Madam Secretary: A book that is more than 500 pages

It took a while to read it but I finished Madeleine Albright’s memoir 20 years, to the day, after Madeleine K. Albright was sworn in as the first female Secretary of State–what a day to finish this book! A great read for anyone interested in foreign affairs or #WomenWhoLead!

“Women have to be active listeners and interrupters – but when you interrupt, you have to know what you are talking about.”

“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”

What an accomplished life and this is a woman who was a two time refugee! She is my hero. It makes me want to name my daughter Madeleine.


Samantha, Daughter




The Good Goodbye: A book published this year

I don’t understand how a book published this year for the first time is published as an international bestseller. How are you a bestseller before you were printed to be sold, The Good Goodbye?

That confusion aside, this is a book worth reading. It’s like Gillian Flynn for people who can’t handle the grit of Flynn or at the very least need more than The Grownup, which Flynn published at the end of last year and could be read front to back before your coffee gets cold.

I didn’t know what was going to happen until the end. It’s a whodunit without any kitsch or “cozy mystery” categorization. The nonlinear weaving of the narrative between characters was ambitious and interesting. I liked to dislike Rory and yet at the end (sans spoiler) it broke my heart. I had so many questions and I love a book that makes me question the foundation of the characters, relationships, and mystery. It made me race through the pages trying to figure it out. I fell asleep on Thursday night with the book in my hands and woke up to a sock as my bookmark (courtesy of Rob) and I picked up where I left up, not moving on Friday morning until I finished it (Good Friday, I wasn’t late for work or anything).


Carla Buckley, cannot wait to read more of your books! I hope they’re all this good. And I’m looking forward to the movie because this is so obviously going to be a movie…

Lesson of #9 – A book published this year: A book doesn’t need to be old and enduring to be good. A new book can tell just as fascinating and tell just as interesting a story as an enduring classic.

Samantha, Daughter