As a continuation of my post, A Resolution Worth Keeping, I decided to keep a separate log of all the books I have read lately as well as what I thought about them, etc. I won’t go as far to call them “reviews” as I don’t think I have that kind of talent, but I will certainly give a little info about each one and give my opinion (I’m pretty good at that. LOL)
Minimalism by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus is a quick and easy read about the basics of Minimalism. I recently have shifted my perspective on things to try to adopt a more minimalistic approach, and this book (along with their Netflix special of the same name) got me started on the right path. I have done a series of blog posts on this topic, and if you are interested in reading those, start here. My motivation? The stress of clutter and feeling like we just have too much stuff, plain and simple. To get more info about The Minimalists and the different layers of the concept, check out their website, The Minimalists.
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott: This is another Book Club selection and I, once again, devoured it. Basically, I spent the first chunk of the book wondering “WTF did Diane do?!?!?!” It also incorporated some, ahem, “girlie issues” surrounding PMDD. I wish they would have discussed that topic a little more, because it is interesting, but the whole mysteriousness surrounding the characters and….. OMG where did the body go?!?! The main setting is a research laboratory, which provided some new knowledge for me on that working environment. All around, it captured and kept my attention very similarly to Sometimes I Lie.
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: In continuing with my journey toward a more minimal approach to life, I picked up this recommendation from another blog post (I think). Cait is very relatable as she talks about her own life and struggles with “excess,” not just with stuff, but also with food and alcohol. In this book, she documents her year-long shopping ban and brings us into her adventure with revelations about finances and the mental journey that went along with it. So much of what we do in life is impulsive. In her book, Cait made me appreciate the word mindful even more, and was a nice follow-up real-world piece to Minimalism. Cait is also a blogger, where you can find out more about her and her journeys.