Lately, it’s been hard to keep up with my reviews or remember what I want to say in them. I was more organized last year because I would jot down my thoughts soon after completing a book in my spiral-bound notebook. But at the beginning of this year, I was so lethargic and sluggish when it came to reading and blogging that I stopped recording my impression of what I read immediately after completing the book.
Most times I’m able to write a decent review despite not having recorded my initial thoughts. I highlight so many passages as I read that once I reread them, I’m able to recall why I highlighted it, how that portion of the book made me feel, and what that particular passage made me think. So a notebook isn’t necessarily needed, but it is helpful in easing the load of thoughts I store in mind as I read more and more books without posting reviews of them.
Such a notebook comes in handy when I read library e-books that disappear after its due date without me having posted a review. That’s what happened with Alyssa Mastromonaco’s memoir Who Thought This Was a Good Idea, which is about how she became the youngest woman to serve as deputy chief of staff at the White House.
I should have jotted down my thoughts and wrote out the few lines I highlighted, but I procrastinated and didn’t remember to do so until after the book’s due date. Because of this, I don’t have much to say or quote from Mastromonaco’s book because I’ve forgotten much of what I thought of it since completing it at the beginning of May.
What I do remember is that I thought the book was an okay read and that Mastromonaco is funny, especially when She discussed having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and needing to take a dump while visiting the Pope at the Vatican but was unable to find a restroom.
Mastromonaco wrote her memoir not only to inspire women to seek jobs in government and politics, but also to share how she became the youngest woman to serve as deputy chief of staff for operations to the president.
The book wasn’t insightful to me, but it provides helpful career tips and is entertaining because of Mastromonaco’s humor. It maintains a friendly tone throughout that’s obviously geared toward young professionals, which made the book a quick read and made Mastromonaco seem relatable.
However, there are so many people mentioned, both by their given names and nicknames, that I sometimes got confused about who Mastromonaco was talking about. Also, sometimes the memories she shared to elucidate a point didn’t seem to match up with what she was trying to explain. Though it is possible that I missed the connection between the example and the point made because I was reading too quickly, so that’s probably my fault.
It was a quick, fun read, and I recommend it.
I’m okay with this as a reflection piece, but I don’t think the review part was great, so I recommend that you check out these articles to know more.
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