What A Time To Be Alone – Chidera Eggerue
Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help
Release Date: August 2018
I enjoyed reading this book. Overall, I feel like it was a very nicely designed and put together book that offered some very good life advice. I liked the overall message of taking the time to get to know and love yourself. I feel like it’s an important message that needs to be shared and understood.
What stood out most to me about this book (and what I enjoyed the most) were the graphics. The way this book is designed makes it your not-so-typical self help book. It features the authors original artwork, which was really cool to see and it also features Igbo proverbs throughout the book, some of which I found very insightful. I thought that the creative and cultural touches really added to the book and made it very authentic.
As for the content, the advice that she shares aren’t really things that I’ve never heard before, but it’s the type of advice that you can never hear enough. This book for me was a reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing and it gave me the motivation I needed to continue healing and growing on my journey, which I appreciated a great deal. Although the advice wasn’t exactly new information, she still touched on some important topics that everyone can benefit from reading, even if they’ve heard it before. E.g. knowing your self-worth, self-love, putting yourself first, not comparing yourself to others.
I liked that the book touched on a variety of different topics, but I did feel like some parts lacked depth and the book was spilt into 3 different sections, yet I found some parts of the book very jumpy and unorganised. For example, there was one page that spoke about not being afraid to try new things and to just go for it, and then the next page was about racism and white privilege. Both topics are important, but it didn’t seem to flow when I was reading it.
Another thing that I didn’t enjoy about this book, which is going to sound very silly, was that it didn’t have any page numbers…like it sounds silly I know, but as an avid reader and bookworm, it stressed me out, probably more than it should have, to see a book with no page numbers. I didn’t know how much I needed them until they weren’t there 😭 lmaooo.
To conclude, if you are going into this book expecting brand new, groundbreaking advice/information, then you may find yourself disappointed. However, if you find that you read self help books not only to learn new information, but also as way to give yourself that extra boost and motivation that you need from time to time, you may find this book helpful as the combination of aesthetically pleasing graphics and tumblresque motivational quotes make for a great pick me up. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is new on their self-care journey and/or likes to read self-help books, as I think this book would make a great start.