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Review: The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

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The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book in preparation for a massive declutter/clean-up planned for my tiny but overflowing flat.

It did have some redundant info in it, which I read about before starting so I felt prepared. I like the enthusiasm and kindness of the book. The 10-step STREAMLINE process sounds very attractive to try out (I’ll add my experience with it as soon as I’ve tried it out).

Part three of the book mostly consists of redundant parts, however, I do not mind. It goes through the most common rooms according to the streamline principle with some specific advice for the specific rooms. I have not read all the rooms as I plan to go through them as I tackle the rooms, as a reminder and a re-motivator.

All in all an easy read that left me motivated to declutter/minimalise promptly. I’ve already used my goodreads account to see what books I will part with ;)

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Review: The Moomins and the Great Flood

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The Moomins and the Great Flood
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first of the Moomin books. It reads a bit clunky but I found it charming nonetheless. It introduces the main characters of books, their house and why they live in the valley. Promising enough to read the other books too. Wouldn’t recommend it as the first Moomin book to read. Book 3 (Finn Family Moomintroll) would probably work better as an introduction.

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Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I zoomed through this book, which had a lot to do with the entertaining writing. Some bits of the book didn’t match up with my reality, however, after some thought, I’d rather read and enjoy a book with some factual errors, than read a boring but highly factual book. Besides, a story has the right to stray from reality ;)

At Ginny’s age I did not travel Europe, I waited some more years because I didn’t have the guts to do it at 18.

I enjoyed reading the parts about places that I have visited myself and could easily imagine myself back there for which the book gets points. I wanted a story to entertain me. I feel entertained. :)

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Review: Het Medaillon van Thrianta

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Het Medaillon van ThriantaHet Medaillon van Thrianta by Mariska Buijs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t not like this book. I’ve waited (patiently) years to read it.

The book tells the story of princess Quahira who dreams of adventures, the kind she reads in books about. When the chance of adventure happens to present itself — like they do — she grabs it with both hands and sets off to make the kindgdom of Thrianta whole again. Not a small feat for a girl who has barely left the castle all her life. Luckily she gets help from several friends and together they go save the world! The story has a good dose of romance, humour and other exciting moments.

I have my doubts the people in the metro with me appreciate me giggling, however, I still enjoyed this book thoroughly. :-)

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Books to read

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I recently ordered an e-reader and because it did cost quite a bit more than a book I decided to challenge myself by first reading enough free books to compensate for its price. By free I really mean free, either public domain books or free as decided by the author. This means I’ve decided on reading a lot of classics I’ve either read as a kid (in Dutch) or ‘always wanted to read’.

I discovered GoodReads and created a list of books to read. I planned on having 42 books on there — we all know 42 is the only correct number — and ended up with 44. I’ll leave the extra two on, so I can skip a book or two because they suck.

Check out my readinglist: my before-buying-ebooks shelf:
Tanja's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (before-buying-ebooks shelf)

Also, I created a reading list page with links to books I’ve read and books I want to read. I spent the day geeking out and tweaking Goodreads-wordpress-plugins so I can have my shelves show up nicely.

Very excited, it got shipped today and should arrive tomorrow. Snow might interfere so keeping my fingers crossed!

e-books to read before buying

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A list of books I want to read before I start buying e-books. I decided to only start buying e-books after the reader paid for itself (roughly). Initially I decided on 30 books, however, 42 makes much more sense. Most of these books will probably fall in the public domain and some I got for free because the author generously offers the e-book version for free (go authors!).

I paid €269 for the e-reader and with 42 books this comes down to roughly €6.40 per book. Usually I pay more for my books so I think 42 will work out great.