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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Irony

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This gift idea is a little on the ironic side during this season of endless giving and commercialism. Okay actually it’s very ironic and completely tongue in cheek.

But it’s also an incredibly enlightening revelation around how ‘stuff’ weighs us down.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing will instruct you on how to address each item in your home to determine whether or not it “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t – SEE YA!

Get the packrats in your life this lovely little book about decluttering. They’ll thank you – and maybe give you some sweet hand-me-downs! ;)

~j

ps – these make me happy:

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Furiously Happy

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I need to share this book with everyone I know – which includes you!

Seriously – read this book. I haven’t LOLed like this in such a long time.

Jenny Lawson has a way of finding humor in the things that might ordinarily knock the wind out of you. She struggles with depression, anxiety and heartbreak, like so many. But instead of succumbing to the immense weight of life – she actively chooses to be defiantly, heartily, FURIOUSLY HAPPY.

Her quirky humor will leave you giggling – trust me.

I’m actually forcing myself to not read more than a chapter or two at a time so that I can make this goodness last just a little longer. I love it so much!

~j

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The Fifth Wave

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I started a new book over the weekend that I think you guys will like.

Do you like The Hunger Games?

Yeah, me too.

Do you like Independence Day and War of the Worlds?

Yeah, I know. Duh. Me too.

Well I’m a huge sci-fi nerd and basically anything involving monsters or aliens or big-budget movie adaptations will likely catch my attention. A couple of months ago I saw a trailer for The Martian and thought it was the coolest thing since… Gravity or Interstellar. I bought the book right away so I could get into it before seeing the movie. And lo and behold I loved both! Such a great story and brilliantly adapted to the big screen.

I have similar hopes for The Fifth Wave. It’s like The Hunger Games in that there’s a strong female protagonist who is basically set on revenge and kicking some alien ass. On top of that, it has the nonstop action of an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth followed by massive population decimation.

Check it out before the movie comes out :)

~j

Life is Good

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There’s some wild weather headed to the east coast this weekend so please please please be safe.

If you find yourself stuck inside, this is the perfect chance to grab a few feel-good books just in case the power goes out and you must find a technology-free way to entertain yourself.

Life is Good, by the founders of the clothing company of the same name, celebrates the power of optimism. It’s sort of like a scrapbook of lists, letters and other such inspiration to leave you thinking positively.

Happy reading!

~j

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In the Unlikely Event

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I don’t know about you guys, and perhaps I am just the most morbid person ever, but I am fascinated by air disasters. FASCINATED.

The Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance? Forget it. I was captivated. I ate up every soundbite and possible lead during the 24-hour news cycle immediately following the tragedy. 16 months later, it was oddly comforting to hear that the wing debris that washed up this week was potentially part of Flight 370.

Okay now I sound like the biggest psychopath ever.

It’s not the loss of life. That is tragic and heartbreaking and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

I think at the heart of my fascination is a) my deep love for transportation. I’ve gone through phases of obsession with model planes, model cars, model ships, etc.

And b) I love a good mystery. Who doesn’t? There’s a reason CSI was one of the most popular shows on TV for almost 15 years.

They say that every air disaster is actually a blessing because it identifies a unique problem that engineers then invest enormous resources in to pinpoint and resolve. That problem should never occur again. And that’s why air travel is so safe.

Well all I had to know about this month’s C&C book club choice is that it centers around several air disasters in the 1950s. I’m sure there’s lots of plot and character development too… blah blah blah. But I can’t wait to get into this one!

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Happy reading,

~j

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