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What Can Netflix Teach Us about Tidying?

I’ve been writing about my experience with the Marie Kondo method this week partly because Netflix released Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a series based on her tidying method and her book. I really enjoyed watching (to be honest, binging) the show. Is watching as much fun if you haven’t […]

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Three Unexpected Benefits to Tidying with Marie Kondo

In the past couple of days, I’ve written about why the Marie Kondo method of tidying works so well for me and about one hack that made the process go much more smoothly. Today, I thought I’d share three benefits of following Marie Kondo’s advice that I didn’t expect before […]

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My Marie Kondo Hack: Set Aside, Don’t Throw Away

Yesterday, I wrote that a major part of making the Marie Kondo method of tidying work is following the process as closely as possible. Today, I’m contradicting myself (sort of). Because one of the things that made letting things go easier for me is that I didn’t totally let them […]

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Did Tidying Up Change My Life? Well, Actually, Yeah

When a book is titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I think we can be forgiven for being skeptical. “Life-changing” is a bold claim, and most self-help books fall way short of the mark. But, having gone through the process, I’ll admit — the Marie Kondo method of tidying […]

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How to Choose an Audiobook

The holidays are upon us (almost), and that means it’s time for long drives to visit family, long airport visits, long train trips … well, you get it. I like to read when I’m in the airport or on a train, but not even I have figured out how to […]

Time Travel Done Right: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Sometimes, I hear about a good book because it’s popular — all the bookish accounts I follow on Instagram are posting about it, it’s on the New York Times Bestseller list, and I get an advanced reader copy in the mail. And sometimes nobody’s talking about a book, but I’m […]

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How to Start a Weekend Reading Practice

There are lots of good reasons for wanting to incorporate reading into your weekends — it’s a way to relax while actually learning something (and yes, we learn from fiction, too — we develop empathy from putting ourselves in the place of others, and we learn creativity by using our […]

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Reading Isn’t What It Used to Be — It’s Harder

Isn’t it lovely to imagine curling up with a book? And isn’t it difficult to actually do it? As a book person (book reviewer, former bookstore owner, etc.), I’m probably not supposed to admit that actually reading a book is anything less than a perfect experience of being magically transported […]

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My Favorite Authors to Follow on Instagram in 2017

One of the warnings against self-publishing is that all the marketing for your book will be on your shoulders. I agree, but only kind of. If you’re a successful self publisher, you’ll be doing a lot of marketing. But if you publish the traditional way, you’ll … also be doing […]

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Everybody Hates Self-Publishing (but Everybody Loves Podcasts! I Hope!)

We live in a time when anyone who has a blog or a YouTube channel can be a publisher. If you have an idea and the urge to create, your concept can be in front of anyone with an internet connection in seconds. To paraphrase (sometimes self-published) author Charles Dickens, […]

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Southern Living’s Best Books of 2016: My Favorites

Writing a year-end best-of list is kind of a love-hate assignment for me. I love it because, well, it’s a list of books, and that’s fun to write. But it’s also daunting, because I’m scared I’ll miss something great (which I’m sure I have), and I might even include something […]