I admit it, I’m a fan of kissing. Who isn’t, right? Well, according to a new book, A Compendium of Kisses, by Lana Citron, men are not as fond of kissing as women are. Who knew? This is the kind of salacious information that can be found in this adorable new book, along with everything else anyone could possibly want to know about kissing – the history of kissing, the biology of kissing, the chemistry of kissing, the longest kisses, the most controversial kiss, the best movie kiss, kissing in literature, kissing in poetry, as well as the definition of every type of kiss imaginable, including my favorite, “The Love Kiss.”
I’ve had good kisses and I’ve had bad kisses. My first kiss was a bad one. I almost gave up on the whole thing – wet, sloppy, a big, old mess!. My second real kiss was during my freshman year high school summer – yes, I know, late bloomer – and was delivered by Tony Alberton in his father’s tan, used Mercedes. Now THAT was a kiss. We weren’t dating or anything, just two neighborhood kids on a hot, summer night keepin’ it real. I don’t know why he did it, but thank God he did. My faith in the kiss was restored. Kissing became a habit. I enjoyed kissing much more than going any further than that, which might explain the long string of short-term boyfriends. Bad kissers, good kissers, wet kissers – I’ve had them all. It’s awfully fun to read a book that describes kissing with as much enthusiasm as I feel for it. One of the most interesting facts is that women pick a mate based on kissing ability – I know I did.
If you are hankering for an interesting book that also will look terrific on your coffee table, (the cover is love-red and it is a very cute, “gifty” size), grab hold of A Compendium of Kisses. The nice folks at the Amazon Vine program provided me with a free copy. The book will occupy a special place on my bookshelf.
Was your first kiss a good kiss or a bad kiss?