I am so excited… I read two books in January! It is really amazing that the simple act of a setting a goal for yourself can be so effective! As part of my #MoreMEin2016 initiative, my reading challenge was just one of the ways I wanted to make more time to do the things I love.
I selected two books and simply made more of an effort to read. I’m actually embarrassed by how easy it was to carve out this time to myself. Here I am thinking, “I am SOOO busy.. NO time to myself… I just have SO much to do… I never have time to read.” Nope. There’s actually plenty of chances for me to read, once I decided to MAKE the time to do it. Laundry can wait sometimes. So can those emails. Now to the good part, book reviews!
Big Little Liesby Liane Moriarty
Summary from Amazon:
A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
This is my first Liane Moriarty book. I know everyone raves about her and this book. If you are one of those people you might want to stop reading my review. I was interested in the beginning, but then I just got kind of bored. I am all for a good mystery… however I want to enjoy the entire book. I got to the point with this story where I was like, “Just get me to the end, already!!” Also, I figured out the main story line when a MAJOR hint was dropped in the middle of the book. I was still surprised to find out who died at the end… but by that point I was just happy the book was over. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads since I know this book didn’t suck, I am just impatient. (However, I am looking forward to the HBO version of this book, especially since it will star Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman!)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizingby Marie Kondo
Summary from Amazon:
This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
As I write this, I am STILL on the waitlist for the freaking ebook edition of this book from the library. It is a popular read these days. Lucky for me, one of my good friends had copies of this book and was eager to send me one after I put the word out on social media that I was looking for it. I feel like there are 2 responses to this book, from what I have seen. It either changes your life or gives you a really good laugh. As for me, I think I may be right in the middle. I enjoyed the book and read it in just a few days. I have not started any of the methods outlined in the book, because frankly, I haven’t had a chance. I mean, taking every single item of clothing I own, placing it on the floor, and then touching each item while closing my eyes and thinking, “Does this bring me joy?” just isn’t feasible when you are a full-time working mom with 2 kids. However, this book was very motivating & while I may not do the program exactly how she suggests, I am definitely going to try a modified version that will work for me. After years of moving around and having kids, I know that I have TONS of things I don’t need. I am DONE with STUFF and ready to tidy my life. (& you know I can resist anything with the work “magic” in it!)
Did you guys read either of these? I would love to hear what you thought in the comments section! Be sure to check back here tomorrow for February’s books picks! Also, I would love for you to follow me on Goodreads.
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