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Living a Life of Less | Great Reads

In the last few months I’ve been taking out quite a few books on the topic of living with less and I thought I would share some of my favorites today.

Also, just a side note: With all this talk of living with less and all the purging of possessions I’ve done in the last eight months I thought I had been doing so well. Until, that is, we actually started to pack up our belongings to move. Where is all this stuff coming from?! I thought I had been doing so good! I guess LWL really is a journey that we will forever be on.

Okay, now on to the books . . .

Seven by Jen Hatmaker
This is the book that really started the whole thing so of course it is going to be on the top of the list. You can read a little more about what I thought about the book here.

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
I am so glad to have had this book recommended to me, I loved it. It is a must read. There are definitely similarities between this one and Seven. Tsh focused on five areas instead of seven: food, work, education, travel and entertainment. Her book is more of a memoir than a call to action but I couldn’t help but feel more motivated after reading it. My only complaint is that the cover photo is a stock photo and not one of her actual blue bike, it seems wrong to me (yes, I’m aware you now know how crazy I am), once I was able to get that out of my head I was totally into the book.

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
After reading Notes from a Blue Bike I had to check out this book by Tsh. I haven’t completed it yet but it’s been good so far. This is really a how-to book. It helps you create your family’s purpose statement and takes you through each room in the house to declutter and organize.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
This book primarily focuses on making a point of understanding where your food comes from. I personally love the idea of eating food that has been grown locally but that means saying goodbye to bananas and grapes (and a lot of other things) forever. Oh, and do you know what we grow aplenty in Saskatchewan? Wheat. The one thing 2/3 of our family can’t eat. So the book seems a little far fetched for the regular Joe to actually be able to do but I like the idea of it. I’ve definitely been looking at labels a lot more as I’ve been buying groceries (the other day I picked grapes from the USA over ones from Mexico, so that’s something, right?!).

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson 
This is really an extremist take on reducing, reusing and recycling. I’m not ready to forgo the garbage can just yet but there are some very practical tips throughout the book that I was able to use in my own life (like reusable produce bags).

Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre
I haven’t had a chance to crack this one open yet but I’ve heard some good reviews on it so after I finish Organized Simplicity this is next up on my list.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?
Do you have any other books on this subject that you would recommend?