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Wa - The Art of Balance

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This is a beautifully designed and illustrated book looking at how to add more balance into our lives. It's grouped around 4 colour -coded themes of nourish (food), move (exercise), rest and socialize. Each theme has 4-5 little chapters.

It's a gentle read, slowly paced, and interspersed with watercolours on the topic which also illustrate Japanese life. There are also little interludes including stretches and recipes to try as well. Everything feels achievable as you read through. None of the advice is revolutionary but if you're looking for a book which summarises lots of good advice into one place, this would be a good bet.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This is a nice book but it failed to hold my attention. It comes across as rather preachy and it moves slowly. I think there are some good lessons in the book but it could use a more warm and engaging tone.

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A lovely read a book a guide to find balance in life.I enjoyed and learned from the authors suggestions.The sketches added to the beauty of the reading experience #netgalley#watkinspublishing.

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Thank you NetGalley and Watkins Publishing for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

There were some major formatting issues which made it hard to read.
The writing was awkward at times.
The writing seemed to drone on and become repetitive at times.
I thought the four pillars were all good and useful foundation for a healthier, balanced life.
The lessons themselves were very good messages and were explained well, in detail.
The ideas of the book were helpful.
As always, I enjoyed reading about the rich heritage and culture of Japan.

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This book offers advice to help the reader create a more balanced life by focusing on four main "pillars": Nourish, Move, Rest, & Socialize. Each of these pillars is further broken down into 4-5 additional concepts such as "seek variety", "follow joy", "be curious" and "quiet the ego". The author does a good job of providing a balance of explanation and inspiration, and the advice is easy to understand and realistic to follow.

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