Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Reader’s Advisory Matrix for
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino

  1. Where is the book on the narrative continuum? Highly Narrative (reads like fiction)

  1. What is the subject of the book? It is the story of how Chip and Joanna Gaines worked to build a thriving marriage, family, and business.

  1. What type of book is it? a memoir

  1. Articulate appeal
What is the pacing of the book? 
Reads like a leisurely Southern stroll, but a quick and easy read, lends itself to be put 
down and picked back up again with no trouble. 

  Describe the characters of the book? The book focuses almost exclusively on Chip and 
Joanna Gaines, a married couple and business partnership featured on HGTV.

How does the story feel? Cozy, inspiring, Upbeat.

What is the intent of the author(s)? To share their experience and share their Christian 

What is the focus of the story? How Chip and Joanna Gaines built a successful business 
empire and maintain a loving marriage and family life and a meaningful faith experience.

Does the language matter? Yes in that it is true to the down-home voices of the authors.

Is the setting important and well-described? Some things are described more than 
others such as the locations of the businesses and the homes the Gaines couple flipped.

Are there sufficient charts and other graphic materials? Are they useful? None

Does the book stress moments of learning, understanding, or experience? Chip and 
Joanna both describe moments of personal and professional clarity. 

5. Why would a reader enjoy this book (rank appeal)? 
1. Continuity with HGTV show (experience)
2. Tone
3. Ease of Reading


  1. I have seen that show! I didn't even realize they had a memoir! This seems like a nice gentle read to sit down and enjoy, especially after binge watching their show on a lazy day.

    1. It totally is! It won't challenge you intellectually but it's a comforting cozy read!

  2. Great prompt response! You do a great job writing informative and concise answers. Full points!

  3. This book gets checked out often at my library, I'll have to check it out. I'd like to watch their show as well. They sound like a great family.