After that point (about halfway through), things picked up and I finally (mostly) figured out who was who. I actually liked the second half a lot. Still, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
I seem to be on a roll with the ‘fluff’ books lately and this one is no different. I read Carol Higgins Clark’s new book each year mainly because I prefer books where I know what I’m in for, even if it’s so-so, over picking something new and being disappointed (see above!). Carol isn’t the greatest writer (lots of telling instead of showing), but her books are fun and take a couple of hours, at most, to read. I wouldn’t pay for one of them, but they’re easy for me to put on my library request list. I went into this one with low expectations, as always, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Again, I don’t think I’d recommend it, but if you need a beach read and agree to not expect too much, go for it.
Simplify by Joshua Becker
I got this for 99 cents on the Kindle a long time ago. Lately I’ve been desperate to pare down our stuff. I think I’m going to get this book Ashley recommended, but buying a book seems counter to “living with less,” doesn’t it? I’m annoyed the library doesn’t have it.*
I saw this in my Kindle library and thought it might be a good place to start. I figured out pretty quick why it was so cheap. It’s only 46 pages and basically an overview of reasons to be minimalist with big-picture, as opposed to detailed, advice. There were some good tips and its worth checking out if you’d like, but…it’s not a book. 46 pages!
*Yes, I know I could buy a copy and donate it to the library when I’m done. That’s probably what I’ll do. But I haven’t managed to get over the “spending money” hurdle yet.
(Right now my husband is probably laughing so hard he’s choking, because I have a LOT of stuff and I hate getting rid of things. I’m one of those “But what if we need it?” people. I find the argument we could simply purchase a replacement completely unconvincing, as then I’m out money. But I’m working on it! I’m slowwwly getting rid of things I don’t need, even if they’re usable and could conceivably be helpful to have around. I don’t think I’ll ever be an actual minimalist, but maybe we won’t be swimming in every possession I’ve acquired since I was 8. My goal is to stay off Hoarders.)
P.S. Yes, I’m counting a 46 page “book” towards my reading goal. I figure since I also count 849 page books like 11/22/63 it all balances out.