August 10, 2013

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster (Audiobook)

Narrated by Jen Lancaster
Published by Penguin Audio (2013)
Length: 8 hours, 56 minutes (Unabridged)

I received a review copy from the publisher via Audiobook Jukebox.

Description: To smooth her admittedly rough edges, Jen Lancaster is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of Americas overachieving older sister. By immersing herself in Marthas media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband to the next level. Maybe Jen can go four days without giving herself food poisoning, if she follows Marthas dictates on proper storage. Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than just getting drunk in the pool with her husband...again. And maybe, just maybe, shell discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Marthas perfectly arranged cupboards and artfully displayed charcuterie platters. Or maybe not...

My Review: Besides reading, my other interests (obsessions?) are music and organizing. I even had a part-time job at The Container Store last fall, which only deepened my love for all things organizing. 

"Everything I pass suddenly seems useful to living a more orderly life, and my cart quickly fills. I keep saying to myself, Do people know about this place?" -The Tao of Martha

I identified with the author's quest to improve her home because I'm always on the lookout for tips on home decor, organization, and cleaning (clearly, I'm a Pinterest addict). 

"There is nothing more soul satisfying and therapeutic than rearranging a room." - The Tao of Martha 

Every time I read one of her books it's like sitting down with a close friend to catch up. I'm a big fan of Lancaster's memoirs, and once again she delivered a funny and relatable story. She's not afraid to make fun of herself and to admit when her attempts at living the Martha Stewart lifestyle go awry.

"Underneath all the junk, I unearth 3 boxes of my favorite kinds of pens, 2 bags of the mechanical pencils I really like, a pair of Gucci sunglasses, and $17.32 in loose change. I also find rock bottom because clearly this is what I've hit." - The Tao of Martha

I'm glad that I decided to listen to this book because Lancaster narrates it herself. I think it really enhanced my enjoyment because she has great comedic timing and also conveys her emotions very well through the narration. I hope that she narrates more of her own books in the future!


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