Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More by Erin Boyle is without a doubt the best book I’ve read this month (and I’ve read twelve books so far). Erin is the author behind Reading My Tea Leaves, which is in itself a well-written and pleasantly presented online journal that focuses on a ‘practical and purposeful approach to a simple, sustainable life’. Erin’s book Simple Matters is a natural extension of the blog, providing fresh and detailed insight to the mundane objects and activities that if viewed differently could be said to be more magical than mundane.

Erin encourages you to “imagine a home where you actually enjoyed looking at everything in it. From throw blankets, to toys, to books, to sponges…. Surround yourself with things of beauty, so that even in its messiest moments, your life still feels beautiful.” In my haste to indulge in this book I purchased the Kindle version, it’s one of the few books which I’ve read an e-copy of and instantly known that a hard copy must most certainly find its way to my bookshelf. This book is perfect for anyone interested in the simple life, without the judgement and guilt of exactly how ‘simple’ you want to go. Useful tips woven into personal anecdotes filled with Erin’s triumphs and lessons.

And being an expectant mother who hasn’t wanted to buy everything, or have everything, Erin had advice that seemed to so beautifully resonate with my approach, “find your rhythm first; then find the things that match” I couldn’t agree more! By far the best book I’ve read this year, and I might further add that it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

Some notable books read this month: Princess: An Appalling Indictment of the Treatment of Women in Saudi Arabia – Jean P. Sasson | The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell | David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell

Other books read this month: Save Karyn – Karyn Bosnak | The Child Poverty Debate – Jonathan Boston + Simon Chapple | The Wages of Sin: A New Zealand Prostitute’s Story – Jean Turvey | Blistered Days – Lily Brett | Bergdorf Blondes – Plum Sykes | A Year of Mornings – Maria Vettese + Stephanie Barnes | Blood Money: Wasted Billions Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq – T. Christian Miller | Fashion Babylon – Imogen Edwards-Jones + Anonymous

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