Ed. note: You know how that road to hell is paved with good intentions? I had intended to post this last week. I had intended to compile an email list with everyone who volunteered to do book reviews, contact you, and set up a schedule. And then my son got a human (versus a computer) virus, and so did I. So, I didn’t get anything done. So, here is our first book review, done by Kathy Howe, mostly because she volunteered early and got it done first. And also because she is fabulous.
For all of the rest of you wonderful women who have volunteered to do book reviews, I have this to say: YES! And I am going to ask you to do me a favor: Write your review and send it to me at jcreer at gmail dot com. Please put in the subject line, Work It Mom! Book Review. Then, I will email you back and let you know when it’s going to go live. Please include a brief bio and a link to your blog and/or whatever other website (your business!) you want me to promote. I am going to post book reviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, because there was such a terrific response to this (and because otherwise, some of you won’t get reviews up til January!).
Here are some guidelines:
- You may post more than book review, but I am going to ask that you not submit more than one per month.
- Your book review is your book review. I am an editor by nature and by trade, so I will edit for clarity and for grammar and punctuation. If I see anything significant, I will email you about it before I edit it, but for small edits, I’ll just go ahead, and you will trust me, yes?
- Please make your book reviews about 500 words– not a lot longer than that.
- You can write about a favorite author, magazines, an article you have read, a book, something you love, something you hate, etc. It’s up to you!
- I will send you a button that says, “I blogged at Work It, Mom!” for your blog, and we ask that you wait for a week before cross-posting your review on your own blog.
I have to tell you, also, that one of our readers is going to be going to a reading/signing by Diana Gabaldon of Outlander fame on September 17th. She is going to try to do a mini-interview, too, so if you have any questions you’d like her to ask, leave them in the comments!
Also, if you have a book you are trying to promote, please feel free to send me a review of your own book (sure, you can write it!) and some more information! Thank you, and without further ado, Miz Kathy Howe.
Every so often I am asked to review books here on Kazoofus. Despite the fact that I love to write, I do not love to read. So I usually tell people that I’d rather not receive their book for review.
Recently I received an email from a publisher that was a wee tiny bit eye catching though.
The publicity department had sent me an email asking me to read:
Put Your Big Girl Panties On and Deal With It…
(the no-nonsense guide to getting what you want)
by Roz Van Meter
How exactly am I supposed to say NO to a book with a title like that!?!?!?!
I received the book in the mail and the first thing I did was read the back page about the author. I think I rolled my eyes when I read marriage counselor and yawned when I read “Life Coach” in her biography because everybody thinks they are a life coach. I decided to cut to the chase and started reading the book.
I regret to inform you that my yawn and eye roll were totally premature.
Roz Van Meter is DAMN COOL PEOPLE.
From Chapter One: Women Rule!
“I love women.
Oh, I’m crazy about men too, but there is nothing like a woman who has stormed through her own personal deliverance with guts and gusto and lived to tell the tale to others.
As I think back to some of the women I’ve counseled through the years and have come to know deeply, I’m still amazed at their courage and creativity.
Some of them are now in their seventies. Others are just starting out. We all have one thing in common: we became fiercely determined to get custody of ourselves.”
Do you SEE why I loved her so quickly!?!?
What woman on this planet hasn’t at one point or another had to reclaim custody of herself? Be it a bad job situation that needed to be straightened out or a terrible relationship we needed to either salvage or leave behind. It could have been something major or something minor, the size of the event doesn’t matter. What matters is women…ALL WOMEN…need to get custody of themselves at least once in their lives.
And to do it, we must be fierce and determined and unrelenting about our mission.
Roz Van Meter GETS that.
To say that I love this book is an understatement. I want to take this book on a vacation with me, myself and I and I want to study it and actually act on all of the ideas that it presented to me or that I came up with from reading the book.
The book is inspiring which is a subject that I always tend to enjoy. But unlike most inspirational books that solely focus’ on getting you to where you need to be, Roz also points out that where you are at this exact moment in time, isn’t total rubbish either.
Even the finest silver needs to be polished now and again.
I could seriously go on and on about this book but I want you to read it and love it for yourself. I don’t want to tell you everything but I will tell you one of my favorite things in the book is Chapter Two: A Loving Letter.
The chapter is wonderful but the key part of the chapter is that at one point, when she was torn between needing to wear her big girl panties and wanting to play around in her little girl britches, she wrote herself a letter that was only to be opened and read on a very bad day.
“In case of depression, break seal.”
She wrote herself a loving letter to remind herself that she can get through anything. She will always support herself and so will those around her that care about her.
Her letter was short but powerful and best of all - her letter worked. She broke that seal when depression set in and was reminded that she had been through tough times before. She could get through this too.
I’ll close this review with an assignment for myself that I hope you will assign to yourself.
I’m going to write myself a loving letter. One that reminds me of my good traits, happy times, and how I triumphed over challenges in the past. I’m also going to include in my letter to myself tips for getting through those dumpy, slumpy times. What have I done before that worked to cure those moody blues?
If you want to read a book from a woman that GETS it you really need to read this book. She is sharp and witty and she doesn’t offer up an ounce of fluffy bullshit anywhere in the book. She is real, she is honest and she is an author I will seek out again and again when I am looking for books.