Wednesday, October 5, 2016

300 Things I Hope
Author: Iain S. Thomas
Illustrator: Carla Kreuser
Release date: October 1st 2016
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Age Group: General
Genre: Poetry
Add to your library: Goodreads

From the creator of I Wrote This For You, comes a collection of 300 things that the author, Iain S. Thomas, and artist, Carla Kreuser, truly and sincerely hope for you – from hoping that you always have a pen, to hoping that you’re never lonely, and everything in-between. This collection of hope will move you and remind you of what’s important in life as you live it. Or at least, that’s what they hope.  (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This however did not influence my opinion of the book or of the author in any way..


      300 Things I Hope is technically a list of the author's hope for us, readers. 300 sentences. 300 thoughts. 300 wishes. A number of illustrations (sorry, I didn't count). 
        I can say that it is pretty much a self-help book, a motivational one. To get you to stop and think every after sentence, which I did. Moments of realizations and pep talks. Each sentence made me feel something as well. Happy, sad, inspired, hurt, excited, hopeful. Yet there were also some which I believed wasn't what I hoped for myself. That's when I realized that there would be hopes for us, and even if we do not want it for ourselves, we shall still be appreciative and thankful for the people hoping that for us. No matter how shallow we think what someone is hoping for us, we just gotta be a little grateful, you know? The 300 things that the author hope range from silly to serious ones. It's a mix of everything that everyone will enjoy reading.
      This book differs from the author's other poetry books (I Wrote This For You and I Wrote This For You and Only You) that I've read as it only contains one sentence thoughts and no full-length poems. Also, no photographs. The illustrations didn't make up for it as there were only a couple of illustrations. I honestly thought that there will be one for each of the 300 things. I guess that's one thing I was hoping for. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but I think an illustration for each hope will be more entertaining.
     300 Things I Hope can be read on a daily basis, with each hope for one day. You can read it in one sitting as well. Whichever it may be, it will surely make you stop and ponder about things, make you laugh, and hopeful as well. This might only contain 300 sentences but one thing's for sure,  Iain S. Thomas did not disappoint with his words.

About the Author
Iain S. ThomasIain S. Thomas is the #1 bestselling author of I Wrote This For You, Intentional Dissonance, 25 Love Poems For The NSA, How To Be Happy and other books. He wrote his first book, Ignite, at the age of 23 for the Markham clothing store. It won the Grand Prix at the First Paper House Art Of Design Awards and a gold craft award for copywriting at the national design/advertising awards (The Loeries). He has more than 20 local and international awards.

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