WWW Wednesdays – October 3, 2018

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I’m steady progress on my Fall Reading, even if I do keep on adding to the list!

Currently Reading

I know that I have been reading Roomies for a while. I had to put it down to meet other reading obligations, but I’ve finally picked it back up and am definitely hooked now, so I won’t be putting it back down again until I’ve finished it.

Finished Reading

Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White (audiobook)

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This is a self-help book that was published earlier this year, that I listed to via e-audio. I’ve been trying to find the right self-help book that will help me tackle a house project that I (not-so-fondly) call the Room of Doom. Our house is mostly clutter free with a lot of empty space, but that is because I have piled all our boxes into one spare room. That room has been like that now for two years, since we moved into our home. This room has been unusable because of the boxes, and I really do want to move forward with this project, but it always seems like a daunting project.

I believe this book had some good advice related to alleviating yourself of clutter. For example, I already toss unnecessary mail right away, so it doesn’t clutter our tables. The taking 3-5 minutes a day to just go through some clutter areas is a great start, whichI might actually utilize for my Room of Doom project. The author also stresses the container method, which is once a container is full everything else has to go. It was a little harder for me to buy into the idea that a bookshelf is a container and once you fill a bookshelf all other books should go. To add a book to a bookshelf, you must get ride of a book. I feel like I am better off just buying another bookshelf, but I do have the space to do that where as I didn’t before. I will admit that my books are taking over a lot of areas of the house right now, so I understand why authors feel the need to address books as clutter (Marie Kondo did the same thing), but wouldn’t their book be the first book you get rid of then?

I’m always looking for helpful solutions to tackling my Room of Doom, so please comment below if you have read any great books about this or have any advice?

I Hate You, I Love You by Elizabeth Hayley (ebook)

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When two colleagues, Naomi and Sebastian, who already have a strained working relationship, find out that they have both been nominated for a prestigious award at the university they work for, the tension between them builds but so does the attraction. Will they learn that they like more than despise each other?

This was a NetGalley ARC that will be available to the public later this month. I enjoyed a good portion of the book, as I liked the witty banter between Naomi and Sebastian, which helped the plot move along nicely. However, when the tension between the two main characters continued halfway through the book, I felt that that was a bit much, and it was time the story progressed a bit more. I think if the story had progressed a bit sooner, then maybe some of the issues between the two main characters would not have been lift unresolved at the end. While the end seemed to provide a happy conclusion, I feel that the characters wanted very different things out of life, that the author didn’t reconcile before the end. I feel less than satisfied by that.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (audiobook)

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I don’t even know what to say about this book, because I just don’t think I can do it justice. I listened to the e-audio version, which seemed to only make it that much more powerful a story. When she talked about her childhood, growing up in Pakistan; the impact from 9/11; two horrific natural disasters (earthquake and flood) that killed thousands of people; and the emergence of the Taliban, I felt that I was experiencing all those things with her. I felt the value her father put on education that led Malala to fight for her right to have an education. She made a statement along the lines that you don’t realize how important something is to you until you don’t have access to it anymore. That was how it was for her when she was not allowed to attend school anymore, because she was a girl. She vocalized her opinions about how education should be available to all people. This and also other things she did (like not covering her face with a scarf) were seen as a threat to the beliefs of the Taliban. They believed her to be promoting westernized ideals instead of Pakistani traditions, and on October 9, 2012, they shot her in the head, while riding on a bus home from school. She was 15 years old. Through nothing short of amazing doctors and maybe a few miracles, Malala Yousafzai survived the attempt on her life and went on to continue promoting education all around the world, which also won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. This year, she went back to her country and her hometown in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot (more than 5 years earlier), even though opinion of her in her home country is not positive. In fact, this book is banned in many schools around Pakistan. However, I believe that this is a extremely powerful book that all young people should read, as the fight for equality continues. Education should be a basic human right no matter your sex, race or economic background.

Reading Next

What have y’all been reading this week? Please feel free to leave some recommendations or a link to your WWW post.

HAPPY READING!!!

17 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays – October 3, 2018

    • I actually haven’t heard of Nonfiction November before, but almost always my audiobooks are nonfiction anyway. You should definitely pick up I Am Malala. That has been on my list for a while as well, and I’m really glad I finally listened to it. Thank you for leaving your link! I’ll go check it out right now.

  1. Oh, I’m always so impressed by the number of books you manage to read at the same time! I love the sound of “Decluttering at the Speed of Life”, sounds like it’s got a lot of useful ideas in it, and could really need some help on decluttering some of my spaces to be honest, haha. “I am Malala” also sounds like a really strong read. Such an important story to tell, and it must have been so moving to hear it in her voice. Thank you for sharing, and happy reading! x

  2. I see that you were just as unimpressed with I Hate You, I Love You as I was. Also, I need to read Decluttering at the Speed of Life. Kids + Birthdays + Christmas=me drowning in clutter…lol.

  3. I added Decluttering at the Speed of Life to my TBR last week and I’m glad to hear that you have found the book useful. My rule for my bookshelf is, when I fill a shelf I look for read books to get rid of in order to make more room for the books I enjoyed reading.

  4. I am always decluttering and I think I shall steal your Room of Doom moniker for my basement. I really love http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net – she has great practical advice and I LOVE her decluttering techniques and cleaning tips. I even bought her book which I use semi-consistently. Great choice of books all around. Sorry for the late comment – the whole week got away from me!

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation. I can definitely use all the tips I can get. If it makes you feel better, basements tend to be messy and full of clutter. My parents would always move things from the main living areas to the basement. You couldn’t even walk around down there. 🙂

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