Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature round-up seems like a good opportunity to tell y’all about a bunch of books I read that lend themselves to short reviews. I can’t promise 140 characters (Hello, my name is Catherine, and I’m addicted to verbosity…) and I’m way too sleep-deprived to come up with witty hashtags, but I’ll try to keep things interesting.
Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn is a funny and light motherhood memoir. It was amusing as a free Kindle download to read in snippets while nursing the baby in the middle of the night. I don’t know that I’d pay full price for it, and I don’t read the author’s blog so I can’t promise that it’s new content if you do.
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting is a funny and rambling book about…handwriting. If you’re really into penmanship you’d like it. I really enjoyed the author’s style, but at times I felt like making this a book-length treatise was stretching it. That said, I learned interesting facts about writing and was frequently amused.
Thank goodness people brought us meals after Eliza was born because my dinner making routine is way off the rails. In an effort to get it back on track, I read Operation Dinner: How to Plan, Shop & Prep for Easy Family Meals. The book offers advice for meal planning, prepping food in advance, and organizing your menus on a monthly basis. Although I’ve read (and even accomplished, in former, calmer times) these tips before, this book is well organized and served as a good reminder of the value of organizing a functional but flexible meal plan, prepping things like meat in advance, and cooking similar types of meals together for freezing. I appreciated the recipe ideas too. If you’ve never done meal planning or freezer cooking or anything like that, this book would be a tremendously helpful resource.
I thought One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career would be full of helpful tips about work-life balance or doing two things at once, but really it’s more of a book about how to do something different once you’re done doing the first thing. It’s more about how to launch a second career, rather than how to do things simultaneously. In that sense, it wasn’t very helpful to me, but might be to someone else in a different situation.
12 Minutes to Change Your Day advises readers to think about your day in different increments, and devote small chunks of time to important projects. That’s good advice I suppose, but I didn’t find the book very ground-breaking or life-changing overall. If you want to spend a few bucks to learn about time management, I think you’d be better off with one of Laura Vanderkam’s books, but if you’re really into the time management genre and are determined to read everything out there, you could add this book to your list.
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