Monday, May 12, 2008

Tag Love

Wow - it's been a long time since I've been tagged. So long, in fact, that I think a pretty big segment of taggers from the olden days don't blog anymore, but it's a tag that's both fun and doesn't use up too many brain cells, so here goes. Here are the rules:

1) Pick up the nearest book - I happen to be blogging from my parents' place right now, so I had to get up and go to my sister's bedroom to find a selection of books I left behind. My eyes fells on a very bright pink cover I remembered from back when I first got into chick lit - Valerie Frankel's The Accidental Virgin.

It's probably worth telling the story behind this book. It was 2003, I'd just fallen in love with a new author I'd never heard of before called Sophie Kinsella, and I was desperately searching for similar books. Also, I'd just moved to the Cayman Islands where pretty much anything besides sand and sea water was scarce. I could order books from Amazon.com but then I'd have to wait a month to get them (who wants to do that??!) or I could order them from our one local bookstore. Wait time: one week. It was a no-brainer. Except that in retrospect, I should have probably ordered a book with a title like "The Accidental Virgin" over the anonymous net, month-long wait time and all. Because our local bookstore was run (and still is - though other book stores have popped up in the meantime)but a little old Caymanian lady with a Brooklyn accent (don't ask) and a hearing problem. I went to pick up the book on a Saturday afternoon when everyone and their grandmother was at the bookstore. The conversation went a little like this:

Me (a little bit embarassed): Hi, uh, you called me... you said my book was ready for pick up?

Little Old Lady: And what book was that, dear?

Me (leaning over the counter and whispering): Er, The Accidental Virgin, please.

LOL: What was that dear?

Me (leaning in closer and whispering and breaking out into a mild sweat): The Accidental Virgin.

LOL: The Accidental what? You'll have to excuse me dear, I'm a little hard of hearing.

Me (wanting to die): The Accidental Virgin

LOL (screaming at the top of her lungs, because she's a little deaf): The Accidental what? Virgin? Ed... do we have The Accidental Virgin back there? This young lady wants The Accidental... oh, uh, virgin (says last word a little more quietly this time).

Entire store turns to look, or at least that how it feels. I tuck my chin into my chest, pay, and run out of the store. I have since been back many, many times, and have a lovely friendship with the owners of the store, and even signed there once, so at least this story has a happy ending: )

Okay - back to the tag rules.

2) Turn to page 123, find the fifth sentence and post the next three:

The idea was to differentiate itself from the upscale lingerie retailers on the Internet. Hitching thongs.com with a porn site would send their cart careening down-market, downhill, down the toilet.

"I say this with the deepest respect for Stanley's business acumen," said Stacy, "but isn't smut.com kind of smutty?"


There you have it. If you're not intrigued, I don't know what else to tell you.

Now for the tough part... I'm going to go ahead and tag Mary Castillo of Chica Lit, Karin Gillespie of Southern Comfort, my friend and intrepid traveller Bride-to-Be, and Dona Sarkar who hasn't blogged in about 17 years (though I'm pretty sure she's still blogging over at Books, Boys & Buzz Girls).

1 comment:

Bride-to-Be said...

thanks pretty lady! i do need a kick in the butt when it comes to that, but honestly, i don't think anyone is reading or cares. am i crazy?

but just because YOU cared, i will do it!! :) i think my goal for the rest of 2008 will be to do something interesting enough to have you link me from your site. :P