Well, this month’s list is pretty puny. I blame it on school starting back and trying to get into a routine of homework, swim team, etc. A lot of new books have come out that I want to read so I hope to find time and September’s list be a lot longer!
First off I read Never Never, part one and part two. I LOVE Colleen Hoover, as I am sure I have mentioned more than once. Her books are fantastic and I have almost read all of them. This is a three-part novella series and the lead off book was fantastic! I was warned that it ended with a HUGE cliffhanger, so I waited until the second part came out to read it so I could read them together only to have the second one end with another HUGE cliffhanger. The third one doesn’t even have a release date yet so I am impatiently waiting! I rated both of them 4 stars and they are both rated over 4.0 on Goodreads with almost 15,000 votes so far. Part one synopsis is: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning. He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget. Wait for the third one to release then read them all back to back. You won’t be disappointed!
Next I read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I have had this on my “to read” list forever and finally got around to it. I love some smut! I rated it a 3, but it’s rated over 4.0 with over 112,000 votes, so it’s pretty popular. It was just a bit predictable, but let’s face it… The majority of books are these days! Goodreads synopsis is: The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…
Last nigh I finished up Marie Kondo’s book on tidying. This is SO not my type of book and I almost NEVER read anything nonfiction, but I am beyond cluttered so I saw people mentioning this book and decided to give it a read. A lot of it is preposterous, such as speaking to your clothes, house, etc. as if they are alive, emptying your purse every day, and not balling up your socks because it hurts their feelings. BUT, I will say I did take away a lot from this book that is useful. I really want to declutter my house and I like her approach to throwing out anything that does not bring you joy. Even if it’s a gift from someone, something passed down, etc. you can’t hang on to things simply because. I won’t soil everything about this book because I plan to do posts based on how my tidying goes, but I will say head over to Goodreads and read some of the reviews. They are HILARIOUS!!! This one is probably my favorite:
There is no rating low enough to compensate for the way this book has ruined my life. Whatever you do, don’t read it as it will haunt you. This is a long review but it behooves you to stick with it. To begin, you have to touch each and every possession and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, it needs to be discarded. Do you know how hard it is to summon joy for beige underwear or Neosporin? Yet summon you must. I like my carrot peeler but is joy too strong a word? It gets tougher. Not only must you “apply hands” to every piece of clothing while checking for your joy response, you must fold your clothes in very specific ways in order to find each piece’s “sweet spot”. I never knew that “Every piece of clothing has it’s own ‘sweet spot’ where it feels just right”. This will lead to an historical moment when “your mind and the piece of clothing connect.” Don’t forget to thank your clothes for protecting your body. Thank your accessories for making you beautiful. “Express your appreciation to every item that supported you during the day.” Never, never “ball up your socks” as they can’t get their much deserved rest that way. They need to breathe a sigh of relief. You must visit your off season clothes to “let them know you care and look forward to wearing them when they’re next in season. This kind of communication helps your clothes stay vibrant and keeps your relationship with them alive longer.” Everything must be stored standing up rather than laid flat. “Stacking weakens and exhausts the things that bear the weight of the pile. Just imagine how you would feel if you were forced to carry a heavy load for hours?” You must empty your hand bag every day.”Being packed all the time, even when not in use, must feel something like going to bed with a full stomach.” When you get a new phone, it is kind to text your old one with a message of thanks for its service. Every single thing must be in its assigned place before you go to bed.” Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have no fixed address?” It is equally important for our possessions to have “that assurance that there is a place for them to return to.” If we greet our house properly it will ” be happy to tell me what the family no longer needs and where to put the things remaining so that the family can be comfortable and happy in this space.” Not sure if you do this before or after applying hands and checking your joy response. It did come near the end of the book, if that helps. So what do the things that get discarded for not sparking joy feel? “I think they simply want to leave. Lying forgotten in the closet, they know better than anyone else that they are not bringing you joy.” The people who tidy as this book recommend experience a change in their appearance. “Their figures are more streamlined, their skin is more radiant, and their eyes shine brighter.” Unfortunately, my eyes are crossed, I’ve gained 10 pounds, and I feel hives ready to pop. I had no idea when I picked up this pretty little book that it was going to necessitate my search for a live-in psychiatrist. I had NO freaking idea that I was squashing the self-esteem of my possessions. I can NOT find those folding sweet spots and everything in my drawers is in a mosh pit. My hand bag looks sad every time I walk by its nightly fullness. My socks are falling down. I’m not sure why. I hate the word joy now. I’m sleep deprived. My possessions call out to me for help but I don’t know if they want me to summon joy or if they want to leave. The other day my husband heard me thanking my underwear for staying up all day. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be married.
SO anyway, take what you will from that book, but there are definitely some great pieces of advice throughout. Let’s see how well it translates to my real life, though!