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What I Learned From Cleaning Out My Bookshelf


Yesterday I made a post called Marie Kondo, Tidying Up, and Books to discuss the controversy about her telling people to get rid of books that don’t “spark joy”. And I mentioned that I had to let go of most of my books (and clothes and everything else) because my family was moving into a smaller home.

I normally don’t follow Marie Kondo’s method. Maybe it’s because I’m a cynic with clinical depression, but most of my possessions don’t “spark joy”. Nonetheless I use them, so I keep them. If I got rid of everything that didn’t “spark joy”, I wouldn’t even have clothes on my back.

But when it comes to books, they are one of very few things that can still spark joy in me. Without even thinking about Marie Kondo’s method, I began to pick out books that can still invoke feelings inside me.

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Jihyun Weekly: January 13th, 2019

This week I finished The Hate U Give, read Born a Crime, Lives of Girls and Women, and A Room of One’s Own. I was very impressed by Lives of Girls and Women. Alice Munro is my favourite author at the moment and I plan to read more of her works. Her writing is simply magnificent. Such beautiful prose. I was also very inspired by A Room of One’s Own. I am trying to be a writer and hopefully make a living off of it one day, and she asserts that a woman needs to have a room of her own and some money. I had already planned to purchase an apartment at the beginning of next year, and reading A Room of One’s Own empowered me and solidified my plans. I am about to start reading┬áChina Rich Girlfriend, and I will read Rich People Problems afterwards. I will post a review of Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I also ordered On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, since I liked The Hate U give so much. I planned to read one book a week, but two weeks into 2019 and I’ve already read five. So I am well ahead, and…

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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

When I first heard that Hasan Minhaj was leaving The Daily Show to have his own show, I wasn’t that interested. I liked him then, but not that much. Oh, how wrong I have been. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is my favourite thing on Netflix ever. He studied political science at university then became a comedian. The result? A show that is so informative but at the same time so very funny. I love each and every episode too much to pick a favourite, but the one I feel I’ve learned the most is the one on Saudi Arabia. I find Middle Eastern politics infatuating. Brutal, but fascinating. I knew that Yemen was going through a war right now, but I didn’t know the background, and Minhaj explained it in less than one minute. Another episode I found fascinating is Supreme. I was never one to care much about “hype”, so I didn’t think I was going to get much out of that episode. I was wrong, again. What I thought was just a overhyped fashion brand was deeply, deeply entangled with politics. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is a Netflix show, but they put episodes on Youtube. I…

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