Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button
This book!!! I highly recommend this book! I didn’t really have any expectations going in, as it was available at my library when I was looking and thought it sounded interesting. What I found was a powerful read about how our culture is today. How companies are purposefully making things that don’t last as long as they used to, forcing you to be a repeat customer. How marketing and advertising really messes with your mind. And confirmation that I in fact don’t need to follow fast fashion trends.
I have always had the mindset that you get what you pay for. I would much rather invest in something high quality that will last a long time over something that I need to repurchase next season, or replace because it goes bad/breaks/doesn’t work after just a short amount of time. And that is basically the point of this book.
The main message of the book is to buy self-curated items that you truly love and fit your needs and lifestyle. And to buy them once, with the intention of keeping them for a long time/lifetime.
The only negative thing I have to say, is I could imagine someone reading this who cannot afford the “nicer, luxury items” that are mentioned in the book. I think she talks about an umbrella that is like $125. I have one from Amazon that is around $25 that is just fine thanks. As my non-stick pans are needing replaced, I am choosing ones that have a lifetime warranty. They are a pretty penny, and maybe not everyone can afford to do that. So I could see how this book might be geared more towards the middle and upper class.
Bottom Line: Definitely worth the read! I took more away from this book than Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It has a much more important message.
The Precious One by Marisa de lost Santos
This book is told in alternating views between Taisy and her 16 year old half-sister, Willow. I have never read a book by this author, but she is a wonderful storyteller and has a poetic way of writing. I don’t want to say too much and give away the story, but I enjoyed watching Willow grow throughout the book, and all the complicated, messy relationships between each of the characters.
Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it!
The Last Mrs. Parish by Liv Constantine
OMG, this book!!!! The first half of it was moving along a little slow for me at times, and I was getting annoyed. There are so many unlikable characters in it. But then all of a sudden I was like whhhhhaaaattt???? And it got so good. Some of these characters are diabolical! It really makes you realize that things aren’t always as they seem.
Bottom Line: Read this! I promise the second half of the book is worth the slow bits of the first half.
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
This is the first series of books that I have ever made it to 25. I just love Stephanie Plum, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Morelli #teammorelli and Ranger. The books really just follow a formula at this point, and I feel the characters really haven’t grown or learned any life lessons that stick with them. Yet their antics and shenanigans keep bringing me back for more. I am in deep, ya’ll. (PS-I never say ya’ll in real life, the northern blood runs too deep.)
Bottom Line: This is a fun cozy mystery series that I can’t quit, not matter how ridiculous certain situations play out.