video: off the shelf – June reads

It’s been an emotional and physical roller coaster of a day, but that’s a story for another time. In the meantime, June reads 🙂

(sorry about the shaking, I think I kicked the tripod a few times)

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Letting go and sparking joy

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I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last year and I’ve been singing KonMari’s praises ever since. However, one thing that I disliked about the book was the lack of illustrations, which seemed strange for a lifestyle manual, but it is a book in translation, so I let it go… As luck would have it, we finally have illustrations!

I requested a copy of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up  from Blogging for Books a couple of months ago and was so pleased to find all the illustrations I yearned for: how to fold pants, underwear, shirts, and more; plus, all the little details on how to let go, including some interesting theories on why it’s so hard to let go of plush toys and other objects with eyes.

You don’t need to read the original to use this manual, though there is something to be said for committing to the theory as well as the practice. I’ve been applying KonMari’s lessons throughout my home during the last year (taking it in pieces rather than all all once) and my home and sense of style are that much better for it. My latest project: sort my shoes and get rid of anything that pinches, rubs, or makes my feet miserable.

This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the KonMari method and a wonderful supplement for current fans.

i’ve been reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I’ll be posting a reading update later this month, but I just can’t stop myself from gushing over Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. I received a preview of the first three chapters at a library conference and was hooked from the start. It’s been a long time since a book enthralled me so much. I wanted nothing but to stay up all night reading, and that’s saying something (I take sleep very seriously). The writing is just as enchanting as the story; I can’t wait to get a copy of my own so I can read it again, savoring every little detail. This may very well be the best book I read all year. I’m definitely feeling the good book hangover.