Book Reviews

#JournalReviews 3 Mini Reviews Of Self-Help Journals

Hello Book Dragons! January is normally “New Year, New You” nonsense, but lets face it, this thing does not work. 😀 I believe in self learning all the time, not because it is a new year. 😉 So today, I decided to share reviews of self help journals, that can be used anytime during the year, especially when you feel low and need a little pick me up. There are ton of different journals in the market, these are only few that I was sent or bought last year, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. 🙂 Do you use self help journals? Which ones do you like?

99 Things That Bring Me Joy By Abrams Noterie (Author), Hiroko Yoshimoto (Illustrator)

Publisher: Abrams Noterie
ISBN13: 978-1419719813
Genre: Journal
Release date: 02 02 2016
Price*: Kindle £N/A (GBP)/  Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $14.35 (USD)
Pages: ~ 144
My rating: Really liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
Bookshop.org
What I learned from this book: To notice the things that make me happy.

Description of the book: A favourite scent, a sentimental possession, a fantastic vacation, a loyal friend―these are some of the 99 prompts in this journal that guide you to consider everything that makes you happy. With charming illustrations throughout, the journal is a lovely gift and a wonderful pick-me-up.

How this book made me feel: One day, while browsing TK Maxx’s book section, I came across a journal called “99 things I want to do”, but I didn’t buy it then. When I got back home, I really regretted my decision, and then went back later but it was gone… 😦 I started my research in obtaining the mentioned journal, but I found this one as well. And it was on sale, so I grabbed this one, and I will be waiting for a better price, to get the other one. 🙂

That is how it came to be in my possession. 😀 And it is a lovely journal. It has 99 different lists to fill, the topics are taken from everyday life and the variety is very wide. From “Things you think are cute” to “Clothing that feels the most “you” ” The year has been a little grim, so a reminder of what makes me happy is quite handy. The journal is nice and colourful and filled with very fun and adorable illustrations. 🙂

So, to conclude, “99 things I want to do” is still on my wish list, but this journal is a fun reminder of the best things in life. I recommend to anyone who struggles to find joy in life, it might serve as a reminder that everything is not as bad as we think. 🙂

About the author: Noterie is a gift and stationery imprint with ABRAMS. In addition to creating products with authors, artists and brands, we originate some of our own titles in-house.

Stella’s Open Road Trip Journal By Stella Eden

Thank You very much to the publisher – Stella Eden for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1913704728
Genre: Journal
Release date: 12 10 2020
Price*: Kindle £N/A (GBP)/  Paperback £12.99 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $12.25 (USD)
Pages: ~ 216
My rating: It’s OK.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
Bookshop.org

Description of the book: This journal is funky, colourful and totally interactive. You can write on the pictures – your ideas, what you need to do, planning adventures, making to do lists and absolutely anything else you may want to write, draw and stick in. Be as creative as you want to.

In the centre of the journal you will find your own mountain waiting for you to climb, which will help you plot your progress along your amazing journal journey. And with each step you take you are getting closer to your goal. There are positive quotes and pictures to help and inspire you.

How this book made me feel: I was requested to review this journal, and I was sent an electronic version of the journal to review for all of you. 🙂 I will share my opinion and what I was able to see, as I was not able to fill it out personally.

The first thing I noticed about this journal, that is colourful and quite simple. The journal has plenty of free space to write down your thoughts and feelings, and you can utilise it as you please. It has quite a few simple prompts and fun tasks for the reader to fill out, but they do repeat throughout the journal. I liked the illustrations in this journal, they are quite simple, but very cute, and compliment this journal nicely. There are plenty of inspirational quotes in this journal, but I find them too simplistic, a little bit of fun calligraphy or creative lettering would’ve looked and felt more encouraging.

So, to conclude, it is a simple but fun and colourful journal for everyone who loves to write and pour their souls out on the paper. It has plenty of fun illustrations and prompts to fill out as well. So if that is what you looking for in the journal, do give this book a go. 🙂

About the author: Sheffield-based author, Stella Eden, began writing a journal when she was recovering from the impact of trauma and domestic abuse. These terrible past experiences had brought on anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks and her own loss of identity. For Stella, writing her journal became a cathartic process, helping her rediscover who she is and setting her on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

In the inspiring Stella’s open road trip journal, she shares the techniques and approaches that really helped, such as prioritising wellbeing, self-care and mindfulness. With gentle guidance and positive vibes, Stella encourages readers to make space to be themselves, be creative and explore the endless possibilities that are out there: “This is the journal I needed when I was a teenager and later on in life. Journals are a fantastic sphere, where you can dream, explore and be creative to live the life you want”.

The Adulting Manual By Milly Smith

Thank You very much to the publisher – Studio Press for the review copy.
ISBN13:  978-1787416130
Genre: Self Help Journal
Release date: 03 09 2020
Price*: Kindle £N/A (GBP)/  Paperback £9.39 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $19.43 (USD)
Pages: ~ 128
My rating: I really liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
Bookshop.org
What I learned from this book: I am too harsh on myself.

Description of the book: You know those things you’re supposed to know how to do as an adult, but you really don’t know? Ever been in that situation where you’re looking for the adult in the room, and then you realise YOU are the adult? Yeah, that. There’s adulting, then there’s adulting for the messy mind. Sometimes you just need extra maps and a GPS. This manual is for adults that sometimes need a little extra help.

From top small talk tips to use next time you’re at the hairdressers to advice on how to ask for help, this interactive journal offers a safe place for people to explore their mental health and express themselves.

Written by Milly Smith, a mental health and body acceptance advocate and public speaker. Milly’s wise words are accompanied by the whimsical and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey. Katie’s motivational and pun-filled illustrations have a huge appeal to adults.

How this book made me feel: I do have a difficulty of being an adult. I just refuse to grow up. 😀 So I was extremely happy when I got the chance to review this journal. 🙂

First of all, I love the gold foil on the cover. It is shiny and very nicely illustrated. The journal itself is very colourful, fun and informative. There are many various topics discussed in this journal, such as body image, mental health, mindfulness and many more. It has many many fun tasks in every section, to help the reader explore themselves, helps to deal with mental health struggles or stress in general. 🙂 This journal has a very fun balance between adulthood and childishness. The topics are serious and grown-up oriented, but the illustrations and colours remind of something from my teenage years. 🙂 At the end, this journal has a couple of pages of fun stickers and a couple of postcards as well, that made me extremely happy. 🙂

So, to conclude, I love this journal! It is very well designed, it helped me to relax and to explore myself and my view about me and my mental health. I am from the generation where no one discusses their mental health, so this journal helped me to see things differently. I strongly recommend this journal to anyone who has low self-esteem or needs a fun emotional outlet. It has boosted my mood, and I hope it will help someone else as well.

About the author: Milly is a self-proclaimed Bad-ass Mother living in Hull with her soon-to-be husband and her beautiful 4-year-old son. Milly dedicates her time to shedding much needed light into the world via mental health awareness, body acceptance and all round funky good vibes. If you were to look up relentlessly fierce, slapstick and odd humour in the dictionary a picture of Milly would surely be there. Milly fills her time off with her family finding vegan delicacies and walking her cockapoo, Chester
Instagram : @millykeepsgoing

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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