I have two book reviews today- one good and one bad! Both are non-fiction, which is something I have been getting into lately, and that’s a whole other discussion. Stay tuned!
Book 1– Tales of Remarkable Birds, Dominic Couzens
I picked up this book because of the images and I stayed because of the writing. To be honest, birds kinda scare me. They are all fluffy and colorful, but then they have those weird talon feet and sometimes they have the crazy eye and…ugh!!! But this book not only had amazing photography, but the writing was some of the best non-fiction writing I have read in a while. Each bird has it’s own little chapter and the facts about them are, yes, REMARKABLE, yet the writing is so entertaining I could not put it down. Every night I would look forward to my time reading this book and every morning I would beg my husband, “Please, let me share my bird facts, please!”
Book 2– The Gratitude Diaries, Janice Kaplan
I’m sorry, but the whole idea of this book turned my stomach. This premise of this exercise in torture is a rich, white woman decides to be grateful for her doctor husband, handsome, successful kids, privileged lifestyle and she meets up with movie stars such as Matt Damon and Daniel Craig, who are also grateful. Wow. And she writes a bit like a teenage girl also. I picked up the book because I have been working on being more grateful myself and I wanted to read the experience of someone who focused solely on the subject for a year. But what I got was a sticky-sweet companion who I was ready to smack by chapter three. It didn’t bother me that she has a wonderful lifestyle, but nothing she did seemed difficult. I wanted to hear from the mom whose child has been diagnosed with cancer or the homeless person or the teenager in a foster home. This woman didn’t even really have a house or car repair! And how does she still have friends? She kept meeting her friends who actually had some difficulties in their lives and she advises them to be grateful instead of getting upset(Just ignore the fact that your marriage is in the toilet!) and getting a pretty new journal and write down how grateful you are you can eat lunch with her!
“Janice, honey, I’m happy for you, but could you just once drive your cheerful
attitude to an intensive care unit and find out how hard gratitude can really be? Sure, you can finish your cappuccino with Matt Damon first.”