Books: Frugal Living, Meat, Minimalism & Vipassana

I read some pretty fabulous books recently and couldn’t wait to share them with you. These are books I’ve been loving! I hope you are going to enjoy them as much as I did.

Books Frugal Living, Meat, Minimalism & Vipassana
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The Cheapskate Next Door

This book is probably incredibly interesting to anyone who is really into frugal living. If you are familiar with my YouTube channel then you know that I am a huge frugal living advocate. Jeff interviewed hundreds of so-called “cheapskates” and reveals their secrets to a happy and comfortable life. Although I am not a fan of the word “cheapskate”, I associate it with being well .. cheap, which is not what I strive for, I did really love the book.

The Cheapskate Next Door on goodreads.


The title of this books says it all. This book is all about “How the rigged economics of meat and dairy make you consume too much” and “How to eat better, live longer and spend smarter”. While I was aware of lots of the topics discussed in the book, I did learn a lot. If you are human, then this book is for you. Why? Because this is a topic that affects all of us.

Meatonomics on goodreads.

The Year Of Less

This book isn’t as much about minimalism as it is about intentional living. It’s a memoir about Cat’s life, her struggles, her addictions and how she turned her life around. The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for a year during which she committed to a shopping ban. In the last chapter of the book, she shares her tips on how to start and complete a successful shopping ban of your own. I’ve since started a shopping ban of my own and her book was a huge inspiration!

The Year of Less on goodreads.

Beyond the breath

This book gives you a complete overview and detailed description of vipassana meditation and its technique. It’s a wonderful book and I greatly enjoyed reading it. Of course, if you are new to vipassana meditation then my recommendation is to visit a 10-day vipassana course. While the book is a good starting point, the practice can only really be learned by attending a course.

Beyond the breath on goodreads.

The Art of Living

In this book, author and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how you can live more mindfully and experience freedom and happiness you desire. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad that I got to read it. It’s a lovely book and I highly recommended to anyone interested in mindfulness.

The Art of Living on goodreads.

This was it for books: Frugal Living, Meat, Minimalism & Vipassana.

What have you read this month?



  1. Jackie
    November 11, 2018 / 2:44 AM

    Thanks again Nina! The Year of Less sounds good and I’ll look into that one. I just finished listening to the Rich Roll Podcast. He was interviewing a man named Bruce Fredrich on the Clean Meat Revolution. At first I ignored it for a couple of days as clean meat, growing cells of meat to replace real animal meat seemed kind of awful and unrealistic. But I was totally wrong. If you listen to it, you’ll learn that no matter how well you try to educate people, they still want meat. And although plant based eating is on the rise, in the US, eating real meat was at an all time high in 2017. I also learned that climate change isn’t even the greatest threat, but the super bug is. All of the antibiotics they put in factory farm animals is creating an evolving bacterial bug that will and is killing people. If you like listening to podcasts, I highly recommend this one. Take care! Jackie

    • Nina
      November 11, 2018 / 9:48 AM

      I highly recommend the year of less, it’s a wonderful book! Thank you so much for the podcast recommendation! While I usually don’t listen to podcasts (I seem to get distracted so easily!), I’ll have a look at your recommendation. I just found it on YouTube and will give it a go. I’ve heard about lab “grown” meat before and was intrigued. I’ve got so many family members and friends who would, from what I can see, never give up eating meat. Having access to something that’s “the real thing” would be HUGE for anyone who’s not going to give it up – no matter what. I am definitely intrigued by what you’ve shared with me and can’t wait to learn more about it. Thank you so much! ✨

  2. Linda
    November 23, 2018 / 3:20 PM

    I just listened to “the art of living”, it was really good I will listen to it again in a while. After the book I feel like I am on the right path. That is a great feeling.

    Also it gave me a sense of worth and meaning and that I do correct with letting out my suffering, greet it and accept it. Mindfulness is a great great practice.

    Thank you for recommending this book, Nina.
    Much love ❤

    • Nina
      November 24, 2018 / 6:43 AM

      I am so thrilled to hear that you picked the Art of Living! It truly is a wonderful book! I gotta put it on my list again as I too want to read it again sometime soon. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! 🙂 Much love from Bulgaria! 🙂

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