Title: Know My Name

Author: Chanel Miller

Pages: 357

Genre: Memoir, Empowerment

My Personal Summary: A woman’s journey to finding empowerment and self-love after being the victim of a very public sexual assault case.

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*No spoilers are within this article

I’m sure majority of people have heard of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, but if not let me give you a quick overview. A woman who remained known as ‘Emily Doe’, was found unconscious behind a dumpster partially naked with Brock Turner on top of her. He ended up getting charged with three charges of felony sexual assault, and went to prison for a three month sentence.

“Little girls don’t stay little forever, Kyle Stephens said. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your word.”

This book was the coming out of Emily Doe as her true self; Chanel Miller. She took back her power and her name by no longer feeling shame and hiding from her truth. This book was vulnerable, honest, raw and emotional. Chanel took us through the details of the event, the initial feelings and reactions, the long-term repercussions and the emotional heaviness of the court case.

“My pain was never more valuable than his potential.”

Chanel takes her readers on a deep dive of emotional truth. She doesn’t protect us from the pain, humiliation, shame, guilt and belittling that sexual assault victims go through from not only others, but from themselves as well.

“You have to hold out to see how your life unfolds, because it is most likely beyond what you can imagine. It is not a question of if you will survive this, but what beautiful things will await you when you do.”

This memoir is important for not only sexual assault victims but trauma survivors alike. It shows the darkest depths that a soul can travel to when dealing with heavy traumas and the journey to stepping back into your power. She shows the pain, depression, isolation and loneliness that we as human beings go through. She documents the struggle and fight that it takes to move through those trying times, and transparently shares with readers that healing is a process, not an overnight event.

“We live in a time where it has become difficult to distinguish between the words of a President and that of a 19 year old assailant.”

Numerical Review: 8/10

This was an empowering book, it invoked emotion, pain and healing. This is a must read for anyone willing to dive deep into the emotion of trauma and anyone that is open-minded to pain and emotion. This was a quick summary and review of this book, because it is a necessity for you as the reader to experience the book completely for yourself.

BOOK REVIEW: Eat, Pray, Love

Title: Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Pages: 331

Genre: Memoir/Spirituality (Non-fiction)

Published: 2006

My Personal Summary: A woman’s search for peace, hope, love, laughter, friendship, pleasure and happiness through travel and self-exploration, in the wake of emotional devastation.

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I’m going to start this review off by saying this will 100% not be the last Elizabeth Gilbert book review that I am will be doing. If that doesn’t hint to you how this review is going to go, frankly I’m not sure what will.

It’s almost impossible to know where to start with this book, so let’s just dive in. Based on language this book was a pretty easy read. It is split into 109 chapters that are short and themed (the reasoning for this number is explained in the book) which I found brilliant. The short to mid size chapters were perfect blocks of info which gave you the option to continue reading on but never having to bookmark in the middle of a chapter. She also split the book into 3 separate “books” relating to the geographic location she was in. Another brilliant idea so that each location was thoroughly covered and organized.

“I took on my depression like it was the fight of my life, which of course, it was.” Eat, Pray, Love page 49.

In terms of topic I don’t think this book is for everyone. Although parts could be related to by most everyone, there is in-depth discussions about spirituality through much of the book (especially in the India “book). If that’s not your thing, I believe it will be an extremely slow read and you’ll lose interest quickly through those chapters.

“Your ego’s job isn’t to serve you. Its only job is to keep itself in power. And right now, your ego’s scared to death cuz it’s about to get downsized. You keep up this spiritual path, baby, and that bad boy’s days are numbered. Pretty soon your ego will be out of work, and your heart’ll be making all the decisions. So your ego’s fighting for its life, playing with your mind, trying to assert its authority, trying to keep you cornered off in a holding pen away from the rest of the universe. Don’t listen to it.” Eat, Pray, Love page 140

Overall I found this book absolutely stunning. It had pain, honesty, humour, friendship, love, spirituality, depression, transformation and much more. It was refreshing to have a book begin with an emotionally devastating heartbreak and instead of focusing on how she transformed her romantic life in particular, she went on to heal her SELF, by her SELF.

“The Yogis, however, say that human discontentment is a simple case of mistaken identity. We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and resentments and mortality. We wrongly believe that our limited little egos constitute our whole entire nature. We have failed to recognize our deeper divine character. We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme Self who is eternally at peace. That supreme Self is our true identity, universal and divine.” Eat, Pray, Love page 197

Notable themes: self-discovery, transformation, self-growth. This is a book I would recommend to every. single. person that is aching to look deep inside their soul and truly bloom. The one word I would use to cap off this book would be inspirational (it’s not ideal that it makes you yearn to jet set out of your life and live for a year abroad exactly the way she did but hey that’s how you know an author is a fabulous writer, right?).

“People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.” Eat, Pray, Love page 260.

Numerical Review: 8.5/10

This was an addicting book that left you desperately wanting to know what would happen next. It brings peace and hope to the reader and leaves them inspired to go on a similar journey. I will definitely recommend this book in the future.

Welcome to My Blog!

Hey blogging community!

My name is Hillary, I live in Ontario Canada and ever since I was a child I have loved to read. Every night in my adolescents I’d go to bed with a stack of picture books and I wouldn’t sleep until I read every single one. Then came my teenage years when I’d stay up until four in the morning reading cheesy teenage love stories and daydreaming that the boy on the football team would come throw rocks at my window. Come present day, my favourite places to spend my time and/or money are bookstores and libraries!

Although my taste for what I read has evolved over the years, my love for reading has not. You can always find me with a book on the go and at least two more waiting to be started.

As I’ve gotten older my niche for reading has definitely settled into self-help books, what better way to spend your time than reading and growing as a person?

I’ve decided to start this blog for several reasons. Firstly, I find reading is a hobby that is taken for granted and it deserves to be shown the appreciation it deserves. Secondly, I’d love to connect with and help others connect to like-minded people. Lastly, with all the reading that I have done I believe I can help others to find the content that will best suit them on this journey we call life.

With all this being said, the majority of books that I will be reviewing will be self-help books, but I will also include spirituality and fiction books in there too!

So buckle up and stay tuned for book reviews and ratings, book recommendations, book lists and more!

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