It’s book day! I didn’t get to read a lot this month, but there are a few good ones in the mix! Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button

A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life

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

The Precious One

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

The Last Mrs. Parrish

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

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)

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.

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  • Reply Rachelle May 14, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I cannot believe Janet is on 25 I was reading the first one back in college, I think I made to the eighth book.


  • Reply Heather May 14, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I can’t believe there are already 25 books in that series!! I think I stopped around # 7-10, somewhere in there but really enjoyed them when I read them. The Last Mrs. Parrish is on my never-ending list. That first book sounds interesting too!!!

  • Reply Carly May 14, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I’m not familiar with Tara Button but I just added that book to my tbr… and don’t you love when you randomly pick out a book & end up loving it?

  • Reply Kasey May 14, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I definitely loved The Last Mrs. Parrish! Also, A Life Less Throwaway sounds really interesting! I’m working on being more minimalist, so maybe that book would help!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag May 14, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Wow, getting to book 25 in a series is applaud worthy! I’m glad you’re still loving it. That first book does sound fascinating. I can see how it wouldn’t work if you’re a bit of a paycheck to paycheck person but parts of it could probably still help.


  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says May 14, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I think I’m going to look into that first book. I definitely believe in a lot of the things you describe (getting what you pay for, not subscribing to fast fashion, things like that) so it should be an interesting read.

  • Reply SMD May 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I can’t wait to read A Life Less Throwaway. There is definite privilege in being able to be more sustainable in what we buy for our homes and to clothe and clean ourselves the way the world is right now. I’ve started following a lot more people who talk about sustainability in fashion, beauty, home, and using what you have vs. buying what you don’t need on Instagram. It definitely helps me to see what other people do. Quitting fast fashion is hard for people without a lot of $$, but a lot of people are bringing up the fact that quitting it will be hard for the influencers and affiliate links users too. A lot to think about.

    I love formula books – if I know I like it, it’s like comfort food to fall back on. I love the Stephanie Plum series! I just checked Goodreads, I think the last I read is 19? I will have to see if that’s true or I just didn’t update LOL

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen May 14, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I am like the only person left on earth now that hasn’t read The Last Mrs. Parrish. I need to get on it. I want to read a life less throwaway for sure!

  • Reply Monica May 14, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I have a friend who read the first book and is decidedly on the lower end of middle class and found that it was kind of frustrating to think it is that easy. Sometimes people are forced to purchase the thing that costs less and thanks to those companies that make things cheap in the long run they end up paying more but if you don’t have the money to spend right now then you have to go with the cheap option and deal with the repercussions.

  • Reply Kay R.D. May 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Life Less Throwaway sounds really good.

    I read Mrs Parrish this month too and it sure was wild. lol

  • Reply Julie May 14, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I have heard a lot about the stephanie plum books but have never read one. I feel like I should!

  • Reply Audrey May 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Mrs. Parrish and Throwaway sounds really good! I might have to add those to my tbr list!! Glad you found some good ones this month!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration May 14, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I was a huge, huge, huuuuuuge Stephanie Plum fan. I accidentally discovered her years ago when I belonged to one of those mail book club thingys and forget to “cancel” the book of the month, which was a Stephanie Plum book. Read it, laughed out loud and became a big fan. But the formula eventually got to me. I loved the zaniness but I wanted to see a little growth, like you mentioned. But I still go back and reread some of the her early books and laugh. Also, #TeamRanger (to be fair, Morelli makes more sense but Ranger just sounds delicious!) I’ve seen lots of buzz around The Last Mrs. Parrish with plenty of mixed reviews but I love diabolical people and plot lines. Knowing that the first half is a little slow but there is payoff also helps too!

  • Reply kristen May 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    $125 for an umbrella?! wtf! i hate umbrellas so i’m not buying one at all haha.
    i think i own the mrs parrish book (maybe?), so glad you liked it! will have to move it up my list.
    i admit, i kinda gave up on the plum books. they weren’t bad, i liked them, but like you said, they are a bit formulaic and when there are so many other books out there i just kept putting them off. i would get frustrated if she still hasn’t picked a guy, obviously there is only one real choice but i would be getting frustrated that the pushing and pulling is still going on, 25 books in.

  • Reply Dara May 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    The first two on here sound good!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo May 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    The Last Mrs Parrish – I keep hearing everyone talk about it. Glad to know you gotta hang in there

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer May 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The Last Mrs. Parrish has been on my list forever!

  • Reply Kristin May 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I felt the same way about The Last Mrs. Parrish. I couldn’t put it down!

  • Reply Emelia A Lawrence May 15, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Ooooh, The Last Mrs. Parrish has me intrigued, just added it to my list! Life Less Throwaway sounds like it has some good tips and content, I haven’t heard of that one!

  • Reply laura May 15, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I am slowly getting to the end of Mrs. Parrish. I put it down for Disney, and I only have 3 days left on it! YIKES!

  • Reply Danielle May 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you for the book recommendations. I needed a few to read for my upcoming trip.

  • Reply Tanya May 16, 2019 at 6:09 am

    The throwaway book looks so good! Even appliances are just not made to last these days. Our dryer recently broke after less than a year. The repair man says that the electronic repairs are so expensive that most people just buy a new machine instead of fixing it. Sad but true. Thanks for the recommendations. Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

  • Reply Marie May 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Oh I so need that throwaway book. I have been trying to be really smart with what I buy. I want quality over quantity. I don’t need all that “stuff”, I just want to live a simpler life. I also need to read Mrs. Parrish, I’m sure I would love it. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Reply Amber May 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    The first 3 on your list sound fantastic! Thanks for 3 new recommendations!

    I gave up on Evanovich a while ago, but props to her for still writing them. Hopefully hers won’t decline like Sue Grafton’s alphabet series did!

  • Reply Alexandra Consolver May 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I really want to read A Life Less Throwaway as you know! I have the Last Mrs. Parrish on my list! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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