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The Genius of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method

Was anyone else skeptical of Marie Kondo’s take on tidying up? I was, but her new Netflix series “Tidying Up” piqued my interest. So, I checked out Marie Kondo’s audiobook, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” on Libby. By the time the introduction was over, I found myself folding laundry Marie Kondo style into little rectangles that stand up on their own. I don’t know what came over me, but the satisfaction of all my clothes lined up in neat, straight rows compelled me to KonMari the rest of my house.

“Calm the F*ck Down” Review

If you read my “The Books I Picked” post for January, you know that “Calm The F*ck Down: How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can’t so You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get on With Your Life” by Sarah Knight is a tongue-in-cheek guide to accepting the things you cannot change, finding the courage to change the things you can, and using straight up logic to tell the difference. Sounds familiar right? Besides being a nice idea, one that relies on your own powers of logic instead of waiting on the gift of wisdom from a higher being, Knight’s NoWorries Method for calming the f*ck down works. At least it does for me. 

The Books I Picked for February (My TBR List)

My reading goals for January were ambitious, so I’m cutting myself some slack for February. I read/listened to seven books in January. Take that Goodreads goal! In all seriousness, I am not a proponent of ploughing through books, and it’s not something I typically do, which is why I’m looking forward to taking some time with only two books in February. Of course, I say that now…

6 Ways to Avoid Fake News (Infographic)

I realize now that my essay, “How to Spot Fake News Despite Your Filter Bubble,” however informative, is LONG. So, I created a simple infographic outlining six easy ways to avoid fake news. I’ve also included a few recommended reputable news sources. At the end of the article, you’ll also find book recommendations on the subject of fake news, journalism, rhetoric, and truth. 

A Bookish Blog Inspired by History

I started Picking Books as a book blog inspired by history. I’ve since expanded to include additional cross-disciplinary book reviews that look at how society and culture also relates to the books I read. Showing others how to learn about history through enjoyable books was my original intention though, so let’s talk about how we can learn about history through books and why learning about history is important even (especially) for adults.

How to Spot Fake News Despite Your Filter Bubble

We are in the midst of an epidemic of hatred. Or filter bubble, fake news, and rhetoric are three of the many reasons we have stopped using our critical thinking skills and lost our ability to empathize with one another. If the news and politics has driven wedges into your relationships, read on and learn what good journalism is and how to spot fake news despite your filter bubble.

Four Ways to Counteract “What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains”

The internet is affecting our memory and concentration, and not in a goodway, according to Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. But for better or worse, the internet is here to stay. So how do we live with technology without sacrificing our brains? In The Shallows, Carr offers a few suggestions, which I’ve outlined in this article along with one suggestion of my own.

5 Reasons Why I Love Audiobooks

I love audiobooks. I always have one "regular" book and one audiobook going at the same time. It's not cheating, I swear! It's seizing an opportunity. I have a little kid at home along with a blog, a freelance business, and a part-time “day job.” Sitting and reading books for hours during the day is not a luxury I have. It’s not that I don’t have the time per se. It’s that I have other things to do that keep me from sitting down with a book, which brings me to the reasons why I love audiobooks.

A Mouth-Watering Ezme Recipe That Will Make You Forget Salsa

Recipe review of Peter Sommer Travels’ ezme. Although ezme is reminiscent of salsa, it’s also bruschetta-like. It’s a simple recipe that tastes like so much more than the sum of its parts. Ezme makes an excellent condiment for Cooks Illustrated’s almost no-knead whole wheat bread, and I enjoyed it more than fresh salsa. Like Sommers says, the flavor is complex.

Time-Saving Cleaning Tricks Inspired by ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’

Cleaning sucks. I'd rather be reading. But I want to live in a clean home. I do not want to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Ergo, with the help of Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight, I've developed a few cleaning tricks, hacks, cheats or whatever you want to call them, so I have more time to read. I’m not proposing that you live some sort of hyper-scheduled life where you rush through your day and reading is just another task on your to-do list. That being said, if I can borrow time from a monotonous task like cleaning so I can spend a little more time doing something I love, I’m going to and you should too. 

The Ultimate List of Book Recommendations

Who’s got “read more books” as a new year’s resolution? Did you set a goal on Goodreads? Are you excited to get started? The trouble is, now you have to decide what books to read. You’ve got a whole year though. You can decide as you go. But goals man, they’re easier to achieve with a plan. So, to help you make your plan, I’ve put together a list of lists. The following is a list of 6 of book recommendation lists that combine to form a comprehensive, master book recommendation list.

Breakfast Burrito Recipe

A recipe on a book review blog? Yes! You won’t see these often, but we readers always need more time to read! The best way I’ve found to squeeze in a few extra moments with a book is to make breakfast quickly. By making breakfast in a cook-once-eat-for-a-week fashion, I have more time in the morning and my mornings are less stressful.