WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLERIn her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happyonly keeping her from meeting her goalsshe decided to set herself a challenge:she would not shop for an entire year.The Year of Lessdocuments Caits life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and foodand what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits shed spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.Blending Caits compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance,The Year of Lesswill leave you questioning what youre holding on to in your own lifeand, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path ofless....
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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 Reviews
I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not believe I gave any spoilers, but read with caution**
I was excited to come across this book and pre-ordered it based on the title and description. I figured it would be a great read to hear about how life would be like ...more
This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I’ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entitled and the mere fact that she wrote this book proves that no one has told her that not everyone is interested in her story and that she isn’t any more special than anyone else. I thought I could get some useful poin ...more
Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her strict spending ban to allow the purchase of supplies to make homemade candles - but then she never actually bought or made homemade candles!! I was waiting to hear about the candle making for the rest of the book a ...more
It's certainly not what I thought it would be. It turned out to be a sort of diary of a young woman's life dealing with weight loss, drinking and spending addictions. It's a short book, so I finished it in a couple of days. Bravo to her for getting it published. But I think I could have published my diary too.
I'm going to be a bit biased toward this book because I've been a huge fan of the author forever (and have followed her blog for years and years), but I loved getting this in-depth perspective of a particularly life-changing year for her. Sure, I followed her shopping ban on her blog and remembered her mentioning several of the other things she was working on throughout that year, but to see it all in perspective and get a lot of the background on it made me admire her tenacity and her resilienc ...more
This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject matter, even as it touched upon things mentioned briefly in posts, and I thought that was great – nothing is worse than picking up a blogger's memoir, only to realize the person cannot write prose and is regurgitat ...more
I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two basic types of self-destructive people: the ones who aren't entirely convinced that becoming less self-destructive will actually make their lives better (see, e.g., Cat Marnell), and the ones who really genuinely wa ...more
I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance and deliberate decision making. 3.5 stars