Book review: Minimalism Room By Room


Minimalism Room By Room:
a Customized Plan to Declutter
Your Home & Simplify Your Life,
by Elizabeth Enright Phillips,
Rockridge Press
Nonfiction/House & Home/Organizing
210 pages


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So many books have already been written on minimalism, but there are also lots of wrong ideas about it circulating. I think the author of Minimalism Room By Room: a Customized Plan to Declutter Your Home & Simplify Your Life is trying to refocus the conversation on what’s really at the center of minimalism, and is giving us practical ways to do it.

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Monday After BEA16: ideas to implement


Penguin problemanother awesome sign
I forgot to share yesterday!

Monday After BEA16:
ideas to implement

First, I’d like to highlight that if you are a newbie at book blogging and mean to be serious at it, you should definitely invest in going next year to BEA, in New York, and especially take part in the BEA Bloggers Conference. Having been book blogging for almost 6 years, I probably didn’t receive as many ideas as younger bloggers, but still, plenty enough to work on now!
Some of the following may be too basic for you, this post is mostly intended for newbies and to myself as a reminder, just in case I lose the notebook where I wrote all these down!! Click to continue reading

A month of favorites – This is How I Read


All December,
Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing their fave bookish
experiences from throughout the year.
Click on the logo above to check the schedule
and join the fun


reading bug

Dec 28 is for
#AMonthofFaves: This is How I Read – how do you pick your next book; what do you do after you’re finished reading a book (do you write a blog post, update Goodreads, put reviews on Amazon etc.; immediately start another book or let the book?)

So this is how I read, whether it’s a book in print, in digital format, or an audiobook. And I usually always have at least one of each of these 3 categories going on at the same time:


  • I usually post a picture on Instagram of the book I’m starting @wordsandpeace1
  • I also move that book on my “currently reading” Goodreads shelf
  • I start a new page on my Reading Notebook, as I take notes as I read – it makes my review writing so much easier! I also copy passages that I find would be neat to insert in my review


  • I update the info on Goodreads
  • I write down the book title and author in my Alphabetical notebook – having destroyed the one I had form my youth to 2001, I now want to be sure I have records of my reading since 2001, just in case internet explodes one day…
  • I update my Reading Recap google spreadsheet
  • and my Reading Challenges google spreadsheet – these 2 spreadsheets helps me mightily for my monthly stats and my mega stats at the end of the year
  • ideally (I still dream of doing this on a regular basis, one day I will…), I would write my review right away, but I do only when I finished the just in time to post on the date I had promised to the author/publisher


  • I read the notes I took in my notebook and underline in red what I plan in insert in my review
  • I publish my review post – this goes automatically to twitter, facebook, and Google +
  • I post my recap paragraph on Goodreads and leave there a link to my full review
  • I do the same on Babelio (the French equivalent to Goodreads) if relevant to the book I read
  • if it’s on a book I got for free by the author/publisher as an exchange for a review, I also cross-post my review on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


  • I have another Google spreadsheet where I list chronologically a list of the books I absolutely need to read, if I got them for review from the author/publisher
  • If I have some time before next due schedule, then it all depends on the mood of the moment: I may choose a book on my TBR bookshelf (either the physical one or the digital one), where I have placed them in the order I feel like I absolutely want to read this book asap!
  • OR I may look at the list of Reading Challenges and see which book I should read to get closer to my goal.
  • OR I may dive into a book I saw on the shelves at the library and could not resist (I go there at least 3 times/week, it’s only 10 minutes away from my house on foot, perfect destination for a daily walk, AND it’s just an amazing place!)