This is a professional book review of “A-Z Of Minimalism – A Practical Guide to Freedom” by Upasna Sethi. This book has been placed under ‘Hoarding‘ and ‘Non-Fiction‘ under Amazon Kindle ebooks. The audience of the book would be anyone who is looking to declutter their spaces as well as their minds, and lead a simple yet fruitful life.
The catchy, simple cover of the book invites the reader to open the book to read. The book has been organized into small chapters, which are digestible and makes the reader ponder over the content after reading a chapter. The exercises provided at the end of each chapter are helpful. The graphics interspersed with the text look good and provide a colorful look to the content.
In each chapter, the author provides helpful tips on what they did to minimalize. I especially liked how the author impresses upon the reader how the quest for shopping is insatiable and one keeps buying more and more! But, I could not quite agree with the author’s suggestion to delete shopping apps from the smartphone, as apps for grocery, medicine ordering, cab booking, etc, are a reality of today’s life, and one cannot avoid them. I presume the author’s advice is for addicted shoppers and not for all.
Also valuable is the suggestion to celebrate minimally by being together rather than making huge and expensive arrangements. Thus, each chapter provides a very valuable tip on how to minimalize, which the reader, in general, would be able to relate to and implement in their own life.
There are several mechanical errors in the book, which could have been avoided by careful proofreading. For example, an unwanted hyphen next to the word ‘by’ in the phrase “step by step” on Page 1, unnecessary capitalization of the first letter in many words throughout the book (“Life of a Minimalist” on Page 1). These errors give an impression that the author is a juvenile one, in spite of the mature, valuable theme of the book. This reviewer recommends a thorough proofreading in the next edition of the book or the next book of the author.
The font of the Table of Contents could have been a bit larger. It would help the reader to provide the page numbers against the chapter names. I have to mention about the formatting. There are unnecessary lines between sentences, and the formatting looks too awkward. A sense of completeness in reading is lost because of lack of properly paragraphed text.
Overall, I found this book valuable for someone who is looking to cut-down on their shopping, life style, and in every sphere of their life. We all realize that too much is very stressful and makes us unable to manage things. Consumption has to be cut down, as it is very important for our own well-being, for the environment, and for our mother planet Earth. In this regard, the author has done a pretty good job in bringing together the tips that the reader can readily follow. The formatting and the mechanical errors have to be taken care of, to make the book more presentable to the reader. Owing to the overall value that the book provides to the reader, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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