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Mini Book Reviews: Q1 of 2019

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I’ve been so disorganized lately and stuck in a reading slump, so I wasn’t very motivated to work on my mini book reviews. I’m on a catch-up spree, though, so get ready:

Q1 of 2019: An Overview

I read 5 books in January, 4 books in February, and 3 books in March. Out of the 12 total books I finished, 4 were fiction and 8 were non-fiction. 2 books were re-reads. 4 were e-books. Of the 5 books I own physical copies of, 5 will get to stay on my shelves.

Books read in January 2019:
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling (audiobook, re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sumin (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Super Chill by Adam Ellis (e-book) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey (e-book) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Books read in February 2019:
  • 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Soppy by Philippa Rice (e-book) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Book Love by Debbie Tung (e-book) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Books read in March 2019:
  • Het Zero Waste Project by Jessie & Nicky Kroon 🇳🇱 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • George by Alex Gino (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Haemin Sumin

Genre: non-fiction, self-help

Goodreads | The Book Depository

I listened to this book as an audiobook and it was like a little meditation session every time I walked my dog. I’m not a very spiritual person but I do like a little self-help here and there. Although the contents of this book are nothing new, there are certainly some valuable lessons to be learned and remembered. I like that it’s full of short entries rather than one big block of text, that made it easier for me to listen to it in short bursts, which is, I think, the best way to listen to or read this book.

Do you like those books about the Japanese way or the Danish way to whatever? You will probably like this one.

“Has someone disappointed you? Has something made you sad? It’s the school of life trying to teach you an important lesson. When you feel ready, take the time to understand the lesson.”

Spark Joy ⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Marie Kondo

Genre: non-fiction, self-help, organization

Goodreads | The Book Depository

Spark Joy is the follow-up to Kondo’s bestselling decluttering guide The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Unfortunately doesn’t have much new information but what it does have — and what made me buy a physical copy of this instead of book one — is ILLUSTRATIONS! Super cute simple drawings that show you how to fold, KonMari-style. I re-read this book while doing my umpteenth KonMari run and it was very helpful.

If you want to do KonMari the right way, Spark Joy is a must-read.

“Imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of?”

No. More. Plastic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Martin Dorey

Genre: non-fiction, sustainability

Goodreads | The Book Depository

No. More. Plastic. is the perfect read for those of us who have lost our attention spans to Twitter, but still want to learn about what we can do to save the planet. This book specifically is about plastic pollution, and it explains in simple steps (that take 2 minutes, max.) how you can be a little better for the earth, and why.

A good beginner’s guide for those who think reducing their (plastic) waste is too big of a project to take on. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish!

Everything you do has an effect. Every piece of single-use plastic you refuse is a piece that won’t end up in the ocean.

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Kathryn Kellogg

Genre: non-fiction, sustainability

Goodreads | The Book Depository

I’ve already written a full review on this book, but in case you like the short & sweet version:

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste is marketed as ‘an accessible guide to personal waste reduction’, and I couldn’t have described it better myself. It gives you all the hard facts without being preachy, and all the steps you can take to transition to a zero waste lifestyle are laid out in a way that makes them sound very doable!

I’ve read quite a few books and blogs about plastic reduction and zero waste, and I was pleasantly surprised that I actually learned some new things from this book.

Every purchase you make is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Hank Green

Genre: young adult (but really it’s new adult), sci-fi

Goodreads | The Book Depository

I loved everything about this book! (Except maybe the ending, but we’re getting a sequel, so yay!) I haven’t been into fiction much lately, and especially fiction audiobooks are hard for me to get into, but I had no problems whatsoever with this one.

I love that it’s a somewhat realistic novel with some unrealistic, weird, mysterious science fiction aspects to it. This book is an absolutely remarkable thing. (Hahaha, get it?)

Even on these most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.

The Rosie Project ⭐️⭐️

by Graeme Simsion

Genre: general fiction

Goodreads | The Book Depository

I started writing a short review for this post, which started as a relatively friendly 3-star review, but slowly became a 2-star rage review that you can read here. In short? Terrible autism representation, okay novel.

I didn’t like Don, I didn’t like Rosie, but somehow, I still sort of liked (at least didn’t completely hate) this book. It reads like a rom-com, so if you’re into that, it’s not a bad read. Just read around the terrible representation!

“I asked you here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

George ⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Alex Gino

Genre: middle grade

Goodreads | The Book Depository

This book is so important and needs to be available in more libraries and schools! I think I would have adored George as a kid and I’m so happy to live in a time where many kids get to read about LGBTQ+ issues early on in life and learn how to be a good ally.

As a person who is not trans I’m not going to tell you whether this is good representation, but from fellow LGBTQ’ers I’ve heard that it is. Good things to know: female pronouns are used for George from the beginning, which is great!

George is a heartwarming middle grade novel that I’d recommend to everyone, but I took a few stars off because I feel like it could have been so much more.

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?

Het Zero Waste Project ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🇳🇱

by Jessie & Nicky Kroon 

Genre: non-fiction, sustainability, lifestyle

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Ik ben een groot fan van Jessie en Nicky’s blog, en hun boek is het zeker waard om te lezen als je meer wilt weten over de stappen die je kan zetten om een meer zero waste lifestyle te behalen.

Een heel ander boek dan de meeste zero waste/eco boeken die ik heb gelezen, maar dat maakt het juist zo leuk en uniek. Waar de meeste boeken alleen maar gaan over de praktische stappen, gaat dit boek meer over hoe je langzaam je mindset kan veranderen, en hoe zij zelf bepaalde problemen hebben aangepakt. Je leert over hun gefaalde projecten maar ook hun successen. Het is meer een persoonlijk verhaal dan echt een how to-guide, hoewel er zeker ook veel praktische tips in staan.

Soppy ⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Philippa Rice

Genre: graphic novel, comic

Goodreads | The Book Depository

The art style is adorable but I feel like it lends itself better to full page illustrations than small comics. Maybe this comic is more fun for people who are in a relationship, because for me as an aromantic/asexual person it was just meh. But then again, maybe that is just me picking up the wrong kinds of books.

Overall, this comic is very cute but unless you love collecting graphic novels and the like, I wouldn’t say it’s worth purchasing as you can read through it in 15 minutes. The library is your friend for this quick read!

Book Love ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Debbie Tung

Genre: graphic novel, comic

Goodreads | The Book Depository

This is such a lovely comic collection! Most of the comics are very simple (which I love!), but there are some more detailed illustrations too. I previously read Debbie Tung’s other comic collection Quiet Girl in a Noisy World which is about being an introvert, but I liked this one a lot more.

Very relatable if you’re a book lover. Recommended to anyone who spends a lot of time on Goodreads, BookTube, or Bookstagram especially!

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