Morning everyone! I hope you’re all doing well.  It’s rainy here but it’s my first day of face to face uni so I’m excited!  I’m also excited to be on the blog tour for A Year of Living Simply by Kate Humble, bringing you a review of this thought-provoking book that will give you plenty of ideas on how to live life more simply……

book blurb & info

f 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.

Published by: Aster on 17th September 2020

Formats available: Hardback, Audiobook and eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

This book will make you want to get in your garden and dig yourself a vegetable patch (or rent an allotment)!  The conversational style of this makes it a joy to read; it flows easily and makes you feel like Humble is actually telling you her stories.

And it will certainly get you thinking about what changes you can make in your life.  From as small as sorting out your cupboards, to as big as building your own house and going off grid, there are ideas in here for everyone.  You will definitely be inspired to make at least one change after finishing this.

Humble gives us a brilliant mix of personal thoughts and memories, and stories of other people who have successfully made huge changes to their lives.  From those who set up businesses to help others to live more sustainably (e.g. repair cafes) to a couple who bought a plot of land that no-one wanted to touch, and bought it back to life.  I loved meeting various people throughout who have done some amazing and inspiring things; as well as witnessing the changes that Humble makes to her own life.

Other than really wanting an allotment or vegetable patch, the one thing that really hit home with me was about how wasteful we all are as a society.  I will definitely be looking to buy and repurpose older objects and give them a new lease of life, rather than buying something new that won’t last long.  Flat pack furniture, in many cases, is a perfect example of this.  It rarely lasts longer than a few years in good condition; and maybe the way forward is buying second hand furniture and making it into the thing you want.

This also inspired me to want to take up sewing! Now I know I’ll probably be terrible, I’m not a creative person in the slightest (and probably not patient enough) but honestly, this book will inspire you in ways you never imagined!  You can really feel the pleasure that Humble experiences when she reflects on the fruits of her labour.

Overall, this is a lovely inspiring book that will fill your head with ideas, and get you thinking about society and what you can do to make a difference.  If you’re looking for a lovely read, or ways to live your own life more simply and sustainably, then this is for you.



about the author

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 and

Where to find Kate online: @katehumble ~ @farmerhumble ~ Insta: @kmhumble ~ ~

tour info

Organised by: Random Things Tours

Many thanks to Anne for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day my lovelies, and if you read this and make any changes to your life to make it more simple, I’d love to hear about it!

See you tomorrow!

Chelle x

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