I’ve told my sister before how I have this problem where I start a book and love it…but then never finish it. Most of the time it’s a book I really enjoy so it can only come down to sheer laziness. I thought I’d tell you about those books here so that you can either:
a) never have to bother with reading it OR
b) urge me to finish because you’ve read it and know that it’s absolutely worth finishing
French Kids Eat Everything: by Karen Le Billon
This book was so interesting and one that I would totally recommend. It’s an easy read with lots of personal stories to keep things interesting. I didn’t agree with every idea the author posed, nor did I think I could follow some of the ideas (she talked about how French people lay out a tablecloth for every meal…I don’t even own a tablecloth), but she did have lots of points that were interesting and even ideas I want(ed) to adopt. For example, one thing she brought up that I still think about is how food is such a big part of life and health but how Americans treat eating as such an inconvenience (think of all the times you eat while doing something else like driving or watching TV). The book definitely made me think about my own perceptions of food and cooking. And it wasn’t even particularly repetitive (which I feel like is a common thread among non-fiction). But I didn’t finish it before its due date and never got around to checking it out again. Someday. Someday I will finish it.
I Am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban: by Malala Yousafzai
Of all my unfinished books, this is the one I’m most ashamed of not finishing. Pretentious white girl much? But truthfully the book is so insightful. It definitely made me aware of how unaware I am. Malala give a good history of Pakistani people and their land and it’s obvious that she is very politically aware. I struggled a bit keeping people/places straight because my English-only brain struggled with the names. But the book is so eye-opening and well written. And I couldn’t help but be impressed with Malala, her dedication and her bravery. So my reason for not finishing it? Laziness…that and now you can watch her story on Netflix.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
Ben and I started watching Fixer Upper and the more I watched the show, the more I was like, “Man, are these people for real?” I mean, Joanna is thin, has gorgeous hair, seems to be the perfectly patient wife and caring but fun mother. And the more you watch, the more that gets added to the perfect persona. Not only is Joanna an incredible interior decorator, she bakes! And nurses animals back to health! And gardens! So, yes, I started the book because I wanted to find out: a) if they are for real, and b) what their secret is.
To me, the book seems like some interviewer sat Chip and Joanna down, asked them some questions, and then wrote down what they said. It’s mostly Joanna speaking (writing) but Chip jumps in every so often with a comment (indicated by a different font). And it, in my opinion, is seriously boring. There’s a bit of new information but nothing is really talked about in depth and it all seemed so surface-y. Now, I only made it a couple chapters in before I decided to quit. And, while I do enjoy the show, I’m not like totally obsessed with it or even with Joanna’s decorating style. So I do think a hardcore fan would probably really love the book…that’s just not me. And I think since I didn’t finish the book that it’s only fair I give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they are everything they seem to be on TV…but maybe they aren’t great writers. But it’s a New York Times Bestseller, so what do I know?
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
This book I’m especially curious to know if any of you have read/finished/enjoyed. A few chapters in I thought, “It’s been so long since I enjoyed a book so much!” And I continued enjoying every page up until about halfway through. And then I stopped enjoying simply because I stopped reading it (not because it ceased to be an enjoyable read). The book is set in England in the fifties which isn’t a very common setting (at least in books I read). It’s well written with strong characters and it’s fun to get glimpses into that specific time period. The problem was that nothing was really happening. Yes, the characters were talking and spending time together and going to parties…but there weren’t really any problems to solve or love interests to pursue or things needing to be done. So I stopped. And I’m still not sure I made the right choice, so maybe some day I’ll pick it up again.