I appreciate their message and think minimalism has several great tenets that people should incorporate in their lives. Maybe it was everything at oncI appreciate their message and think minimalism has several great tenets that people should incorporate in their lives. Maybe it was everything at once but after a while, they just started to sound like smug, pretentious douche bags.
Millburn spends an entire essay on how easy it was for him to change his eating habits. Apparently cravings don't exist. You simply stop eating crap.
I call BS. Sugar is addictive and I absolutely had cravings what I drastically cut the sugar in my diet. It's nice that it was so easy for you but the rest of the world isn't you. We can do without the condescending and unhelpful platitudes.
The essay about cleaning out his mom's condo straddles the line between having a great point and being impersonal. I agree that we shouldn't hang on to things to preserve memories that already live in our heads but purging himself of his dead mother's crap so completely sounds a little heartless.
This book taught me a little bit about the benefits of minimalism but almost nothing about the best way to go about it for me. What are people who aren't like you supposed to do to better their lives? Become you?
It felt less like helping other and much more like an ego stroke for 2 guys in their 30s who think they know better than everyone else around them....more
I’d wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it but I was hoping there’d be a little bit more. I wanted to see more of what the other characters weI’d wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it but I was hoping there’d be a little bit more. I wanted to see more of what the other characters went through and how they were tormented. With such an isolating setting, having a first person focus isn’t always the most fun for the reader.
That being said, once things went to hell, I couldn’t put it down. It was definitely an entertaining read. I’d call it horror lite because it definite didn’t go easy on its characters but shouldn’t give anyone nightmares any time soon.
I loved the names of the furniture. I couldn't place all of them but if you've ever played Cards Against Humanity or just say the names of the furniture out loud, you'll get half the jokes.
The design of the book is phenomenal. It was so much fun to visually explore all of the Orsk information in the front and the furniture details on the different chapter first pages....more
It took 130 hardcover pages for me to care about what was going on. At that point I could have but down the book and walked away and not cared. I'm glIt took 130 hardcover pages for me to care about what was going on. At that point I could have but down the book and walked away and not cared. I'm glad I didn't since Wikipedia wouldn't have done the rest of it justice but it took way too long to build up.
The second half was excellent; full of fascinating twists and turns. I couldn't wait to find out what happened. Without spoiling anything, my thoughts on the ending are: That was unexpected and somewhat depressing. If you're curious, it's worth a read. If you just want to know what the big deal is, go see the movie....more
This is a free graphic novella from the CDC to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness with zombies. Why can't more PSAs have narratives anThis is a free graphic novella from the CDC to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness with zombies. Why can't more PSAs have narratives and zombies?
I liked how the story gave a bit of an overview to everything that would happen in that situation, except the not shooting zombies. Those bastards would be going down and we all know it. Major props to the CDC for jumping on the zombie band wagon and using it to try and help people make smart choices....more
This didn't feel like Melissa's reality so much as her and Tye Strickland's reality. For someone who had such a big impact on her life, he felt like aThis didn't feel like Melissa's reality so much as her and Tye Strickland's reality. For someone who had such a big impact on her life, he felt like a cardboard cutout of a person/character. There was no depth to him. It made her undying love for him that much harder to understand.
I had trouble relating to her as a narrator because I've never been defined by my relationships the way she was. She was taken for granted, disrespected, and she liked it. If asking for what you want ruins your relationship, you didn't have much of a relationship to start with.
I knew a girl like this who was too in love to admit she was unhappy and too scared to do anything to fix it. When it was over, she was very willing to take him back for a while. I never understand women like this. Is having a spine so last season or something?
Her writing style was also pretty repetitive. I felt like she kept saying the same things and using the same phrases over and over again. I wanted her to be a bit strong and more independent but we can't all be me.
That said, she does have an interesting story to tell. It's a fun, fluffy, easy read. I could have read it in a day with enough time. If you're curious, give it a shot. Just accept you will want to slap her at some point....more
I got this as a a first-read giveaway and was pretty excited. It's hard to find decent books on hockey. Everything I know about the sport I taught mysI got this as a a first-read giveaway and was pretty excited. It's hard to find decent books on hockey. Everything I know about the sport I taught myself so I've read more than a few books on the matter.
Branch's story was well researched and full of personal and professional details. Not only did we know about Boogard's professional life but his personal life. We saw who Derek loved, issues he struggled with, and what a good heart he had.
One of the elements I really enjoyed was the history if fighting in the NHL and the background on CTE. Concussions and their consequences are becoming a much more relevant issue in sports. Branch gave the context to help an uninformed reader to understand.
Occasionally it dragged or moved a little slowly but that's almost inevitable. Derek Boogard isn't here to add the first person narrative necessary to pick things up. Branch did a good job using the people in Derek's life to fill in those blanks and painted a very whole picture. If you're a hockey fan or want to see the role of head injuries in professional sports, this is a must-read....more
Susan McCorkindale sums up her book perfectly in one line: “I really love bitching about this place.” She spent most of the book griping about her husSusan McCorkindale sums up her book perfectly in one line: “I really love bitching about this place.” She spent most of the book griping about her husband, kids, the farm, and her inability to find anything designer in the sticks.
Some of her complaints varied from standard to ridiculous. Hearing about her struggles navigating chickens, cow patties, and mud puddles in peep-toe pumps elicited more annoyance than sympathy. I couldn't help but think "Hearing about pecking chickens ruining your designer heels and pedicure doesn't make you sound like a shallow idiot at all." Her perpetual pessimism grated on me. For the first 200 pages, I wasn’t sure she even liked her husband and kids.
The format also shifted from being structured like a memoir to switching to an essay format for the latter half of the book. It was a bit jarring.
Some of her farm stories are fantastic and the antics of her family and their dogs are quite entertaining. Farm life grew on McCorkindale but those positive feelings suffered from her negative attitude. The book is adequate but would have been better if McCorkindale had balanced out her tone....more
Ever get to the end of a book and think, "Where's the rest of it?"
Gathering Blue sets up a very interesting world with primitive people and harsh waysEver get to the end of a book and think, "Where's the rest of it?"
Gathering Blue sets up a very interesting world with primitive people and harsh ways. The book builds up to a pivotal discovery but with that discovery, new information is revealed that could change everything. And then the book ends.
Gathering Blue had a great deal more story to tell. I wanted to know more about this world and the people in it. I wanted to know what Kira would do with her recent revelations. Apparently Lowry didn't which really killed the book for me.
I hope my questions get answered later in the series but I doubt it. If Lowry can abandon these characters with so much left to deal with, I doubt they get the ending they deserve....more