Five Minute Review: Present Over Perfect

One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!

If I had to describe Present Over Perfect in five words, it would be:

Beautifully written, not for me.

The message of this book is precisely what it says in the title- it’s all about the importance of being present in your everyday life, and enjoying the important moments instead of chasing your to do list or hustling even harder than the last time. It’s gorgeously written, and reads more like an autobiography of the author’s journey to a kind of ‘present enlightenment’. Nonetheless, I feel the point could have been conveyed more succinctly in a blog post or a Ted Talk. Moreover, there’s quite a lot of religion in it. I’m not a religious person, and usually very tolerant of other peoples’ beliefs, but in this case it slightly clouded my enjoyment of the narrative- those parts were the ones I was more keen to skim over. But still- a beautiful book with good intention at its core.


Would I recommend it to a friend? I’d go for You Are A Badass anyday!

Marks out of 10: 7

This concludes the review.

What should be the next book on my list? 

Lots of love,



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