I finished The Mother’s Guide to the Meaning of Life: What Being a Mom Has Taught Me about Resiliency, Guilt, Acceptance, and Love a few days ago. And here’s the thing–it was funny. I enjoyed it. Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes amazing picture books for children, but her adult writing is entertaining as well. (Possibly not quite AS entertaining, but that’s partly due to just how fun her picture books are; note the link to one of our favorites.) Her style, however, is on the strange side. She likes to make random lists, and tables, and write random paragraphs, and throw it all in together. (It’s actually kind of fun, although it takes a bit of getting used to.) The problem I had with that tendency in Mother’s Guide, however, was that I am also reading her Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life–I’m most of the way through it, in fact–and some of the vignettes and thoughts are repeated. That made some of the end of Mother’s Guide less entertaining for me. Of course, unless you happen to end up reading two books by the same author at the same time in this way, this isn’t a problem you’re likely to have!
(For the record, the doubling up happened because Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life has been my downstairs bathroom book for months. And while that sounds like TMI, it’s actually not; it’s there to pick up in that 3-5 minute window I sometimes have between when I shampoo my girls’ hair in their shower and when they’re ready to get out and have me put their lotion on. Sometimes I switch laundry in the gap, or put it away; sometimes I do other brief tasks; sometimes, however, I don’t have time to do anything productive. And so I keep a book that lends itself well to being read a page or two at a time in their bathroom.)
On a different note, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, or a wonderful Hanukkah, or an enjoyable holiday. We’ve been blessed to have been able to spend time with a lot of family. And while I’d love to elaborate further, I am 7 plus months pregnant and exhausted from making magic for my three kiddos, so I will bid you all goodnight!