1st Book Review “The Year of Less”   Leave a comment

I purchased this book less then a month ago.  The whole title is “The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.”  The book is a retelling of the author’s (Cait Flanders) personal improvement plan where she gave up shopping for a year and the effect it had on her life.

As I mentioned I haven’t owned the book for even a whole month but I’m already done with it.  I started reading and got through it very quickly as I enjoyed hearing her story.  The big reason I picked this book was that my body fat isn’t the only thing I want to lose.  I’m not a bad spender by any means but I do realize that considering my yearly income I should probably be a lot better off then I am.  So I’ve been working on my becoming more of a minimalist and reigning in my spending habits.  And this book covers both topics.

It’s in a journal style narrated from the author’s perspective.  She recounts each month and the impact following her rules of shopping had on her finances, lifestyle, and mindset.  I got drawn into her story and saw how a lot of what she talks about would be applicable to me.  Especially when she talks about how she downsized her life.

I also liked how the initial project of getting her spending under control turned out to have a lot wider impact on her and taught her a lot more about herself then she expected.  If you are looking for a guide on how to improve your finances this book can help but it’s more a book about personal growth then financial success.  It’s a heart warming story about how Cait became a better person when she came to realize what was and wasn’t important in her life and the trials she went through and overcame while doing so.  I highly recommend this book, which is ironic as it’s a book about spending less.  But as the title only runs $1.99 in Kindle format I think it’s a reasonable expense even if you’re looking to control your spending too.

I am including the link to the Kindle version of the book with this post.  It’s an Amazon affiliate link so I do benefit from you clicking on the link if you go on to purchase the book.  The book comes in a variety of formats, including an audiobook narrated by the author.  So if you don’t have a Kindle you can still get the book, and yes it still would work as an affiliate link.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did if you do choose to purchase it.




Posted 04/24/2018 by senso1970 in Uncategorized

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