A Year in Reading: 2010

The following is an incomplete list of the books I’ve read this year, not entirely in order, accompanied by a loose grading system.

  1. Sellevision – Augusten Burroughs – C
  2. Dry – Augusten Burroughs – B
  3. Autobiography of a Fat Bride – Laurie Notaro – A
  4. Son of a Witch – Gregory McGuire – A
  5. Mirror Mirror – Gregory McGuire – B
  6. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Gregory McGuire – B
  7. Son of a Witch – Gregory McGuire – A
  8. A Lion Among Men – Gregory McGuire – A
  9. You Suck – Christopher Moore – B
  10. Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman – C+
  11. Lamb – Christopher Moore – B
  12. God id Not Great – Christopher Hutchins – C
  13. A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore – C
  14. Heat – Bill Buford – A
  15. Wicked – Gregory McGuire – A
  16. The World of Karl Pilkington – Karl Pilkington – A
  17. Gerald’s Game – Stephen King – D
  18. Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster – A+
  19. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs – B+
  20. The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – B
  21. Good Omens – Neil Gaman – B
  22. Save Karyn – Karyn Bosnak – A
  23. We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier – Celia Rivenbark – C+
  24. Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera – A
  25. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris – A+
  26. Pretty in Plaid – Jen Lancaster – A+
  27. The Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell – B
  28. Inappropriate Men –Stacey Ballis – B+
  29. Not Tonight, Honey – Susan Reinhardt – B+
  30. 20 Times a Lady – Karyn Bosnak – B
  31. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith – A+
  32. Ripley Under Water – Patricia Highsmith – A+
  33. The Boy Who Followed Ripley –Patricia Highsmith – A+
  34. Ripley Underground –Patricia Highsmith – A+
  35. Ripley’s Game –Patricia Highsmith – A+
  36. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – A+
  37. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami – B
  38. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood – B+
  39. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett – A+
  40. World Without End – Ken Follett – A+
  41. The Bourne Sanction –Eric Van Lustbader – A
  42. Return from the Stars –Stanislaw Lem – A
  43. Monster, 1959 –David Maine – B+
  44. The Giver –Lois Lowry – A+
  45. The House of the Scorpion –Nancy Farmer – A
  46. The Children of Men –P. D. James – B-
  47. How Proust Can Change Your Life –Alain De Botton – A-
  48. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein – C+
  49. You Better Not Cry –Augusten Burroughs – B+
  50. My Fair Lazy – Jen Lancaster – A+

The Denim Guide

Every woman’s worst shopping nightmare, second only to the bikini, is designer jeans. I have literally tried on 20 pair in one visit to Saks and found only pair that fit. True story. 

If denim’s on your wish list this year, this guide is here to help you find the right pair of jeans for your body type – with as little pain and suffering as possible.

 I’ll warn you, they aren’t cheap, but they’re designer jeans. You only need one great pair, maybe two and you’re all set. They’ll last forever and get butter soft – so worth it.

Be sure to wear the shoes that you will wear most with them so that the store attendant can mark them for the tailor and send them on their way that day. I also advise that you wear a light weight comfortable shirt. You’d be surprised how hot it can get trying on jeans.

 For women with curves

It’s amazing how many denim manufacturers don’t seem to think that women have hips and thighs. News flash – we do! Most of us anyway… *cough, bitch, cough*

 Joe’s – Honey Fit: sizes 25-32 ~$174

Citizens of Humanity – Kelly Bootcut sizes 25-32 ~$198

 Larger sizes

CJ by Cookie Johnson, Plus Size Grace Bootcut: sizes 14-22 ~$174

CJ by Cookie Johnson, Plus Size Faith Straight Leg: sizes 14-22 ~$144

 For petites

Obviously all jeans have to be hemmed but if you’ve found that they don’t fit right in other places due to your vertically challenged stature, try…

 Citizens of Humanity Petite’s “Dita” Bootcut: sizes 24-32 ~$189

 For the stick figures

Yes, I do kind of hate you (joke!) but that’s not why I chose the term. There are women out there who must have a hard time shopping because they have such slim features that jeans don’t look very feminine on them. Try…

 AG Adriano Goldschmied “Stilt” Straight Leg: sizes 24-32 ~$178

Citizens of Humanity” Avedon” Slick Skinny Superstretch: sizes 24-32 ~$209

 Women with thighs and small waists

Again with the overly slim thigh cut. If you have a slim waist but your thighs are a little out of proportion, try…

 Citizens of Humanity “Ingrid”: sizes 24-32 ~$149

7 For All Mankind Bootcut sizes 24-32 ~$159

Mention Monday: @ChicagoStyle

Last week I explained that I would be choosing one tweep to spotlight for Mention Monday each week. Last week it was @RachelintheOC. This week I’m recommending @ChicagoStyle.

This windy city woman loves fashion and has a great sense of humor. I can always count on her twitter feed for snappy comments, a good laugh and a sneak peek into the event planning world.

Her blog http://www.midwesternfront.com/ covers trends, designers, shoes, accessories and a living look book. What makes ChicagoStyle so unique is that she video blogs via YouTube.

You should definitely check her out and if you like what you see, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel where she’s been known to give away prizes.

Mention Monday Weekly Posting

I’ve decided to start a weekly post dedicated to Mention Monday (that’s twitter for you non-tweeters). Each week I’ll spotlight a blog that I follow and tell you why I like it.

As a new blogger I understand the desire to increase blog traffic and build your reader base. In the spirit of giving I’ll do my part to help my fellow writers in their quest. Check back weekly to see who I cover – who knows? It could be you!

Why I Love My Husband

Background: Recently, Hubbs asked me yet again about something I had already explained to him in an email. My response was, “Do you have a monkey that reads your fu*%ing emails or something?” To which he replied yes.

From: Me@Work

To: Hubby@Work

Subject: Winter Semester

Date: Today

Me: I registered for 5 classes.

Hubby: That’s a lot of classes. Can we afford that?

Me: Yep. Ask your monkey to explain it to you. He should know.

Hubby: My monkey can’t talk. Duh. Don’t you think I’d be better informed if my monkey told me things? He just looks at stuff while I’m away.

Mention Monday – @RachelintheOC & @IndieBookIBC

I’m staying home sick today but in typical me fashion I feel like I have to accomplish something. So, I’m doing some homework, studying for my quiz tonight and plan to start my English paper.

 Our assignment is to write an essay analyzing an essay, short story or poem. I’m not really a poetry person and I spent last semester analyzing essays so I decided to go with a short story.

The short story I’ve chosen is one that I read in Harpers Magazine three years ago and held on to because I thought it was so good.  Death of the pugilist: Or, the famous battle of Jacob Burke & Blindman McGraw by Daniel Mason. You should check it out.

In other news, I’ve accepted a gracious invitation to participate in a free Webinar session tomorrow called Social Media for Writers Workshop hosted by Indie Book Collective. I met founding member @RachelintheOC on twitter and heard about it through her. IBC’s purpose is to help new authors market their books and use social media, etc.

I’m not ready to write a book quite yet but I fantasize about one day writing a memoir Jen Lancaster or David Sedaris style. Meanwhile, I’m sure there are some useful social media tips I can pick up.

In the spirt of Mention Monday or #MM – Rachel’s blog is hilarious and cracks me up on a daily basis so I’m sure I’m in good hands. You’ll notice she’s also in my Blog Roll. Swing by and check her out!