Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

Title: Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
Author: Meera Lee Patel
# of Pages: 128
Age Group: Everyone
My Rating: 4.5/5
Review Copy?: Yes

[Summary from Amazon] Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams. Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration is a self-help book that uses illustrations and inspirational quotes to help readers self-reflect. For people who are a bit lost in life and want to define or redefine what they want, Patel created some simple activities for you to do. From breathing exercises to writing and creative tasks, these activities give you a bit more perspective and allow you to put your thoughts out on paper. 

I personally haven't completed the journal because there were a few questions that stumped me. However, it's lovely to look at every now and then and be inspired by the artwork and quotes. Every activity is accompanied with an inspirational quote, such as "When you lose, don't lose the lesson" (Dalai Lama) and "If you find yourself in the wrong story, leave" (Mo Williams).

Overall, I recommend Start Where You Are for anyone who would like some guidance in life and is a fan of water-colour art.
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