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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by mary roach | Nonfiction
Registered by ajsmom of Quesnel, British Columbia Canada on 5/19/2008
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Genevalove): to be read


35 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by ajsmom from Quesnel, British Columbia Canada on Monday, May 19, 2008

This book has not been rated.

It's by Mary Roach, the author of Stiff. Need I say more? 


Journal Entry 2 by ajsmom from Quesnel, British Columbia Canada on Friday, June 13, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Not as funny as "Stiff", though still good. I DO know more about sex than I do about dead people, so there were fewer "No way!" moments.

I'm going to offer this up as a bookring...

Bookring Order

CollegeLady (In US, wants to ship US only)
jenptcfan (In US, okay international)
danielle (In US, okay international)
synical (In Malaysia, okay international)
madnad (In Spain, prefers Europe)
Bookworm-lady (In Spain, prefers Europe)
hyphen-8 (in US, can ship US)
perryfran (in US, wants to be at end of list)----> book is here February 5, 2009 


Journal Entry 3 by CollegeLady from La Mesa, California USA on Friday, June 27, 2008

This book has not been rated.

this just arrived today - thanks ajsmom!!! I have another book to finish and then I'll start this one.

PMing jenptcfan today for an address.

7/8: I liked this book but it wasn't as good as Stiff. 


Journal Entry 4 by CollegeLady from La Mesa, California USA on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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Sent to jenptcfan today at 11:00 am. Tracking number: 9102805213907514284496 


Journal Entry 5 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Monday, July 14, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Received this today. I have about 100 pages left in my current book, but once I finish that, this will be next on my TBR stack. Thanks for passing it along. I will update when I have finished reading it. 


Journal Entry 6 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Thursday, July 24, 2008

8 out of 10

I finished this up tonight. Mary Roach has a gift for taking what could be very dry subject matter and making it funny and engaging. I enjoyed this book very much and it makes me want to read her other book (Spook) even more.

I think my favorite part of her books is the footnotes.

I have PM'd danielle twice (once when I received the book and again tonight). I haven't heard from her yet and I see that she's a new member so I wonder if she has her bookcrossing e-mails routed to an account she doesn't check very often? Hopefully I'll hear back from her soon, but if not, I guess I need to know when to give up and skip to the next person.

Thanks for sharing this book. 


Journal Entry 7 by jenptcfan at ***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 01, 2008

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Dropped off at the post office today and it's on its way to Malaysia (never heard back from danielle).

My boyfriend even had a chance to read this while it was in my possession and he enjoyed it too. 


Journal Entry 8 by synical from Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Quick JE to say that I've received the book!

I've another bookray book to go through, but probably won't take too long.

Will make another JE when I'm done and ready to send off to the next person in line.

Thanks ajsmom! 


Journal Entry 9 by synical from Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Sunday, August 17, 2008

6 out of 10

Finished!

I guess some of it's pretty interesting, but it wasn't enough for me. I guess I wasn't in the right frame of mind to appreciate it better because I kind of feel a little rushed to finish this.

I'll probably get my own copy if the price is right.

Will be sending it to madnad this weekend once I get an address. 


Journal Entry 10 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Monday, September 01, 2008

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The book was in this morning's post - thank you:) 


Journal Entry 11 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Saturday, September 06, 2008

This book has not been rated.

After having read 100 pages of the book I have decided to give up; this has hardly ever happened before but I didn't find the book interesting enough to struggle through 300 pages. To be honest, I had high expectations of the book but it simply didn't happen to me. Sorry.
Will send it to the next person this coming week. 


Journal Entry 12 by madnad at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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sent today to Bookworm-lady 


Journal Entry 13 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, September 22, 2008

This book has not been rated.

This was waiting for me on Friday, when I arrived home.
Can't wait to read it, I had a real laugh with "Six Feet Over".
Thanks for sharing, Ajsmom; and thanks for sending it on, Madnad!
Eva 


Journal Entry 14 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

9 out of 10

This is really great!!

One of the few people who can make me laugh aloud (my neighbours must think I am crazy!), while I read her books...

ALways meeting very strange (but helpful) people, and even willing to take part in experiments herself (assisted by husband Ed...)

Thanks for sharing this, Asjmom, I have had a great time reading it...

Soon to be on its way to hyphen8 (not hyphenated, mind you!) :)

All my best,

Eva 


Journal Entry 15 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Sent this evening to Hyphen-8, in United States.
Sorry to keep you waiting, you'll have a laugh!
Merry Christmas!
Eva 


Journal Entry 16 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, January 03, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived today - thanks! The three kings on your cute card arrived in time for Epiphany. ;)

(Journal entry edited to hopefully avoid confusion.)

This book *won't* qualify for any of the reading or release challenges I'm currently doing (those challenges have heavily influenced my reading choices so far this year), but it sounds like it should be interesting so I'll get to it as soon as possible. That way I can send it to the next person on the list, although I think there might be a typo in that person's BC name...

Now that I can finally see what the picture on the cover is, I have to laugh! 


Journal Entry 17 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, February 01, 2009

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Update: no, I haven't forgotten about this book, really! Sorry it's taken me a while, but I'm on Chapter 14 (of 15) and hope to get it in the mail to perryfran some time during this coming week. 


Journal Entry 18 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, February 02, 2009

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This book answered some questions I never would've thought to ask...and taught me some things I'm not sure I needed to know - for example, how men are like pigs...really. ;)

All in all, an interesting, sometimes astonishing, and often amusing read. Thanks for sharing.

This will be mailed to perryfran tomorrow...meaning Monday, since it's still Sunday night here. 


Journal Entry 19 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Received in today's mail - This one really looks interesting! Thanks ajsmom for sharing and hyphen8 for sending this on from Hawaii - also thanks for the postcard of Lumahai Beach - makes me want to go somewhere warm! I'll try to get to this as soon as possible, but this is the 4th bookring book I've received in the past couple of weeks - they always come in bunches! 


Journal Entry 20 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, February 23, 2009

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Bookray
ajsmom does not want this book returned so I will continue this as a bookray and will send it out as soon as I finish reading the book. Please PM me if interested. Bookray will remain open until last person has the book.

Participants so far:

. Scoobs-buddy from Kentucky, USA (US only)
. minerva1221 from Texas, USA (US only)
. indygo88 from Indiana, USA (US only)
. hostile17 from Indiana, USA (US only)
. NMReader from New Mexico, USA (US only)
. sarkiegirl from California, USA (US preferred, international if needed)
. ekgv414 from Massachusetts, USA (US preferred, international okay)
. Rossella05 from The UK (UK/Europe only)
. Lottiotta from The UK (international)
. Kryssa from The UK (UK/Europe only)
. shnedwards from The UK (international)
. samulli from Germany (international)
. Lilo37fee from Germany (international)
. dutch-book from Netherlands (EU - International if needed)
. mrbaggins1 from South Africa (international)
. briz-cowgirl from Australia (international)
. lucy-lemon from The UK (UK/Europe only)
. earthcaroleanne from The UK (UK only)
. raeliz64 from The UK (International)
. salvami from Ireland (EU preferred)
. silvia-pco from Portugal (EU preferred)
. sarabe1 from Sweden (International)
. duskiska from Finland (International)
. benschu from Germany (International)<----Skip
. JennyC1230 from Georgia, USA (US prefrerred - International if needed)
. UnwrittenLibra from Texas, USA (US prefrerred - International if needed)<----Book is here


Note: Order is subject to change based on shipping preferences and others joining the bookray.

How the bookray works:
* Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back and provide your address
* When you receive the book, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received it
* Put the book at the top of your TBR pile (under other rings/rays that arrived first)
* Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, don't feel rushed to finish it but try to pass it on within a couple of months - others are waiting!)
* When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
* Finish the book, make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
* Send the book to the next person on the list (please use the cheapest shipping method available), make release notes (Controlled Release) or journal entry to let everyone know that it's in the mail
* END OF THE RAY, The last person on the ray could try and continue the ray or just give/mail the book to someone else who might like to read it, perhaps a RABCK, or release it into the wild.

Please feel free to PM me at any time with questions

Bookray is now complete. Thanks to everyone who participated in this successful ray!
 


Journal Entry 21 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

7 out of 10

I found this book to be quite entertaining and educational. However, as a male reader there was quite a bit of information that just made me squirm! This included the chapters on penile implants and the information about what Dr. Kinsey inserted into his penis. Roach's subtle humor added along the way was quite entertaining (especially the footnotes) but by the end of the book, I think I had maybe learned more than I wanted about sex research. If you are interested in more about Dr. Kinsey, I would recommend T.C. Boyle's The Inner Circle, a fictionalized account of the famous Doctor and his research. I also noted that there is a video interview with Roach about Bonk on Amazon.com. Click here if interested. Overall a mild recommendation for this one.

I will be sending this on to continue the bookray tomorrow. Hope everyone has fun with this one! 


Journal Entry 22 by wingperryfranwing at Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Sending off to Scoobs-buddy in Kentucky to continue this bookray. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 23 by rem_XDP-320934 on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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It's here-- thanks! 


Journal Entry 24 by rem_XDP-320934 on Friday, March 06, 2009

8 out of 10

Definitely entertaining & informative but I can't even imagine--- oh no not even going there. I just recently read STIFF by Mary Roach and really enjoyed it- her footnotes are a must read! By the end of this one I was just beginning to lose interest but I really did enjoy it. 


Journal Entry 25 by rem_XDP-320934 at controlled release, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases on Friday, March 06, 2009

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tomorrow will put in the mail to Minerva1221 


Journal Entry 26 by minerva1221 from Garland, Texas USA on Saturday, March 14, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Received this in the mail today. I should be able to get started on it this weekend. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 27 by minerva1221 from Garland, Texas USA on Thursday, March 19, 2009

7 out of 10

Why can't all non-fiction books be this entertaining? Filled with fascinating stories and research, from disturbing to downright hilarious. More than you ever wanted to know about the science of sex...er, I mean sexual intercourse. 


Journal Entry 28 by minerva1221 at Sent To The Next Bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES: Thanks for sharing this book! It's now in the mail to indygo88. 


Journal Entry 29 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Book has arrived in Indiana! It beat several other bookrings on the way, so it'll be first up in the queue after my current read! 


Journal Entry 30 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

8 out of 10

Gee, what can one say about a book like this? I guess you've got to admire anyone who goes to the lengths that Mary Roach does to acquire her research. I read very little non-fiction, but I must say that I enjoy Roach's writing. She knows how to add enough humor to keep the reader interested, although I thought this book could've been a little more condensed than it was. I was ready to be done with it about 3/4 of the way through, although I kept going until the end, just to say I read it all. My favorite parts included:

p. 172-173 (Dr. Foreman's kegal video for strengthening the pelvic floor musculature for men (i.e "Tighten! Tighten! Tighten!" vs. "Titan! Titan! Titan!"))

p. 210 (Mary's description of images that stay with you for the rest of your life (i.e. man in blue smock walking across factory floor w/ armload of chocolate-brown dildos)

p. 252 (Alfred Kinsey's quote about cheese crumbs & male vs. female rats during copulation)

In context, I thought all of these were hysterical! And yes, the footnotes are quite engaging as well. I read "Stiff" on audio, and though I enjoyed it, I think the actual book version is the better way to go in order to fully enjoy all the footnotes, etc. I recently just picked up a copy of "Spooked" at a library sale, so now I'm anxious to read that as well.

I tried to get my book club to read this as a selection a couple months ago, but I was outvoted. LOL! I do think it would make for an interesting group discussion! Thanks, ajsmom & perryfran, for initiating & continuing this bookray! I have hostile17's address & will be mailing within the next day or two. 


Journal Entry 31 by book_drunkard from Osgood, Indiana USA on Monday, April 13, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Received in the mail today.
Looking forward to reading this. 


Journal Entry 32 by book_drunkard from Osgood, Indiana USA on Monday, April 20, 2009

7 out of 10

All in all an interesting and entertaining read.
Am I the only one who wonders just how much they had to pay people to
sniff used tampons ? Yes, there ARE some things that I'd just rather not know and the "pleasantness" of vaginal odors during the monthly cycle is one of them.
I think I enjoyed her witty little footnotes the most. 


Journal Entry 33 by book_drunkard at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 20, 2009

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Mailed off this morning to NMReader. 


Journal Entry 34 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Thursday, April 30, 2009

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It arrived today with a flood of other books. I have added to mount TBR and will start as soon as I can 


Journal Entry 35 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, May 10, 2009

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I love Mary Roach as she mixes science and humor.

I know some of the images in the book will stay with me for a very long time.

I must find a copy of her other book Spooked

Thank you for including me 


Journal Entry 36 by NMReader at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, May 11, 2009

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Hope to drop at the PO over lunch.

Delivery Confirmation Number: 0309 0330 0000 1512 9839 


Journal Entry 37 by sarkiegirl from La Quinta, California USA on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Yay!! I got this today! I've been looking forward to reading this. I have one ahead of it, so I will get to it as soon as I can! Thanks! 


Journal Entry 38 by sarkiegirl from La Quinta, California USA on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6 out of 10

I really wanted to enjoy this. There were humorous parts, and I agree with the person who liked the footnotes as well. But, I felt like it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Maybe my hopes were too high. Or maybe there was a lot of science and less sex? lol Or, maybe the last book I read was too good that it ruined it for the next book. I don't know.
I didn't finish it, but my deadline is coming up and I'm going to be sending it off in the next couple of days.
thank you for letting me join! :) 


Journal Entry 39 by sarkiegirl at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, California USA on Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Sending to ekgv414 today! :) 


Journal Entry 40 by ekgv414 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 22, 2009

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Recieved today, and I'll start it as soon as I finish my current book. I've loved Stiff and Spook, so I can't wait.

Thanks! 


Journal Entry 41 by ekgv414 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, July 07, 2009

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I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Stiff, still my favorite, but I think I'd enjoy anything Mary Roach writes. Along with the obvious humor, I'm always surprised at how well she's able to explain pretty complicated things in such simple terms. It's nice to have a few impressive facts stored, to fit into conversations.

Waiting for an address from lucy-lemon, and then I'll get it right out. 


Journal Entry 42 by ekgv414 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, July 17, 2009

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I've tried both lucy-lemon and Lottiotta for addresses and haven't heard back... I just sent a PM to Rossella05, so I'm crossing my fingers... Will update again when I finally send this book out, but didn't want anyone to think I've abandoned the ray. The book is still sitting here on my desk, waiting for a new home.
 


Journal Entry 43 by ekgv414 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Apologies for yet ANOTHER journal entry. I never heard from lucy-lemon or Lottiotta, so I sent this book out to Rossella05 today. If I do hear back from either of them eventually, maybe we can figure out how to add them to the end of the list or re-insert them at some point.

In the meantime, Rossella05, enjoy!
 


Journal Entry 44 by XIV-590003 on Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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thank you! i have read Stiff and Spook/Six Feet Over, i like Mary Roach's writing style so I expect I'll enjoy this one too. I'm half way through Nora and Liz by Nancy Garden at the moment, as soon I finish it I'll start this one, looking forward to it. 


Journal Entry 45 by XIV-590003 at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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To my surprise, I found it quite boring, gave up on it after the first 3 chapters.. hope the next participant enjoys more than i have. Should reach them today. 


Journal Entry 46 by Lottiotta from Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, August 21, 2009

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This arrived a couple of days ago, when the power was off in our epic DIY journey in the new house. :) It's always good to get books through the post when all your TBR is in storage boxes several miles away! I started reading it, and have been reading during breaks and on the bus and so on, and I'm already up to page 156.

I'm enjoying it, but some of it I already know. Sex is weird and wonderful! I am wondering if there's going to be a section on gay/lesbian/transgender stuff, because that interests me. I'm also going to PM perryfran about having a friend of mine read it after me.

So, my bkkeepr page is here, you can stalk me to see which page I'm on and what else I'm reading! Likewise, my Velocity of Reading graph might interest you.

Last but not least, this book is listed on the Bookring Directory, which has well over 300 active and open bookrings listed!

Thank you so much to perryfran for hosting this fascinating ring, and thank you to Rossella05 for sending this to me and for my RABCK too!

23rd August 2009
I learned so many interesting things from this book, and a lot of them I shared with whoever I was chatting with at the time! Mostly my housemate Steve and my friend Brett, who wants to read the book at some point. :)

Thank you so much! What a good style of writing and humour for non-fiction. I am going to PM Kryssa now for an address.

30th August 2009
Just PMed Kryssa again. 


Journal Entry 47 by Lottiotta at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 05, 2009

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Posted second class to Kryssa. :) Thank you, and enjoy! 


Journal Entry 48 by Kryssa from a secret surprise!, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Thanks so much for passing this on as a book ring, I started reading it this morning and will post my thoughts once I've finished the book. Cheers! 


Journal Entry 49 by Kryssa from a secret surprise!, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 25, 2009

6 out of 10

This book was an interesting read, maybe a little too much science and bio / not enough sex for my liking! I was a little too squeamish for some parts of the book, especially the animal stuff but it is good that she covered a lot of different aspects. The people Roach meets for interview are real characters, quite hilarious. I especially loved Dr Hsu in chapter 6. I also loved the footnotes, and would like to point out my favourites (which each induced a small giggling fit) - pg.60 "Decorative Penile Wrap"... and pg.96 "Who clubs a hamster?"...

Ready to pass on and will pm next BCer for address. 


Journal Entry 50 by Kryssa at to the next participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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Sorry for the delay, passing this on now in the post :) 


Journal Entry 51 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, October 03, 2009

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It's here! Thanks Kryssa for sending this on. I've had a quick browse and the pictures are already making me giggle. I've got two short books to finish before this. I imagine I'll get to it soon. 


Journal Entry 52 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, October 24, 2009

10 out of 10

I'm giving this a 10 because I quite simply really enjoyed it. Thanks very much ajsmom for sharing it!

I will contact the next participant for an address and get it moving as soon as I can. We are in the middle of postal strikes at the moment, hope it won't be held up for too long... 


Journal Entry 53 by shnedwards from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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On its way to samulli in Germany. 


Journal Entry 54 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Tuesday, November 03, 2009

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The book arrived yesterday. I already started reading, so it shouldn't be too long until it can travel on. It's quite entertaining so far. 


Journal Entry 55 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Thursday, November 05, 2009

6 out of 10

This book takes the cake for being the unsexiest book about sex I have ever read.
Not that I read many books about sex. Let's just say it wasn't quite what I had expected. And sadly, I didn't learn anything new that could actually be helpful to boost my own sexlife.

Like other readers I thought it could have been a great deal shorter. There were some icky parts that I skipped (really, who wants to read the details of a penis operation?) and some parts that were just plain boring (the stuff about the pig inseminators *yawn*), but for the most part it was an entertaining read. The thought of all those for the most part rather boring scientific papers and books Mrs. Roach had had to go through to research all this is pretty impressive. But still, the book is lightyears away from the hilarity that was "Stiff". Or maybe it's just that I find the intricacies of death and decay way more interesting than the ones of sex.

I already contacted the next person on the list and will send the book on as soon as I get an address. 


Journal Entry 56 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Damn, I totally forgot to send off this book, even though I had the next address for a couple of days! Sorry for the delay. It is finally on its way now. 


Journal Entry 57 by wingLilo37feewing from -- Irgendwo in Bayern, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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And here it is, thanks a lot! 


Journal Entry 58 by wingLilo37feewing from -- Irgendwo in Bayern, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

6 out of 10

At first I found the book very entertaining. But maybe I was not in the right mood for it, in the end I was glad that I had it through. 


Journal Entry 59 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

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The book arrived at my doorstep today. Already looked through it and I already do find it interesting. 


Journal Entry 60 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, January 02, 2010

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Well I just finished this book in about two day's. Found it very interesting, although I'm not sure I will remember some of the facts I read. Happy to have discovered this author. I'll PM mrbaggins1 right away for his adress. 


Journal Entry 61 by dutch-book at Abcoude, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Sorry for the delay. This one is now off to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 62 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Monday, January 25, 2010

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Arrived in Jozi today. Thanks for sharing. I have a couple of others to read before this one which I'll get 'round to ASAP 


Journal Entry 63 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Saturday, March 06, 2010

6 out of 10

Not as good as "Stiff" and about equal to "Spooked", her other book - drags a bit and at the end I got plain bored with reading about the subject. As the Nike ad say "Do It!"

Thanks for sharing - contacting the next in line 


Journal Entry 64 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Friday, March 19, 2010

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Posted by surface mail to briz-cowgirl in Australia today. Hope you enjoy that book (and the goodies) spend the money wisely


Thanks for sharing 


Journal Entry 65 by briz-cowgirl at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Wow, finally received this today all the way from South Africa. Posted on March 19, received June 29! I was beginning to think that this one had been lost in the mail...
Looking forward to reading this; really enjoy Mary Roach's books. 


Journal Entry 66 by briz-cowgirl at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, July 11, 2010

8 out of 10

I love Mary Roach's writing style; like another reader said, she makes a subject that is very dry into something interesting & engaging. I always like the footnotes as well! Can't believe some of the studies that were done with regard to this topic :)
PMing the next reader in this bookring. 


Journal Entry 67 by briz-cowgirl at Brisbane, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Heading off across the ocean to continue the bookring! 


Journal Entry 68 by lucy-lemon at Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, August 06, 2010

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Arrived a couple of days ago, and I thought I had registered it, but clearly not. Looking forward to reading this one! 


Journal Entry 69 by lucy-lemon at Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, September 03, 2010

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Have really tried with this one, but really can't get into it at all. Have PMed the next person on the list. 


Journal Entry 70 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, September 20, 2010

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Arrived at the weekend. I've got a couple of books in front of it but I'm sure they won't take me long. 


Journal Entry 71 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, October 07, 2010

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I really enjoyed this. I found it equally informative, entertaining, funny and gruesome. I think if I had been a man, I might have been squirming at certain sections. As it was I think some people at the airport might have been wondering what I was reading while waiting for my delayed plane. I laughed out loud before very quickly making strange faces at the more grisly bits. If everyone says her other books are even better, I must get my hands on them.  


Journal Entry 72 by wingearthcaroleannewing at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Friday, October 08, 2010

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Off to the next person in the ray. 


Journal Entry 73 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Received today. Thanks very much. 


Journal Entry 74 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

8 out of 10

Very interesting and extremely funny. I laughed out loud a lot and drove my husband mad by reading bits out to him. 


Journal Entry 75 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 28, 2010

8 out of 10

Posted to salvami today. 


Journal Entry 76 by salvami at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland on Monday, November 01, 2010

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Received this morning! Thank you for sending this my way, I am very looking forward to reading it :) 


Journal Entry 77 by salvami at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland on Monday, February 21, 2011

9 out of 10

I am very sorry for keeping this book with me for long! :( I already have silvia-pco's address, so I will send it asap. So sorry..

I learned a lot of things I hadn't even thought about before Σ(゚Д゚)...maybe from the pleasure of encountering the new facts about sex, I had to read out and share with others. ( ・∀・)
Her writing made me laugh a lot, too. I think I will look for other books by this author.

Thank you for sharing this book, and I am very sorry again for stopping its journey:(
(Well-traveled book feels really nice, I noticed, btw.)
 


Journal Entry 78 by salvami at Wexford, Co. Wexford Ireland on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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to silvia-pco, enjoy!  


Journal Entry 79 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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And here it is! I have a few books on my TBR at the moment, but I'll try not to keep this for a long time. I'll keep you posted.  


Journal Entry 80 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Friday, October 21, 2011

7 out of 10

First of all, I'm sorry I've kept this for so long, but I've been having reader's block lately and it took a toll on my Mt. TBR. :/

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was very interesting, actually, but I guess I expected it to be a little different; maybe with a little more fun and a little less science.

Despite that, you really get to learn a lot from this. There are interesting facts, some you had never thought you'd get to know about. There are some very brave scientists out there, and some brave "test subjects" (can't think of a better expression) as well. The experiments and studies they do can get really weird sometimes :D
I found myself to be squirming during some bits that weren't even about women, so I wonder how a men feels when he reads this book, particularly the chapters about penis operations and so forth. But all in all, even with those bits that make you slightly uncomfortable and others that are just a bit boring, it was a good read. I'm now expecting to get my hands on other books by Mary Roach, as I've seen some better reviews about those.

Thank you so much for sharing! The book's already on its way to sarabe1. 


Journal Entry 81 by sarabe1 at by mail, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, January 08, 2012

6 out of 10

The post office was truly confused by the simple fact that I moved house - all of 300 yards - this summer and the book has been travelling for far too long.
Anyway, have now read it and made my husband read it for the sheer quirkieness of it - and will now send it onwards! 


Journal Entry 82 by sarabe1 at n/a, by mail -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Off to Finland! 


Journal Entry 83 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, January 12, 2012

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The book has safely arrived. That was fast! I have one ring book in front of this one, but I'll read this ASAP. 


Journal Entry 84 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, January 15, 2012

10 out of 10

Haha, what a great book! Mary Roach has the ability to write deliriously funny and easy to read books which are also very clear in their subject matter. Her books are popular science at its best. And she describes the different situations she's in so vividly you can just see the scientists in your soul's eye. Unlike many others I found the whole book really engaging, even the bits about penile operations and pig inseminations. :)

You have to admire the lengths to the author goes in gathering information for her books, acting as a guinea pig herself. Even more admirable is the work the scientists do despite facing the ridicule of their peers and the suspicions of those who control the money flow. Ok yes, fingering a female monkey to see if they have orgasms raised my eyebrows too. :P But seriously speaking, I had somehow assumed that humans are the only animal where the females have orgasms. So this book was actually educational too, I learned a lot in reading this. 


Journal Entry 85 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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I sent a PM to benschu almost a week ago (on the 15th) asking for her address but haven't got a reply. I sent another PM today.

ETA: Oops, it says clearly in benschu's profile that she asks to be skipped in rays and rings. Don't know how I didn't notice that. I've contacted JennyC1230 instead. 


Journal Entry 86 by duskiska at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Posting today to JennyC1230. Happy reading! :) 


Journal Entry 87 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Friday, February 10, 2012

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The book is here! Wow, this one has been journalled a lot! I am going to read it and share with Lumbermoose. It won't take over a month for both of us to read, I hope that's okay, then we'll send it to the next person in line. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 88 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

8 out of 10

My Review: This was an interesting book. It didn't seem quite as in-depth as Stiff, Spook, or Packing for Mars, but maybe that's because the subject is a bit taboo and just hasn't been as researched, tested, etc.

Passing to Lumbermoose to read and then I'll send it to UnwrittenLibra.  


Journal Entry 89 by Lumbermoose at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Friday, March 09, 2012

7 out of 10

What can I say? Mary Roach once again tackles a subject that you wouldn't normally read about. Footnotes were the best...as always.

Thanks for sharing. Passing back to JennyC1230 to send on. 


Journal Entry 90 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Friday, March 23, 2012

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The book is looking pretty shabby, so I put a cover on the front and back and repaired part of the spine that was starting to rip. Hopefully this book will continue to travel for awhile.

Sending to unwrittenlibra today via media mail. 


Journal Entry 91 by UnwrittenLibra at Houston, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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Arrived yesterday - thanks Jenny! Flying to Baltimore on Thursday - this will make great plane reading. Thanks again! 


Journal Entry 92 by Genevalove at Fairfax, Virginia USA on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Thanks so much for sending me this book! I look forward to reading and releasing it soon. 


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