Discardia by Dinah Sanders

Discardia
Discardia by Dinah Sanders

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5
I was really excited to get my hands on this book at last because honestly, I had been looking to get it since forever ago. I guess because of that I went in with too high expectations, and the book didn’t quite meet them.
To start off with, it’s not at all a bad book; it has some good, solid, sound advice, and I like that it deals not only with material objects but with other aspects of your life as well: digital, relationships, and physical things outside the house, too.
Unfortunately the writing style didn’t resonate with me at all. It’s like it wanted to be read as fiction only it’s really non-fiction and the mix was all weird. The subjects jumped from one to the other in a way that appeared to be random, and the sections seemed overly long and unnecessarily mixed with topics that didn’t seem to make that that much sense together. Wordy, I found it wordy. Which I guess it’s funny to say of a book, but there you have it.
Also I didn’t get at all the reasoning behind separating this “holiday” in sections, since the book didn’t give any sort of actual guidelines on “how to celebrate it”, but rather gave a very open interpretation of all you could do (rather indistinct of the time of the year, I felt; or perhaps it’s because I’m in the wrong hemisphere? Who knows?).

So, it’s not a bad book, but I found myself skimming many parts more than reading them through. Basic advice was found within, but really, if you’re into decluttering and have read any other amount of books and/or blogs on the subject, you’ve probably already heard most of it.

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Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells by Chris Fox

Write to Market: Deliver a Book that SellsWrite to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells by Chris Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very neat book that explains properly what writing to market means. The explanations and examples are pretty clear and to the point, though I do wish (as someone else mentioned in reviews) that the author would have taken the time to put examples in more than one genre for each section, so as to add a bit of variety and truly drive the point in.
I also wish the exercises would have been better fleshed out: more in depth and perhaps a bit more visual/more exemplified too, as they felt a little vague and the whole Amazon ranking system et all related searching is a real headache for me to comprehend.

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Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every DayLifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Since I’m the first to rate this book 2-stars, I guess I owe explaining the “low” rating…

The book is nice and short, short in a good, to-the-point kind of way; it has some solid advice, and some solid pre-writing preparation tips, and some interesting notes on habit building. That said, it is less about writing itself and more about the actual building of the habit (where the habit just happens to be writing), and about half of the book only marginally mentions writing and instead goes into how you should basically just be organized in everything else so you can write without excuses or interruptions.
And hey, I get it, it does help a lot to be organized in order to develop a good habit, be it writing or exercising or whatever.
But if you read habit-building books, organizing books, and/or writing books, this one… adds nothing new.
If you’ve never read one of those then this makes for a very nice sum-up on the basics of getting organized and developing (any kind of) habits; but you can also get the same information in a single blog post found with any google search.

To sum it up, it’s an ok book, but it didn’t add anything new for me. I got a lot more value out of his 21-day challenge series on youtube.

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Declutter Your Life by Michelle Stewart

Declutter Your Life: Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity, and Enjoy Your Clutter-Free LifeDeclutter Your Life: Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity, and Enjoy Your Clutter-Free Life by Michelle Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short read. Nothing new under the sun as far as decluttering advice goes – anyone who has been trying to declutter their life will probably already know most tips; however, the advice is still sound and nicely presented. I particularly liked that she put an example of their own home office set-up.

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