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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  8,265 ratings  ·  759 reviews
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is our finest, most important creation to date. It’s also the best thing we’ve ever written about Minimalism and will likely serve as the cornerstone to our work for years to come. It took us a year to write this book—a year of creating the best material possible and finding ways to relate it back to our lives so you would have practical ...more
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published December 4th 2011 by Mins Publishing
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Bearbig This book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize you…moreThis book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize your life and stuff, this book won't help very much. The book Danshari or their blog: could be more helpful for you.(less)
Christine We read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do …moreWe read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do to improve all areas of your life - finances, health, relationships, passion/work. We all took action based on the book. That was the coolest part about it! It made a big impact on all of us(less)

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May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-fiction
Although I don't have a million possessions, I'm always looking for ways to simplify and make life easier, which is why I sometimes read these types of books. I should admit that I am more than a little skeptical of those able to quit their jobs and then make money telling the rest of us how to simplify. This book was very focused on their story and in addition to that, it offered tips on how to live a more meaningful life by basically explaining how they did that. It was far more focused on mea ...more
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
(TR) I fortuitously stumbled upon the concept of minimalism. The following images show how I reached here.




I think that it will be befitting to review this book in a minimalistic way.

This is one of the best books on minimalism. Just go for it. You won't be disappointed.
This is supposed to be a book how living a minimalist lifestyle. It's actually more about how to live a meaningful life. Or, as the actual title should be, How to Live a Meaningful Life According to Joshua and Ryan.

As much as the author's overall ideas on how to change your life are just fine (and very pat), this book has way too much I in it. I used to have a good job. I used to have a huge house! I used to manage lots of people. I now own a house on the beach. I now volunteer. I now can do 100
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading as very little of this book has to do with minimalism. It should've been called "The Five Values" as the authors spend more time talking about their eating habits, exercise routines and how many people visit their blog than minimalism. It is a very self-centered book (be prepared to hear how much they were earning and how brave they were to give it all up again and again) with most paragraphs being littered with URL links to their own blog for "further reading". The autho ...more
Joanna K
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this isn't a book for those of us who can't quit our jobs to pursue our passions because we need the benefits that come with our full-time jobs. I see their point that we should try to pare down the things that drag us down in life. But the world would be a pretty lousy place if we all dropped everything and followed our passions. Nobody has a passion to be a garbage man, or a tax collector. But we need those people.

I would love to see a book about minimalism that shows how to liv
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two wealthy white guys tell you to exercise more regularly, give up gluten and quit your job to focus on your "passions". They also talk a lot about how they can now do 100 push-ups and wake up at 5am to write. Minimalism is discussed, minimally, on two occasions, the latter referring you on to a link to their blog. Best decluttering tip I've learned from this book is not to buy it. ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

I was probably 13 or 14 when I first read those words by Thoreau.
I was instantly smitten.
Not just with Thoreau (although I can admit to a type of historical/philosophical/literary crush), but with the whole concept. Somewhere it implanted itself within me and affirmed in me the nee
Brenda Wegner
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Went to see these two speak in Des Moines and being a maximalist, I ended up buying two of their books. I check out their web site once a week or so and I enjoy reading their posts more than I enjoyed reading this book. It's probably just because I'm getting old, but I don't like young whippersnappers explaining the things they've figured out so far. Talk to me in 20 years boys. ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book should be titled "Quit your job and live like a hipster."

I am all for living minimally (which I already do) but the "tips" in this book are lacking depth. It's a great book for anyone who doesn't think for themselves or lacks common sense. I skimmed through the first 20 -30 pages as it was all common sense, exercise, eat healthy, keep great relationships, etc.

Most of the help in this book is quite biased. They lost all credibility when they started to push their vegetarian and gluten-f
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me! After finishing this book I had some problems rating it.

On the one hand, I loved the chapters on having meaningful relationships and pursuing your passion without letting your anchors hold you back.

On the other hand I really disliked the chapter on health, because a lot of scientifically incorrect information was presented. Another big gripe I have with this book is that, despite the title, it is not about minimalism! A better title would have been ‘The Five Values’
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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I think that many of my friends would consider me to be somewhat of a minimalist. Not in any calculated or philosophical sense of the word, but rather from the perspective that I don’t have a lot of junk (at least not in plain sight). I however know the truth. Inspite of the perceived lack of junk laying around I am just as enmeshed in the consumerist culture of the United States as most people. I have recognized this for a while now but have never actively or formally a
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very simple book, but it had a lot of thought provoking things. It does not talk a lot about minimalism or how to become one. So the title might not be the best. I'm already a minimalist, so I didn't need a how to. The parts about 5 values that are important in life really spoke to me. There are a couple of these I need to focus on. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is indeed minimalistic book about minimalism - the subject is present only in first and last chapter. Better title for this book should be "How Joshua and Ryan have changed their lives". I was excited from the first chapter and bought the rest of the book, which I've found disappointing at the end. This is not author's fault, I've just had different expectation. ...more
I would have liked this a lot more if the content had actually been in the book. So often they would just get going on a topic, only to stop and refer me to a site on the blog for more information, and then move on to something else.
Tara Brabazon
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Two random blokes explaining why they failed when they had stuff and why then succeeded when they got rid of it.


This is a self-help book, and like many self-help books, it's going to tell you a lot of things you already know. It's probably more useful for people looking for motivation, not revelation. Also, it seems to describe some eastern philosophy and ideas, but applied to a western consumer mindset. ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-nonfiction
Most things in this book are self-explanatory and even obvious, but it's worth taking a little time to think about self-help from time to time. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
1.5 stars if I could be more specific. I read this during my passionate love affair with minimalism, which made a lasting impression, but which I didn't ultimately embrace as gospel.

The premise: Two former corporate types leave their high-paying corporate jobs and embark on a minimalist lifestyle consisting of restricted eating, food intolerances, exercise, non-traditional work and owning very few possessions. Some interesting and inspirational tidbits here and there (but I'm afraid I've forgot
Nathan Schumer
I started to read this book this morning. I was introduced into minimalism last year by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus after watching a Ted talk-by them- on the very same subject.
Before this, I had no idea in which context the word 'Minimalism' really meant.
After doing more research I found a bag of neuroscience and psychology mangled into the effect of living a more simple life... Minimalism. I found after reading this book, which includes the authors own stories, I learnt that happiness
Elise Kerikmäe
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am thankful that this book made me rethink about my life and discover what really makes me happy and satisfied.
Virginia Cope
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars for me on this one.

I received this book as a gift and this statement..."I'm not saying you need to rethink your life or anything but this book really influenced me so I wanted you to read it so we could talk about it."

AWESOME! I love talking about books so here's a few of my opinions on my latest read, Minimalism.

Firstly, the name is extremely misleading. If you were instantaneously turned off because giving away all of your junk and living in a small house is not appealing,
Riin Tamm
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not able to give less than 5 stars, because I am fascinated with the subject minimalism and I admire the authors. Although before reading the book I was hoping it was more about letting go of materialism and freeing yourself of obsession with owning a lot of stuff. I find it important, because that is the direction where masses of people are heading to nowadays.
The book is about benefits of healthy lifestyle, the importance of having quality relationships, passions, growing as a person and
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, audiobook
There is a lot here that these two are completely unqualified to talk about. I understand that health is an important part of this lifestyle, but I don't want two random dudes to tell me the pros and cons of different diets. They lost me in chapter 2.

This book reeks of privilege, and worse, of unacknowledged privilege. I understand the point that putting "i can't" labels on things is self-limiting (they never actually said that, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt that that is what they
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
This really gives minimalism a bad name. Despite the fact that I agree with (and get a great deal of value from) the underlying idea - keeping only what you value; discarding the pointless stuff in your life; not buying bullshit; avoiding late capitalist social signalling as much as possible - these guys seem like the worst possible mouthpieces for the message. The prose swings from mind-numbing truism to bloodless personal anecdote. The general points are neither actionable nor disagreeable. To ...more
Mark Goddard
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
You know the old saying You can't judge a book by it's cover?
Two guys standing defensively with their arms crossed, their eyes looking beyond the margins
of the book. Standing in front of a wall that is primed for a firing squad. The vulnerability and insecurity of the cover photo tells us that the minimalist interpretation of identification has its own limitations.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 35 pages, just could not get past the whole ‘give up sugar and anything processed’ it felt so judgy to me and I was kind of enjoying it up to that point but it made me not want to listen to anything else they had to say.
I feel like this was written for themselves rather than other people, talking about their dream life and their bad pasts and all that which of course, yeah write about if that’s what you wanna do. But it’s not what I wanted to read, will find another book on meaningful li
İlhan Çamiçi
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the book, continue with the podcasts!
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somehow I got lost in the ocean of books about minimalism and forgot to turn to these two authors who are the founders of Great book with many insights and useful lessons for stepping into a less-cluttered life.

Love people. Use things. The opposite never works.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the content of the book. They talk about minimalism not only in terms of things but also in terms of relationships, health, career, self development and helping others. No major revelations but a enjoyable and inspirational read.
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Joshua Fields Millburn is one half of the simple-living duo The Minimalists. As the bestselling author of five books, Millburn has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine and has spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. His podcast, The Minimalists Podcast, is often the #1 health show on Apple Podcasts, and his popular documentary, MINIMALISM, is available on Netfl ...more

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