Monday, March 13, 2017

Recent reads 3/13/17.

Here are my most recent reads! I always enjoy getting recommendations from other people's blogs or people who have actually read the book, so I think it's fun to briefly review what I've read in case others will find it helpful.

1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo- I had heard a lot of people talk about this book and heard that many people I knew were reading it, so I wanted to check it out! It was pretty good. At times it felt a little bit redundant to me, because I do try hard to keep a clean house and not have excess clutter, but her main point was good I thought- that you should go through everything you own and only keep what sparks joy to you. Yes, that would take awhile to go through everything, but it's worth it to declutter all at once she says. Going little by little leaves you with too much time and distractions. She also talks about an order to going through your things, like starting with clothes and ending with sentimental items, which allows you to go from easiest to hardest.

I thought some of her ideas were a bit cooky, like not folding your socks over so they can breathe and you don't hurt their feelings after they protected your feet all day, and saying thank you to your purse at the end of the day for carrying your belongings, but it does sound like her methods are effective. She claims she's never had anyone she's worked with relapse (don't know how she gauges that though), so that's an excellent success rate! It was a pretty quick, lighter read.

2. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki- I talked about this book in the post I wrote about Norah's potty training, but it was a pretty good read. I didn't agree with everything she said, but I did think she had some good tips, and would be a good book to start with if you feel like you have no idea where to begin. I liked how she broke potty training down into different blocks, basically going from naked, to loose pants, and then adding underwear last. I also liked her progression of "clueless" to "I peed" to "I'm peeing" to "I need to go pee." Potty training is intense and time consuming, but you can do it! To all parents in the midst of it, keep your head up! 

3. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks- I had to wait for months from our library to get this one, but it finally became my turn. I enjoyed it. There were a few times where it felt like it was getting long, but overall it was an interesting, entertaining read. It's from the dad's perspective, and it's about his divorce story and life afterward with his daughter. 


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