My taste in books is rather eclectic, to say the least. As long as it’s not gory or scary there is a good chance that I’ll eventually be in the mood for almost any genre.
My defaults are always biographies and historical fiction though. And because this has been a downer year for my family I’m not interested in being saddened by books these days. This first volume of RAGB is quite the mix as you’ll see below.
A little self-help(ish), historical biographies, and a favorite famous person bring you this volume’s reviews.
At Home With Madame Chic. I’m a fan of Jennifer Scott and her Ten Item Wardrobe so I was excited to get my hands on her newest book. I did something a bit different (for me) and downloaded the Kindle version because that was the least expensive way to buy it at the time. (I believe that there are now used copies going for less than the Kindle version). I enjoyed spending a few hours reading tips on how to make everyday life more exciting by dressing well, using the best of everything that we have, decluttering and being in the present moment. If none of that sounds particularly enthralling to you then skip this book. There is nothing groundbreaking and probably very little that is especially French about the tips found in here.
Given the year that my family has had I enjoyed the emphasis on making each day special, particularly because we never know how many days we’ll have.
On the negative side I felt that the book was poorly edited in a few places – twice we’re told that Ms. Scott bakes two cakes at once and freezes the second one for later. On the other hand, parts of this also felt over-edited and less in Ms. Scott’s voice than her previous work. I don’t read many books that fall into the “Self-Help” category but the introduction was VERY HEAVY with self-help talk and really turned me off. Maybe people looking for just that kind of thing will be more receptive to it.
Someday, Someday Maybe? Gilmore Girls is my favorite show ever and I’m not afraid to admit that the sole reason I picked this up was because it was by Lauren Graham. It’s the story of a struggling New York Actress at the beginning of her career. It was another super quick read and gets bonus points for the 90s references.
The Greatest Generation. Tom Brokaw’s collection of vignettes of the World War II generation and their experiences before, during and after the war. I love this period in history, Tom Brokaw and biographies so I’m not an unbiased reviewer here. But if you’re looking for something approachable for learning about WWII, read this! The individual stories are only a few pages rather than the crazy dense chapters that are normally found in history books.