First up, Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup.
I'd heard a lot about this book and found it at Ollie's for $2.99 so I decided to give it a try. I really liked the beginning, when the author shared lots of tips and strategies for decluttering. Sometimes I wonder how we went from living in a 700 square foot apartment to a big house and it's full! Where did all this stuff come from? I was so inspired that I cleaned out our closets and scheduled a Purple Heart pickup for tomorrow morning! As far as decluttering my mind and soul, I feel like they're in pretty good shape already, so I read those sections fairly quickly.
Under One Roof, by Barry Martin
Everyone knew what was going on in Ballard, Washington: developers were building a giant shopping mall, but a house belonging to a feisty octogenarian named Edith Wilson Macefield was in the way. They offered her a million dollars. She told them to take a hike.
Everyone knew that Barry Martin, head of the construction project, was involved in the push to get her out of the house so that the project could proceed without further delay.
Everyone was wrong.
When Barry took the job as construction supervisor for the shopping mall that was being erected around Edith's little house, he determined to make things as easy for her as he could. He didn't expect that she'd ask him to drive her to a hair appointment―but he did offer to help, after all. And it was in that one small gesture that an unlikely friendship was sparked, one that changed them both forever.
The story of Barry Martin and Edith Macefield is a tale of balance and compassion, of giving enough without giving too much, of helping our elderly loved ones through the tough times without taking away their dignity. In the end, Under One Roof is a tale of grace, and one from which all of us can take solace and strength. From Barry and Edith we have much to learn about love and letting go and, just possibly, about seeing through fading light to find great joy.
Throughout the construction, the developer and Edith forged an unlikely friendship. She didn't have any family and needed someone to care for her, and he appreciated her unique life and determined attitude. I really enjoyed the story, but towards the end the author went into a lot of detail about Edith's aging and health struggles, and I just felt like maybe all of that shouldn't have been shared. But other than that, I enjoyed it and for $1.00, I got my money's worth.
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom
Several people recommended this after I read The Last Lecture a few months ago. It was a similar story and I loved it.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I've read this before, and I love it. It completely cracks me up and I re-read it every few years. She is so funny and I love funny.
Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis
Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.
When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?
This is the third book in a series by Rachel Hollis. I read the first two this year and finished this one
while laying in the hammock on Sunday afternoon. It was a cute story, an easy read, and a perfect summer afternoon read.
Have you read anything I need to add to my list?