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My 2017 Book List

I’ve come across this Japanese term, tsundoku, which means buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands and I thought, that’s totally me. 

My 2016 Book Goals!

Look it’s a late 2016 Book Goals List! This has been sitting in my draft for such a long time I almost forgot about it and honestly I just wanted to hit the Trash button! I’m still posting this and hopefully give me my much-needed inspiration. * * * * * I knew I had a couple of unread books but I didn’t think that I had this much lying around. I’m not impressed with myself and this doesn’t go well with my current goal of becoming a minimalist. The goal is to read all of the books listed below and write a review. If I like the book, it’s staying with me. If not, I’m selling it. I will write the reasons why I bought these books and hopefully motivate me to start reading it. Going Postal – Terry Pratchett Mike bought this for me…two years ago. I’m not much of a fan of Terry Pratchett and I’ve only read one book of his. I’m not too keen on reading this. The Bourne Supremacy – …

Review: A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

This book has by far got to be my favorite Haruki Murakami book. It was simple and easy to read. I liked it. I can summarize the whole story in a sentence. It goes like this: “It’s is about a man, the narrator, who was sent on a wild goose chase for a sheep.” The plot was very straight forward until you get to the part about the sheep. Mr. Murakami sure knows how to make us use our imaginations! This quasi-detective tale follows an unnamed, chain-smoking narrator and his adventures in Tokyo and Hokkaido in 1978. The story begins when the recently divorced protagonist, an advertisement executive, publishes a photo of a pastoral scene sent to him in a confessional letter by his long lost friend, ‘The Rat.’ He is contacted by a mysterious man representing ‘The Boss,’ a central force behind Japan’s political and economic elite who is now slowly dying. The Boss’ secretary tells him that a strange sheep with a star shaped birthmark, pictured in the advertisement, was in some way the …

Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I picked up this book because Saab Magalona, a blogger, was giving away this book last year. I don’t actually recall reading a review for this book before buying it or did I even know what it was all about. I just bought it because it’s from Amy Poehler. I thought Amy was funny, so I guess the book must be funny right? In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by. Goodreads Let me just get to the point, if you’re looking for a funny book, the kind filled with jokes, this won’t be it. If you’re looking for a book about the life and struggles of Amy Poehler, this one isn’t it …

Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I decided to read this book to encourage and fuel me further into this minimalism phase I am currently going through. If you haven’t read or heard of this book before, it’s all about tidying. It follows the KonMari Method which, if I had to summarize is all about asking yourself this simple question for every material thing you have – “Does it spark joy?” To be completely and brutally honest, Marie Kondo is a little too crazy for tidying if you ask me. She does, however, give valid points throughout her book which obviously proves why she is the best in the business. First the good parts, I liked that this book is well-structured. It clearly follows a path that is designed to help you in your quest for tidying. There are tips all throughout the book that will help you in the process while the most important phrases (or phrases that Kondo believes are essential for your success) are already highlighted out for you. On the flip side, there are some things that …