I started to get into the habit of jotting down a short review of each book after I read them and storing it in my drafts folder. Makes publishing at the end of the month easy. Until you get hacked and lose everything.
If you followed me here from TheEcoGrandma, my blog that was hacked, you may recall I used Oyster, a subscription service to have access to unlimited books. When they closed down the beginning of January my plan was to read free ebooks only. Ya, that ended real soon. Finding quality books offered for free was harder than I thought it would be. I broke down and signed up with Scribd, another subscription service offering unlimited number of books for $8.99 a month.
This may be my favorite post to write each month because you in return provide me with excellent suggestions for further reading.
Here’s what I read in January.
I’ll start with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I did quite an extensive review of this on its own, sorry that along with your wonderful comments is lost forever, so briefly I’ll just say I did adopt the clothes folding method and after a month find it works well for me. Marie is a bit over the top when it comes to organizing. Shall we say obsessive compulsive? I do find her way of decluttering to be better suited to my personality than other methods but overall, I don’t see what makes this book, or the method, life-changing.
I moved next to Epicurean Simplicity by Stephanie Mills. The writing style after reading Kondo’s book threw me and I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this. The style is a cross between an academic lecture and poetic, but enjoy it I did so much I would say this is one of my favorite books of the last few months. Mills made news back in 1969, when in her college commencement speech she announced she would not have children because she was concerned with the impact over population would have on the world. And she never had children, if you were wondering. The book is broken down into seasons rather than chapters with a personal story of her lifestyle in that season as the introduction to that section. Mills, writes from the perspective of one deeply worried about her environmental footprint and her efforts to live simply to reduce her impact but takes great pains in her writing to show that while we can be sorrowful for the environmental damage, or challenges we face, there is much beauty available to us if we are aware and take the opportunity to appreciate them.
All You Need is Less: The Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green living and Stress-free Simplicity by Madeleine Sumerville is quite a mouthful of a title. I had this in paperback and decided to reread it to decide if it should be donated with other books this month. Every time I look at that title I think Ms. Sumerville was trying to use every keyword possible to get her book noticed on searches. That aside, this is a nice little book for the person about to embark on the journey of greening their home. I kept it because there were some great recipes for cleaning products but realized there were only a couple I would use. I copied those down and passed the book on. The recipes I held on to included her Stinky Dog Spray (which is safe enough to use on both furniture and the dog) and her Magic Tea Drink for colds. If you aren’t new to green living and making your own cleaners you may want to pass on this one.
It was a short month for completed books.
These are the books I’m currently reading
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. This was recommended to me by both Joy (Joyfully Green) and Christy (The Simple White Rabbit) I’m only 11% into this book but find it intriguing. Harry Fry, retired and lost from the lack of purpose, receives a letter from a woman he used to work with telling him she’s dying of cancer. He pens a short note to her and leaves his house to mail the letter. He enjoys the walk down the block to the mailbox so much he decides to walk to the next, and the next and the next. By the end of the day he decides he’s going to walk to see his friend, hundreds of miles away. He phones the hospice where she’s staying and leaves a message telling her she has to hold on until he arrives, giving her a reason to keep living and him, a reason to keep walking.
The Digestive Tune Up by Dr. McDougall. Dr. McDougall, one of the first authors I found who showed me food can be our medicine, wrote this book to explain how the digestive system works and take us to the next step in health.
Whole by T.Colin Campbell. T. Colin Campbell wrote the now-famous book The China Study which compiled the information he learned about diet from a ten year study of how diet affected the health of several communities in China. This is a follow up book to The China Study. I’m not far into this and so far what I’ve read is a summary of The China Study.
Tell me, please, what are you reading?