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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,938 ratings  ·  586 reviews
“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the fami
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Holly Koons
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Matu Nila
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, gave-up
Not my style. I don't really want to read about babyhood anymore and I couldn't get over her snarkiness followed by Jesus praising. Not that there's anything wrong with Jesus loving, it justs seemed insincere when she's whining about her first world problems in one breath and praising in the next. I didn't finish.
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
Jordan Strauss
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of relatable mom humor. It's an easy, quick, and fun read. I like that it's not preachy or full of self-help tips. It just is what it is - a cute book about parenthood.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Desirae Gros
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, inspiration
Sparkly Green Earrings was a laugh-out-loud, coffee with your best friend kind of memoir. Shankle's admissions are those most mom's face in their daily life but wouldn't dare admit out loud. Shankle manages to recount these precious little moments (whether they be the first steps, first time your child says "I love you mommy" or when they make a mess of your make-up, expensive make-up, all over the bathroom floor) and not only take you to that moment with her but also follow it up with how a mot ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laugh-out-loud funny & touching. Listened to this as an audiobook (I've been experimenting with Hoopla) and Melanie Shankle gets extra credit for making this an immensely easy listening experience for someone who usually struggles through audiobooks.
Mikayla Peterson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
"I want her to catch the light of Jesus Christ and never let go."

This book was very relatable for me, which is probably why I loved it so much. A few parts made me pretty emotional.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute read about motherhood. I'm a Melanie Shankle fan :)
Megan Helmer
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this - quick pace. I usually don't like mommy blog type books but this one had just enough humor mixed with Christian Faith while being a mom. Very relatable. I would read any of her other books!
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 60-books-in-2013
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
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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kristi Neises
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Sappington
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness...I cannot say enough about how crazy good this book is. I haven't laughed so hard at a memoir in a really long time. Melanie so perfectly describes how wonderfully awesome, crazy, hectic and funny motherhood can be. I would highly recommend this book to all moms and to just anyone who enjoys a fun and lively read. I can't wait to read more by her. Amazing memoir!
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, humor
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.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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".

Meredith Johns
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Big Mama's blog and I was looking forward to this book. There were parts of it where I laughed out loud but some of the stories felt a little rushed and there wasn't a direct story line. I still enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading her other one.
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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
“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.” 19 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.” 8 likes
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