The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog

by Jen Lancaster | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 045141764X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingMyssCynwing of San Antonio, Texas USA on 6/22/2014
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingMyssCynwing from San Antonio, Texas USA on Sunday, June 22, 2014
Wishlist tag buy. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 2 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, July 03, 2014
Thank you so much, MyssCyn! It arrived today and I look forward to reading this soon. I needed a little cheer today. Tomorrow would have been Catie's 23rd birthday and I guess I was feeling a little low today. This came at just the right time. You are a dear friend and I hope you enjoy your Independence Holiday. God bless you and yours.

Journal Entry 3 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Saturday, March 07, 2015
I have enjoyed all of Jen Lancaster's previous books and this one did not disappoint. Jen and her husband, Fletch, have settled in the suburbs of Chicago, and the beginning of 2012 find her frustrated about many aspects of her life. She then sets out to 'do' Martha Stewart - she wants to garden, decor, cook, and entertain like the inimitable Martha. Along the way, she learns a lot, about herself, and Martha, and life. There are setbacks along the way but even those provide fodder for her self-discovery. I liked this book. The Tao of Maisy was good advice to live by for anyone, 2- or 4-footed: be awesome, give awesome, get awesome.

Quotes to remember:

...whatever happens, this is your new normal....I've learned that you do whatever it is you need to do. You don't hesitate....You'll make it work and you won't think twice about the process.

Sometimes marriage isn't about love and companionship as much as it is a fine balancing act involving mutually assured destruction.

Funny thing about grief - you can't run away from it. You can fill your days with activity and even leave town, but it follows you.
Grief is the ultimate debt collector.

...if you don't enjoy the process, then stop.

I am reserving this for a RABCK in the wishlist tag game.

Journal Entry 4 by dvg at Flanders, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Arrived safely in NJ to one very happy and excited BCer! I love Jen Lancaster! I know a lot of BCers are fans ... I am looking forward to reading this and sharing it very quickly. =) Thank you Bkind2books for sharing this one with me. Sending you a great big hug!

Journal Entry 5 by dvg at to shorten a wishlist, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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I love reading Jen Lancaster and this simply continues my adoration. Why because I see myself in her. We'd be great friends! She admitted being a bit of a hoarder who now is organized by the Tao of Martha; according to hubby, I have been known to hoard clothes and crafts but am now a great donator to my local thrift shop if its been sitting too long. Without making this entry about me, pick up this book read it, laugh along with Jen and Fletch. I think you will find a bit of yourself in Jen as well. From this read I plan to follow the Tao of Maisy. ;)

This book is now traveling to JennyC1230 who had it on her wishlist. Enjoy!
Happy Reading and Happy BookCrossing!

Journal Entry 6 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, July 20, 2015
Thank you so much! I really like Jen's books, they are a lot of fun. I appreciate you thinking of me!

Journal Entry 7 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
My Review: I've read several of Jen Lancaster's books. They are great, she's real, she doesn't hold back when explaining her experience with organic fertilizer (made from bat guano, etc.) getting it on her clothes and in her eye. I love her because she doesn't mind looking silly or klutzy. You can tell she loves her husband Fletch and her pets. Trying to live her life like Martha Stewart for a year seems daunting to me, but in the end it seemed that she enjoyed the process for the most part.

This was a fun book, especially after reading a dull book that I pretty much gave up on and just skimmed the last few chapters to see how it ends right before reading this one.

Journal Entry 8 by JennyC1230 at -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Monday, May 08, 2017

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If you have found this book, welcome to Bookcrossing and thank you for taking the time to let us know about its journey. Feel free to enjoy the book and pass it along to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker, or simply leave it somewhere for another lucky reader to enjoy as you did! This book isn’t your type of read? No problem, don't feel obliged to read it, just be kind enough to help it on its journey.

Sending to a Bookcrosser in New York (sorry I can't remember your screen name!) Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 9 by SKingList at New York City, New York USA on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Thanks, Jenny! I used to love Jen Lancaster, then wandered away for a bit. Your review on Goodreads intrigued me and I look forward to reading this. The NYC Bookcrossers like Lancaster too so will likely share this there when I'm done since it has traveled so much.

Journal Entry 10 by SKingList at New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I used to love Jen Lancaster. I discovered her books at the Strand when I first moved back to NY and loved them. But then slowly either she got boring or what she did wasn't funny anymore. This was OK, but I think she needs a new shtick with Fletch. It gets to be same old.
Oddly, while I love the idea of live your life like Person X, I also struggled with AJ Jacobs' Year of Living Biblically despite enjoying his others so maybe it's me.

This is on its way to Antof9 who also loves her some Jen Lancaster

Journal Entry 11 by SKingList at New York City, New York USA on Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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On its way to Antof9

Journal Entry 12 by Antof9 at Lakewood, Colorado USA on Saturday, May 26, 2018
Cari, sorry I never caught this when you sent it! I'm with you -- used to love some Jen Lancaster, but this was just ok. When she referenced The Happiness Project in the beginning, I immediately went "meh," because I was in a book club that read it and couldn't believe I wasted my time on that.

That said, this was interesting, and definitely some funny parts, and yes I even cried. But I'm not all I NEED TO REREAD THIS, so am happy it accompanied me on a couple plane trips in the last week, and now I will leave it with my sis in Seattle after a great week of work and staying with family.

Thanks for sharing this!

Journal Entry 13 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Bellevue, Washington USA on Sunday, May 05, 2019
Given to read in WA and passing it on :)

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