- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780310348870
- ISBN-13: 978-0310348870
- ASIN: 0310348870
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 261 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shankle (Nobody’s Cuter Than You), writer for The Big Mama Blog, thinks life is simpler than people make it. Through 19 rip-roaring chapters on the pains and foibles of everyday life, readers will laugh at Shankle’s self-deprecating account of her many mishaps and misunderstandings, including the struggle to find a job after college, learning to live with a pristine white couch she was afraid to sully, redoubling her efforts to work exercise into her daily routine, and trying to find a doggy day care for her two renegade pups. Shankle revisits her childhood in later chapters, which allows her to dip into more serious matters such as her parents’ divorce, how she made time to spend with her grandparents, and her evolving relationship with her younger sister. Fans of Martha Bolton will find much of the same wit and levity in Shankle’s writing. Most chapters close with a “Small Things” list that begins with a quote and includes lessons and reminders gleaned from the theme of the chapter. Shankle’s winsome book will be well-received by Christian readers looking to be more conscientious in everyday life. (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of three previous books, including Nobody’s Cuter than You. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie, and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry, and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas.
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I like how she approaches every chapter. She may start from a random idea, but the story is deeper and has meat to it, and you read it feeling like she's telling this personal anecdote and life lesson to a small group of friends, you among them. Melanie is good at telling stories that hold your attention, but without thinking too highly of herself. She is down-to-earth and easy to relate to, despite the decades and countries that maybe separate her from her readers.
I don't usually skip parts in any of the books I read, but this time I did. I just skipped the chapter about her dogs. I don't read the blog entries about the dogs, nor the shenanigans they too often find themselves in, nor do I care about the haikus one of the dogs is compelled to write too often after every event of its life. Those dogs are neurotic and they stress me out. I also regret reading the chapter about her wide selection of pets over the years. Maybe not wide in your opinion, but 3-5 too many in my opinion.
All in all, I sure had a good time reading her memoir. Of all her books so far, this had the most memoir-like feel to it, and the one I enjoyed the most. About her third book I said it was better than the first two; this time I must say that her fourth book is better than her first three. Having followed her writing over the years, I can tell she has become more comfortable in her writing. Now I cannot wait to read her next one.
My only regret is that the advanced e-book copy I received did not have the Foreword by Ree Drummond.
I received a free advanced reader e-book copy from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
It was a pleasure to read this book. I laughed (out loud, much to the embarrassment of my teenager), cried and cheered in agreement to so many of her life stories. I’m also a child of the 80’s so I identified a lot with the same growing up experiences she writes about. I also really enjoyed the lists at the end of some of the chapters. Who doesn't love a good list? Also, it helped me look at the small things in my life and find so much more value than I've noticed before.
I would like to thank the author for taking the time to put these words together for such a fun, heart-felt reading experience. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I’ve already re-read it, highlighted a lot of it and will probably continue re-reading my dog-eared copy as well as the kindle version that I pre-ordered. I highly recommend it.
What I liked: This book felt a lot like reading Jen Hatmaker, whose voice I absolutely adore. Melanie Shankle is just as witty and down to Earth in relaying her experiences trying to find her place in the world while being a mother, a wife, and everything in-between. Her anecdotes are relatable and realistic—she doesn’t try to sugar coat daily experiences and doesn’t try to tell readers to “suck it up.”
At the end of some chapters, Melanie includes a little section called “Small Things”, detailing tid bits she wished she had known back when….This was helpful for me in many sections to store away for my future whens, as I haven’t reached many of the milestones Melanie discusses coming to terms with.
What I didn’t: Is it bad to use the same opening as what I did like? When I read the publisher’s blurb, I was expecting to read Jen Hatmaker. However, that created a problem for me—Melanie is not Jen, so while it felt like I was reading Jen, I wasn’t. The experience didn’t match my expectations. So, overcoming problem 1, problem 2 is that it wasn’t relatable to ALL women—only those who had experienced some of those same problems. I’m not in my 40s yet, so while I can imagine and empathize, I cannot sympathize. I haven’t been there—yet. (However, there are many useful tidbits to remember later in life.
Bonus: The cover is FANTASTIC, so even if you never opened it, your bookshelves would still love you!)