• Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!!


I’m normally a one-book-at-a-time, fiction kinda girl, but right now I’m reading two books. So how about we tease both of them! The first one I’m blasting through! I love Nicholas Sparks’ writing, it’s easy, it’s thoughtful, and it sounds right in my head— I don’t stumble over the passages in my mind while I’m reading.

… those men had been fairly easy to read; no matter how polite and charming or rough and unrefined they might be, everything they did seemed like transparent efforts at getting her into bed. “Man crap,” as Nana described it. And Nana, she knew, wasn’t wrong.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks


I am really looking forward to working my way through this next book. I’m doing it on my own as the “sixth” Smart Cookie (there are also exercises and topics of discussion if you’ve formed a Money Group). However, I would really like to set my wee finances in order and set myself up for the future. I now have a job, I’ll have to pay taxes, and apparently I should have an RRSP… which I still can’t remember exactly what it stands for (Retirement Something Savings Plan)… it’s great that I have my mom as an accountant, but I know I need to learn these things myself. I am going to be my own breadwinner for the moment, and when I get married, we can breadwin (hey look, a new verb) together!

So, with all the benefits we can get from talking, why are we so reluctant to discuss money? Women can talk Endlessly about almost anything—even sex, thanks in part to the popularity of shows like Sex and the City that made it no longer a taboo topic—but when it comes to money matters, the conversation stops.

The Smart Cookies Guide to Making More Dough by The Smart Cookies: Andrea Baxter, Katie Dunsworth, Robyn Gunn, Sandra Hanna, and Angela Self.