Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What I'm Reading: 1/9/2018

In last week’s post I told you that my goal was to read two books for the week …

The Long Winterby Laura Ingals Wilder 
and Nickel and Dimedby Barbara Ehrenreich

We decided in a group I’m in to do a book study of The Long Winterby Laura Ingals Wilder so I read the first 3 chapters, which is the assigned chapters, and then stopped.  I picked up the other book, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich and started reading … here’s my review of this book:

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Let me just say that this book was not what I thought it would be.  I had in my mind that I would be able to glean some money saving, frugal living, getting by on a shoestring tips that I could use in my everyday life.  The book however, is more about low income wage earners and the lives they live.  I didn’t glean anything from the book of a frugal nature but what I did take away was that living the minimum wage life was an unpleasant experience for the author.

The author leaves her moderate income lifestyle and decides to work at minimum wage jobs for a year while supporting herself on what she makes.  This book is her journey about what she encountered, the way she was treated, the things she observed, the people she came into contact with and the difficult choices she had to make as a result of her minimum wage income. 

I can’t give you my opinion on the complete story line because I chose not to finish it and here’s way. There is language in this book that I found offensive.   At first I thought I could get through it by overlooking the offensive language but the further in the book I got the more it bothered me and I made the decision about 1/3 of the way through to not continue the book.

So, there you are … not how I envisioned my first book review for 2018 to turn out, but I do strive to keep my blog real and honest … and this is how I feel about Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Here’s what I’m reading next week …

I’ll continue reading the assigned chapters in The Long Winterby Laura Ingals Wilder  and Powerless, The Year The Lights Went Out by Suzanne Goldring.

What are you reading?  

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  1. I'm disappointed too! I thought it was going to be about saving money too! Oh well, thanks for telling us! Hope the next book doesn't disappoint!

  2. At the moment I'm reading non-fiction - "Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari. I am really enjoying it and finding it so interesting!
    Books are my weakness - I have piles of unread books to get through fiction & non-fiction - but I still find it difficult to pass up a good bookstore!

  3. Patsi, I am reading 'In the Middle of the Mess' by Sheila Walsh.

    1. Nanna Chel, I'll have to look that one up!

  4. I just finished Lion by Saroo Brierley, formerly published as A Long Way Home. It was so good! The movie was excellent too, which led me to want to read the book and the book didn't disappoint. Well written, heart-wrenching at times, it was a wonderful story of the power of family and mothers love.

    1. Rozy, hmmm, going to go look that one up, it sounds like one I would enjoy.

  5. I have been going through tons of old books that my girls and I read. I am re-reading some. This week it has bee Anne of Green Gables. Probably the 10th time I've read it in my life.

    1. Gloria, I love Anne of Green Gables!


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