Monday, March 30, 2015

Best of the Bunch: March 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in March.

Of the 7 books I read this month, three earned a 5-star review from me:

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō.

In another month I might have given Ella Enchanted the nod, but in this case the one I'm naming the best of the bunch is...

I've seen plenty of criticism of this book, but only from people who haven't read it or haven't tried to put her ideas into practice. Kondō has a straightforward, detailed method of decluttering your living space, based on her extensive experience and testing. Despite some aspects that probably seem odd to American culture (like her tendency to personify objects), her advice is incredibly practical and detailed enough to be able to put into practice right away. What makes her method different and more thorough than most decluttering and organizing tips is that she focuses not on "What can you get rid of?" but "What do you truly want to keep?" The result is a closet and dresser full of only clothes I love and want to wear, and a bookshelf full of only books we love and want to read or reread, plus lots more space for our son's clothes and books. If you're willing to give her method a shot, I highly recommend this book.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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