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review 2018-12-09 20:39
Goodbye, Things
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minima... Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki

I am not a minimalist at all. You know Howl's bedroom from Howl's Moving Castle? That's more my aesthetic. But I like reading about people who make minimalism work for them. I don't remember the book that well, but the impression I have is that minimalism made Sasaki happy, and he wants to share that with people (but not in a pushy, obnoxious, holier-than-thou type of way). 

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review 2018-03-09 15:48
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minima... Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki

I thought It was a book that was about a way how to throw away material things.

It's about Minimalism and It emphasizes that Minimalism is not a purpose but just a means.

 

Since humans are social animals, they can't live if they are not recognized for usefulness in groups.

Also, It's not easy to express a person's worth and usefulness.

Many people want to let people know about their worth by possessing a lot of material things.

It's one of the easiest ways to express ourselves.

And at the moment, they delude themselves into believing that what they are are the same as what they have.

 

There are many advantages to be gained by possessing something to the minimum.

We don't need a big house to put those things, we can save money by doing that.

Also, we can save time and money by reducing a thing to take care of. having fewer things stirs it up to feel appreciated what we have.

 

The idea that was blocked by the things will begin to move lively.

We can concentrate what is more important.

 

This book speaks about the freedom coming from having fewer material things with some examples.

It explains the importance of this moment and how to concentrate.

Don't be obsessed by the past and we shouldn't neglect the present by preparing the future.

 

What is important is what would we do after reducing it.

After all, Minimalism is that we reduce something in order to do more important. It is one of the many means to be able to grow up ourselves.

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review 2015-01-11 00:00
Minimalism: How to Become a Minimalist (Illustrated With Bad Drawings)
Minimalism: How to Become a Minimalist (Illustrated With Bad Drawings) - Bekka Thomas It was an alright book. I appreciate that the author told a bit of her story and how it led her to minimalism, which was interesting, but it felt a bit TMI/Why-do-I-want-to-know-this at times and dragged on. Not that I don't sympathize, but just... it was not what I thought I'd get when I grabbed the book.

It had some basic tips/ideas/reasoning for getting rid of things and getting into minimalism, but it wasn't really something I would have titled "How to become a minimalist"; more like "How I became a minimalist", which is an entirely different category.
The first title makes you go into reading it expecting less life story and more help with the how-to, the latter tells you there's more story besides the possible tips and, for me at least, needed a different mind-frame for reading. The book was in the latter category, and I felt just a little mislead/cheated by the title.

Still, if you're overwhelmed by stuff and new to minimalism, it's not a bad read.
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review 2013-10-23 19:40
Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

I'm starting to develop quite a fondness to Bennett's writing. This is another humorous and exceptionally well-written narrative, and this coming from a reader who is not fond of reading humor. 

 

This novella reads quickly and the story of the Queen of England suddenly developing a taste for reading literature and sneaking around borrowing books and clearing her schedule so that she can read, is not only lighthearted but it is endearing and charming. 

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