I’m so excited to announce the VERY first book club recommendation in The Vodka in My Coffee Virtual Book Club! The purpose of the book club is to share a book every month that truly made an impression on me.
I try to read a lot of books. Several years ago, I started participating in a 50/50 challenge to read 50 books and see 50 movies every year. I have yet to do it, but man do I try! While I haven’t hit the magic number, I end up reading a lot of books throughout the year. I try to mix up the genres and read a bit of everything, including fluff, best-sellers, and some non-fiction.
Recently, I read a book (actually I listened to it on Audible while driving to work), that really resonated with me. It’s a book about getting stuff done, strategies for being a successful professional woman, being confident and kind, and the importance of hard work. This book was so entertaining and thoughtful. I absolutely knew it had to be the first book club recommendation for this blog.
The September 2017 Book Club Recommendation is…
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House is written by Alyssa Mastromonaco the former deputy chief of staff to President Obama.
Now before you start telling me you’re sick of politics, I will say outside of her boss being Obama and the setting is the White House, this book doesn’t have a whole lot to do with politics. This is a story about hard work and lessons learned while working for the biggest boss in the most important office in the world.
Alyssa is laugh out loud funny. There is a great story she tells about tampons and the women’s bathroom in the White House for staffers. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
What intrigued me about this book is Alyssa is not Ivy League educated. She hails from a small town in Vermont and was your typical kid and teenager. She is a detail-oriented, organized, hard-worker that was challenged over and over again in the workforce. I saw a lot of myself in Alyssa.
Through humor and grace, Alyssa tells a story about the amazing professional opportunities that can open up for women if they have confidence and a strong work ethic.