On My Bookshelf

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancastermartha

From Amazon.com: One would think that with Jen Lancaster’s impressive list of bestselling self-improvement memoirs—Bitter Is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat; Pretty in Plaid; My Fair Lazy; and Jeneration X—that she would have it all together by now. One would be wrong. Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.

This isn’t a topic that would usually make me take notice and read. In fact, I scrolled past the selection many times in my libraries audio book selection. But, with some deskwork keeping me in need of light, interesting reading. . I gave it a try. It was hilarious. Although I have heard of several of them, I’ve never read any of Lancaster’s other work, so I didn’t know what to expect. Several times I think I even giggled out loud – unusual for me!

The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life by Robin Zasio


From Amazon.com: From the hit A&E show Hoarders, psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio shows readers how to take control of their stuff and de-clutter their lives. Recently, the once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase—in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award–winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences with its stark and heartbreaking look at the people who suffer from this paralyzing condition. Contributing expert to Hoarders Dr. Robin Zasio believes that our fascination with hoarding stems from the fact that most of us fall somewhere on the hoarding continuum. In The Hoarder in You, Dr. Zasio shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered—and explains how readers can learn from these extreme examples. She also shares psychological and practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on cluter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety.

Again, not the first thing you would expect to see me reading. While not the cleanest person in the world, I don’t keep a lot of “extra” in my home. I do have a secret though – I love the show Hoarders and its counterpart Hoarding. I watch it religiously, even though it feels somewhat exploitive.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The techniques Dr. Zasio offered could really be applied to any typical life issue and some of the organizing tips were great. My favorite – a clean room is not the reward.


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