Review: Know Yourself by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst

Quick Info
Know Yourself

  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 5/5 Stars

Know Yourself

Incisive questions can inspire self-reflection, spark ideas, and, best of all, reveal surprising truths. From Flow, the champions of meditating on life’s simple pleasures, here’s a book of 165 creative questions, some sweet, some silly, some unexpectedly provocative, that will open the mind to deeper self-knowledge. There are no “right” answers—the point is simply to stay curious and stay open to learning about oneself or a friend, partner, or roommate.

There are questions to prompt memories: How many homes have you lived in? To fuel a fantasy life: Which historical event do you wish you could have seen with your own eyes? To tap into your sense of adventure: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done? To remind you to live in the present: What were the three best things that happened today? To celebrate your strength: When have you stood up for yourself?

A signature Flow book in its mindful theme and charming, colorful aesthetic with vibrant patterns and hand-lettering, Know Yourself is a pleasure to browse through and share.

The Queer’s Review

I’m so happy journaling is becoming more popular because it can really help you sort out yourself – regardless of if you’ve got mental health problems or not.

And sometimes it’s a nice way of looking back at good memories too. But sometimes there is no inspiration and you’re sitting there, staring at the blank page… and nothing happens. Of course you can start writing how you don’t know what to journal about and sometimes there’s something opening up inside you through this. But do I want to start my entries every so often this way? I do not.

Also there are themes one should journal about but shys away from because they are painful or you don’t want to know what conclusion you will come to, so you just don’t start working on them at all.

And then some issues you just don’t think off at all.

And this is where Know Yourself comes into play. Usually I’d be like “yeah well… there are lots of good prompts online that you get for free.” But in this case… you not only get interesting prompts but the pages are so beautifully designed… they could be used for wall decoration or in your planner – if you use one. Also it’s less work than gathering prompts if we’re honest.

Bookish Thoughts

I may be tempted to get the print copy as well…  


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.  

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