09 June 2007

All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

This month’s book meme, that is. Bubs and Johnny Yen and Lulu have played, and I want to get invited to sit at their lunch table.

Here’s what you do:
• Grab the nearest book.
• Open to page 161.
• Find the fifth full sentence.
• Post the sentence.

From Tim Sandlin’s Skipped Parts:

The fantasy worked me up enough to do the tongue deal and even to touch Chuckette’s one shoulder.

Don't stop at that sentence. Read Sandlin’s GroVont series; you’ll thank me for it. Tim Sandlin is on my author top-ten list for many good reasons.

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At 6/09/2007 12:45:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

funny--i am actually on p161 of the latest of 5 books i am juggling..it is a book called 'but enough about me...a jesrsey girl's unlikely adventures among the absurdly famous' by jancee dunn..her writing reminds me of yours--but she has more access to the 'absurdly famous'..it has a blurb by dolly parton SO you know it is good.

At 6/09/2007 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Marni said...

not first --- damn...

Oh well. I'm going to do this one tomorrow. Give me something to actually write about!


At 6/09/2007 06:43:00 PM, Blogger Nadine said...

OK, I'm playing.

At 6/09/2007 07:50:00 PM, Blogger blog Portland said...

Just saw Bruce Campbell at the top of your five. Groovy.

At 6/10/2007 09:02:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

"It made no sense."--not too interesting, from Donna Leon's The Anonymous Venetian. Haven't read it yet, just brought it home on loan from Emily. Mom didn't like it much...

At 6/10/2007 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

"It made no sense." That is the most beautifully simple and appropriate 5th sentence I've seen yet!

Beth, that was kind of a risque little passage you quoted there. Can you tell us more about "the tongue deal?"

At 6/10/2007 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and saying nice things... come back again.
I feel I've been to this blog before ... ah yes, Tanya Espanya and Passion of the dale

At 6/10/2007 03:58:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Fun meme! The nearest book to me is John Hodgman's "The Areas of My Expertise," and here goes:

"But rumors that they will regularly sneak into your hot tub and drown there are largely inventions of the hot tub-grate industry."

At 6/11/2007 04:13:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

M: Anybody has more access to the absurdly famous than I, doll. I'll have to check out the book.

MARNI: I firsted you.

NADINE: I liked your sentence; I've added your book on my to-be-reads.


At 6/11/2007 04:15:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

HOLLYC: Let me know if you like it.

BUBS: See, that's the idea: You get intrigued, you get the book. It's well worth reading. Funny and unusuall and written well.

GIFTED TYPIST: You're welcome; I enjoy your blog. Dale is the center of the blogosphere these days, y'know.

ROB: Interesting, intriguing sentence ...

At 6/12/2007 07:48:00 AM, Blogger Dan said...

"Turn left here, following both teal diamonds and white blazes, walking gradually closer to the shore."

Now if that ain't a page turner I don't know what is!

At 6/12/2007 08:50:00 AM, Blogger DJ Cayenne said...

"The place is New York, the time is the present, and neither one will ever change." - Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy

Sounds ominous.

At 6/12/2007 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DAN: You left us hanging on the edge of our seats! What's the name of the book?

DJ CAYENNE: I'm so impressed that you have Auster at your office elbow.

At 6/12/2007 12:50:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

"Hiking the Jersey Highlands" (1st edition, May 2007).

I can't wait to see how it ends!!

Will he fall in the pond? Will a busty female lifeguard save him?

At 6/12/2007 01:07:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Oooh; sounds like a page-turner! We'll expect a full report when you're done.


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