If you listen to a podcast from The Minimalists, they always have a part called Added Value, where they each share something (a book, product, music, service, etc.) that really added value to their lives and it’s one of my favorite parts of their podcast. I truly think at the heart of minimalism is just being grateful, even for the littlest of things that bring us joy, and so with this in mind, I thought I would try something similar here to share with you what I am currently enjoying. Here’s the first post about Minimalist Joys.
Even though I am a librarian by profession, actually reading a book for pleasure is something I rarely indulge in because I was always too busy online on Facebook seeing what everyone else was doing. Since I have drastically cut down my Facebook time, I find myself with quite a bit of extra time, so I have been reading like crazy! Here’s what I’ve read this week:
I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich-
Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin-
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell-
While at the library checking out the books above, I wandered into another room where they sell discarded or donated books and magazines to benefit library programs. I am a sucker for magazines and I have WAY too many at the moment, but I couldn’t resist and discovered The Saturday Evening Post and fell in love!
Of course, I had always heard of this magazine, but I just assumed it was geared toward old people. I managed to make it home with two issues and paid 10 WHOLE CENTS for each one! One had a huge feature on the homes of Frank Lloyd Wright, something I definitely dig! I have read both issues from cover to cover and highly recommend this magazine for some great light reading that’s interesting and entertaining.
I’m always last to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to music and won’t normally purchase any music at all unless it’s something I know I would listen to over and over. My musical taste is ALL over the place, but a majority of it is 80’s music because that’s the music of my childhood. In any case, I discovered two new songs this week that, surprise, aren’t new at all! One is actually 15 years old and the other is at least two years old! Ha!
Hear Me Out– Frou Frou
Music aside, I enjoyed all of these things this week compliments of my local library. The books didn’t cost a thing and the magazines were a dime a piece! You just can’t beat that for free entertainment. Your local library has so much to offer and I encourage you to use it and support it. It’s a great way to bring less things into your home and still be able to read/watch movies/listen to music for pleasure and for free!