Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko. #SelfHelp

17 Feb
Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko. #SelfHelp

Thank you very much to publishers Identity Publications for sending me a copy of this book, all the way from America! 



Loving Ordinary Life is written for us: living, emotional people.

We all want to live a happy life, but we can easily fall into a state of despondency. We prefer to smile, but more often we frown.

We like being inspired, but most likely, we can’t recall the last time when we were.

There are many books and courses about self-motivation and inspiration. You might have heard hundreds of platitudes and affirmations. Each of them sounds valid but their utility is limited when you actually find yourself stuck in a pit of pain and despair.

Loving Ordinary Life is meant to make a functional difference. It’s not a treatment for depression. It is about living a life where depression has no place.

Loving Ordinary Life is your guide. It is designed so that you can open any page and find the inspiration to act and improve your life when you’re feeling down. 

Each chapter in Loving Ordinary Life is a tool for moving from a negative idle state to a positive proactive state. It displays to you the art of being present, free, and genuine every day.

If you want to be more fulfilled and enjoy life more, if you’re open to quality changes, Loving Ordinary Life will become your loyal companion.

Everything is within your power. You are the master of your life. How you experience it depends only on you. Take the lead.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius


loving ordinary life

Published October 12th 2017 by Identity Publications

My Thoughts:

While I was waiting for this book to arrive through the post, I was expecting it to be a kind of self help book that you sit down and read through it all page by page, and while you could do that, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was exactly as its tag line had suggested. It is a kind of self help book for those fed up of the usual kind! Perfect! 

I found this book very easy to read, and its the kind of book you can carry about in your bag, (its quite small) and you can open any page at random and you will find something inspiring there. 

The layout of the book is really good, as it has writing in short paragraphs, but it also has cartoon like illustrations. ( Praise to Illustrator Rina Kapustina here), and quotes which are written larger more prominent on the page. This is a cute book for motivation and inspiration.

The information isn’t really anything that you wouldn’t be told by someone helpful trying to inspire or make you feel better. Its the kind of hints that we should remember every day, and if we did and could live by them, I’m sure the world (or at least the ones who follow the advice) would be happier people.

No self help book, or advice given is a magic wand to make us happy, but some useful advice written in an easy to read, light hearted way is a good a way as any if you want to gain a little inspiration or encouragement to improve your state of mind to make the most of what you have. 

I enjoyed the read, and it is a book that I will keep handy for days when I feel like a  few encouraging words would be helpful.







Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Books


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9 responses to “Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko. #SelfHelp

  1. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    February 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I think we should all carry a little reminder of happiness and this book looks like the perfect item! It doesn’t need to have original and mind-blowing theories about turning your life into a paradise, but a small quote that makes you smile is enough. A little shot to open our eyes to what is good around us. Like this blog and my beautiful friend Amanda 🙂 xxx

    • chocolatepages

      February 23, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Exactly, thank you very much Meggy. I think sometimes, simple is better, its more likely to make a difference when you feel like you need it. I loved the quotes and illustrations in the book. xx

  2. Analee @ Book Snacks

    February 23, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Self care is so important! This sounds absolutely lovely for those little, but simple reminders ahah. I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

    • chocolatepages

      February 23, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      I agree totally with the self care. The book is a good little pick me up, and reminder of all those nice quotes and things for us to remember. Thanks for your comments Analee.

  3. Lost in words

    March 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    This sounds like the perfect book to read when you need some words to inspire yourself to do something or on the other hand not do something and give yourself some time to relax doing something you love and enjoy. I agree with you that we need to look after ourselves and make sure that we live a happy life. 😁

    • chocolatepages

      March 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      That is exactly what kind of book this is, thank you. And a bonus is that it is dinky size, so it is easy to carry around with you.

      • Lost in words

        March 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

        Oh that’s great. 👍🏻👍🏻

  4. irena_bookdustmagic

    March 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Now you got me really intrigued! Now I want to see this book in person, because itsounds like few of my colleague would really like, and call it professional deformation, but I feel like this book could do well in my country. We love small self-help books. And I love how it’s pitched as a self-help book for people tired of self-help books.

    • chocolatepages

      March 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      The way it was pitched ‘at those who are tired of self help books’ was a big reason why I agreed to review this book. It was a lot easier to read than others that I have read. xx


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