The Big Book of Less: Finding Joy in Living Lighter
by Irene Smit, Astrid van der Hulst, Flow Magazine
2.5 stars – The first article in this book is a serious analysis of the American economy, the financial crisis of 2008, the history of consumerism, and progressive theories about economic change. Not what I was looking for in this book. I wanted something much more lighthearted, personal, and inspiring; not a bunch of political theories.
However, there were many other articles and little personal biographies in this book that I DID enjoy, and which I found very inspiring! There is one article about stepping away from our screens that really spoke to me, and encouraged me to spend less time on my phone. I like the overall message of this book about slowing down, living more simply, and embracing what it truly important.
The whole design of this book is so attractive! The photos and illustrations are beautiful. The design really makes this book so special, and a joy to read. I also loved the neat little journals, booklets, and posters that are sprinkled throughout the book. There is even a section with some yummy recipes!
However, there is also a section with some famous paintings, one of which is of a nude woman. I don’t understand why that was included. It is so inappropriate for this type of book.
Overall, I liked this book, but some of things included were just not what I was looking for.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.