Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Read This, Not That

As I've been working my way through books so far in 2013, I felt the need to share some information about these two. I read them back to back and it honestly reminded me of Eat This, Not That (which is awesome to follow on Twitter by the way!). I felt like I had just read two books that could maybe be in a similar genre when it comes to their topic, but one was far superior and a much better use of brain cells and time.

Stumbling upon Pinterest sometime last year I saw Jordan Christy's How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World, and it immediately caught my eye. For one, I judge books by the cover (don't judge me), there are pearls on the cover and who doesn't want to be a Hepburn? I also have a secret love for Paris Hilton that grew from watching far too many episodes of The Simple Life in college.

I purchased the book right away online for dirt cheap (thank goodness) and it sat in my room during grad school as I had no time to ever read for fun. After reading a heavier book a few weeks ago I picked it up as something light to rebound with. Well it's definitely light, because it's full of air and nothing else.

I was really disappointed in the book as first off it focused far too much on "how to find a guy", and I don't have that viewpoint because I've found my Mr. Charming but because there is much more to being a classy gal than having some arm candy. There's an entire chapter on makeup. Yes, makeup. What's worse is that as much as this book is supposed to be about etiquette and class, Christy trash talks people throughout it as she alluded back to examples of "non-classy" folks she knew in previous parts of her life.

While there are a few gems of advice, overall I'd say no and there are probably some much better books out there on the topic of etiquette. Please don't give this to your daughters, or waste time reading it yourself. Just leave it to waste away on Amazon.com.

Luckily I had just received notice that a new e-book was in at the library for me, and low and behold it was Katie Couric's The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. I. Devoured. This. Book. Not only do I love Katie (seriously, how cute is she?) but if there's one thing I'm a sucker for it's advice about life from people who have truly lived it. 

This book was such an easy read as it's really a compilation of stories from many successful people out there from Mario Batali to one of the co-founders of Twitter. Some were less than a page, some were maybe around 10 pages. There wasn't a single page of that book that I didn't care for--and I actually learned some things while reading!

It was a wonderful encouragement and inspiration to read about the hard work some of these folks put in that I never had known about. I actually shared one story with my Career Exploration class that I teach and recommended for them to read it. I wish every college student was required to read this book because at the end of the day it preaches that it takes a lot of hard work, failed attempts, and time to be successful. Yes you read correctly, what you want is not just handed to you on a silver platter. 

I think this would make a wonderful graduation gift for high school or even for college, or just some inspiration for someone that may need it. There's already a few occasions coming up where I think this will be a perfect gift and I can't wait to share with people that I love. Pick up this book, I promise it won't let you down!

Have you read either of these books? What were your thoughts?
What other inspirational or etiquette books out there are your favorites?


Charlotte said...

I can't wait to read this one! I've been in a reading funk lately and want to start a book I know I'm going to like. Thanks for the recommendation!

Shannon said...

I love Katie, too. I am absolutely reading this one. Thanks for the rec!

Anna said...

It's awesome, definitely worth the time!