved it and "Ruby Fruit Jungle" made my siblings aware that I might like girls long before I knew it

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1993 posts
7/22/2006 8:14 pm

I have a post on my blog for great summer reading. You can find it at Skier0752

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:29 am:
We have a lot some faves in common: Robbins and Wolfe.

A Man in Full ranks as one of my favorite all-time books.


libgemOH 56M/52F

7/23/2006 5:43 am

I'm not sure if you have been over that way recently, but [blog tennismaiden] is talking about starting a book club for women on this site. Head over there and sign up girl!! You and your avid reading would be valuable there!! -B

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:24 am:
Thanks so much for referring me to TennisMaiden's reading group!


rm_antoni86xx 30M
7 posts
7/27/2006 6:28 am

Good grief. You remind me just how little reading I have been doing the last several years

bipolybabe replies on 7/30/2006 7:24 am:
Whatcha doin' with your time, then, blogging obsessively like me?


howaboutahuck 66M
489 posts
7/31/2006 2:32 pm

You didn't answer where classes were held.

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