Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Book Club- 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30

Author: Pamela Redmond Satran, Editors of Glamour Magazine
Amazon Summary
Featuring advice, wisdom, and observations from an array of prominent and beloved women, 30 Things is an essential guide (and perfect gift) for women on the brink of thirty—and for those who are already there!

Fifteen years ago, Glamour published a list of distinctive yet universally true must-haves and must-knows for women on the cusp of and beyond the age of thirty titled, “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30.” It became a phenomenon.

Originally penned by Glamour columnist Pamela Redmond Satran, The List found a second life when women began to forward it to one another online, millions of times. It became a viral sensation, misattributed to everyone from Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton—but there’s only one original list, and it stands the test of time. Quirky and profound, The List defines the absolute must-haves (#11: “A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra”) and must-knows (#1: “How to fall in love without losing yourself”) for grown-up female happiness.

Now, Glamour magazine has gathered together its editors and an incredible group of notable women to expand on each of the items on The List in wise, thoughtful, and intimate essays. Kathy Griffin meditates on knowing when to try harder and when to walk away. Lisa Ling explores the idea that your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over, and Lauren Conrad shares what she has learned about what she would and wouldn’t do for money or love. Other personal insights come from Maya Angelou, Rachel Zoe, Taylor Swift, Katie Couric, Portia de Rossi, Kelly Corrigan, ZZ Packer, Bobbi Brown, Padma Lakshmi, Angie Harmon, and many more.

Along with essays based on The List, writers share their feelings about what the milestone of turning thirty meant to them. 30 Things is the one book women of all ages will turn to for timely and timeless wisdom.

What I have to say: 
I was familiar with this list prior to reading the book. It was neat hearing stories related to each list item and this book was a quick read. I would recommend that everyone read this list (which can be found via a quick google search) but I'm not sure I would recommend this book. I personally didn't find it inspiring or insightful, but that's just me. I also know that people have different life experiences and that for someone else this could be a real eye-opening, life changing read. It just wasn't for me.

What I didn't like about the book was that there were people (Taylor Swift, for example) under the age of 30 that added to this book, which is aimed at people turning 30. I just felt that their stories/insight didn't carry as much weight as others who were 30+. But again, that's just my personal opinion.

I highly doubt that I will read this book again but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading. I would suggest reading a few pages/chapter, which you can download for free from Kindle, prior to purchasing the book. If you like what you read, go ahead and buy the book. To me, this is a 'borrow from the library' opposed to 'spend money and buy' book.

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