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My job as a parent is done.

Child #4 is graduating from University this week.

I’m not saying I don’t get that whole empty nest thing, but my kids do point out that not every mother moves to another country the week her youngest child leaves for college. Hey, it’s not that they can’t ever move back in with me if they need to. Of course (foreign country!), they would first need to get a work visa, for which they would need a job, which (if they had one) would mean they wouldn’t move in with me on a bet. Yup, I’m all about the being there for them.

So when it came time to look for this week’s Friday Five challenge, I clicked on that new section “Graduation Books”. And—what are the odds?—the perfect life inspiration book popped up right at the top. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge is to take ONLY FIVE MINUTES to browse an unfamiliar category and select a book based solely on the cover art.

Book blurb:

AdultingIf you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it’s OK. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable-and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn:

  • What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things.
  • When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world- It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening.
  • How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office — Imagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps.
  • The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind.

From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.




Book Title: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

Price: $3.85/£1.27 (Paperback–published by Grand Central Publishing, May 7, 2013)

Reviews: 217 for a total of 4.3 out of 5 stars 

Pages: 288

My Analysis: This was such a fast decision. I could say that I looked at the price, the reviews, the table of contents… But the fact is that I clicked on the LOOK INSIDE! option and opened to the first page.

Step 1: Accept that you are not that special. This is the most difficult and important thing to accept if you wish to be a grown-up: You are not a Special Snowflake.

Hell, yeah. Sold.


(But just in case she needs some reinforcement… Here’s a how-to lesson written by big sister Melinda.)



Here is Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge. It only took five minutes and a couple more to write up, and was a ton of fun. I hope you’ll consider joining in. All Rosie asks is that you link back to her original post here so we can all join in viewing your challenge results.

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie Amber's Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

  1. Go to any online book supplier,
  2. Randomly choose a category,
  3. Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
  4. Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
  5. If there are reviews, check out a couple,
  6. Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
  7. I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.