The 100 thing challenge~ a book review

Author Dave Bruno writes of his personal experience to combat what he calls, "American consumerism", by taking one year of his life and trying to live with just 100 possessions. In order to do this he must choose what is important to him, and find ways to discard what is not. He sets a list of his own rules, and makes sure, to let everyone know that this is his own personal challenge. In conclusion, he continues to try to live life with fewer than 100 personal items. In the appendix of the book, he offers a look at how to do your own challenge.

My take away from the book: I found the writing very repetitive. It's as if the author was doing a "term paper" with a minimun 200 page requirement. I did not like some of his wording. For example, Bruno touches on the fact that he is a Christian, then proceeds to say things like, "I took a piss".....

I don't really see any shocking moments of wonder, or any deep meaning, or spiritual awakenings offered in the author's "memoirs" here. Quite frankly, nothing earth shaking. Bruno "makes his own rules", such as grouping some items together and counting them as one,for instance, underware and socks. There were a few other "exceptions" too. One thing that I did find admirable, is the fact that the author says that his family has no television. I do see some positive acclimations to that.
As Oprah says, "if you haven't used it or wore it in one year, get rid of it." Something I do live by. And yes, it does feel good giving things away.

If you still would like to read this book for yourself, do yourself a favor, and borrow it from the library (like I did).



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