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February 26, 2016

Looking Back - Sleeping at the Starlite Motel


Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.



Sleeping at the Starlite Motel by Bailey White
Nonfiction - Essays
1996 Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Finished in February 1996
Rating: 1/5 (Poor)






Publisher's Blurb:

Anyone who has read her bestseller Mama Makes Up Her Mind--or who has heard her on National Public Radio--knows that Bailey White is one of the keenest observers of Southern eccentricity since Mark Twain. Sleeping at the Starlite Motel revives White's reputation as a master storyteller, Southern division, as it catalogs the oddities of the Georgia town she knows so well.

My Original Notes:

Terrible! Not at all like Mama Makes Up Her Mind, with regard to humor or subject matter. Very dull and senseless. I read the entire book and didn't enjoy a single essay.

My Current Thoughts:

Why in the world did I bother reading the entire book, if I was so dissatisfied? As I recall, I really enjoyed Mama Makes Up Her Mind, so maybe I was trying to remain optimistic. This was probably back before I gave myself permission to quit a book I wasn't enjoying. Live and learn.

10 comments:

  1. I felt the same way! Still remember my disappointment that Starlight wasn't more of Mama Makes Up Her Mind.

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one, Jenclair!

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  2. I just recently decided not to finish a book if I wasn't enjoying it. To many books out there to waste time on a bad one.

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    1. Vicki, I used to finish every book I ever started, but somewhere along the way, I gave myself permission to quit if the book wasn't grabbing my attention. The older I get, the less patient I am to stick with a mediocre book.

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  3. I used to make it through books that I was hating but not so anymore. Too many books vying for attention. So fun to look back and see the reviews!

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    1. Iliana, I agree! That's why you'll rarely ever see a rating below 3 on my blog.

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  4. I have looked back and it seems that I didn't read this. I do love Bailey White, and am sad that she seems to be no longer writing. I'm quite sure this is on the shelf, and I'll check and see for sure.

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    1. I wonder why she stopped writing. I really enjoyed Mama Makes Up Her Mind. Let me know what you think of this one, if you get around to reading it.

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  5. I felt the same way!

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    1. Good to know, Susan!

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