Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses

The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.



Review: Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity by Karen Salmansohn

Quick review for a very quick read. I found this book of affirmations at my local bookstore and picked it up on a whim. Mostly because it had bright colors, peppy illustrations and very memorable adages when I flipped through the work. I read this inside of an hour, but even with it being a brief read, the values and advice within Salmansohn’s narrative is well worth revisiting for many different scenarios (mood changes, life changes, loss, failure, trying something new, etc.) Some dialogues in this book hit more home with me than others and I give it credit for that. Salmansohn’s connections to the experiences is well noted, and I thought the narrative supported a strong connection between sticking to the topics of each section and providing personal feedback. I definitely will find myself returning to this narrative, if even on the measure that illustrations are a big part of that enjoyment/reasoning.

Overall score :3.5/5 stars.

Review: Encouraging Thoughts for Women: Comfort by Shanna D. Gregor

Quick review for a quick read. I’d probably give this around 3 stars. I appreciated reading it, but admittedly it wasn’t quite what I was looking for in the context of narrative resources I was searching for. I regularly seek books with inspirational quotations because I love reading those kinds of quick bit narratives and they make for quotations that I refer back to frequently the context of inspiring my writing, mood, among other things. Some of these quotation books can be non-denominational (just general good mood quotations) or those that may come from narratives of different faiths or ideologies – and I read them with the appreciation of what they bring to the table.

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Review: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld

Quick review for a quick read. I think it’s difficult for me to really cover everything that Jordan Rosenfeld incorporates in this book, but I will say that I really appreciated everything she incorporates in “A Writer’s Guide to Persistence.” Not only does she offer expansions on challenges that writers of all levels face in the process, she offers concrete explanations on how to tackle such barriers and summarily addresses them per the various steps in the writing process. There are plenty of writing exercises to be had here (many of them I decided to complete in my Writing bullet journal) as well as physical/mental/emotional exercises to help refresh the writerly mind and take it away from the pressures that may keep one from writing as productively as they may.

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Review: The Pocket Book of Positives by Anne Moreland

Quick review for a very quick read. I ended up reading this in the span of about two full hours, and only because I wanted to take my time going through each of the quotations, picking and choosing some of my favorites among the bunch. I was browsing around Barnes and Noble and saw this book on sale (for $7, I thought it was a great deal). It’s a long shaped, rather thick hardback book comprised of numerous inspirational quotations from a lot of different writers, artists, historians, political and famous figures. It’s separated into five sections: Celebrating You, Positive Change, Life’s Simple Pleasures, The Great and the Good, Silver Linings, and The Power of Laughter, each section color coded and filled with little etchings, designs, and otherwise colorful prints to put you in a good mood alongside the quotes. I love the quality of the paper it’s printed on as well. I’m definitely keeping this in my library for a long time to come, and referring to it when I need a bit of a pick-me-up.

Overall score: 5/5 stars.

Review: Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran (editor)

Initial reaction: Excellent compilation of twenty writers who recount their experiences in writing – from its highs and lows to personal and professional encounters. I also loved the endnotes here where each writer gives tips to the aspiring writer what to keep in mind as they’re building upon their craft. It was incredibly inspiring on a number of levels, and for the most part, I appreciated much of what the contributors had to say. There were some points where I didn’t see eye to eye on approaches to the craft, but I still think it was worth looking at where each individual person came from and what their writing shaped to over time and circumstance.

Full review:

I enjoyed hearing from this collection of 20 authors and their insight and advice on the trade. It’s a compilation that not only showcases their respective biographical information, accomplishments, publications, and accolades, but also gets into the heart of the reasons why they write, what their process entails, and advice they have for up and coming writers in the industry. I really appreciated many of the perspectives that I read in here, from Isabel Allende to Walter Mosley. Some I didn’t really see eye-to-eye with on perspective (i.e. James Frey, but I think given how he approaches the writing industry, that was a given.), but I still respected – on an overarching note – being able to use this as a source of writing inspiration.

Meredith Maran did a fantastic job of compiling these 20 accounts and organizing them in an easy to follow format to refer back to. I know one of the reasons I continue coming back to this as a resource is not just for the advice within, but also to look into the works of the authors that I hadn’t been exposed to before this book. So it’s an informative resource on both the writing profession and something of a writing history for the author’s noted here. Not comprehensive, but definitely a strong foot in the door.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Plume.

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