Book Review: Sparkly Green Earrings


Sparkly Green Earrings:
Catching the Light at Every Turn

Melanie Shankle

This was a quick, light read written by mommy blogger, Melanie Shankle (  In fact, the whole thing had a blog feel to it — is that a style now?  I guess maybe so.  The book provides a comical, sentimental journey of a mother (the author) through the beginning stages of motherhood.  I say beginning stages, because it seems that at the time the book ends, the daughter is around 8 years old, so it doesn’t cover the whole parenting gamut, it just catches you up to where she is in her journey.  Her writing style is personable and the book reads like you could be catching up with a good friend over coffee.

Although she shares her faith in God throughout the book, I didn’t feel like it was preachy.  It just seemed like a natural part of her story.  There was nothing too deep or earth shattering to learn from the book.  It was more a personal memoir, explaining that parenting takes you places you’d never think you’d go, it’s hard, but oh-so-rewarding.  I think this quote from the book sums up its style nicely:

Along the way, Gulley and I have decided there is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.

As I said, a fun, quick read.  I gave it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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One Response to Book Review: Sparkly Green Earrings

  1. Debi Kirksey May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Downloaded this a few weeks ago when it was free. Hope to read it soon….

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