I got my copy of Everything that remains the other day and eagerly started reading it. I had ordered it the same day it was released on Amazon, and it finally arrived just in time for me to take a break from clearing out closets and cabinets. This is a book that discusses many different areas of life and I loved it so much from the get go that I wanted to read it all in one day, but because there are many things to think about, I had to put it down and digest it a bit before continuing. But now, three days later, I am done.
Everything that remains is very well written, which feels fresh in a world were everything is supposed to be simple enough for everyone to “get it”. (I guess I have been reading quite a lot of young adult fiction lately, so perhaps that’s the biggest reason why this book felt more advanced). Some words I’d never heard of before, and I had to look them up, but I actually enjoyed that, because I feel my English is lacking and I would love to work on my vocabulary and get better at expressing my thoughts. I also like the way it is written, with notes/comments by Nicodemus. I just wish he had even more comments because I think he’s funny.
Most of the stories in the book are not new to me. I may not have known about Millburn/Nicodemus for more than two months, but when I start something new I like to read all I can get my hands on, and some of these stories are told either on their website, or in the talk from Seattle that I watched on YouTube. That doesn’t really matter though, I still had a lot of new thoughts on different matters, and the stories are told in a way that partly feel like fiction, which I very much appreciate. The language flows in a way I am not sure I have ever read in a “self help” book before (I don’t think that’s what this even should be categorized as..?). The only chapter I have trouble believing is chapter 6, the one of Ryan’s packing party. Instead of reading life lessons, it’s more like one big lecture on relationships. I get it though, I think I’ve read enough books to see why this chapter turned out like it did, and it’s not like I didn’t enjoy it anyway.
There are many things to dwell upon, things I haven’t thought of before and things that really inspire me. My husband is going to read this book, we are going to have a lot to talk about, and then I am going to let some of my friends borrow it too. But then I want it back to read it once more. Or maybe twice. Because it feels like I am in love with this book, and I don’t want to give it away.
Not just yet, anyway.