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From former BuzzFeed personality Ashly Perez comes a funny, honest, and unabashedly feminist book of inspiration and wisdom to help you plant some roots, live in the process, and accept you for you. Take a break from mindless phone scrolling and empower yourself to live intentionally and find meaning all around you every single day. Read This for Inspiration, filled with sh From former BuzzFeed personality Ashly Perez comes a funny, honest, and unabashedly feminist book of inspiration and wisdom to help you plant some roots, live in the process, and accept you for you. Take a break from mindless phone scrolling and empower yourself to live intentionally and find meaning all around you every single day. Read This for Inspiration, filled with short bursts of encouragement and enlightenment, is your staring place. Look inward and also way beyond your arm's length--these entries are inspiring not only for the wisdom they impart but also for the way they lift you up. Virtual BuzzFeed start turned television writer Ashley Perez has compiled all of the inspirations that have enriched her own life--influenced by history, literature, music, and her mom--to help you discover what motivates you. We all have to start somewhere.


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From former BuzzFeed personality Ashly Perez comes a funny, honest, and unabashedly feminist book of inspiration and wisdom to help you plant some roots, live in the process, and accept you for you. Take a break from mindless phone scrolling and empower yourself to live intentionally and find meaning all around you every single day. Read This for Inspiration, filled with sh From former BuzzFeed personality Ashly Perez comes a funny, honest, and unabashedly feminist book of inspiration and wisdom to help you plant some roots, live in the process, and accept you for you. Take a break from mindless phone scrolling and empower yourself to live intentionally and find meaning all around you every single day. Read This for Inspiration, filled with short bursts of encouragement and enlightenment, is your staring place. Look inward and also way beyond your arm's length--these entries are inspiring not only for the wisdom they impart but also for the way they lift you up. Virtual BuzzFeed start turned television writer Ashley Perez has compiled all of the inspirations that have enriched her own life--influenced by history, literature, music, and her mom--to help you discover what motivates you. We all have to start somewhere.

30 review for Read This for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Corbett

    If I could give it 10 stars, I would. This will sit on my shelf forever and I will go back to it always.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    I love rainbow colors, so this book grabbed me when I saw the title: "Read This for Inspiration" was in different colors on the spine. All the illustrations are just so happy and fabulous. From the very beginning, the author sets the rules on how readers can read this book: all at once or pick it up anytime. I also love how the author weaves in personal stories. Read this book for the inspiration you need. If you would like to hear my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyo I love rainbow colors, so this book grabbed me when I saw the title: "Read This for Inspiration" was in different colors on the spine. All the illustrations are just so happy and fabulous. From the very beginning, the author sets the rules on how readers can read this book: all at once or pick it up anytime. I also love how the author weaves in personal stories. Read this book for the inspiration you need. If you would like to hear my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/ash...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kori ☾

    First book of 2021 completed and it did not disappoint. I want to make an effort in reading more books about positivity and how to better yourself. I hope Ashly writes another book like this. It inspired me to make a little journal of every thing inspirational I’ve come across in books, television, magazines etc. I recommend!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Radwa

    English Review Below. كتاب بهدف التشجيع بالكثير من الألوان البراقة والمقاطع القصيرة والجمل "الملهمة". الكتاب من تأليف إحدى كاتبات موقع "بازفيد" المشهور، ولذا يبدو واضحا عليه الرغبة في الإلهام وجذب الانتباه، ولكنه للأسف لا يعلق في الذهن بمجرد الانتهاء من الكتاب. ولقلة الكلام فيه، فلا أجدني أنصح أحد بشرائه، طالما بوسعه قراءته بوسيلة أخرى سواء باستعارته أو بشرائه مخفضا. لا أنكر أن بعض المقاطع كانت مشجعة وقت القراءة، ولكن بعد مرور يوم من قراءته، لا أجدني أتذكر شيئا مما كُتب فيه. This is a self motivat English Review Below. كتاب بهدف التشجيع بالكثير من الألوان البراقة والمقاطع القصيرة والجمل "الملهمة". الكتاب من تأليف إحدى كاتبات موقع "بازفيد" المشهور، ولذا يبدو واضحا عليه الرغبة في الإلهام وجذب الانتباه، ولكنه للأسف لا يعلق في الذهن بمجرد الانتهاء من الكتاب. ولقلة الكلام فيه، فلا أجدني أنصح أحد بشرائه، طالما بوسعه قراءته بوسيلة أخرى سواء باستعارته أو بشرائه مخفضا. لا أنكر أن بعض المقاطع كانت مشجعة وقت القراءة، ولكن بعد مرور يوم من قراءته، لا أجدني أتذكر شيئا مما كُتب فيه. This is a self motivation book with a lot of bright colors and very little texts and some quotes that are meant to inspire. Being written by a former Buzzfeed writer, they are catchy, but most of them aren't that memorable, and it being so bite-sized, I wouldn't recommend buying the book if you could read through a library or on discount. It's nice and uplifting at the moment, but it doesn't leave any long-lasting effects. I thank Netgaley for the digital ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    An email subscription I get recommended this book and it sounded right up my alley. A book of inspirational snippets that Perez has learned and adopted along the way. The book covers an array of topics all presented in bright colors, and beautiful design. I read this one cold and dreary Sunday morning with my coffee and when I finished, this book brought the warmth and sunshine. I highly recommend this one as a graduation gift or as a gift to anyone who is in a period of transition.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Komal Patel

    I usually tend to stay away from Self-help books because they are hard to read through without getting bored but this one is beautifully written with art and illustration that make it simple to read. The writing itself is straight to the point and it is easy to understand what Ashly is trying to convey to her readers. I actually really found this inspiring and it is something I will always return to, so I can read through my favorite points and be inspired again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stace

    First and foremost, I would like to thank my best friend for gifting me this. As you can see, it did take me some months to finish this book entirely. However, I don't think it matters how long it takes to finish this book because it's not meant to be read as a novel. The book has taken me to new insights of life, and all that through simple language. The graphics are more than lovely, which has given me inspiration as well. Ashly has moved me nearly to tears, yes, such an inspiration. The conce First and foremost, I would like to thank my best friend for gifting me this. As you can see, it did take me some months to finish this book entirely. However, I don't think it matters how long it takes to finish this book because it's not meant to be read as a novel. The book has taken me to new insights of life, and all that through simple language. The graphics are more than lovely, which has given me inspiration as well. Ashly has moved me nearly to tears, yes, such an inspiration. The concept of many things put together into this book were great. It was an easy read, and enough to spark inspiration that was there all along. Finally, I've marked this book as read. Although, I'm sure to come back to it as much as whenever the time comes. Highly recommend this!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Jones

    love love love. i don't always like reading books set up in little snippets like rigid but i really enjoyed it and i learned a lottttt also very cute and pretty and pleasing to look at love love love. i don't always like reading books set up in little snippets like rigid but i really enjoyed it and i learned a lottttt also very cute and pretty and pleasing to look at

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    Sometimes the perfect book comes along at the perfect time. I'd been picking away at this one, reading a page here, a page there, savoring it... but tonight I straight-up binged the whole lot, even revisiting pages I'd already read. And I'm SO glad I did. I've been going through a pretty major life crisis lately. The sort where I can't eat or sleep and feel a gnawing in my gut almost constantly. Aand have been feeling beyond awful. Ashley Perez's helpful, hopeful words on life and love and strug Sometimes the perfect book comes along at the perfect time. I'd been picking away at this one, reading a page here, a page there, savoring it... but tonight I straight-up binged the whole lot, even revisiting pages I'd already read. And I'm SO glad I did. I've been going through a pretty major life crisis lately. The sort where I can't eat or sleep and feel a gnawing in my gut almost constantly. Aand have been feeling beyond awful. Ashley Perez's helpful, hopeful words on life and love and struggle and heartbreak and everything in between were exactly what I needed tonight. This book wasn't a miracle cure by any means, but it was a soothing balm for a broken heart. Thank you, Ashley. Thank you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Isobel

    We all need to "fill our bucket" occasionally, and keeping in mind poignant and memorable moments can often help us figure out critical junctures in our life, inspiration to continue striving for creative impetus, and for some of us, some of the time, reminders that you want to live another day (I have suffered from depression since like 11, so... it happens). Ashly Perez has put together a thoughtful, colorful book, with each anecdote or idea generally taking up only 1 - 2 pages. This book can We all need to "fill our bucket" occasionally, and keeping in mind poignant and memorable moments can often help us figure out critical junctures in our life, inspiration to continue striving for creative impetus, and for some of us, some of the time, reminders that you want to live another day (I have suffered from depression since like 11, so... it happens). Ashly Perez has put together a thoughtful, colorful book, with each anecdote or idea generally taking up only 1 - 2 pages. This book can be read from start-to-finish, as I did, since I was kindly provided a copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Or it can be pulled off of your bookshelf at moments when you are feeling uninspired, and you can idly flip through pages and look for one or a few pieces of inspiration based on the colors that catch your eye that day, or the page number that corresponds to your lucky number, or whatever method floats your boat. The only fault with this book isn't really a fault with the book, at all - it is that, a book full of inspirational aphorisms feels like something that should be individualized. Ashly is vulnerable and has put together what I think is an inspirational collection where at least parts will likely strike a cord within most readers. Yet, overall, putting together a collection of pictures, memories, sayings, observed celebrity interactions that cause you to think, "I need to start working on my novel again" seems like an idea that you should attack/create for yourself. If you abhor crafting/scrapbooking/journaling, and simply put, will not create your own book of inspiration but want to be inspired, this book was well done, and can certainly help you fill your bucket.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Read This for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life by Ashly Perez Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press Genre: Self-Help Release Date: December 1, 2020 Read This for Inspiration by Ashly Perez is filled with inspiration for your life. The book is designed to meet you where you are. Each entry is labeled with tags so you will know what topics are touched by that section. Some of the topics are: body image, adventure, science, motivation, relations, work, money, gratitude, and relaxatio Read This for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life by Ashly Perez Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press Genre: Self-Help Release Date: December 1, 2020 Read This for Inspiration by Ashly Perez is filled with inspiration for your life. The book is designed to meet you where you are. Each entry is labeled with tags so you will know what topics are touched by that section. Some of the topics are: body image, adventure, science, motivation, relations, work, money, gratitude, and relaxation. I loved how each section had many short tidbits that worked together to build on the point. The illustrations are great and include great messages! The section about shopping hit home with me. (Ouch! Looks like it is time to take a pause before mindlessly shopping.) I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone looking for no pressure inspiration. I'm so grateful to Ashly Perez, Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laila

    I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Thank you for the opportunity. I loved this book! Not only are the images beautiful and a feast for the eyes, but the passages are insightful and thought provoking. I liked that the writing was concise and thereby easily digestible and perfect for picking up and reading at any page. The author felt like a friend, guiding gently with their words of wisdom that did not come across as patronising or cliché due to the authors addition of anecdo I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Thank you for the opportunity. I loved this book! Not only are the images beautiful and a feast for the eyes, but the passages are insightful and thought provoking. I liked that the writing was concise and thereby easily digestible and perfect for picking up and reading at any page. The author felt like a friend, guiding gently with their words of wisdom that did not come across as patronising or cliché due to the authors addition of anecdotes from their own life. I think this book would be good in a physical copy to put on a side table or coffee table to pick up and read at one's leisure. Not to mention the great design of the book, being extremely aesthetic. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some inspiration or comfort in these difficult times. I look forward to buying a copy myself when the book arrives in the UK.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stevo Brock

    This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 1/17, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. Virtual BuzzFeed start turned television writer Ashley Perez has compiled all of the inspirations that have enriched her own life—influenced by history, literature, music, and her mom—to help you discover what motivates you Find more Business Books of the week on my Goodreads Listopia page at https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9..., and find many more This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 1/17, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. Virtual BuzzFeed start turned television writer Ashley Perez has compiled all of the inspirations that have enriched her own life—influenced by history, literature, music, and her mom—to help you discover what motivates you Find more Business Books of the week on my Goodreads Listopia page at https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9..., and find many more recommended books on my Amazon Influencer page at https://www.amazon.com/shop/stevo4747 or by searching for me on Google.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A former BuzzFeed author shares her favorite inspirational posts she’s written, in an attempt to get us to put down our phones, and look for inspiration elsewhere! With the current state of social media making more and more people depressed, I think this book is timely and I loved the snippets! The art is great too! (My only complaint is that the cover art, or lack thereof, doesn’t fit with all of the art inside.) If you’re looking for a light inspirational read, check this out. Short 1-2 page s A former BuzzFeed author shares her favorite inspirational posts she’s written, in an attempt to get us to put down our phones, and look for inspiration elsewhere! With the current state of social media making more and more people depressed, I think this book is timely and I loved the snippets! The art is great too! (My only complaint is that the cover art, or lack thereof, doesn’t fit with all of the art inside.) If you’re looking for a light inspirational read, check this out. Short 1-2 page stories make this book easy to pick up and put down when necessary!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erica Eastman

    This book is beautifully illustrated and the short entries are perfect for reading a few each morning while enjoying your morning coffee to set your day off right vs. staring at your phone. While the wisdom is nothing new, it’s delivered in a great way that I thoroughly enjoyed. Now that I finished it, I’m a bit sad it won’t be here to greet me each morning with a little cheer and advice. If you are a fan of graphic design or illustration or know someone who is, this book would make a great gift This book is beautifully illustrated and the short entries are perfect for reading a few each morning while enjoying your morning coffee to set your day off right vs. staring at your phone. While the wisdom is nothing new, it’s delivered in a great way that I thoroughly enjoyed. Now that I finished it, I’m a bit sad it won’t be here to greet me each morning with a little cheer and advice. If you are a fan of graphic design or illustration or know someone who is, this book would make a great gift as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    zhane

    3/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book has a lot of inspirational messages that everyone can find really helpful in their lives. I loved the colors and illustrations accompanying the messages. The messages are too long for my taste, but that's just a preference of mine and I acknowledge that it might be endearing to other readers. A nice book to remind ourselves of the little things 3/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book has a lot of inspirational messages that everyone can find really helpful in their lives. I loved the colors and illustrations accompanying the messages. The messages are too long for my taste, but that's just a preference of mine and I acknowledge that it might be endearing to other readers. A nice book to remind ourselves of the little things in life and be inspired again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I absolutely loved this book! Ashly is honest and witty, funny I'm blunt. I believe that you always find the book that you need at the moment you need it. I have at least seven people that I want to buy a copy of this book for and I want to sit down and make them read it, read every damn page. This might be my go to book for graduation gifts this year. What a great piece of work! Beautiful, colorful, and full of very very good thoughts. I absolutely loved this book! Ashly is honest and witty, funny I'm blunt. I believe that you always find the book that you need at the moment you need it. I have at least seven people that I want to buy a copy of this book for and I want to sit down and make them read it, read every damn page. This might be my go to book for graduation gifts this year. What a great piece of work! Beautiful, colorful, and full of very very good thoughts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, though I know I'll refer back to it as a source of new ideas (and to enjoy the vibrant art in its pages)! The book is divided into 134 entries, and the pages are numbered accordingly (and not by page number). I appreciated that the concise entries are eclectic in terms of their topics, and they're written in a conversational, accessible tone of voice (like you're talking casually with a friend). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, though I know I'll refer back to it as a source of new ideas (and to enjoy the vibrant art in its pages)! The book is divided into 134 entries, and the pages are numbered accordingly (and not by page number). I appreciated that the concise entries are eclectic in terms of their topics, and they're written in a conversational, accessible tone of voice (like you're talking casually with a friend).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    2.5 rounded up. The key word in the title is “simple”- this collection of encouragements is veryyy much so, at times almost feeling like more like a collection of Hallmark card inscriptions or quotes from a page-a-day calendar. None of it’s bad, but rather just barely touches on a topic before moving on. It’s rather unsatisfying for me personally, although if someone just wanted a bunch of quippy bits of “hashtag inspo” this would fit the bill just fine.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scout College Consulting

    I firmly believe that if you can take one little nugget out of a book - it was worth the read. In this case, you get plenty of inspirational nuggets! Serious. Fun. Straight-forward. Eclectic. This book has something for everyone. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to lighten your mood and spur you on to the next big (or little!) thing. Read one idea or many. It just takes a spark!

  21. 4 out of 5

    JULIE

    Loved everything about this book. It was a gift from my daughter. She knows I love inspirational books and also great looking books! Its colourful, interesting and thought provoking and helpful. Cant wait for more from this author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    The book was entertaining and I loved the art! It definitely isn't a book in the traditional sense. More like a collection of thoughts, facts and essays. Still very enjoyable and some of the quotes deeply resonated with me! The book was entertaining and I loved the art! It definitely isn't a book in the traditional sense. More like a collection of thoughts, facts and essays. Still very enjoyable and some of the quotes deeply resonated with me!

  23. 5 out of 5

    J Aislynn d'Merricksson

    This book is packed full of advice and guidance, tips, tricks, and prompts to aid anyone in cultivating greater creativity. I love the notion of being 'planted' instead of overwhelmed. It really put things into a different perspective for me. Highly recommended! This book is packed full of advice and guidance, tips, tricks, and prompts to aid anyone in cultivating greater creativity. I love the notion of being 'planted' instead of overwhelmed. It really put things into a different perspective for me. Highly recommended!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Johnson

    Perfect if you're looking for something to pick up here and there. I loved Ashly's little tidbits of wisdom + dog-eared a bunch to return to in the future! Perfect if you're looking for something to pick up here and there. I loved Ashly's little tidbits of wisdom + dog-eared a bunch to return to in the future!

  25. 4 out of 5

    April

    I want to see Ashly make this into a 365 day by day desk calendar. I like how the book can be read different ways, and the artwork is beautiful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is an uplifting, inspirational book for teens with a pretty and bright layout. I received an ARC from NetGalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Cahoon White

    Really great stuff at the beginning but became a little tired and repetitive by the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Marcus

    Cute book that would be better suited as a coffee table book vs reading on b/w kindle.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Thoughtful, moving, and beautifully illustrated.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Thanks to Clarkson Potter for the DRC!! I enjoyed reading this book. It's very beautiful to the eyes and I also love its message. Honestly, I've read other books looking for inspiration that worked better for me. But at the same time, I also think this one brings important lessons. Thanks to Clarkson Potter for the DRC!! I enjoyed reading this book. It's very beautiful to the eyes and I also love its message. Honestly, I've read other books looking for inspiration that worked better for me. But at the same time, I also think this one brings important lessons.

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