Review: One Year Wiser by Mike Medaglia

One Year Wiser by Mike Medaglia “ Wise words, illustrated: From the Buddha to Anne Frank ”

In One Year Wiser, the wisdom of the world’s great thinkers is brought to life in the beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of Huffington Post blogger and Zen Buddhist practitioner Mike Medaglia.

From Rumi to Roosevelt, the Buddha to Martin Luther King Jr., the illustrated meditations that fill this book will help you beat stress, be positive and appreciate the moment.

One Year Wiser is a book to fire your imagination, inspire change and guide you back to the here and now.

Taken from the publisher’s website.

One Year Wiser by Mike MedagliaHappy New Year! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the perfect time to post this review; what better time than the New Year?

Now, if you’ve read my blog, you know that I mention Mike Medaglia a lot, not just because he is my friend and colleague but because he is also a wildly talented and inspiring individual – and now he has a book!

One Year Wiser is a beautiful collection of daily inspiration, delivered in the form of illustrated quotes from the likes of Rumi, Picasso, Thomas Jefferson and my personal favourite, Catherynne M. Valente (which can be found on September 13th). The illustrations are textured and really bring the quotes to life in beautiful muted tones (with the occasional splash of bright colour making them pop!). Using a mixture of traditional line work, digital colouring, and rich texture each illustration is the perfect way to start the day.

This wouldn’t be an Elou Carroll Review without mentioning the book’s production – it’s a beautiful little object with hand-drawn endpapers (naturally), a bit bigger than a postcard and wonderfully weighty (you can feel the wisdom in that weight!). The cover is textured, a nod to the use of texture in the illustrations in its interior, with spot varnish to finish. Its head an tail bands cleverly coloured to match the title, and a ribbon so you will never lose your place. It’s a lovely little book – perfect for gifting! As I’m a bit of a production nut, I love it, and I was beyond impressed when I saw it.

One Year Wiser by Mike Medaglia

If you’re looking for a daily dose of wisdom, a lovely design, beautiful illustrations and a lot of inspiration, One Year Wiser is the perfect little book for the task.

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