Hello again, blog lovers! A little about me before we head into this blog post- I started a new internship this month and started my last (full) semester of grad classes this week! I’m taking two classes and writing my thesis and applying for the next internship/job all at the same time…phew! It’s a lot of work, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. Also, small note, this blog will definitely be updated more often for the next few months! This blog is now part of an ongoing assignment for my Magazine Writing and Editing course, so nice comments only, of course. Alright, on with the review!
Over my Christmas break, I read Make Something Good Today by Erin and Ben Napier. For those of you who aren’t obsessed with HGTV like I am (seriously, I watch it every day), they are a married couple and the hosts of a show called HomeTown, where the couple renovate homes in Erin’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Ben does construction and woodworking, while Erin handles the interior design. They always seem very sweet together on camera, but many people just compared them to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the exceedingly popular married couple and hosts of Fixer Upper. However, I felt a different energy from them when I watched the show. They had a sweetness with each other that was difficult to put a name to. When I heard they were writing a book together on their individual lives and their life as a family, I had to pick it up. When I heard that they were also going on a book tour that included the local independent bookstore near me, I jumped at the chance to go!
Book signings are different everywhere, and each individual experience is different as well. For this signing in particular, my mom and I had to buy our books in advance, which we picked up at the store on the day of the signing. We were then brought down to the lower level where there were several chairs set out along with a desk and some chairs for Ben and Erin. Since there were only about 50 people at the signing, the authors were able to do a Q&A with the audience! They told us about their writing process, what their families and friends thought of the book, and how their new baby, Helen, was doing.
I promise that a future version of this post will have some pictures, but I was dumb and accidentally deleted them. Look for the edited version!
Anyway, the book itself is sweet, humorous, and surprisingly moving. The way they talk about each other when they first met in college is adorable, and you can tell that they have a very strong connection between them. They also explain how they got started in their careers, both of which weren’t quite direct paths. The part that moved me the most was learning about Erin’s health struggles over the years. It’s amazing for her to have gone through all of that and still have such a positive attitude towards life. They both say that the show has totally changed their lives and that their town has had a complete renaissance as a result.
But, between you, me, and the ghostlight, I’ll leave out the big details so you can read it yourself! Comment below or on social media if there’s anything you’d like me to review next. I’ll see you next week, blog lovers!