The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom | Book Review

I have lost count of how many times I have reread this book. But despite my efforts to downsize and live a minimalist lifestyle, which includes owning fewer books, The Four Agreements stays on my shelf because I know that need to continue rereading it—over and over again. The Four Agreements (1997), written by Don Miguel …

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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked | Book Review

My husband and I have been downsizing for quite some time now, which is why this bookish blog of mine has several posts related to tidying up and organizing. But tidying up technology has been tricky for us, and examining how we want to interact with technology in our home has been an ongoing process. …

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up | Book Review

Tidying up is hard! It can be difficult to let go of things you own, and perhaps even more difficult to organize the things you choose to keep. In Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Marie Kondo offers practical, easy-to-follow tips for organizing and tidying your space. Spark Joy has a …

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We Should All Be Feminists | Book Review

I am still working on creating a 2017 reading list, but I thought it would be nice to start the new year with a sample of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work. Her award-winning books are constantly mentioned on the BookTube channels that I watch, and I thought that Adichie must be saying something very important to …

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing | Book Review

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing was published in 2014, so I'm pretty late to the party. However, I had been looking for a quick, enjoyable read, and Kondo's book turned out to be a great choice. I listened to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on audiobook …

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft | Book Review

Since starting the Certificate in Editing program at the University of Chicago, I have been reading lots of books on editing—and on writing. Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (tenth anniversary edition) had not been on my radar, but after watching a great interview with King on Book View Now, I knew …

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The Subversive Copy Editor | Book Review

Have you ever experienced a wave of panic washing over you because you agreed to take on far too much work? Do you struggle with saying no and managing a healthy work-life balance? If any of this sounds familiar, then you should consider reading The Subversive Copy Editor. Although Carol Fisher Saller's book is written primarily …

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Above the Waterfall | Book Review

I purchased Ron Rash's Above the Waterfall on a whim at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The gorgeous, eye-catching cover and intriguing story line drew me into this amazing book. In Above the Waterfall, Rash explores environmental activism, drug addiction, and economic hardship. Each of his characters feels real; their hardships feel …

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