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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BEA (mini) Book Review: Something Inside of Me

by Chitoka Webb
200 pages

Something Inside of Me: How to Hang On To Heaven When You're Going Through HellI met Chitoka while I was at BEA in New York back in May and I really enjoyed the time I spent chatting with her. She is a lovely conversationalist and it was for that reason that I decided to read her book, even though it isn't something I'd normally pick up.

This book is a short memoir that seeks to inspire readers to fight through hard times.  Chitoka overcame a variety of obstacles to become a successful business woman and she relied on "something inside of her" to get her there.

Although I enjoyed learning more about Chitoka's life I can't say that I loved the book. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I think perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more if it had been shortened and included in a collection with other inspiring true stories.


Alyce said...

It's always hard when you meet someone and then really want to love their book.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

@Alyce, I agree with you. And sometimes it makes reviews harder. I've been slightly hit by this before.

bermudaonion said...

I do like memoirs, but generally don't read the inspirational ones.

stacybuckeye said...

I hate writing anything negative when I've met or been trading emails with an author. Thanks for being honest.

Alison's Book Marks said...

Chitoka was lovely to talk to at BEA. I haven't read her book yet because it's not something I usually enjoy. I plan to pass it on to someone I think will enjoy it, though, so thank you for reminding me to do so!

Marie said...

I'm sorry the book didn't live up to your hopes. I find meeting an author sometimes raises my expectations and that can be a bummer.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am hopefully reading this one this week.

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