The Book List #36

The Book List #36

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
year: 2014 | pages: 364 | rating: 3/5

The main character - Janie Jenkins - has been convicted of her mother's murder and then later released. Janie then tries to piece together what really happens and whether she did, in fact, kill her mother. As the reader, we spend a lot of time being suspicious of Janie - she's not exactly a "nice girl." When I started reading this book, I was so into it and I was desperate to find out the ending.. and then Dear Daughter kind of just fizzled out for me. It's one of those books that falls in line with the Gone Girl style of storytelling and in the end, I just wasn't all that into how the story panned out.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
year: 2010 | pages: 204 | rating: 1/5

I am a super organised, tidy person and I like the ideals this book encourages so I have been really looking forward to reading it. That was until I realised The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is one big promotional tool for shilling Marie Kondo's "organizing consultancy" service. The book constantly tries to encourage you to believe you need to be taught how to tidy up. You don't need someone to teach you to tidy; life is too short for that nonsense. Being messy won't kill you. Look, if you're untidy and want help, then I'm all for reading some tips on how to declutter your life but don't be fooled by the hype, this is one big promotional tool with a bit of simple advice sprinkled throughout.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
year: 2014 | pages: 260 | rating: 2/5

Greg McKeown has taken a well established scientific term - "essentialism" - and is using it to describe his "systemtic discipline" for getting "the right things done." Essentially, this new concept of "essentialism" is about eliminating anything that is not essential to our lives; the selective criteria of essentialism is meant to help us reclaim control of our choices, saving us time and energy. Mostly I agree with the ideas McKeown presents but this 200+ page book could easily be condensed down into a handful of pages since the concept behind "essentialism" is pretty simple. I found McKeown repeats and reaffirms his points unnecessarily and all too often making the book, as a whole, a little tedious.