Extraordinary Ordinary Moments

Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A JournalTitle: Extraordinary Ordinary Moments
Author: Jorey Hurley
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-553-45946-3

“Each page offers a new opportunity to jot down a story, paste in a picture, or doodle something from your imagination,” the inside front jacket cover states in Jorey Hurley’s book, Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-sixty-three pages, this thick paperback targets those who like to doodle, draw, or keep a design or written journal. After an introduction, all pages have colored simplistic drawings on the corners or bottom with a  short one line instruction to spark creativity. The book owner can either draw or write down something regarding the given topic on the page.

The random topics usually start with the word “something” and may include a concept, idea, or object to focus on such as something unstoppable, wild, eternal, elegant, or snuggly to more complex examples like something you love about love, that brings you into the moment, or right in front of you. The book is meant for relaxation while appreciating your surroundings and stimulating your thoughts.

~Why ~
Having a degree in art, I like to spend time drawing without any limitations or pressure. I like how this journal allows one to think out of the box as they write or draw daily. I like some of the challenging topics that may take time to consider such as something that seems good, but you shy away from with an illustration of radishes at the bottom. Its adjoining page as a drawing of a piece of kale with room to write or draw something new you tried that may or may not have worked out.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like keeping a journal of their thoughts or doodles will pass on this idea, but it would make a thoughtful gift for the creative person.  I found several of the designs did not correlate with the instructions or that the directions were rather mundane or boring as if I would not want to spend my precious time thinking about something so trivial.

~ Who ~
A freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Hurley has studied art history at Princeton, design at FIT, and law at Stanford. The author of three children’s books, she lives with her husband and children in Northern California.

~ Wish ~
Since the illustrations are somewhat sophomoric and simple in design, they lack a little punch and are rather rudimentary. I wish there were more pop and wow to the existing artworks that would further stimulate the brain and creativity.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a journal that offers space to draw or write daily, this may be a good option, but it lacks in depth and detail. For the writer, it would be helpful if lines were included on the pages.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This review will be posted on Blogging for Books and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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