2 April 2020

Lockdown Diaries | Book Review “The Year of Less”

Day 1 of reading a book a day, first up – “The Year of Less” by Cait Flanders.  The author, Cait, gave up shopping for a year and documents the highs and lows of her journey in the book.  The reason for picking this book is, it resonated with the kind of lifestyle I've been living for past 4 years - simple living.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders - Book Review


The book is quite anecdotal as Cait shares a lot of her personal struggles, I found this element really helpful because it shows no journey is ever straightforward.  There are always going to be obstacles, it’s interesting to see what tools the author uses to tackle with her issues whilst sticking to her shopping ban.  She sheds a light on how interdependent the elements of our lives are - habits, relationships, money, family....one thing falling out of balance threatens all the other elements.  She talks about how some of her friends reacted to her personal lifestyle choice of spending less, and this is a stark reminder that once you choose to 'better' yourself - you may find you need different people around you.  People that are like-minded, not necessarily same lifestyle, but people who understand why you need to do certain things and support you in that choice.

If you are someone who is looking into simple living and wants to get a handle on their finances and spending habits – it’s a good starter book.  I have been on my journey for a few years now, so didn’t find it that helpful – however it validated some of the struggles I still have when I see a new skincare product pop up or something of the sort.  The review is quite short, I didn't want to delve too much into the details but keep it succinct and value based.  Let me know what kind of book reviews you enjoy reading on a blog!

It’s an easy read, I listened to it on Scribd as an audiobook.  Also, helpful note, Scribd is currently free for everyone for 30 days during the lockdown.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this, as it’s not like audible where you have to purchase the book.  You have access to everything that’s on Scribd for the whole 30 days!  Great offer!  (p.s. this is not an ad, it’s truly a great offer!)

If you have read this, please do share your thoughts in the comments.  Do you have any reading recommendations on simple living?
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