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message 1: by Read In Colour, Her Royal Chicklet (last edited Dec 14, 2010 02:37PM) (new)

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Will start adding on Jan. 1! In the meantime, you should feel free to create your own book list as a way of tracking what you've read for the challenge.

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Sumayyah (sumayyah1980) | 2 comments I'll look forward to it.

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Evelyn I could use some help with deciding. The only ones I can think of, I've already read.

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Did you check out the bookshelf? I tried to add some from each category to give suggestions. I can't tell if everyone can see it though since I'm logged in as moderator.

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Shevi | 1 comments I have Playing with Boys on my shelf, so I'll start with that.

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Evelyn I checked the bookshelf after you mentioned it. I didn't notice it before.

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The Frugalista Files How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life by Natalie McNeal

It's like a grown up version of The Broke Diaries meets Sophie Kinsella! - Me

Yep, I said that. The whole time I was reading The Frugalista Files it reminded me of Angela Nissel's The Broke Diaries, but a more mature version. And author Natalie McNeal adds just the right amount of humor to dance along the periphery of Sophie Kinsella-dom. All in all, it's an unbeatable combination.

So what happens when a single thirtysomething wakes up one day and realizes that her debt is out of control? If she's smart, and our author is brilliant, she sizes up the situation and takes control of it. What started as a 28-day plan (props to the Frugalista for trying this in the shortest month of the year) to stop spending frivolously turned into a year long journey. Luckily for us, the Frugalista is also a journalist by trade and blogs about her adventures along the way.

What this is not: Your average financial planning guidebook.

What this is: A funny, truthful look at how spending a few dollars here and there can really add up and what you can do to stop spending and start saving.

My favorite tip: "Friends often have similar taste. Shake 'em down when they are moving and vulnerable."

What did you like about this book?
It wasn't preachy. I hate reading books about saving money that make me feel like I'm being lectured to by a stodgy codger in a smoke filled interrogation room. Instead, it was like getting a glimpse into a friend's diary and saying, "wow, I could totally do that!"

What didn't you like about this book?
Um, it ended. Yeah, yeah, I know I can I follow the author on Twitter @frugalista or visit her blog at, BUT the book was really entertaining.

What could the author do to improve this book?
A sequel? Another book about whatever moves her? Either is acceptable.

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