I always wondered about this book and its key premise: keep only the things that spark joy. Yes, I thought, and yet… my drab business-lady clothes don’I always wondered about this book and its key premise: keep only the things that spark joy. Yes, I thought, and yet… my drab business-lady clothes don’t spark much joy in my life, but I still have to keep them. Showing up to my next client meeting in a joyful Empire Strikes Back tank top isn’t going to get me very far in my career.
Now I realize that this discomfort was natural, because I am not the target audience for this book. Padding out the listicle’s worth of advice contained within are stories from Kondo about her clients. People who manage to fill thirty garbage bags full of crap from their closets. People who choose their morning outfits from piles on the floor because their dresser is full to overflowing with hand-me-downs and old school uniforms. People who have problems clearing a path from their bed to the bedroom door.
I cringe just thinking about it. I’ve moved an average of every 18 months in my adult life, more often than not paying for the move myself. Suffice it to say, my closet is minimalist enough. I also have pets, so the idea of leaving clothes lying around on the floor is hilarious. What a surefire way to cover everything in a fine layer of cat hair!
Sure, I hang on to one or two outfits that I really should get rid of (and I fully admit to needing a “sparking joy” pass on my books and board games), but this book really wasn’t written for me. If you looked around your bedroom guiltily while reading the ‘horror stories’ above though, pick this book up and for goodness' sake apply it to your life. (And if you need someone merciless to help you sort, call me.)...more
This started out way more intriguing than the first entry in the series ("Loving a Lost Lord"): an older widow as heroine (great), and she's not a fanThis started out way more intriguing than the first entry in the series ("Loving a Lost Lord"): an older widow as heroine (great), and she's not a fancy lady but a village midwife (even better), and she can't have children (wow!), and she was abused by her first husband and has lingering PTSD-esque issues about sex (ok... not what I anticipated but could be interesting). It had all the makings of a story that wouldn't retread the classic romance novel trajectory of bodice-ripping passion followed by dream wedding followed by babies and blissful domesticity.
Unfortunately the plot quickly hopped right back on the rails and went exactly where you'd expect it to. (view spoiler)[She's secretly a duchess! The first time they have sex she overcomes her trauma! She's disowned by all the guys we're supposed to hate and heartily supported by everyone else! The people hunting her down have one last crack at her but the hero saves her! And lo and behold, she gets pregnant at the end, because no relationship can be truly fulfilling unless it produces babies. ARGH. (hide spoiler)]
Had it at least ended the way I hoped it would (view spoiler)[(Julia and Randall adopt Branford's bastard and settle into a life as an unconventional but loving little family of 3) (hide spoiler)], I was prepared to overcome the drabness of the rest of the plot and give this 3 stars. Alas and BOO-URNS. (view spoiler)[Is anyone out there writing romance novels for women who consider "surprise, you're pregnant!" a fine piece of horror writing? (hide spoiler)]...more
Si ce n'était pas pour toute la cruauté envers les animaux, ça serait un 5-étoiles, c'est sûr. L'auteur peint un superbe portrait du personnage princiSi ce n'était pas pour toute la cruauté envers les animaux, ça serait un 5-étoiles, c'est sûr. L'auteur peint un superbe portrait du personnage principal, répugnant qu'il le soit, mais j'ai eu grande difficulté à lire certains passages au début. Heureusement que je n'ai pas laissé tomber (comme j'ai failli faire à plusieurs reprises), parce qu'une fois rendu a mi-chemin j'ai vraiment accroché et j'ai vite fini, curieuse de voir où allait aboutir les fantaisies et grands plans de notre anti-héros....more
Pas aussi accrochant que le premier ("La bête à sa mère"), peut être dû au local plus restreint de la prison (qui nécessairement limite les actions dePas aussi accrochant que le premier ("La bête à sa mère"), peut être dû au local plus restreint de la prison (qui nécessairement limite les actions de notre protagoniste et les types de gens qu'il rencontre), peut être dû au fait qu'on connait déjà comment ça tournera (pas la même surprise d'apprendre que notre héros réussi de mal interpréter chaque situation et empirer les choses). Quand même, ça reste bien écrit et assez bref qu'on peut pardonner les faiblesses....more