Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My Life in a Book

How do you fancy having your entire life in one book? As a journaller and planner this sort of thing really does appeal to me greatly so I was really excited when the Author, Stephanie Dipple reach out to me and asked if I would be able to review her book. Well as you are reading this you know that I said yes lol! Would you like to look at the book first hand with me...

Stephanie has self published this book and I can see that she has put a lot of work into it. My initial thoughts were that I didn't like the cover as if this book is to last you a life time and you are constantly flicking through it over time it is going to become a bit dog eared and tatty. That being said it is just a cover and you could easily buy a nice cover for it so I wouldn't stop that from me going for it.

Having looked through it (I haven't used it because some of the responses would be waaaaaay to private and then I wouldn't be able to share it with you!) I think you could either write directly into the book or in some or all cases you might like to use this as a prompt book for writing into your journal. There are two reasons why I say you might want to put the details in your journal

1. Some of the sections have lots of room to write and others have very little so depending on your answers you may not have enough room to write.
2. The pages are plain white with the same Times New Roman font in (font I like as it is easy to read and very accessible) so by using your journal you could decorate, doodle and embellish further. Some people may not want to but I am a visual person so I need more colour in my life!
3. Some of your answers may change. For example my favourite colour now is totally different to what it was a couple of years ago. You may want to journal about those things regularly as they change.

So let's go over the negative aspects:
1. Flimsy cover - easily rectified
2. Plain non decorated interior - easily rectified
3. Some questions do not have much room to write - easily rectified
4. Some of the questions may be triggers / require you to go a bit deep so just be aware of that if this is something that you think may affect you.
5. Responses to questions may change - easily rectified

And the positives
1. Lots of prompts especially areas that you may not have thought about before
2. You can dip in and out and choose what you want to answer and when

As you can see the negative aspects are mostly all rectifiable if you use the book as a prompt to transfer into a journal. It all depends on how you would want to use the book.

Final thoughts
Overall I really like the idea of this book and you can see that Stephanie has put a lot of thought and energy into it. I would perhaps like the inside and cover to be more visually appealling but this may not have been possible with a self published work and it would be great if this could have a second publish to rectify that. A great book of prompts for new or seasoned journallers and a legacy you could leave behind, depending of course on whether you wanted to leave responses to all the questions! There are many of these types of books out there so I hope Stephanie doesn't get overlooked by the ones that are supported by big publishing houses as overall the actual written element of the book is great. Some really good prompts to get you thinking and as the book says - discover yourself!

Let me give you all of the details so that if you are interested in purchasing this book you can find it:

Author: Stephanie Dipple
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 Nov. 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1503113275
Amazon link here

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. The photography unless otherwise stated / credited is also my own. None of the links are affiliate links

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