This book offers 365 well-duh methods of slowing unplugging our lives from digital screens. Each page is one tip, each tip is one sentence with very l...moreThis book offers 365 well-duh methods of slowing unplugging our lives from digital screens. Each page is one tip, each tip is one sentence with very little explanation. Very little explanation is necessary. So many of these tips are ridiculously obvious that its sad we need to be reminded of these things in the first place. A lot of the tips are repeats. There are at least 3 instances of leave your phone at home, another collection of don't use the map app, another selection of tips about not going online, etc. I think you could crop the entire book in half and get the point across the same way. These are a few of the tips that stood out to me that I'd like to incorporate into my life. I'm not very plugged in as it is. I tend to get very bored being online for more than an hour. But yet, I still check Facebook multiple times a day for reasons I don't even know.
* Wear a watch instead of looking at your phone for the time. * Ask a stranger for directions. * Have a picnic at the park (this would require not looking at the phone during the picnic.) * Write a letter to the editor - instead of writing a blog post * Chat up a stranger while waiting in line. * Impose a no-phones rule during meals out. (I would LOVE to institute this rule, but then, how to enforce it?) * Get lost - ditch the map app and explore new territory. * Write your grocery list on a sheet of paper instead of an app * Support your local post office - send friend's notes and gifts (I have been looking for a pen pal recently.) * Choose the cashier over self-checkout (less)
This is a fun and inspiring memoir of MacLeod's road to Paris. After saving up enough money to eventually quit her job as a copywriter, she travels to...moreThis is a fun and inspiring memoir of MacLeod's road to Paris. After saving up enough money to eventually quit her job as a copywriter, she travels to Europe for a few weeks. 3 days into her stay, she eyes the handsome butcher across the street from a cafe she frequents. Well, the weeks turn into months then turn into years. Along the way, she reignites her artistic drive. She's the founder of the Etsy shop Paris Letters. When you sign up for a subscription (1, 6, or 12 months), she will mail you a hand painted personalized letter from Paris.
The book is a quick read, and I, like many others, am so jealous of her journey. Paris is a beautiful city with so much history. This is another good memoir for Francofiles to add to their shelves.(less)
In the year 2044, reality is ugly & the only place of refugee is the online world of Oasis, a virtual utopia (like the Sims games). When the creat...moreIn the year 2044, reality is ugly & the only place of refugee is the online world of Oasis, a virtual utopia (like the Sims games). When the creator dies and leaves behind a maze of puzzles and riddles based on 1980s trivia, Wade's new mission is to crack the code and win before the evil corporate clones.
Although the concept of this book is incredibly entertaining, I found the characters to be annoying. I think what bothered me the most about this book is how easily things fell into place for Wade. He was always at the right place at the right time. He knew all the right moves, had all the answers, all the motivation, all the luck. As ironic as it is to say about a sci-fi book, the convenience of all the obstacles made the book feel fake. It took away from the drama. It's not the best written book, but the story is entertaining and most adults will appreciate the 80s references.(less)
Jocelyn lives in a small town in France, neither happy nor unhappy with her life. She lives a life half in the past and half in the present, afraid to...moreJocelyn lives in a small town in France, neither happy nor unhappy with her life. She lives a life half in the past and half in the present, afraid to think about the future until she one day wins the jackpot lottery of 18 million euros. Then, she faces the tough decisions of what to do with her life now that the possibilities are endless.
The book is very melancholy, but easy to relate to. Jocelyn is the every day woman, devoted to her family, maintained by small tokens of happiness from friends, a blog, and small gestures from family. What I really appreciate is the genuine dilemma she faces having won the lottery. Questioning the motives of those around her, trying to decide if she really needs it or not, her wish list expanding & becoming more intricate as time passes. Its a well written short novel that will have the reader asking what they would do in her shoes, or maybe realizing that money doesn't always equate to happiness.(less)