Friday, December 5, 2014
From the publisher:
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
This is a fascinating book. I have never read any other "tidying up" book but I have read blogs and talked with many others about tidying up. Marie Kondo's approach is completely different.
What really amazes me is the doesn't dismiss the senimenal and emotional value of objects that people (usually) have the most trouble getting rid of, but helps the reader be able to get rid of them, or keep them if they "spark joy".
This book is different, and I think will definitely help to change the way people see de-cluttering and tidying up.
At first glance the book might seem overwhelming to someone who wants to clean up their house and life, but the chapters are shorts and small. And if even that is too much, then just skim to the bold faced words and read around them and the reader can still get the basic jist of what Marie Kondo is trying to say.
Marie Kondo has very practical suggestions and this will make readers feel that they can attempt her ideas. She also shares the rational and logic behind her ideas as well as shares her own failures and successes in these areas.
I look forward to trying these ideas out in my own home!
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
From the publisher:
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.
An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.
Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.
Jody Hedlund is a master writer of historical fiction. She takes pockets of history, little known history, and creates an intriguing story for readers to enjoy. I love reading her novels and don't want to miss a single one.
You won't have to wait pages upon pages to feel drawn into this story, the first pages will have you into the lives of Emma and her brother Ryan as they journey.
I really liked how Jody Hedlund wrote Emma's character. A sweet and beautiful soul who wanted nothing more than a home. She was not a complex character but one who the reader will feel bonded with. Patrick's character is more complex but his gentleness with his son will capture the reader.
While this book does not preach on each page, the theme of God's redemption and new beginnings is throughout the story. Hedlund also touches on the idea of prayers and answered vs. unanswered prayers through the conversations of the characters.
There is a novella prequel to this book "Out of the Storm" which I highly recommend reading. It will give additional insight to a certain part of this story, but if you haven't read it, you will still be able to thoroughly enjoy this story.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.