… to Fold Fitted Sheets
It’s been a while since I’ve done of these posts, but after reading this book, I just couldn’t wait to tell you all about it. I saw the book Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn at my local library and had to check it out. The titled grabbed my attention, and I figured it would be a good “between times” book. (that’s book or magazine that I read here and there when I only have a little bit of time) I was sooooo wrong on that assumption. I read it cover to cover in one sitting!
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This book was wonderful to read. The layout, in my opinion was simple and perfect and totally kept in line with what the author was trying to get across. Lisa Quinn fills the pages with wisdom, wit, glib humor and personal stories that the reader can relate too. While the book would be classified as a self-help sort of book, there is a story being told on the pages. Her story of how she realized the “do it all, have it all, Super Woman/Mom” stereotype was more of a fairy tale than a reality. How she came to terms with understanding that she didn’t have to be good at everything, and do everything all on her own. And in between her story, she shares some wonderful advice about figuring out what’s important to us, as woman, and also some short cuts to help us do what we need to do in less time.
I don’t want to spoil the whole book, but I did want to share what I took away from this. First thing I noticed, this book read like a real woman wrote it. Not saying that there are unreal woman writing books, but I really got the sense that Ms. Quinn was writing this as herself. I know I’m not explaining this right. But you know how sometimes, when you read a book like this, you get the impression that the person writing it was just writing ideas, or theories and not really about real life practices that they, themselves, follow? I didn’t get that vibe from this book, at all. There was a whole lot of compassion and empathy, and I ended up feeling better about myself by the time I got to the end.
The next thing I took away from this book, was a feeling of peace with myself and my choices. I’m not the mom who sends the perfectly decorated cookies to school. I don’t spend months planning and working on my kid’s birthday parties. Nine times out of ten, Halloween costumes are bought, not homemade, and I usually require at least an hour’s heads up from any company who might want to come visit. And after reading this book, I felt ok with that. I was left with the feeling that I don’t have to be SuperMom, to be a super mom. You know what I mean?
And lastly, I found this book to be one I want to run out and buy for all the women I know in my life. I strongly recommend this book! Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by life or you love where you’re at, it is simply a fabulous read. As affirming as it is inspiring. Also, I would recommend this to any teenage girls I know (which is none). I think there is much to learn from this book, and some of what was in this book were things that I kind of wished I had learned earlier in life. In the end I give this 5 stars and 2 Thumbs up!
What have you been reading lately? Are there any books or authors you would recommend we check out?