Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: Life-Changing Magic

Shockingly, YA fiction books aren't the only thing I read (I know, you're falling out of your chair). I've gotten some really great/fun/adorable non-fiction books lately that I thought I'd review here as well. I have two more to review this month and then I'll post other reviews as I find books I fancy :) 

I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I requested this book. I like both books by this author and it caught my eye. 

As has become a bit of a trend in recent years, I chose a "word of the year" for 2016 and that word is QUIET. In my effort to be happier and less stressed, being quiet is a small, daily reminder to just step back and have reflective moments, to think about what is going on, to take a deep breath and avoid stressful situations. 
I love how this simple book partners so well with that goal. As a part of my quiet moments I can jot down a short note about what has Sparked Joy in my life throughout the day. I really like that this journal is designed to go for three years, meaning I can make it a part of my life (and not buy a new one next year). 

The simplicity of the journal, only space for a sentence or two, really takes the stress out of journaling because that isn't the point. The point is to merely identify and record something that Sparked Joy in your life that day. It is kind of a fun game to think about what you are going to record. 

Plus the journal is really lovely. The quotes scattered throughout the days along with the pastel blue and white pages and really great font (I'm a font nerd, that is important to me) make it fun to use and pretty to keep around. I like how simple the cover is, makes me feel like I can keep it on my nightstand without it looking too much like a diary/journal. 

This would make a great gift for someone who has just gone through a difficult situation (this and Spark Joy the book would make a really sweet gift for a friend who is divorcing for example) or something life changing (I can totally see new grads having fun tracking all of the happy moments of life once school is over)

I wish the book had a spiral binding, because I think that would make it easier to write in. Right now it isn't a problem, but I'm thinking in the middle of the second year that binding is going to feel a little abused. 

The only draw back to this book is that it is dated (you write in the year for each date), so I didn't start at the beginning of the book, but had to skip forward to the next month. It isn't a big problem, but it would probably keep me from giving it as a gift in the middle of the year because it is an awkward time to start it. 

Thanks to Book for Bloggers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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