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From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer and illustrator Mari Andrew explores all the emotions that make up a life, in the process offering insights about trauma and healing, the meaning of home and the challenges of loneliness, finding love in the most unexpected of places--from birds nesting on a sculpture to a ride on the subway--and a resounding case for why sometimes you have to put yourself in the path of magic. My Inner Sky empowers us to transform everything that's happened to us into something meaningful, reassurance that even in our darkest times, there's light and beauty to be found.


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From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer From New York Times bestselling author Mari Andrew, a collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky--twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn--that serves as a loyal companion for life's curveballs A whole, beautiful life is only made possible by the wide spectrum of feelings that exist between joy and sorrow. In this insightful and warm book, writer and illustrator Mari Andrew explores all the emotions that make up a life, in the process offering insights about trauma and healing, the meaning of home and the challenges of loneliness, finding love in the most unexpected of places--from birds nesting on a sculpture to a ride on the subway--and a resounding case for why sometimes you have to put yourself in the path of magic. My Inner Sky empowers us to transform everything that's happened to us into something meaningful, reassurance that even in our darkest times, there's light and beauty to be found.

30 review for My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between

  1. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "If you don't engage in the world, it's pretty easy to be afraid of it." There are some books which while reading them bring you so much calmness and peace that it's quite relaxing and puts you in some comfort sleep now and then while reading it. Yes, this book is one of them. I didn't realise this until this book happened. The sleeping in between reading books happen a lot of times before. But this is the book which made me feel this book let me live in the moment and made me relieve all kinds of "If you don't engage in the world, it's pretty easy to be afraid of it." There are some books which while reading them bring you so much calmness and peace that it's quite relaxing and puts you in some comfort sleep now and then while reading it. Yes, this book is one of them. I didn't realise this until this book happened. The sleeping in between reading books happen a lot of times before. But this is the book which made me feel this book let me live in the moment and made me relieve all kinds of stress and tension I must have been experiencing throughout this week. This book is sort of a memoir which tells you to explore and experience things and places. The scenarios we are made to believe about people and places are so different from what they actually are! This book is so simple yet has made a profound change. My routine got so messed up since February this year that I was neglecting about my health, my career, my life in general. I got so busy doing nothing much but was so busy being busy. But then again, I just couldn't give up on myself. As always, I was turning to books listening to what they have to say. This one woke up my desire to connect to people and places; start all over again and live at the present moment. Love this book. I am getting a physical copy of this book soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Kristine Cruz

    I discovered Mari Andrew and her work in January 2020, at a time when I was going through a lot of pain, anxiety, trauma, and difficulty. I was in a really dark place and although the start of the year was giving me hope for new beginnings, every day was still a struggle. I didn't feel like myself at all and I felt so alone in my suffering regardless of the amazing people in my life. As if all my personal problems weren't enough, the world also decided to crumble as natural and man-made disaster I discovered Mari Andrew and her work in January 2020, at a time when I was going through a lot of pain, anxiety, trauma, and difficulty. I was in a really dark place and although the start of the year was giving me hope for new beginnings, every day was still a struggle. I didn't feel like myself at all and I felt so alone in my suffering regardless of the amazing people in my life. As if all my personal problems weren't enough, the world also decided to crumble as natural and man-made disasters occurred more frequently than ever, poverty and hunger intensified, and a virus, which would later on cause a pandemic, came into the picture. So when I saw Mari's "notes from the first few days of 2020" instagram post (someone I was following on instagram shared it in her story), I cried. It validated my emotions. It put into beautiful writing my exact thoughts and feelings at that exact moment. The words were so relatable I felt like I wrote them, like they were mine (though of course I could only wish to be as articulate as her). That night, I ended up writing my first journal entry for 2020. To this day, I can still remember every word. I instantly became a huge fan of Mari. I stalked her instagram and marveled at her incredible talent. I read and reflected on every single one of her posts, some at home, some on my commute to/from work, others at a coffee shop (where I was supposed to be focusing on my work deliverables). I even made a "Mari Andrew" collection under my saved posts on instagram so that I could read my favorite ones over and over again. Her work spoke to me on a personal level and I couldn't believe a person I hadn't met, someone who didn't even have an idea of my existence, could make me feel that seen. More than her brilliant mind, I admired her empathy and honesty. I don't read much of the same genre/ type of book as My Inner Sky because I find most of them preachy, self-righteous, and repetitive. Either I hate and disagree with what the author is trying to say or I roll my eyes because I already know the things they're trying to "teach" or "make me see". But Mari is different. Her stories are fresh, detailed, colorful, and enlightening. Her writing is extremely gorgeous, not to mention the wonderful illustrations and penmanship. Her insights and "lessons" are not forced, not condescending at all. Her work is filled with both aha! moments and much needed reaffirmations. I don't know how it's possible to write words that are so distinctive and relatable at the same time. I was so excited when she first announced that a new book would come out. In just a short amount of time, Mari's words have already accompanied me in various moments and phases of my life. When I tried to think about the golden hour, twilight, night, and dawn (these are the four chapters in the book) that I've had in the past year, I realized that Mari's words played a part in each of them. I'm glad to say that I'm no longer in the dark place I was when I first read her work. Currently, I feel like I'm either in the twilight or dawn phase, maybe both. So much has changed especially since I started my healing journey in mid-2020. But the impact of her work continues to be a part of me and my life. Just recently, I noticed that I had been thinking, writing, and saying "the universe is on my side" a lot. A Christmas letter I sent to a friend via email even contained the statement "when I think about you and our friendship, I am reminded that the universe is on my side" which made her cry. I was aware that I got the phrase from something I read but I only remembered it was from one of Mari's posts when I read My Inner Sky and it appeared. It warmed my heart so much and put the biggest smile on my face. I have always loved words. My top love language is words of affirmation. I am obsessed with reading. I pay so much attention to the dialogues and monologues when watching a film (and even read the screenplays right after watching if the script is that good). It's usually the lyrics that draw me to a song. I journal a lot. I enjoy listening and having conversations with people. It even used to be one of my dreams to become a writer. Words are so powerful they have the ability to comfort and heal. They can make you feel every emotion possible, even ones we don't have names for or don't know exist. They can open your mind and heart. They can bring you to action. And as cliche as it sounds, they can change your life. My Inner Sky is a proof of that. Mari Andrew is a proof of that. As we go through difficult times in our lives, especially this pandemic, isolation, and collective trauma, we often find tiny reminders that we are not alone and we will make it through. Mari and her words will always be one of mine. Thank you, Mari, for your amazing gift.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sepideh

    "Reverence is the practice of remembering your place in the world: small, and with very little control. It sounds defeatist, but I think it’s actually the key to living with a sense of wonder and appreciation. Nothing was ever promised to us, including the miracle of life itself. To go through the world feeling entitled to such precious gifts like inspiration and creativity is just setting yourself up for a life of annoyance and rage." I started reading this book for no other reason than I love M "Reverence is the practice of remembering your place in the world: small, and with very little control. It sounds defeatist, but I think it’s actually the key to living with a sense of wonder and appreciation. Nothing was ever promised to us, including the miracle of life itself. To go through the world feeling entitled to such precious gifts like inspiration and creativity is just setting yourself up for a life of annoyance and rage." I started reading this book for no other reason than I love Mari Andrew. I first stumbled upon her work in February 2020, in the aftermath of the Australian bushfires. It was a series of illustrations about the coincidence of opposites at certain times, grief and joy. I was particularly touched because, we were going through a couple of other disasters too in my part of the world. I’d never seen anyone articulate how weird and unsettling it feels to keep up with your life and routines while horrible things are happening to other people. It is truly astounding how observant and empathetic she is, both traits tangible and essential ingredients of My Inner Sky. This book is a series of honest, beautifully-written essays about the author’s personal life, meticulously centered around the concept of present thinking. It features many themes of life; love, abandonment, loss, physical and mental illness, the early adulthood battles with one's identity and sense-of-self, struggling with productivity and so on; each falling under a category named after a time of the day. Reading this, I felt like I was on a trip with a dear friend. I laughed and cried and took comfort in our shared existence. Ironically, I think it might have found me magically, at a time of crisis and emotional turmoil; as Andrew herself puts it, this book is about times when life gets very life-y! I think the best thing about it is that through her little anecdotes, illustrations and thoughts—that clearly come from a place of being at ease with and accepting of herself—one can get new perspective on their own life. She seems to effortlessly pass on her inherent sense of curiosity, whimsy, optimism, grace and wisdom to the reader. On the plus side, there are many references to literature and other cultures that make it an extra interesting read. However, towards the middle some chapters felt forced and not as genuine to me; as if stretching the connections a bit too far, to add more content and follow through with the pattern of the book. I could also see how the metaphors and poetic analogies aren’t for everyone. I saw some reviews stating that her privileges and the fact that she does not always acknowledge them are annoying, and I guess it's true to some extent. Then again, it's bizarre to expect for everyone's experience and opinion to be covered in a memoir. I say let a girl appreciate her city!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brynn

    "Reverence is the practice of remembering your place in the world: small, and with very little control. It sounds defeatist, but. think it's actually the key to living with a sense of wonder and appreciation. Nothing was ever promised to us, including the miracle of life itself. To go through the world feeling entitled to such precious gifts like inspiration and creativity is just setting yourself up for a life of annoyance and rage." (48) "For someone whose definition of God is the whole of huma "Reverence is the practice of remembering your place in the world: small, and with very little control. It sounds defeatist, but. think it's actually the key to living with a sense of wonder and appreciation. Nothing was ever promised to us, including the miracle of life itself. To go through the world feeling entitled to such precious gifts like inspiration and creativity is just setting yourself up for a life of annoyance and rage." (48) "For someone whose definition of God is the whole of humanity—all the tiny flames that live within us creating an enormous bowl of fire—the subway was my slivered glimpse of God." (69) "Something I love about New York is that nobody belongs here, so everyone does. In my experience, the only people who don't feel like they belong in New York are people for whom belonging was never an issue. They don't get why it's so important to have this place, because having a place was never difficult for them." (125) "You can make your own reminders for things you see every day: a bank can remind you to invest in yourself, a walk sign can remind you to keep going, the sight of someone's green juice can encourage you to eat a vegetable, a store sign can remind you to stop checking your ex's instagram." (151) "Twenty-seven hours after leaving New York summer, I've arrived in winter. It feels like visiting a memory that I haven't yet experienced. I had no preconceived notion of what Melbourne would be like, but when I see it, I immediately know it, like when you meet a new friend at a party and they're somehow miraculously articulating thoughts you've had all your life but never put into sentences. I love the city so immediately it startles me." (162) "I read that the opposite of violence is not peace, but play. When you're curious, laughing, playful, it's pretty hard to summon the energy to fight." (177) "New York was a snow globe: a bubble of magic that I could joyfully dwell in and be shut off from my problems at home." (228) "The opposite of depression is not happiness, but wanting. I thought the bounce in my step would have to do with my literal steps—how well I could walk—or with the bounce indicative of a cheerful mood. But it wasn't anything about physical ability or cheerfulness. It was about the restoration of want." (229)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Literature Lattes

    Blogger's Note: Thank you to the publisher for providing a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "My Inner Sky" is a self-help book in which author Mari Andrew recounts various times in her life and the lessons she's learned along her journey. The book is organized into categories like Dawn, Night and Twilight. She uses the metaphor of the sky to describe the different stages in life and artistically displays these transitional times through watercolor illustrations sprinkle Blogger's Note: Thank you to the publisher for providing a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "My Inner Sky" is a self-help book in which author Mari Andrew recounts various times in her life and the lessons she's learned along her journey. The book is organized into categories like Dawn, Night and Twilight. She uses the metaphor of the sky to describe the different stages in life and artistically displays these transitional times through watercolor illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. The book is beautifully crafted. From the bright colors of the cover, to the works of art within the pages, it is clear that this story was wonderfully designed. Mari Andrew accompanies this outstanding art with some wonderful concepts and beautifully put sentiments. She is no stranger to struggle and her story is one that causes heartache while reading. Her suffering was translated in a way that conveyed the cruel nature, pain and heaviness of that period in her life. As a reader, I hurt for her and felt myself pulling for her to recover and overcome those immeasurable obstacles. However, throughout the book I also felt a huge disconnect between myself and the writer. At times her story came across as off putting. It felt like she was trying to hard to be introspective and spiritual. This perceived effort left me feeling apathetic and distant. Also, some of the anecdotes demonstrated a high level of privilege that was disconcerting. With all of that being said, I did find some wonderfully phrased nuggets of wisdom. Unfortunately, those portions of the book were like the sun poking out from behind a cloud rather than being consistently present. As a reviewer, I felt torn by this book. At times I absolutely loved it and at other times I wanted to DNF it. I stuck with it because the author does mention her high level of privilege and I appreciated that she realized how fortunate she was and spoke on that topic. Her contemplative reflection was very bohemian in its presentation and the seasons of life will always be a topic that deserve respect and admiration.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Very sad to say how disappointed I am in this book. I was so excited about it that I bought two copies! I've been a long time fan of Mari Andrew and absolutely LOVED her first book but unfortunately,  this is nothing like it. The biggest difference: her first book felt genuine and this does not. This book is a collection of short life lessons. It includes some illustrations but is mostly text and feels like it was not edited down enough. So many of these chapters feel like they're trying to be d Very sad to say how disappointed I am in this book. I was so excited about it that I bought two copies! I've been a long time fan of Mari Andrew and absolutely LOVED her first book but unfortunately,  this is nothing like it. The biggest difference: her first book felt genuine and this does not. This book is a collection of short life lessons. It includes some illustrations but is mostly text and feels like it was not edited down enough. So many of these chapters feel like they're trying to be deeper and wiser than they actually are and it feels very forced and almost cringey. I was particularly irked by the way Andrew talks about navigating the world. She mentions her privilege briefly and vaguely, but not substantially enough to really acknowledge how much it impacts her perspectives. The way she sometimes talks about New York felt gross, too. In the chapter "Homesick", she talks a lot about her time in NYC and says somethings along the lines of "nobody really belongs in New York." Millions of people are born-and-raised New Yorkers but Andrew falls back on the same, tired trope that NYC is some magical place for yuppies and artists to frollick while native New Yorkers get figuratively and literally pushed out. A lot of this book felt very thoughtless to me because it felt like Andrew suffers from severe main character syndrome and the people around her (but particularly the people in her travels or neighbors in NYC) are just background characters. To put it bluntly, this book felt like it was written for white women who want to go abroad or move to a new city to find themselves. I am so disappointed. I have always gotten the sense from Andrew's work that she is highly sensitive, but this book failed at capturing that. I loved the idea of the 4 seasons of life but the way the chapters were organized didn't make any sense to me. I couldn't tell why certain chapters were in twilight vs night, etc. The running theme was lacking. Will sadly be giving away my copies and revisiting Am I There Yet? to remind myself of why I liked her work in the first place.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Kovach

    I really enjoy Mari's writing and perspective. Sometimes, it can feel a little self indulgent or too whimsical. It irks me slightly when someone is able to just sweep into living in the best New York apartment of their life and every little bird pooping on your head, or rude person is a part of this magical experience all speaking to you and welcoming you home. As someone who lived there, I think I need the writer to hate it just a little bit because it's gritty and challenging AS much as it is I really enjoy Mari's writing and perspective. Sometimes, it can feel a little self indulgent or too whimsical. It irks me slightly when someone is able to just sweep into living in the best New York apartment of their life and every little bird pooping on your head, or rude person is a part of this magical experience all speaking to you and welcoming you home. As someone who lived there, I think I need the writer to hate it just a little bit because it's gritty and challenging AS much as it is beautiful and historically magical. I loved her essay Homesick - I relate to the feelings of never being quite home anywhere or that home is a lot of places with people that I love. I like her thoughts on how our society needs more normalized rituals for other milestones in life: people exploring fertility treatments, having your own place as a 30 year old, breakups, etc. There's so many opportunities that people don't know how to grieve or celebrate with others that make these experiences extra lonely. Thoughts on healing were really helpful - that sometimes we heal slowly overtime and that it's not always an upward motion but cyclical. I think that in therapy it feels like I want to sort out all my traumas to be done with them and put them completely behind me but the reality is that they will probably still come up and that's ok. The goal can be that may it will hurt less and less as time goes on. Great, quick read when you need a "Pollyanna" perspective once in a while.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between is a collection of fourteen personal essays with several art pieces written and illustrated by Mari Andrew. It is a collection of works by a New York–based writer and artist, who reflects on life lessons learned through illness and heartbreak. For the most part, I rather like most of these contributions. My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between collects fourteen personal essays separated in four section My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between is a collection of fourteen personal essays with several art pieces written and illustrated by Mari Andrew. It is a collection of works by a New York–based writer and artist, who reflects on life lessons learned through illness and heartbreak. For the most part, I rather like most of these contributions. My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between collects fourteen personal essays separated in four sections: Golden Hour, Twilight, Night, and Dawn. Andrew gathers essays about her confrontations with times of personal upheaval and transition, which starts out rather nice in Golden Hour and gets progressively dark through the Twilight and Night sections, and back into the light with the promise of Dawn. Illustrated throughout with whimsical, charming watercolors that amplify the tone of wonderment, the book was clearly a cathartic experience. Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between is not an exception. Andrew's wisdom is hard-won, but the essays, which move back and forth in time, sometimes feel disconnected, making the narrative better suited to reading in pieces rather than cover to cover. All in all, My Inner Sky: On Embracing Day, Night, and All the Times in Between is a imperfect yet colorfully heartfelt exploration of emotional and physical malady.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    A gem—this is how I’ve always referred to Mari and her first book which I chanced upon reading last year. Since then, I’ve been a fan. So when she announced her second book, I pre-ordered it in a heartbeat. When it finally came out, I couldn’t stop reading it! I relate so much to Mari in so many ways! It’s like you’re me but also you’re like my soul-sister and my bestest friend! Thank you for this book and for capturing all the emotions I could never put into words! I loved the book overall. The r A gem—this is how I’ve always referred to Mari and her first book which I chanced upon reading last year. Since then, I’ve been a fan. So when she announced her second book, I pre-ordered it in a heartbeat. When it finally came out, I couldn’t stop reading it! I relate so much to Mari in so many ways! It’s like you’re me but also you’re like my soul-sister and my bestest friend! Thank you for this book and for capturing all the emotions I could never put into words! I loved the book overall. The reason I’m only giving it a four is because there were moments in the book that felt dragging to me and I started to question whether Mari is going to talk about all the men in her life. And then I’d get bored a little and will put down the book. That’s only it. I’ not a professional ‘reviewer’ so I only based my rating on how the book made me feel—nothing about the technicals that the professionals would point out! Mari, don’t stop creating. Don’t stop writing. You’re always going to have someone who patiently (or not) wait for all your new work. That’s me!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Varisha Tariq

    I think the beauty of Mari Andrew and her work is that it makes you look at your own world from a different perspective. Suddenly the walk that you took daily holds more meaning to it, the feeling you felt at different places are bigger than what you thought they were. It casts light on the mundane and the trial and tribulations that we all go through in life, if only it looking different. It's a deeply personal book but magically, somehow, universal at the same time? Or maybe I found my way to I think the beauty of Mari Andrew and her work is that it makes you look at your own world from a different perspective. Suddenly the walk that you took daily holds more meaning to it, the feeling you felt at different places are bigger than what you thought they were. It casts light on the mundane and the trial and tribulations that we all go through in life, if only it looking different. It's a deeply personal book but magically, somehow, universal at the same time? Or maybe I found my way to the book because it was meant to reach me, as a reminder from the universe that there is going to be a day when the hurt that I am currently living through will stop and a new Varisha might emerge. I was glad to be part of the Mari Andrew universe and look forward to re-reading and finding solace in her work. You should read this book because it's beautiful and wonderful but I'll be honest, I think this book is for the souls who are looking for a friend in the universe these days. This book will be that friend. Let it embrace you in all its different season.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lili Kim

    Really loved her first book as well... Notable lines: “New York is a breathtaking blend of softness and steel.” “I choose a new record. I choose to change my habits. I choose to send a supportive text. I choose to show up at a birthday party because grief and celebration often happen in the same night.” “Sometimes the absence of light helps you see more clearly. It takes away many of our comforts to reveal the essentials . . . the darkness can scare, comfort, and reveal.” “You can’t heal with just an Really loved her first book as well... Notable lines: “New York is a breathtaking blend of softness and steel.” “I choose a new record. I choose to change my habits. I choose to send a supportive text. I choose to show up at a birthday party because grief and celebration often happen in the same night.” “Sometimes the absence of light helps you see more clearly. It takes away many of our comforts to reveal the essentials . . . the darkness can scare, comfort, and reveal.” “You can’t heal with just anyone. There are people who haven’t yet been to the same life forest as you and don’t carry the familiar scent with them. Likewise, I haven’t climbed mountains that others have, and don’t have the leg muscles to show for it.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    As always, I love Mari's reading. There were so many moment where i thought - oh my gosh, this isn't just me??? (Ironic as we share the same enneagram - whose identity is rooted in wanting to be individual). I rooted for her along the way. It's been fantastic to watch her grow from her instagram illustrations to her first book, and now this. There were a couple times in the book i did find myself removed (certain comments that felt embellished and sort of broke the fourth wall in realizing this is As always, I love Mari's reading. There were so many moment where i thought - oh my gosh, this isn't just me??? (Ironic as we share the same enneagram - whose identity is rooted in wanting to be individual). I rooted for her along the way. It's been fantastic to watch her grow from her instagram illustrations to her first book, and now this. There were a couple times in the book i did find myself removed (certain comments that felt embellished and sort of broke the fourth wall in realizing this is being told as a story and not always exact reality). Overall love Mari. So excited to see where her writing grows. Everytime I hear her speak i'm blown away.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Davis

    I loved this book! Mari Andrew has such a way with her words and her art- every word felt like flowed from the page and her watercolors were so vibrant, warm, and beautiful. This book overall was so comforting to read, which was something I desperately needed. It was really interesting to read her reflections on the different lessons she learned both at home and abroad (recognizing the privilege and opportunities she’s had to travel that a lot of others don’t have), as well as her thoughts on fa I loved this book! Mari Andrew has such a way with her words and her art- every word felt like flowed from the page and her watercolors were so vibrant, warm, and beautiful. This book overall was so comforting to read, which was something I desperately needed. It was really interesting to read her reflections on the different lessons she learned both at home and abroad (recognizing the privilege and opportunities she’s had to travel that a lot of others don’t have), as well as her thoughts on falling in love, both in her relationships with other people and with herself. If haven’t seen her Instagram (@bymariandrew), I would recommend giving her a follow and reading her books! Great read 💕

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Martin

    Mari offers an interesting view of the world that I am thankful to have a piece of when I read her work. While this book is much different than her last, I felt connected to her descriptions of the different parts of her life, especially those that fall into the "in between." "Maybe it is age, or maybe it's life experience, but now I relish uncertainty. Making room for uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity has opened my world and heart up to embrace beauty, grief, hurt, and delight in the same plac Mari offers an interesting view of the world that I am thankful to have a piece of when I read her work. While this book is much different than her last, I felt connected to her descriptions of the different parts of her life, especially those that fall into the "in between." "Maybe it is age, or maybe it's life experience, but now I relish uncertainty. Making room for uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity has opened my world and heart up to embrace beauty, grief, hurt, and delight in the same place, at the same time."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Mangan

    So much of why I enjoyed this book is just because I have loved Mari for so long. Her way of looking at the world just resonates with me. Her writing style is simple but her insights are profound - especially on topics like navigating relationships/being single, traveling, and dealing with a life-changing illness. I love it when people can describe my own mushy feelings for friends and family in their own way, and this book does that so well. The ending made me feel grateful for my own life and So much of why I enjoyed this book is just because I have loved Mari for so long. Her way of looking at the world just resonates with me. Her writing style is simple but her insights are profound - especially on topics like navigating relationships/being single, traveling, and dealing with a life-changing illness. I love it when people can describe my own mushy feelings for friends and family in their own way, and this book does that so well. The ending made me feel grateful for my own life and the people in it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a great read after a year of social isolation. The author does a great job capturing the combination of being at the precipice of stable(ish) adulthood and grappling with how much she had to go through to get there, how healing is a non-linear journey. Becoming at peace with yourself and your journey is such a hallmark of entering your 30s and the author captures this snapshot in time so well. Definitely will be re-reading. Also loved the illustrations and overall format of the book. Rem This is a great read after a year of social isolation. The author does a great job capturing the combination of being at the precipice of stable(ish) adulthood and grappling with how much she had to go through to get there, how healing is a non-linear journey. Becoming at peace with yourself and your journey is such a hallmark of entering your 30s and the author captures this snapshot in time so well. Definitely will be re-reading. Also loved the illustrations and overall format of the book. Reminded me why physical copies are just different.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rademacher

    I’m giving five stars solely because I support the author in creating a unique piece, blending illustration with storytelling. The actual book is beautiful. Very fun to hold and look at. The actual content for me was average at best. By 3/4 of the way through I was so done. It was hard to connect to because the author has such different values, views and beliefs from my own. The stories tried to go SO deep that they often lost me. Most of the stories felt more like a stream of consciousness vs. I’m giving five stars solely because I support the author in creating a unique piece, blending illustration with storytelling. The actual book is beautiful. Very fun to hold and look at. The actual content for me was average at best. By 3/4 of the way through I was so done. It was hard to connect to because the author has such different values, views and beliefs from my own. The stories tried to go SO deep that they often lost me. Most of the stories felt more like a stream of consciousness vs. well written text.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Reading this book felt like a hug from your best friend. It is filled with essays on healing and grief and magic and gratitude and finding strength in yourself and beauty in the little things. I was disappointed at first that the book wasn't filled with Andrew's signature illustrations, but it turned out that her words were just the catharsis I was looking for. Reading this book felt like a hug from your best friend. It is filled with essays on healing and grief and magic and gratitude and finding strength in yourself and beauty in the little things. I was disappointed at first that the book wasn't filled with Andrew's signature illustrations, but it turned out that her words were just the catharsis I was looking for.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Cute illustrations; reading a chapter or maybe two is fine, but not a book I can read clear through....limited time because of library due date...not a book I'd purchase. I think you have to be in the mood to get the most out of this...semi-autobiography, a wee bit to cheery in places...not my cup of tea. Cute illustrations; reading a chapter or maybe two is fine, but not a book I can read clear through....limited time because of library due date...not a book I'd purchase. I think you have to be in the mood to get the most out of this...semi-autobiography, a wee bit to cheery in places...not my cup of tea.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine Yeh

    A very honest collection of essays. I felt like I really felt the pulse of Mari Andrew’s humanity. This book was also such a beautiful read during my nostalgia for New York City. However, I sometimes did find it hard to relate since her lifestyle, perspectives, values and privilege are different from mine.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Mosier Warren

    I LOVED this book. It may be one of the best books I've read in some time. It comforted me and calmed me while making me think about my life and myself in more complex ways. God, this book is just wonderful. In some ways I feel like the thoughts from this book have become a part of my DNA now and I can't get rid of them. I kinda wish I could read it again for the first time. I LOVED this book. It may be one of the best books I've read in some time. It comforted me and calmed me while making me think about my life and myself in more complex ways. God, this book is just wonderful. In some ways I feel like the thoughts from this book have become a part of my DNA now and I can't get rid of them. I kinda wish I could read it again for the first time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Sams

    Mari Andrew is the only person who adequately describes my love of New York City. She’s like the soul sister I’ve never met. I absolutely cherished every page of this book. I can’t wait to read it again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tess Van Schepen

    Mari Andrew continues to blow me away. She captures emotions in words and paintings that I didn’t even know I was feeling, but immediately identify with. This is a book I will definitely return to many times. It’s a breath of fresh air and a reminder that we aren’t alone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Mari has such a magical way of writing, and in my very humble opinion this is her best work yet. I wept and laughed throughout and am insisting every one of my friends reads it. Thank you, Mari, for putting into words all of my most indescribable feelings.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aditi

    My Inner Sky is a nuanced and earnest series of essays about the authors life that are resonant in their specific. For anyone who has loved, lost, evolved and grown up, it will feel meaningful. It made me feel less alone and more myself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Indy Hollway

    A beautiful and poignant book about life, recovery, and searching for peace. The writing is captivating and encouraging, and the artwork is stunning. This is the kind of book that you have to read and then wait to see what lessons you learn from it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linneah Tovstiga

    I mean... What is there to say? Mari writes the way I always wished I could. She captures heartbreak and healing and independence and community and everything in between so beautifully. There's so much care in this book, all the way to the acknowledgements. A forever favourite. I mean... What is there to say? Mari writes the way I always wished I could. She captures heartbreak and healing and independence and community and everything in between so beautifully. There's so much care in this book, all the way to the acknowledgements. A forever favourite.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bellan

    Big Mari Andrew fan. She’s one of my favorite follows on instagram. Her writing and art always hit me in the gut. This book (aesthetically and in the messages it contains) is as beautiful and insightful as I’d expect it to be. I love how she finds magic in the little things.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Turner

    Mari is a true E4 and a woman after my own heart. It’s comforting reading a story so similar to yours. Making my world seem much smaller in a beautiful way. Her words have a way of making one feel seen. ❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Faye Rix

    This book is well thought out as well as being well written. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

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