What I Just Read

So I just finished reading I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson, which happens to be the basis of the new Sarah Jessica Parker movie of the same name.  I picked up the book thinking I'd like to know the story in case I ever, 10 years in the future or so, get to watch the movie.  I am a person who likes to read the book first and then see the movie.  I'd rather be disappointed that the movie didn't live up to the book than the other way around.  Case in point- I also picked up  Bridget Jones's Diary on the same library trip, and couldn't get into it, possibly because I kept hearing Renee Zellweger's voice talking along with me.

Anyway, this was a fun book, about Kate Reddy who is a super-woman working mom who wants to have it all but knows she doesn't and the struggles she goes through to balance everything.  My one disappointment- I was excited for the New York City storyline, as I've loved books that take place in the city and that's the movie setting, but the book actually takes place in London, so the almost immediate mention of mince pies threw me off a minute.  If you are a mom, a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, want to be a mom, never want kids, this is a good read because it covers all the angles, and I think it would be pretty enjoyable to most everyone.

On another note, I'm happy to report that the bunting cards I previewed yesterday are listed, as well as some bunting bookmarks, which I thought were a fun companion.  It's nice to have some inspiration for some new work!

They can all be found here in my shop.  Have a great day everyone!


  1. I absolutely love the bookmarks! They are so cute-- a creative spin on the bunting decoration! Was it difficult to sew on paper? And how did you make sure the ends don't come undone? I was always curious as to how this would go over and thought I'd like to try sometime for some cards ideas I had stirring around in my brain.

  2. Does this book have a happy ending? Because I don't even have kids yet and I sometimes struggle with balancing my day job, my shop, and being married!

  3. Heidi- It was really easy to sew on paper! Much easier than I thought. On a couple I had to go back and tack the ends down, but for most I just cut them off and left them. You should give it a try!

    Paige- Let's say that it has a happy ending as far as you are satisfied by the choices she decides to make and how it all plays out. Whether you would do the same in your own life I guess is up to your situation. But it is a fun read. Not a tear-jerker or one that leaves you feeling mad.

  4. I agree, seeing a movie and then reading the book definitely means I have that actor's voice in my head for about 500 pages. It seems like a ton of 'chick lit' (whether that's what this really is or not) takes place in London! Makes me want to visit even more!