Minimalism is a concept that has a strong appeal for someone with perfectionist and OCD tendencies like me. The vision of a space so simplified and streamlined that it instantly calms you is an intoxicating mirage that I’ve completely bought into. I’m working on decreasing my own possessions but it’s an ongoing process that I have to rededicate myself to on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.
While deciding to embark on minimizing what I own, I started to read more extensively on the topic and branched out into different variations on the theme of minimalism – looking at it from the financial aspect, from the consumerism aspect and from the philosophical aspect. I also became hungry for as many personal stories as I could find about other people’s own minimalist journeys.
This book list brings together the books I’ve read so far on the topic, ordered from the one that was most helpful to me, to least helpful. If you have any other titles on minimalism you’d like to recommend to me, please let me know in the comments!
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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic was Top Ten Favorite Quotes. I needed a bit more direction than that because I have a hard time remembering specific quotes I loved in novels, so I decided to restrict the playing field to my favorite classics of all time.
Definitely not an easy feat but I decided to stick with one book from each of my Top 10 favorite classic authors, so they’d all be represented. If they’re on this list, you can assume I pretty much love every single one of their titles that I’ve read. They’re not in any specific order because it was just too hard as always to pick favorites, except for the fact that Middlemarch and The Idiot being at the top is not entirely coincidental.
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m personally trying to find more romantic inspiration in my life, as I’m may be a tad too happily single at the moment (All that time to read an no one else to consider, can you blame me?). I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of books of love letters in the vein of the list of books about witches that I published this past Halloween, so that I can give myself a year to read them and review all (or most) of them by next Valentine’s Day.
This list will actually be the inverse of my Witches book list because while in that case all the books but one were fictional, for this list of books of love letters, all but one are nonfiction. I decided to include a novel written as a series of love letters that I’ve heard of so many times since I started book blogging, and that I really want to read – The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
If you have any other suggestions for either real life or fictional books of love letters I should consider, let me know in the comments.
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So I clearly missed the boat slightly on yesterday’s #TopTenTuesday topic but I still wanted to put up this post… I decided to include the Top Ten Tuesday hashtag anyways to make sure that I’m giving credit where credit is due 🙂
It was pretty hard to go through all my five stars reviews for the year and pick the 10 books that were the best – like picking favorite children. I tried to put the titles I ended up going with in approximate order of how much I loved them – most to least. And YES Eleanor Oliphant is at the top of the list, so for everyone who didn’t like it, you can just deal with it 😉 It’s my #1 for the year.
These are not all titles released in 2017, but rather just ones I read throughout the year. I hope you find some good options for your TBR, and if you want to know more about any of them, make sure to check out the full reviews I’ve linked to.
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The topic for Week 4 of Nonfiction November is Nonfiction Favorites, and the hosting blog is Doing Dewey. Instead of answering the provided questions, I decided to put together a list of my Top Ten Favorite Nonfiction Books to date.
The ten titles I selected easily fit into four overarching categories or types of nonfiction: Sweeping Histories, Atypical Memoirs, Memorable Royal Women and Medical Investigations. I reflected further on why I was drawn to each category and title below. In doing so, I realized that the elements I always look for in nonfiction are:
- Either a book that effectively summarizes a really long span of time, or one that focuses on a really weird and unique experience
- Highly personal writing in either case that always ties back the narrative to individual experience
- Conciseness in the writing – no droning on aimlessly
- To feel that I am learning something new.
Today is also the first official day of the #ThanksgivingReadathon ! If you haven’t published a Sign-Up post yet or posted your reading intentions on social media, make sure to do so today!
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It’s Week 3 of Nonfiction November, and so far it’s been so much fun to see everyone’s themed posts. My love of nonfiction is being reconfirmed by all the time I’m spending reading about it, thinking about it and reviewing it this month!
For Week 3, the topic was Be The Expert/Ask The Expert/Become The Expert and was hosted by Sophisticated Dorkiness. I’d been reading towards a World War II nonfiction book list for a while, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to be the expert and post it!
World War II is definitely one of the most popular historical time periods for both fiction and nonfiction. There are so many different aspects of the war that can be explored in either genre, and I tried to focus on nonfiction titles that spanned a range of topics, countries and historical figures. Hope you find plenty of inspiration for your TBR lists below!
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