Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: The CHICK-tionary

'The CHICK-tionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know'
Author: Anna Lefler (and blog!)

Format: Paperback
Published: Adams Media; Nov. 2011
Pages: 240
Genre: Humor
Grade: A
Source: TLC Book Tours

Synopsis: You're all over the definitions of "low lights," "ruching," and a "tankini." But can you spot a "Mrs. Potato Head" when you see one?
That's where this book comes in. With the help of Anna Lefler and her collection of 450+ must-know words and phrases, you'll be in the know when faced with terms like:
Aberzombie: Derived from the name of the popular clothing stores, Aberzombie refers to any of the nation of plaid shirt-and-tank-top-wearing undead that can be seen staggering through the food courts of malls across America.
Bandeau: From the French word meaning "there's no way that's staying up," this is a type of woman's top that consists of a strip of fabric encircling the chest at breast level and remaining aloft through snugness and prayers.
George Glass: Originally invented by Jan on The Brady Bunch after "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" won yet another boy's heart, "George Glass" is now the generic term for an imaginary boyfriend. It is most often invoked in an effort to hide the fact that you are single or currently sleeping with someone else's husband.

My Take: When this book was offered to me it just sounded funny! Normally I don't read books like this. I like novels or books with a little more meat on them but every once in a while I need a book that is just there to make me laugh and well, this book sure achieved that! 

Lefler's dictionary for the modern woman, The CHICK-tionary, literally has every word I could think of and more defined within this little tome and it really is set out like a dictionary. And what's more, every definition that Lefler uses is laugh out loud funny too. Her wit is great! To think that there were words out there like basset knees (baggy, wrinkly knees) and moobs (man boobs) that I wasn't using in my every day lexicon until now kinda makes me sad! I like to make people chuckle and to lighten the mood and this handy little book can now help me do just that! 

I brought it to work and we spent a fun lunch laughing over the terms and quizzing each other over what we did and didn't know. It surprised me who knew what and who didn't. Honestly, with the holidays coming up, I can't think of a better stocking stuffer or gift to get that friend in your life that has everything because I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't smile (or smize: that's smiling with their eyes!) when they read this book!

Cover Lust: Surprisingly refined for what you will find inside!

Giveaway Details
The author has kindly offered up one new copy to a lucky winner! The deadline for this giveaway is Nov. 29th; entries open to those in the US and Canada.

To Enter (Mandatory)!
Comment below with a way for me to contact you.

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3 extra entries available. Giveaway open until 11:59pm PST Nov. 29th. I will draw the winners using random.org and announce them here on my blog. Good luck!

For other opinions about this book, here is the full TLC Tour Schedule


  1. This sounds like fun! Please enter me.

    erikadlugo at yahoo dot com

  2. I love a book that you can just leave laying around on the coffee table and pick it up and have some fun once in a while. Thanks for the giveaway!

    annettesspot (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. well you know that is right up my alley Leah!

  4. sounds like fun.I follow on google &on twitter.i will tweet at Rhondareads.lomazowr@gmail.com

  5. I think I need this. I've lost touch with my chick-ness. I'm all about baby talk these days :)

    stacybooks at yahoo

  6. This sounds like a very funny book! I could use a good laugh so count me in!


  7. I'm a GFC follower


  8. I don't see my comment. I think I messed up. Maybe there's a funny word for screwing up the "captcha" code.. ha ha. I'm so glad you were amused by this book ;) Thank you for being on the tour!

  9. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower Myra C

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  10. What lovely comments - thank you! And thank you for hosting me at you blog today!

    I hope the book gives your readers many, many laughs!

    :-) Anna

  11. This book sounds hilarious! Adding this to my TBR pile! I'm an old follower (Kristen @ Kristen's Book Nook)

    kristens (dot) booknook (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I like the sound of this one. It sounds like a fun read. I would love to enter the giveaway.

    mrsqbookaddict @ gmail . com

  13. This sounds way too fun :o)

    Please count me in!


    +1 GFC follower

    +1 twitter follower & tweet (http://twitter.com/#!/RivkaBelle/status/137191722269687808)

  14. Sounds like a great book!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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