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:189 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

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

  • Kelly
    Aug 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

    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 ...

    Honest and motivating! I have always been intrigued to lead a minimalist life. Konmari and Ikigai were among concepts that became popular in recent years through revolutionary writing, presented in a captivating attention that captures reader. People started to change their behav...

    Why am I constantly picking up books that look so helpful, only to find out they?re a memoir? I came here looking for tips, and got an earful of childhood memories and sob stories. Very misleading. I?m not in any way trying to diminish what she has been through, but this book was R...

    If you go into this expecting a how to, you'll be disappointed. If you go in knowing it's a book about a middle class, late-20s white girl learning how to get her shit together, you'll be as pleased as I was. Because the thing is, I identify with a lot of Cait's experiences, and though...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

  • MissBecka
    Oct 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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...

  • Lisa
    Jul 30, 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

    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 ...

    Honest and motivating! I have always been intrigued to lead a minimalist life. Konmari and Ikigai were among concepts that became popular in recent years through revolutionary writing, presented in a captivating attention that captures reader. People started to change their behav...

    Why am I constantly picking up books that look so helpful, only to find out they?re a memoir? I came here looking for tips, and got an earful of childhood memories and sob stories. Very misleading. I?m not in any way trying to diminish what she has been through, but this book was R...

    If you go into this expecting a how to, you'll be disappointed. If you go in knowing it's a book about a middle class, late-20s white girl learning how to get her shit together, you'll be as pleased as I was. Because the thing is, I identify with a lot of Cait's experiences, and though...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Sep 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

  • E. H. Nathasia
    Oct 26, 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

    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 ...

    Honest and motivating! I have always been intrigued to lead a minimalist life. Konmari and Ikigai were among concepts that became popular in recent years through revolutionary writing, presented in a captivating attention that captures reader. People started to change their behav...

  • 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

  • Spencer Lebel
    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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

  • Olivia (Liv's Library)
    Jul 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...

    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 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/...

    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...

    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'...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A personal memoir of a young woman?s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness. SUMMARY Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way o...

    This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I?ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged 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 mu...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use." This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less. There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, ...

    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...

    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! ...

    This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings. If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would h...

    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...

    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...

    A disappointing read with a misleading title and description. The ?book? is essentially 12 seperate blog posts stitched together into a personal timeline diary of Cait Flander?s life. And it?s not even a well-written diary at that. There are several repeat sentences and you wil...

    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 ...

    Honest and motivating! I have always been intrigued to lead a minimalist life. Konmari and Ikigai were among concepts that became popular in recent years through revolutionary writing, presented in a captivating attention that captures reader. People started to change their behav...

    Why am I constantly picking up books that look so helpful, only to find out they?re a memoir? I came here looking for tips, and got an earful of childhood memories and sob stories. Very misleading. I?m not in any way trying to diminish what she has been through, but this book was R...

  • 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...

    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 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...

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