What I Read About When I’m Reading: Minimalist Book Review

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

Today I want to share three books I have enjoyed reading over the last month. While not all of these books are specifically about minimalism, I feel they capture many of the sentiments.

Breath by Tim Winton

Breath is a novel about the hunt for adrenaline. The story follows paramedic Bruce Pike as he recalls his youth as a surfer. The boy’s obsession with waves becomes entwined with a charismatic stranger named Bill Sanderson. I love this book because it is an examination of what it feels like to be in ‘the moment’. Winton’s use of language is rich and unique, and enchants instantly. This coming of age tale captures the beauty of the Western Australian landscape, casting it as a character through the narrative. Read this book if you’ve ever felt passionate about anything. Be warned, it does get unexpectedly sexy at one point.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is an examination of Murakami’s passion for running. More a journal than a narrative, it delves into the pivotal moments in his lifelong interest in long distance running. The book is a meditation on the act, written in a typically gentle, yet authentic voice. Murakami manages to tell his stories with such a sense of lightheartedness that I think of him as a mild mannered uncle. This book is a great read if you are into running.


The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

The Swedish word döstädning literally translates to ‘death cleaning’. Some might say it’s morbid, but The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is a guide on how to minimise your belongings so your relatives don’t need to when you are gone. This is a great Christmas gift for those stubborn family members who cling desperately to all their belongings, a gentle hint under the tree. Kidding! Seriously though, I love black comedy, and this certainly fits into the category. Filled with practical tips, this book is a must read for any minimalist.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you want more book reviews. I love talking about what I read! If you do happen to purchase from any of the links above, I get a very small cut to support this blog.

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  1. “Döstädning”…wow! That’s great because I’m learning Swedish (trying to, anyway!) so I learned a new word today, thanks to you! Back on track though, that is a really fascinating concept and honestly, a very good idea we generally don’t think about! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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