Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn
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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn

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ebook, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Holly Koons
I've been a long time blog reader of Big Mama's and was tickled when she said she was writing a book. I picked it up on Friday, and by Sunday afternoon I had finished it. I would've finished it sooner had real life responsibilities and commitments not gotten in the way (darn laundry, chauffering kids and such). I loved everything about this book and at times was a little freaked out because "OMGoodness I've had that exact same thought!" how did she get inside my head?!? :) This book made me laug...more
I have a confession - I succumbed. I succumbed to a freebie. I succumbed to a cute cover. And I succumbed to a catchy title - come on, it mentions sparkly earrings - one of my favorite things ever in this world (in the list with books, shoes, chocolate and puppies). But let me just tell you, this was full of honest, funny and poignant life moments and was wonderfully heartfelt. I wasn't expecting it to be all about motherhood - I guess that's what I get for not really paying attention to the blu...more
My desire to read books about motherhood continues, it seems.

I saw this book mentioned on Pioneer Woman's blog, since Shankle is a guest blogger there. (She also has her own popular blog, Big Mama.) But I forgot this until I actually started reading the book. There's something about bloggers-turned-authors that never quite sits well with me. I have experienced this several times, and the root is basically that that the style of writing that works really well on a blog never works quite as well f...more
I really liked her book. It was a light, quick read. There were several good quotes that I wrote down afterwards. She has a good way of explaining how I sometimes feel about motherhood. Here's my two favorite quotes: "Real motherhood is different. It's better and it's messier and it's more complicated. It will break your heart and make you laugh harder than you ever imagined. You find yourself alternating between feeling like your friends talked you into some sort of pyramid scheme so you can sh...more
Matu Nila
So not for me.

I would have wanted to LOVE this book. The story seemed really lovely, funny and witty and the writing was really good.
But. I'm not religious person and putting one's every hope and dream in God's hand and doing so on almost every page was just not for me. It is quite alright for me for other people to believe to whatever/whoever they wish to, but I don't need to know about it. Also the psalms and bible quotes were a bit too much for me.

But if those things don't bother you, then th...more
I picked up Sparkly Green Earrings because it was recommended by Kayla Aimee, a blogger I follow. I'm so glad I did! I laughed, shook my head, and couldn't put my Kindle down for two days.

Well, okay. I could have finished in one day if the kids and husband didn't require such things as food, clean clothes, and attention.

It's not until the end of the book that the title makes sense. Of course if you're like me it takes you at least five minutes AFTER you finish to realize "OOOOOOOOOH! SO THAT'S...more
A light funny quick read about motherhood in its early stages, amd just a little bit before conceiving.

I never heard about big mama blog, but i picked this book after i stumbled upon it free on kindle. The cover along with the title were catchy and drawn me in instantly. I also saw it had high ratings.

I liked her sense of humour and wittiness throughout the book and her simple light writing style.

I was laughing out loud many times and i could relate to a lot of the things told.

I liked her fai...more
This is a parenting memoir, so the story follows the basic "We had a baby. Now what do we do with it?" plot line. Shankle is brutally honest about her adventures in parenting a.k.a comedy of errors. There are plenty of vignettes from babyhood on: covering preschool "gifted" programs to potty training under pressure to nearly "missing the window" for an epidural. Since the book follows her daughter pre-birth through age eight, Shankel also delves into the later troubles of girl scouts, clothing a...more
This isn't a book I would normally read, but it had a free download and I've followed her blog for awhile so I decided to see how a book by a blogger would turn out. The answer - basically a book version of her blog. I can recall almost all the stories in this book as from her blog. Her writing style doesn't translate as well to a blog form though and, unfortunately, this book didn't really seem to know what it was either. It's not a devotional, despite having a slightly more focus on religion,...more
Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn is a memoir about the unique experiences of motherhood that somehow are also universal to all moms. Shankle writes about raising her daughter, Caroline, and captures moments between pregnancy and the first eight years of Caroline's life that ring so true, in both hilarious and touching ways. Woven into the narrative is Shankle's connection of these moments and how faith has informed her understanding of motherhood.

I borrowed this book from...more
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
I'm not a mother, and I don't know if or when I ever will be. However, Sparkly Green Earrings still resonated with me. Yes, it's a book about "motherhood," but it's so much more than that. It's really about relationships and friendships and trusting God when we don't know why things happen like they do. It's about growing up and growing out of our selfish tendencies so that we become more like Christ each and every day.

Melanie has a special gift for writing about her personal life experiences in...more
Kristi Neises
I really enjoyed Melanie Shankle's memoir. Piper recently tweeted, "What God-besotted, great-souled author are you reading to rescue you from the spiritual strangle hold of small things?" I instantly thought of this book. Although I'm not (yet) a mother, I enjoyed the walk alongside Melanie as she walks through motherhood herself. Her honesty is refreshing, and her wit kept me laughing out loud and retelling the stories to my husband. I'm most thankful, though, for how her words pointed me heave...more
Up front, I read this book about half-through and then put it down. I was maybe looking for something out of this book that it wasn't, but I found it somewhat boring. A chapter devoted to a story about her daughter throwing sand... sure, she tells funny stories, but I was looking for a bit more inspiration, I suppose. Or a storyline. This seems to be just a collection of funny stories, without much else. I could VERY MUCH relate to much of what she said from potty training to sand-throwing, beca...more
Ok. I love the fact that this mother of one- who's daughter is not even 9 yet, has written a book about motherhood. I also love it because I SWEAR we were separated by birth. Our love of God, a good antibacterial spray and our beautiful 9 year old only child are not the only things we have in common. This book was so funny that both my husband AND my daughter pleaded with me to read it out loud to them. A bit off focused at times and her chronological order seems a bit off, but other than that,...more
As a long time fan of Melanie's blog, I was so excited when she announced she got a book deal and greatly awaited the day it would be available to buy. And I was not disappointed. I was moved to laughter, to tears, and to tears through laughter as I journeyed through each chapter. Her wit and candor regarding motherhood were delightful and refreshing. She makes me want to move to Texas and sustain on a diet rich in friendship, love, the Holy Spirit, and queso. I was encouraged as a wife, a mothe...more
I wanted very much to like this book, because again, several of my blogging friends that I trust recommended it. But I could not.
I have boiled this down: she knew her audience and wrote to them, at the exclusion of everyone else. Mothers with young children (and mothers in general) will probably like this book. As a single woman, I was torn between thinking that motherhood sounds terrible, and feeling guilty because I am not a mother, and cannot experience the love of God in a real way. There w...more
Kathie Boselowitz
Though Judy Blume, stated as one of Melanie Shankle's inspiration for knowing she wanted to write a book in fifth grade, after reading "Starring Sally J. Friedman As Herself", was her mentor, clearly Ms. Shankle didn't quite make it in to the sixth grade writing group where she should have learned to edit, edit, edit. Then edit again. The fact that her "blurbs" come from The Pioneer Woman who wrestles her meat prior to hand feeding it raw to her crew isn't all that impressive. Much of the commen...more
I really enjoy Shankle's blog, Big Mama. She's incredibly funny and relatable. Those qualities shine through her book as well, but I have to say that I didn't find it nearly as funny. It is almost as though she's trying too hard in the book, whereas the blog doesn't feel forced at all. Still, this is a fun and light-hearted read if you're looking for charming stories about motherhood,especially early childhood.
Melanie Shankle is a Christian Erma Bombeck. I've read her blog for a while and honestly wondered what more there would be to read in a book of hers. Not all blogs translate well to books. But this book was a worthwhile read that had me literally reading parts out loud to my sister. Well done.
I loved this book! I have never laughed out loud so much while reading a book. There were so many times that I felt like I was reading my thoughts. The fears and joys of parenthood were so right on! I especially enjoyed her honesty. It made me so proud to be a mama to a sweet little girl.
I have read the big mama blog on occasion and the writing is the same as the book - it just seems more suited to a blog than a book.

Or maybe that's just me? because I see tons of fantastic reviews.

It was lovely but just lovely, not "go out and get it now".
I absolutely could not put this book down except when absolutely necessary. Delightful and God inspired. Sparkly Green Earrings tugs at your heart strings one moment and sends you to laughing out loud the next... Great read!
I absolutely ADORED this book! The entire last chapter had me in tears, thinking of my own daughter who is only about 2 years younger than Caroline. This is my favorite that I've read this year, by far.
Love, love, love this book! I laughed out loud and shed some tears as well. I so enjoy the author's sense of humor as she reflects on her journey as a mom. Awesome read.
I connected with this author deep down and laughed until I cried. For reals.
Great book! It made me laugh out loud and appreciate motherhood even more than I already do.
Karrilee Aggett
So - I love Melanie Shankle (Big Mama to her blog readers!) and the one time I was in the same room with her, I turned to walk the other way because in my mind, we are friends already and my heart couldn't take the reality of an introduction! We have since decided that next time, she will play along and we will be friends already! This book is such a fun read... a real and honest and laugh out loud walk through her experience of parenting. As a Mama of an Only, I loved this for so many reasons b...more
Kelli Emge
I'm still not sure how I feel about this blog-turned-book genre... Shankle's stories are warm, sweet and funny. I enjoy reading them. But they are still a series of blog entries, replete with the requisite ultra-casual, conversational tone, self deprecation (so much so that I begin to doubt her sincerity), run-on sentences, all caps, and questions ending in full stops. I hope this literary trend passes. As a story-teller, I would give her 5 stars. However, we are not chatting over coffee and I w...more
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it. I liked reading Melanie Shankle's thoughts about motherhood and life. She made me laugh. She made me nod my head in agreement and say, "That's exactly how I feel!" Her honesty and humor were enjoyable to read.

So why only 3.5 stars? I don't know. Something just didn't work for me in this book. I can see how her blog (which I have never read, but am planning to start reading) would be enjoyable to read. The short, somewhat random chapters told in str...more
Lis Ann
See original review @ The Indigo Quill:

Oh my goodness. This has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read. And I seriously mean ever. I honestly couldn't put it down because it was like watching a comedy flick. Make sure you have some popcorn and a delicious beverage ready when you read this. If you are a woman, have children, or ever plan on having children, you need to read this book. Melanie Shankle goes through just about every detail of child...more
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Melanie Shankle is a graduate of Texas A&M and lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. Melanie began blogging in July 2006 when she started her blog, Big Mama. She’s also a regular contributor to The Pioneer Woman blog. Her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, came out in February 2013 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her second book, The A...more
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“Real motherhood is different. It's better and it's messier and it's more complicated. It will break your heart and make you laugh harder than you ever imagined. You find yourself alternating between feeling like your friends talked you into some sort of pyramid scheme so you could share in their misery and thinking this is the most fulfilling thing you've ever done in your life.” 8 likes
“God gives us these raw, little people, and we have to form them and mold them and teach them how to operate in society. And if we get a glimpse of all the ugliness that lies right beneath our own polished surface? Well, then, there's a humbling lesson too. It's those moments when I realize I have to extend grace to Caroline as she figures these things out by trial and error in the same way God lavishes me with mercy, even as I make the same mistakes over and over again.” 4 likes
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