*** Possibly Spoilers Ahead ***
** Due to the fact that this is a non-fiction book, spoilers aren’t as huge of a factor. However, if you wish to read this with no previous insight, I recommend that you skip this review 🙂 **
Book Title: The Magnolia Story
Author(s): Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino
Main Theme: Biography, Romance, Inspirational
Thesis: Chip and Joanna Gaines, superstars of Waco, Texas, and the founder of all things Magnolia, write their first book together. This book ranges from memories of their childhood and on to their signing on with HGTV for Fixer Upper. They talk about the beginning of their relationship, how they work together, how they manage have a family in the midst of it all, and everything crazy, wild thing Chip has done. In this book, you get a first-hand account of their lives up to the publishing date.
What Drew Me In: Okay, let’s be honest here. If you don’t know who Chip and Joanna are, you live under a rock. You don’t have to watch HGTV religiously (*cough* like me) to know that they are super popular right now. Chip’s hilarious antics and Jo’s fun creative twist on interior design has captured more hearts than they can count. I am actually from Waco, Texas! I was born there in 1995, and my family moved a few times before I finally settled with my mom and siblings about 35 minutes away from Waco. I LOVE Waco. Yes, there are some run-down parts. Yes, the smell of money radiates off of Baylor. If you have ever visited/lived in Waco, you know exactly what I mean. But my family was in Waco more times than I can count. Lots of movie dates, field trips to the mall for back to school shopping, and lots of BBQ from Rudy’s was consumed! I used to volunteer at the Cameron Park Zoo, I’ve been to the Baylor campus multiple times, and there has been lots of times I ran errands with the grandparents there. Waco has a special place in my heart. I was so excited to finally visit their Magnolia Market, with the two huge silos off I-35. Although I don’t watch their show on a regular basis, I knew I liked them well enough that I wanted to know more about their lives. Unfortunately, my library did not have the book, but thank god for Inter Library Loans!
By the way, if you have a chance to visit Magnolia Market, trust me on this and GO! Such an adorable place!
Summary: Like all biographies, we start at the beginning, with Chip and Joanna taking turns through-out the book to explain who they are and what brought them together. You get glimpses into their early life, like Jo’s struggles with her ethnicity and being an outcast in school and Chip’s hard decision about college/work life with his father. You get all the juicy details of their first date, which admittedly did not go over well, but they stuck through it and before they realized, they were getting married! They talked about the love they had for their family and friends at their wedding and the crazy up-and-down honeymoon through New England. They talk about their adventures with their business with flipping houses, and how they actually were successful enough to continue it, despite the risk. You are laughing hysterically at Chip’s antics, like forgetting his first born at home and nearly giving Joanna a heart attack. You feel moved by Joanna’s journey with opening her first shop, taking on new house projects, constantly moving houses, and being a rocking mama to four kids! (Not that Chip isn’t an awesome dad either!)
They highlight each section of the journey together, the good, the bad, and the ugly houses. They talk about almost bankrupting until a miracle came through, they talk about their journey with themselves, the signing on with HGTV, and opening their amazing store off I-35. You really get an insight on who these people are towards the end of the book.
My Thoughts: This is a great read, especially for an autobiography. I have never been much of a biography reader (or non-fiction, truth be told), but I find it much easier to read if you truly love or at least interested in your book. And this couple are total couple goals! Unconditional love, supporting each other through the thick and thin, and by the end of the day still enjoying each other’s company. What more could you ask for? Makes me very appreciative for my husband. 💗
Would I recommend this book?: If you are new to the world of non-fiction or biographies specifically, I would really recommend this book. It’s light, airy, and fun to read. Chip and Joanna are very relatable people in the real world, and you aren’t in the position of being bored to death.
And…. I just had to throw this picture in. Throwback to August 2018 when I dragged my husband and siblings (12 year old twins, bless my heart) so I can finally see it.
I’m looking for new fun biographies to read! If you have any suggestions, please let me know! As usual, keep an eye out for updates on my Instagram! Love you all! ♡
The Library Lady