Mini Book Reviews: Q2 of 2019

In the second quarter of 2019 I had very little time to read because I moved out! I got my keys in May and moved sometime mid-June, so I mostly spent my time in homeware stores and painting my new place. I did manage to finish 4 books, though, which is actually impressive considering how much I had going on.

Q2 of 2019: An Overview

I read 1 book in April, 2 books in May, and 1 book in June. Out of the 4 total books I finished, 1 was fiction and 3 were non-fiction. Of the 3 books I own physical copies of, 2 will get to stay on my shelves.

Books read in April 2019:
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Books read in May 2019:
  • Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit by Bianca Toeps ⭐️⭐️
Books read in June 2019:
  • I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak ⭐️

The Happiness Project ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Gretchen Rubin

Genre: non-fiction, self-help, memoir

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I started out reading a borrowed copy but only about a chapter in, I loved it so much that I bought a (secondhand!) copy of my own so I can come back to it anytime I want to.

I am obsessed with personal development, and if you are too, this is the perfect book to pick up. Even if you’re not, give it a go! It’s very accessible, not at all preachy, and super motivating. I also wrote a full review on this book if you want to know more.

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”

Outer Order, Inner Calm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by Gretchen Rubin

Genre: non-fiction, self-help, organization

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I read a lot about minimalism & organization but the person I trust the most on this subject is Gretchen Rubin. She has done an incredible amount of research on the topic. Being somewhat of an expert on human nature, she has a very good idea of how people’s minds work and uses that in developing simple strategies for every kind of person, not just simplicity lovers like herself.

However much I love this little book, it is very simple. So if you’re not a crazy decluttering geek like me, maybe get the paperback or the e-book instead of the hardcover.

“Office supplies aren’t useful if they aren’t used.”

Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit 🇳🇱 ⭐️⭐️

by Bianca Toeps

Genre: non-fiction, memoir, autism

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Ik had verwacht dat dit een 5-star read zou zijn, maar helaas viel Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit me best tegen.

Er waren zeker onderdelen waar ik me goed in kon herkennen maar het geheel maakte het dat dit niet het boek is wat ik in de handen van al mijn familieleden zal drukken. Als je veel over autisme leest is het zeker een boek om niet te skippen, maar als je een complete guide zoekt, kan je beter even verder kijken.

Wil je weten wat ik precies van dit boek vond, lees dan mijn volledige recensie.

“Stel je eigen zintuigen voor, maar dan keer tien. Een voorbijrijdend winkelwagentje klinkt als een laagvliegende straaljager, een zuchtje wind voelt als een ijshand in je nek. Knellende kleding wordt een metalen harnas waarin je niet kan bewegen en zonlicht door de bomen komt binnen als de flitsen van een stroboscoop, waar je per ongeluk recht in keek.”

I Am The Messenger ⭐️

by Markus Zusak

Genre: general fiction

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I’m not sure I remember enough from this book to write even the shortest of reviews. I haven’t read Zusak’s highly acclaimed The Book Thief (and I probably never will) but this did not live up to the hype.

If you like books about kindness and human nature, sure, give it a go. Otherwise, meh. I thought it was quite boring and the only thing that made me finish is that I was intrigued. By what? I don’t even remember anymore. I think that says it all.

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”

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