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The Midlife Edit

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I was hoping to find encouragement and inspiration at a time in my life when I'm ready for huge changes. I really wanted to like this; however, it's ending up as :Did Not Finish" book.

I don't understand why anyone let the author ramble on during the Prologue and first chapter about everything the book offers--repetitively., If I'm reading the book--you don't need to try to continue to get me to pick it up. All that building herself and her book up by he author got old.

I'm sure there's good stuff in it later--at least I hope so. On that note I'm giving it three stars. Life's too short to read the same idea over and over again.

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As a 48-year-old approaching midlife, I wanted this book to be informative and helpful.
The introduction is repetitive, including text that is duplicated in the first chapter.
The author lived in a 22-room "house" prior to her "edit". Not relatable to the majority of the population.
Anti-fatness is the first thing mentioned; anti-fatness, self-compassion, and meditation...in that order.
I was greatly disappointed in this book.

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3.5 stars - not what I expecting
I’ve been following @FiftySister (Gail McNeill) on instagram for a while now, and I love her. She has some fantastic tips and tricks, and she’s very inspirational. I’ve been on a fitness campaign since giving up alcohol nearly 4 years ago and I felt akin to her, so I was so excited to start her first book. It wasn’t what I was expecting though, I found it a little too complex and in depth, there were too many complicated words and statistics and it went over my head in places. I felt like I was reading a college textbook at times. There was also a lot of repetitiveness when it came to symptoms, disorders and I felt like I was being lectured a little. I was expecting an entertaining, informative read. Even though there were some interesting pointers in and amongst, sadly it wasn’t the enjoyable and entertaining read I was expecting.

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Gail McNeill has a compelling life story and a vibrant online presence, and her book is written clearly and easy to follow. I guess I am a bit disappointed that "The MidLife Edit" doesn't seem to have much new information on midlife and aging. However, if you are already a fan of McNeil's you will probably enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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I really liked this one. I thought it was quite refreshing and while not a lot of it is new it's packaged in a useful way. I needed this.

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The Midlife Edit was inspired by the author's experiences of massive changes in her life. Her inspiring message is that midlife is a time for women to reimagine and transform their lives rather than simply disappearing. The book is full of helpful advice about self care and practices to help both the body and the mind.

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Lots of useful information, nothing new or groundbreaking unfortunately, but still helpful to someone who might not have done much reading/research into this subject already. I wish the author had shared more of her own story, it would have given the book a personal edge which I feel I would have connected more to as a reader. I wanted to read how her own adventures in middle age had turned out. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher.

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There were some things I really liked about this book - it’s positivity, its emphasis on also empowering and supporting others and it’s clear advice. It is an easy book to follow. Over chapters it started to feel a little repetitive but this did give emphasis to the benefits to be gained from embracing midlife.

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This book was a great resource to remind us of what is important in life and how to live it to the fullest. Obviously, we all know we should eat healthy and meditate and exercise etc but the way she spoke about these topics was refreshing and motivating.

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The Midlife Edit : A Transformative Self-Help Journey for Women. When the blurb said this was a book where the author shares her story of midlife metamorphosis I was excited. Especially when it opened describing how she bravely sold everything and moved to Portugal. I thought it would be biographical with the story of the move. However there was very little of the story, just some sailing related metaphors, and a snippet here and there. Instead it was a collection of high level advice tips covering a wide range of popular self help tools (mediation, journaling, getting out in nature, self care etc...). Being well read in self help none of this was useful to me, so I felt a bit disappointed. I was expecting to read the story of the move with lessons related directly to her story. It felt as though the author didn't want to share herself. It may be useful for middle aged women who haven't read many books on self help and want a starting point. If the author writes her story (warts and all) I would love to read it. There must have been many adventures and personal thoughts as she bravely followed her heart. I admire her bravery and willingness to make midlife a new adventure. Her writing style is beautiful and eloquent and I will definitely love to read the Portugal adventure if she shares it in a future book.

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