Monday, February 25, 2013

My Name is Diane and I Don’t Read Books

My name is Diane and I don’t read books. It felt so good to get it off my chest. Although my timing may have been off since I announced it as my introduction at my first book club meeting. I had joined the club because I like the idea of reading. I also like the idea of a night out without kids that includes snacks and wine. The problem is I just don’t read books. I never really have. Needless to say, it was my first and last book club meeting.

I have friends who love to read. They spend hours devouring books and can’t get wait to get the next one. I’d like to be that way but I’m just not. Every once in a while I try it out again thinking if millions of people regularly enjoy books, why not me? I start a book but never finish it. It doesn’t matter the topic or the length of the book. I just can’t seem to commit. My cousin once recommended a book that had a very similar plot to a breakup that I had. It was virtually the story of my life and I only made it half way through. When I started blogging a friend gave me a book to teach me all the secrets of being a successful blogger. I only made it two chapters in.

Recently my blogging friend Marianne co-wrote a new book: EpicMom: Failing Every Day a Little Bit More Than You. While I was so excited for her I started panicking that I would need to read the book. I mean how can you not read a book when a friend writes one? Could I fake it? Could I just let her think I read it? Maybe. 

When the book came in the mail I was both excited and terrified.  So it’s been a few weeks now and I am here to report that I READ THE BOOK!!! I’m not even lying. I can’t even believe it myself. The book is written in short little stories (2-5 pages) that are the perfect length for a space cadet like me a busy mom. The stories and anecdotes are an honest account of being a mom, having a family, and life in general. They talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly and make you laugh while doing it. Also, how could I not love a book that has this line in it? “I walk the aisles of Target, my happy place, my true salvation, and I think how lucky I am, lucky to be born in America in a time when Target exists.” Amen.

One of my favorite parts of the book is also the footnotes. Anytime a company/brand is mentioned they reference who started it/why it’s famous but also something funny about it. Example: “Intervention is a television show on the A&E channel. Storage Wars is happier.” True story.

This book has proved my theory that to be a great mom all you have to do is be honest, laugh at yourself, and drink lots of wine. I’m so glad I read it and I totally think you should, too. You can buy one on Amazon HERE and once you’ve laughed your butt off, come back and tell me about it!

*I purchased this book with my husband’s hard earned money and received nothing in return for writing this post. All opinions are my own.*
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