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Just Read: Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea Book Review On Novels And Nonfiction

We’re all struggling with the negative political news these days, and I really wanted to read Alyssa Mastromonaco’s Who Though This Was A Good Idea? as a political palate cleanser. I wanted it to transport me back to the wonderful years of the Obama White House, when things happened in an organized fashion (largely thanks to Mastromonaco herself), and the POTUS was a steadfast and comforting figure.

I loved learning more about Mastromonaco’s role both during Obama’s campaign and in the White House. As some one who is obsessed with organizing, it was pretty dreamy to hear about the work of someone who was responsible for figuring out the logistics of a jam-packed schedule like that of the President. Mastromonaco is also truly an inspiring figure for women thanks to her incredibly significant accomplishments in a male-dominated field at a very early age.

I struggled with the memoir’s structure and tone, however. It left me wishing that Mastromonaco had either employed a more experienced ghostwriter in helping her craft it, or that she had stuck to the political memoir aspect of it and dropped the self help portions. I recently found out that the book has been optioned by Mindy Kaling’s production company to be turned into a film, and I can see how Mastromonaco’s life would translate into a very compelling feature. While we wait for the screen adaptation, read my review of Mastromonaco’s memoir below.

Links I Loved This Week – 01/20/2017

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

Here we are. It’s the week some of us have been dreading when all the bleep has hit the fan. I’ll be at the Women’s March in LA today to ‘grieve’ with like-minded people and stand up for what I believe in. I have to say, though, that my general feeling for the future is hopeful. There will be better times and we’ll have leadership we can be proud of again.

Having said that the bookish blog world is a perfect place to hide in for solace and entertainment when life is looking bleak. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through everyone’s posts and here, as usual, are some of my favorites!

Links I Loved This Week – 01/13/17

Links I Loved This Week On Novels And Nonfiction

Reading has been a bit of a struggle this week because my jet-lag had a delayed effect and really started hitting me Saturday through Wednesday. I’ve been doing better since yesterday, though, and with a three-day weekend ahead of me, the possibilities for catching up with my reading list are endless. I’m envisioning rainy weather, bottomless tea, newly baked banana bread and lots of different types of toast (peanut butter, honey, avocado, tomato and olive oil you name it). Hope you have equally cozy/fun plans for this weekend! Enjoy this week’s links!

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