I cannot believe that we are most of the way through April! Things have been busy at our house lately and I realized that I never posted an update to how I’m doing with this “Read a Book a Month” Challenge; sorry! I have still been keeping up with it though, even if I am late in posting my update here!
While I did finish a book in March, it wasn’t the one I had originally planned to read. I started reading The Resolution for Women in March, but am finishing it up this month. It is a great book, but it is one that I found myself taking longer to read because I was trying to soak it all in. I feel like it is a book best read in smaller chunks, not quickly and all at once. So I am slowly reading my way through that book, and then I finished a book for March that wasn’t even on my original list; The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.
I am so glad that I came across this book at the library because it was so fitting for what I am trying to accomplish right now in my own life and house. I have been really focused and determined to clear out the clutter in our house, and I think I am making good progress! I just have to keep reminding myself that our house didn’t get cluttered overnight and that it will take some time to truly work through the process of decluttering.
The main focus of the book, The Joy of Less is minimalism, which is why I chose it as my new book to read for March. Minimalism is an intriguing, yet slightly confusing concept to me and I think it is because there are so many definitions and preconceived notions of what it really is. So as I read through The Joy of Less, and various blog posts on this topic, I started to put together a mental image of what minimalism looks like for me and my family where we are at right now in this season of our lives. Doing that helped to make it more real for me. I know that minimalism looks different for each person and what works for one family may not work at all for us. There is no right or wrong way to embrace minimalism, which is comforting to me.
It was along this same line of thinking that also led me to my book for April; The More of Less by Joshua Becker. I am seeing a trend here with my choice of books! I will still be reading The Resolution for Women, but I also want to continue learning more about how to live with less, and the many benefits of doing so; hence my selection of books thus far!
I hope that you have been able to follow along in this challenge and that you’re finding books that are exciting, interesting, enjoyable…and maybe even a bit challenging! And if you know of any good books on decluttering and minimalism, I’d love to hear about them!