#BlogTour A Year of Living Simply – Kate Humble

If there is one thing that most of us aspire to, it is, simply, to be happy. And yet attaining happiness has become, it appears, anything but simple. Having stuff – The Latest, The Newest, The Best Yet – is all too often peddled as the sure fire route to happiness. So why then, in our consumer-driven society, is depression, stress and anxiety ever more common, affecting every strata of society and every age, even, worryingly, the very young? Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt?

So what is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we’ve lost sight of the things – the simple things – that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That make us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple? Kate Humble’s fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.

A Year of Living Simply is a really enjoyable read which touches on a lot of important issues but in a gentle and kind way. Modern life seems to be getting ever more chaotic and time seems to slip away so easily yet have more and more demands placed upon it. This is such a refreshing read and is a nice reminder that we need to consider the bigger picture and what our priorities really are and not what we feel they should be. I am sure I am not alone in feeling guilt about aspects of my lifestyle and how perhaps they are not as sustainable as they should or could be. The rampage of consumerism is something that I have grown up with and something that I really do worry about, not just for my generation but also my daughter’s. Rather than scold the reader, Kate writes sensitively and in a very understanding, inspiring and uplifting fashion. I think she is much more realistic than a lot of other books on a similar theme and I think that this makes A Year of Living Simply all the more appealing to read. There is nothing worse than being lectured by someone who forgets the practicalities of modern living!

I liked the suggestions for simple pleasures contained within. I have been keen to do more home cooking and baking so the recipes are nice to have and I will hopefully give them a go over the next few months. A Year of Living Simply is a book that I think I will return to and re-read parts of again and again. There is something very soothing about Kate’s writing and it is a bit like having a hug (pre-Covid!) and a natter with an old friend as you read.

Thank you to Octopus Books and Random Things Tours for my copy and my invitation to join this tour!

About Kate Humble: Kate Humble is a farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as ‘Animal Park’, ‘Springwatch & Autumnwatch’, ‘Lambing Live’, ‘Living with Nomads’, ‘Extreme Wives’ and ‘Back to the Land’. Her last book, Thinking On My Feet, was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize and The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. Find out more about Kate on Twitter @katehumble and @farmerhumble, on Instagram @kmhumble and at http://www.katehumble.com and http://www.humblebynature.com.

Published by Intensive Gassing About Books @AboutGassing

Anaesthetist and Intensive Care doctor with a passion for reading in my spare time!

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