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On the Web Wed Jul 25 2012

My Undateable Bookshelf

The Huffington Post recently published a list of 9 Books that Make You Undateable. This article screamed out to me because I'm single woman who loves to read -- and in fact I write about books and dating.

On my completed and read list was only The Great Gatsby and Confederacy of Dunces, which should only declare me 2/9 undateable. I read The Great Gatsby in high school American Literature, so does that really count? Yes, I am quite embarrassed to confess I have not read On the Road or Anna Karenina (I blame my public schooling). Recalling how my college boyfriend was obsessed with Atlas Shrugged, I do see how that could have been a red flag waving to me. Our relationship did not work out -- "Enough said," as the Huffington Post points out.

Thinking twice about this, I decided to inspect my bookshelf and declare which titles keep me from finding someone. Here is what I came up with:

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You Can Make Him Like You by Chicago author, Ben Tanzer. This is a lovely little novel about relationships and growing up, but by first glance, it may seem as though I'm plotting on how to force men to like me.

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Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot. One may think this title implies that I'm justifying my curvy self, but it's actually a cute novel/mystery about a woman, Heather Wells, who is employed by a New York City college. She ends up being a murder sleuth. With my background in student affairs and obsession with 48 Hours Mystery, this book is on point. But I understand potential suitors may be a bit put off seeing this title on my shelf.

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Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. I actually haven't read this title, though I've been meaning to. I would be lying to you if I told you I did not receive this as a birthday present and if people have not told me they see myself in her. I'm not sure this is the most of appealing traits about me.

Also, not pictured:

  • I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, in hardback. I really had to wait for the newly released Charlotte? We all remember that embarrassing sex scene.

  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, also in hardback. I'm a closeted Nicholas Sparks fan. So what? So I suppose this makes me a hopeless, ridiculous romantic who reads ridiculous romantic fiction that is the same story repeated with different character names.

  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. I swear I owned it before it was a TV show. I promise.

So all in all, I thank technology for the invention of Kindles, where one can read an embarrassing title on the L. 50 Shades of Grey readers, please take note.

 
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