The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy?only keeping WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle t...

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Title:The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
Author:Cait Flanders
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1401954871
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store Reviews

  • cat
    May 20, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

    A beautifully written memoir and a very inspiring challenge--to clean out clutter and stop shopping for an entire year. Cait is unflinchingly honest and I am humbled by how much she shared about her struggles. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in minimalism and memoirs. ...

    DNF - hated this after the first few chapters and uncharacteristically decided to quit rather than tough it out. Privileged drivel of the sort I despise. read just like a navel-gazing blog, which is NOT a compliment from me. ...

  • Ali Edwards
    Jan 20, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

  • Jess
    Jan 22, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

  • Beth
    Apr 29, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

  • Maria
    Jan 25, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

  • Rebecca
    Apr 17, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

  • Linda
    Jun 09, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

  • Robin
    Apr 18, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

    A beautifully written memoir and a very inspiring challenge--to clean out clutter and stop shopping for an entire year. Cait is unflinchingly honest and I am humbled by how much she shared about her struggles. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in minimalism and memoirs. ...

    DNF - hated this after the first few chapters and uncharacteristically decided to quit rather than tough it out. Privileged drivel of the sort I despise. read just like a navel-gazing blog, which is NOT a compliment from me. ...

    It's certainly not what I thought it would be. It turned out to be a sort of diary of a young woman's life dealing with weight loss, drinking and spending addictions. It's a short book, so I finished it in a couple of days. Bravo to her for getting it published. But I think I could hav...

    An easy-to-read sort-of memoir about a young woman coming out of a number of years of alcoholism, overeating, and over-spending, and realizing that money and things don't buy happiness. Her point is not necessarily in writing a "how-to" book on simplifying life but more of becoming ins...

  • Rhonda
    Jan 27, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

  • Julie Ehlers
    May 27, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

  • Tanya
    Jan 28, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

  • Kathryn
    Feb 13, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

  • Kate Kaput
    Feb 11, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

    A beautifully written memoir and a very inspiring challenge--to clean out clutter and stop shopping for an entire year. Cait is unflinchingly honest and I am humbled by how much she shared about her struggles. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in minimalism and memoirs. ...

    DNF - hated this after the first few chapters and uncharacteristically decided to quit rather than tough it out. Privileged drivel of the sort I despise. read just like a navel-gazing blog, which is NOT a compliment from me. ...

    It's certainly not what I thought it would be. It turned out to be a sort of diary of a young woman's life dealing with weight loss, drinking and spending addictions. It's a short book, so I finished it in a couple of days. Bravo to her for getting it published. But I think I could hav...

    An easy-to-read sort-of memoir about a young woman coming out of a number of years of alcoholism, overeating, and over-spending, and realizing that money and things don't buy happiness. Her point is not necessarily in writing a "how-to" book on simplifying life but more of becoming ins...

    I've been reading Cait Flanders' personal finance blog for a few years, on & off. Sometimes, when I feel guilty about my inability to manage my finances, I skip her posts in my feed reader & move on to whatever's next. Sometimes, I save up a bunch of her posts & read them a...

  • Jenny (adultishbooks)
    Jan 17, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

  • Kelli
    Feb 17, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

  • Denise Logeot
    Jan 01, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

  • Romany
    Jan 19, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

  • Emma
    Mar 25, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

  • Brandy
    Feb 10, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    Mar 31, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

  • ❀ Susan G
    Apr 10, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

  • Aleta
    May 11, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

    A beautifully written memoir and a very inspiring challenge--to clean out clutter and stop shopping for an entire year. Cait is unflinchingly honest and I am humbled by how much she shared about her struggles. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in minimalism and memoirs. ...

    DNF - hated this after the first few chapters and uncharacteristically decided to quit rather than tough it out. Privileged drivel of the sort I despise. read just like a navel-gazing blog, which is NOT a compliment from me. ...

    It's certainly not what I thought it would be. It turned out to be a sort of diary of a young woman's life dealing with weight loss, drinking and spending addictions. It's a short book, so I finished it in a couple of days. Bravo to her for getting it published. But I think I could hav...

  • Lauren
    Apr 14, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

  • Christy
    Jun 15, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    Mar 24, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

  • Caitlin
    Jul 26, 2017

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

    At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas. As a memoir I thought it was interesting. I...

    This book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed i...

    As I strive to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I listened to The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. It is honest, straight forward and I give kudos to Cait Flanders who not only shared...

    Tedious and banal - especially if you are older than your early 20s. I was hoping for interesting anecdotes, practical strategies, or at least straight up weirdness, but nothing like that here. The most thought provoking part of the book was when she suddenly rewrote the rules of her s...

    This book ended up being pretty different than I thought it would be, but interesting and eye-opening. From Flanders' own story you can extrapolate bits about your own habits and tendencies, good and bad. I was surprised at how different the book felt from the blog in terms of subject ...

    A beautifully written memoir and a very inspiring challenge--to clean out clutter and stop shopping for an entire year. Cait is unflinchingly honest and I am humbled by how much she shared about her struggles. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in minimalism and memoirs. ...

  • Marcia Unrau
    Feb 16, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

    Good god this book was terrible. It has nothing to do with someone attempting to live with less. It's a memoir about a young woman dealing with intensive addiction issues. I found myself repeating over and over "You need professional help right now. Please, please go to therapy. You wi...

    I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not beli...

  • Kevin
    Feb 04, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

  • Robin
    Feb 17, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...

    This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining. I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about ...

    I have been a big fan of Cait Flanders for over two years now. Her story of debt repayment and subsequent shopping ban inspired me to pay off my own debt between 2015-2016. This book was the most anticipated release for 2017 for me. I rarely buy books anymore but I pre-ordered the Kind...

    Interesting concept... a whole year of not buying unnecessary items and clearing your home so it's not cluttered with the things you don't use regularly. It must have had some impact on me as I cleaned the cupboard under the sink half way through reading it! It's made me think hard abo...

    Super quick read on a topic I?m interested in - how less can mean more. This book is more memoir than how-to and I was interested in her story and all the ways in which she cake to having and wanting less. Glad I read it. It?s so much more than just a story of not shopping for a ye...

    I'd been reading Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse and was in the midst of a lengthy section about author Jean Rhys, who had a problem with alcohol and a tendency to get married a lot (although despite her chaotic life, she lived a surprisingly long time). It occurred to me that there were two ...

    I really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before). I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It'...

    Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less. Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap. The idea of less being more. This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me pic...

    3.0 Stars I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with fam...

    This was a very simple book that didn?t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman?s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same ti...

    This book is a courageous and bold memoir. Cait shares honestly her experiences on a shopping ban, but it becomes an illustration of how people can be pulled into believing they are not enough. I can?t say enough good things! ...

    Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she ...

    An inherently less indulgent Julie & Julia. ? Warning: this is NOT a self-help book! It is a memoir and should be reviewed as such. I had to check how Cait Flanders categorized her book after the first few chapters and was pleased to confirm that she was in fact writing a memoir...

    I thought this was a good memoir of a year cutting back and being intentional. It?s the process I?m going through currently (month 4) so I concur with the lessons learned and the process chosen. That said I listened to this on audio and there were more than a few times I felt like ...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous book I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entit...

  • 7jane
    Feb 17, 2018

    The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relatio...

    Non-fiction challenge This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, an...

    I got this audio on Hoopla and I have to say I?m pleasantly surprised. Cait Flanders delivers more of a memoir than a how-to guide and the result is a very honest look at some self-assigned lifestyle changes that brought about deep introspection, which led to healing, self-acceptance...

    This is not just a 'unclutter your stuff' kind of a book, but also about saving money and getting only things that matter, not just what you think others expect, or what you want to be in your 'ideal self' future. Yeah, it's a 'one-year of __' (doing something, living in another place/...