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The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

Review: The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I’d probably give this read 2.5 stars overall. I read this over the course of a few days in audiobook form, and I’ll admit that I didn’t care for it despite having some practically useful ideas. I decided to read this for exploring methods of minimalist living and retention, since that seems to be a pervading topic when it comes to productivity and organization. The text itself has useful ideas if you haven’t read very many delcuttering/minimalism guides, but the narrative itself is cumbersome in its narration. Simple and key to remember ideas often get lost in explanations that go on much longer than necessary. I found it too superfluous in its communications. As the narrative went on, I honestly didn’t like many of the suggestions the book gives to approach a minimalist lifestyle (a.k.a. “Participate in sports that require less stuff.” Yes, this was an actual suggestion in this book among other methodologies.) It’s interesting that a key idea of this narrative communicated learning to control your stuff, not allowing your stuff to control you and what you want to do, but yet ideas like that give the opposite impression.

I would take this guide with a grain of salt, and it may be better just to use this for what is useful to the person reading it and to supplement other guides on organization and minimalist living. The figuring out what to keep sections were good, but its overarching useful mantras are taken over by redundancy and counter-intuitive suggestions.

Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.

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Review: Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity by Karen Salmansohn

Quick review for a very quick read. I found this book of affirmations at my local bookstore and picked it up on a whim. Mostly because it had bright colors, peppy illustrations and very memorable adages when I flipped through the work. I read this inside of an hour, but even with it being a brief read, the values and advice within Salmansohn’s narrative is well worth revisiting for many different scenarios (mood changes, life changes, loss, failure, trying something new, etc.) Some dialogues in this book hit more home with me than others and I give it credit for that. Salmansohn’s connections to the experiences is well noted, and I thought the narrative supported a strong connection between sticking to the topics of each section and providing personal feedback. I definitely will find myself returning to this narrative, if even on the measure that illustrations are a big part of that enjoyment/reasoning.

Overall score :3.5/5 stars.

Review: Encouraging Thoughts for Women: Comfort by Shanna D. Gregor

Quick review for a quick read. I’d probably give this around 3 stars. I appreciated reading it, but admittedly it wasn’t quite what I was looking for in the context of narrative resources I was searching for. I regularly seek books with inspirational quotations because I love reading those kinds of quick bit narratives and they make for quotations that I refer back to frequently the context of inspiring my writing, mood, among other things. Some of these quotation books can be non-denominational (just general good mood quotations) or those that may come from narratives of different faiths or ideologies – and I read them with the appreciation of what they bring to the table.

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Latest book haul

Cross posted from my Instagram account @rosepetals784. 

More #bookhaul to showcase. Ironically two books penned by Jay Kristoff ( and one the second book in a series cowritten with Amie Kaufman ). Will read these eventually as I’m book marathoning. 

Review: So Tough to Tame (Jackson #3) by Victoria Dahl

Quick review for a quick read. I read this in a matter of hours, but all I really got out of this story was a “meh” read, unfortunately. Walker and Charlie definitely had chemistry and some fun flirtations in the mix (though there were some sensual scenes that made me cringe because they were awkward), but on the whole, I wasn’t really taken into this story very much even with the quirky personalities and side-characters this narrative had to offer.

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