SYNOPSIS: The Japanese have a word “mottainai” which means a sense of shame at wastefulness, and this book takes a look into how that feeling affects our ability to discard possessions we no longer have use for and what can help us overcome it so we may declutter our lives.
COVER: The design is very minimal, a white background with red and black text. It definitely embodies the tagline of “how to get rid of clutter and find joy” as the simplicity satisfies. I also got a laugh out of the word “discarding” in the title as the body of each “i” is missing, leaving only a space with a dot overhead.
FORMAT: The layout of the book is of being broken into parts, and those sections each deal with a different topic that is further divided into subcategories. Each idea is incredibly easy to find based on the table of contents and the matching header at the top of each page as well.
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Synopsis: All anyone can talk about is the visiting prince, Sebastian, who has come to England to discuss trade agreements and choose a british bride. But when his personal secretary is found murdered after a ball, even a local Ladies Gazette speculates on the culprit after receiving an anonymous tip. Sebastian tracks down the gazette owners, and teams up with Eliza to catch the murderer. He was not expecting to fall for a commoner –something his father would never allow– and now he has to choose between his country or his heart. Continue reading “Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London”
Synopsis: Logan Hunt was offered the opportunity of a lifetime that would allow him to escape the poverty he grew up in. He was given a football scholarship. There was a catch, though, and one of the many rules he had to follow was ‘no women’. It wouldn’t have been a problem if he hadn’t met the coach’s daughter Jess. Falling for her would not only get him kicked off the team, but could completely derail his future. So, for now, he had no choice but to be in the friend zone… Continue reading “Book Review: The (Fri)End Zone by Sariah Wilson”
Synopsis: After a bad breakup with an emotionally abusive ex Georgina reinvents herself as George, PR girl-boss. However, when she is assigned to rebrand a men’s lifestyle magazine her wounded self-confidence has to stand up to Sebastian… also known as the Bad Boy of Publishing. Sebastian spent ten years working his way to the top, from intern to creative director, and he was not about to let a bad rep nor a know-it-all female mess with his magazine. With careers on the line and hearts at stake, what is the bigger prize: the job or a chance at love?
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Synopsis: The last thing publicist Remi expected was to be assigned to her college sweetheart, but the reclusive musician needed to revamp his image to move from a songwriter who performs at country pubs to a rockstar drawing crowds to concert. Twelve years ago he ended their relationship due to her workaholic ways, but now her talent was going to save his career… but can they keep from falling in love again?
Author: Brenda St John Brown is a New Yorker turned Brit who writes contemporary romance novels, and loves to have the occasional American character transplanted to England (much like herself).
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Synopsis: Hope’s mother is well known in the theatre world but, in order to make a name for herself, Hope secretly applies for a career-launching internship… and gets it. Trying to balance school work and the internship is not easy, particularly when she’s been assigned to assist the actor playing the lead role. With the help of her two friends and a new love interest, the show must go on!
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Synopsis: Riley Hope, a senior at NYU, appears to be on top of the world: a loving mother, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League… She puts on a smile for the world but, behind it, Riley’s drowning with fears for the future. Then Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. British and alone in the Big Apple, the struggling actor is looking for an escape—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben, but how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?
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