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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Secret Me Book by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder

The Secret Me Book: A Journal to Celebrate What Makes You, You by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder
Sourcebooks
ISBN: 978-1402265709
Published April 23, 2012
Trade paperback, 208 pages

This is a fun book! But at the same time it is a book that allows you to reflect on things about yourself you probably never questioned or had time to explore. The Secret Me Book is a journal that helps you discover your secret self by allowing you to answer all kinds of interesting questions or do various activities, such as drawing. I found questions I never thought to ask myself:
  • You have one year to do whatever you want. What do you do?
  • If you could open a store, what would you sell?
  • Imagine starting your life over from scratch. How would you begin? What would you change? Who would you become?
This book brought me back to my childhood. It made me ponder on what my secret desires, fears, motivations and aspirations are. It's got space for you to write, draw, doodle or stick pictures or photos in. It's also peppered with quotes from famous people and little anecdotes, interesting facts or thoughts from the authors themselves. Most questions are thought-provoking and fun, whereas some questions may be difficult to answer or may bring up painful memories, but addressing them may just be the healing balm you need. I was surprised with some of the answers I came up with! I also loved the secret surveys, the cute illustrations, and the soothing turquoise colour of the font.

Once filled, this journal will be an intimate portrayal of who you are. Depending on how deeply you want to explore it, it can be left as a gift to your children. They in turn might be surprised (or shocked!) at what you write in this journal. It should also be interesting to look back, let's say 5 or 10 years from now, and read what you wrote and did in this journal. It may just end up being the right thing you need to hear or look at when you may be experiencing some life changes.

Sometimes you may feel like recording things about yourself but don't know where to start. This book is great for allowing your to record things you never thought of, or it could be a springboard for other projects you had in mind. Whatever the case, this book is fun and a great gift to yourself or your friends. For the person who is constantly on the go, this could be the key to learning more about yourself and taking the time to enjoy who you are.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
I will count this book toward the following challenges: What's in a Name 5

Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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