Posted by: Kristi
Name of Book: Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn
Author: Melanie Shankle
Why I decided to read this book: I think I started hearing about this book a couple years ago from some friend’s posts on Facebook or possibly from a blog or two. I have to admit, the title drew me in too for some reason; it just sounded fun.
Then, about a year ago, I came across a list of recommended books and I think the author had specifically recommended some to listen to as audio books. One of the books recommended was The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life, also by Melanie Shankle. On one of our many drives to visit family, Clay and I listened to that book and laughed. It was an “easy to read” book with lots of laughs and perfect to help pass the time in the car.
Having had a good experience with one of her books, I wanted to read Sparkly Green Earrings as well.
Who do I recommend to read this book: I recommend this book for moms of littles. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book very much had I been in my single or married without kids stages. It’s an easy read with a mostly lighthearted approach to observations on life and motherhood told through the author’s personal stories.
My biggest take away from the book: For me personally, I think this book was a great reminder that everyone’s life is different and everyone’s parenting is different. Although there are sometimes right and wrong answers, there is no guarantee that the situation that happened to your mom friend will also happen to you with the same outcome. Reading through Melanie Shankle’s stories helped me to remember that you really can’t compare your motherhood journey to another’s.
Also, Melanie does a great job of reminding the reader that life is made up of a lot of small moments and these are what make your family and your home.
What I think the author wanted me to take away from the book: I think Melanie Shankle wanted Moms to see that mothering is not always glamorous or expected. Instead it is the unexpected, crazy, beautiful, and difficult moments that make up the beauty of motherhood.
My favorite aspect about this book: As mentioned above, I appreciated the reminder that my journey in motherhood cannot and will not be the same as another motherhood journey; therefore, my efforts to compare my parenting with another mom are usually in vain.
My least favorite aspect about this book: Stories are what made Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn what it is, and without them, the book wouldn’t be the same. However, perhaps I am just that mom that is more interested in her own kids than your’s, but sometimes I think I was ready to be done reading stories about someone else’s kid. Is that rude? I don’t mean it to be rude. It’s just that of course I will find stories about my kid more heartwarming than stories about your kid.
Any additional thoughts: Although I wouldn’t classify this book as one with a lot of spiritual depth or mentally challenging, there is almost always something to be learned from reading about another’s life. And, sometimes it is the simple every day thoughts that need to be changed to make a large change in life. With that being said, if you want a simple read rather than scrolling Facebook or Instagram, check it out!!