Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel HoffmanTitle: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess
Author: Rachel Hoffman
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2017

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a “f*cking mess” that we're desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems: The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations, and many others. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.

Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat

If you are looking for motivation to get up and get cleaning and organizing your environment, then Unf*ck Your Habitat might provide you with the encouragement that you are looking for. While, there are some great suggestions and a good foundation with the 20/10 system that Rachel Hoffman has developed, this book seems to spend more time talking than actual doing. I was hoping that there would be more concrete ideas and actual time saving techniques to improve upon my own housekeeping endeavours. I just came away from this one wondering what I had achieved in reading it. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday #84: These Ruthless Deeds

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

Book cover for These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Title: 
These Ruthless Deeds (Vicious Masks #2)
Author: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears… Continue reading

Book Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian

Book Review: Ex-mas by Kate BrianTitle:  Ex-mas: A Love/Hate Story
Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6, 2009

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas?

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents just left for vacation, and Lila's all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.
Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler's older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila's musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It'll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love...all over again?

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Book Review: Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

As a sucker for all things road trip and Christmas, Ex-mas by Kate Brian is like heaven for me. I loved the idea of a little boy going to the North Pole to save Santa from global warming and how cheesy the book really is. I only had one problem with this book (the main character’s snobbiness), but still enjoyed the book. Continue reading

2017 Book to Movie Adaptations to Get Excited About!

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

2017 Book to Movie Adaptations

If you’ve been following along the blog for a while, you may already know that I love to watch book to movie adaptations. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and other times I shake my head and wonder why I put myself through the torture of having a favourite book completely ruined. However, I do really enjoy a great film and I think that curiosity will always keep me heading back to the theatre. There are some pretty amazing films coming out next year that are being adapted from some fantastic books that range from YA to fairly tales. Read on to find out what you can look forward to in 2017! Continue reading