Make Something Good Today Book Review
I am a HUGE fan of HGTV’s show Home Town. Well, I’m a fan of HGTV in general, but there’s something about the show HomeTown that really speaks to me. My husband and I watch a lot of home renovation shows, always on the lookout for ideas and inspiration for the forever home we know we’ll eventually have. But we’re very particular about the shows we watch regularly, leaning more towards personalities we can connect with than a “style”. We don’t have cable, so we’re intentional when it comes to seeking out these people who choose to rebuild and renovate other’s dreams for a living.
From the first episode I ever stumbled across, I was sold on Home Town. Erin and Ben Napier, fixing up homes in Laurel, Mississippi, felt like the real deal to me. Wholesome yet quirky, they didn’t break old things that we always feel could be reused, like some renovators. Their homes weren’t cookie-cutter austere like others. Their use of *couch cough* ship-lap was at a minimum. But what I really loved was the couple. The pint-sized artist, and the burly woodworker. We devoured old episodes, and mourned the end of season 2.
When I saw that they had a book coming out, I jumped at the chance to snag a copy on Netgalley. Unfortunately, the formatting of the copy I was sent was more than a little wonky. BUT, I love them enough that I went out and purchased another copy of the book at Target so I could review it anyway! I think the issue had something to do with the photos, and different text fonts when it was Ben or Erin. No grudge held here, I was more than happy to put my money where my mouth is, and support them in any way possible. I definitely think this is a book meant for paper and not digital.
I didn’t think it was possible to love this couple any more than I already did, but after reading their book, I do.
Make Something Good Today is both a love story between Ben and Erin, and a love story to their hometown in Mississippi. It tells the story of their upbringing, their history and culture, what they want for the future, and what has happened in their past. It is filled to the brim with photos they’ve accumulated that perfectly encompasses a lite that sits straddling authentically vintage swagger and modern sensibilities. I loved every ounce of it from cover to cover.
If you’ve ever watched the show Home Town, you should have an idea of what to expect from this beautiful book. It’s NOT a coffee table book filled with photos of renovations. It is a story about two people who are always looking for the good in life. Who, even when faced with dilemmas and struggles, have chosen to do good and try to build a community BETTER. Have you ever watched an episode of a show like Gilmore Girls and thought…wow, I wish towns like this existed in real life? Erin and Ben Napier have fought to turn their town into one that has evening community picnics downtown, and pretty murals painted on the sides of buildings, with festivals regularly and new businesses in the old part of town. I think all of this really appeals to me more, as someone who being a part of the military, doesn’t HAVE a hometown or truly feel a part of a community. I yearn for it.
So, I really can’t recommend this show and book enough. They both give me warm fuzzies. OH, and Season 3 of Home Town just started back up, so if you’ve never watched it…be sure to check it out!!