The Book List #48

The Book List #48

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

year: 2015 | pages: 290 | rating: 5/5

So You've Been Publicly Shamed is hilarious yet deeply challenging, it challenges the way we behave online and how we treat others; shame has become a form of social control and public shaming is now the norm. Jon Ronson talks to several people who have experienced "high-profile public shamings" and discusses whether their treatment has been fair or justified. We have all said or done things that, on reflection, have been questionable; stupid mistakes that are potentially unforgivable. Is it ever OK for the world to public shame us to the point where our lives, careers, and relationships are completely obliterated? I encourage everyone to read So You've Been Publicly Shamed and question whether their behaviour and participation in "trials by fire" online is ever justified.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

year: 1988 | pages: 197 | rating: 4/5

Paulo Coelho's story about Santiago, a shepherd boy, who travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure is world famous; The Alchemist is about personal dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. If I had known more about this book before I started reading it I probably would have rolled my eyes and not read it at all, the spiritual elements of The Alchemist would have put me off. The story is simplistic yet powerful full of inspiration and wisdom encouraging us to chase our dreams, have faith, and trust in our future.

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle

year: 2016 | pages: 192 | rating: 4/5

I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about minimal living; it's a gentle introduction with personal essays and helpful advice on how to live simply. Erin Boyle writes the blog Reading My Tea Leaves and is a true inspiration for "making do with less and ending up with more." Simple Matters provides guidance and personal insights into small-space living and conscious consumption; it's about living with purposeful in a more sustainable way, for our environment but also for our own happiness and well-being. A wonderfully calming read that will aid you in living a meaningful, contented life.

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

year: 2016 | pages: 291 | rating: 3/5

I wasn't so keen on Marie Kondō's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I found it to be grating with very little proper advice and ultimately saw it as a tool for shilling Kondo's personal servce; I gave it a pretty harsh review. Spark Joy was a little more palitable although just as "woo-woo" in places. As a very organised, neat and tidy person who is ruthless with decluttering, this book isn't much use to me but I suppose I'm not the target audience; I imagine this book would provide the encouragement for hoarders to roll up their sleeves and declutter their homes. I can't get behind whispering to clothes and hugging electronics (or the terrible illustrations!) but I can get behind a book that encourages people to live with less.