My book stack got neglected in the last few months. Thankfully, I had some time to fit some fun reading in over the holidays thanks to birthday and Christmas book gifts.
Finding extra time to read books is challenging. Or should I say–finding extra time and deciding to use that time on books is challenging. A downside of being self-employed is that every last minute is spent thinking of all the things I could potentially spend my time on and knowing there’s no way to get to them all. I’m grateful for hobbies and work that I love and I wish I could spend 12 hours a day on everything! #thestruggleisreal
The Magnolia Story
My sister Rachel bought me The Magnolia Story for my birthday. I loved it. I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper (though I’m very much behind in watching it.) I love Chip & Joanna’s life philosophy and how they naturally exude so much love for faith and family. I wondered how much new material would actually be covered in the book that hadn’t already been said on interviews or in articles. Pleasantly surprised, I found it contained a lot of back story about how they met and got started in their business adventures. Their love for each other and what they do is clear throughout the book. It was a fun, inspiring read.
Next, I got a book simply titled ‘Vegatables’. Ironic for the month of December, with festive holiday dips and cookies and sugar, yes?
To be fair, the book is laid out with tons of photographs (cookbooks without photographs shouldn’t exist) and beautiful typography.
I would have enjoyed it more, though, if the book wasn’t quite so–stark. The style of photography and layout didn’t help with this either. The page layout and feel of the book is boxy and lacking in color. To make vegetables appealing, they need to look friendly. These vegetables look slightly foreboding. The whole book has an ominous eat-your-kale feel to it. It’s hard to describe. I look forward to someone publishing a garden-based, colorful, lighthearted, happy book about vegetables.
That’s my profound insight.
I received a copy of this from Blogging for Books.
The last read of the month was a book called Everyone Writes.
Mixed feelings about this one. The content and premise of the book was great. It’s geared towards people who are 1) copywriters or 2) write marketing content (like blog posts!) on a regular basis. There was a lot of truly valuable insight on how to command people’s attention and keep it throughout your writing.
On the other hand, there was some language the book could have done without. I know irreverence is ‘in’ these days, but there’s a difference between that and being pointlessly crass–and I felt like this one definitely crossed that line. Not a fan.
That’s it for December! Check back for my January reading summary soon. Thanks to good resolutions, that list will be longer. ;)