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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  43 reviews
"If you have ever stopped yourself doing something you love because 'now just isn't the right time', read this book."

A personal journey that inadvertently became an alternative self-help guide to doing what you love and living as your true self – whoever that might turn out to be.

100 days of solitude is inspiring hundreds of people to seek out and claim the space they need
Paperback, 398 pages
Published by dk press (first published April 1st 2015)
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John Winston
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could write pages upon pages in praise of “100 days of solitude”, but that would take time away from reading the masterpiece itself, and that is what has come of Daphne Kapsali’s journey: a masterpiece and future classic, I’m predicting on the shelf right next to Stephen King’s, On Writing. There’s so much here to talk about that I don’t know where to begin. I’m not much on non-fiction or memoir, and I’m not sure exactly where this novel fits, but I can tell you this, there is something here f ...more
Stephanie Wood
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although this book doesn’t have to be read in any particular location or at any specific time, I was lucky enough to read it during my own seven day writing break as the summer season wound down in Greece, where all the elements of Daphne’s experience resonated even more strongly.
I found myself fascinated with all the distinctive nuances of the locals as they went about their daily business, while slowly accepting Daphne into their society and, finally, into their hearts.
The descriptions of the
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that I give books five stars, I always feel like that will limit my ability to at some point properly show appreciation for truly amazing books...and of course every committed reader will come across that handful of five star worthy books!

This book fits right into that handful.

I was recommended it on my holidays in Greece by a Greek friend, who told me to read it because it is witty and relatable, and she was indeed right.

There were tears and awkward laughing out loud on trains
Maria McMahon
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a very long time, a book comes along that stops you in your tracks…
I absolutely LOVED this and have not enjoyed a book so much in ages! Daphne Kaspsali does what so many people dream of doing, but never have the guts to do. She heads off into the sunset of a rural Greek village to spend 100 days in solitude, in order to write. During these 100 days (which are not all sunshine as you’ll learn), Daphne shares her ups and downs with us in such an insightful, honest and down-to-earth w
Rae Stoltenkamp
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book charts much of my own journey to becoming a writer. I found I identified strongly with the author and shared many of her views on writing and life in general. If anyone is ever in doubt about whether they should take that leap of faith and be the person their heart is telling them to be, then they should read this book. It very much confirmed, for me, that I am travelling in the direction I want to go.
Glenda Spackman
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book because I'm in the process of starting out as a new author as well, having just published my first non fiction book. Daphne Kapsali has a refreshing honest way of writing that is easy to read. I loved the way she took the everyday things in her life and turned them into a metaphor of what was happening internally.
For anyone thinking of making a significant life change, I'd definitely recommend that you read this account of a life in transition.
Gail Banavage
Oct 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think the author is an excellent writer but the book itself bored me to tears
Linda Fagioli-Katsiotas
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title, in my opinion, is a bit ironic because if you spend time in Greece you’ll see that there is no “solitude” no matter how much you strive for it. Again—my opinion—but also, I think the author sort of pointed that out throughout the book. I very much enjoyed the anecdotes and vignettes describing the author’s life on the island of Sifnos or memories from her past or just the crazy/funny way of life in Greece, specifically on that small Greek island. Though I tend to think it’s more of a ...more
Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
100 Days of Solitude is one woman’s journey to find herself through the written word. She chooses to leave behind the noise and the bustle of London – her adopted home, to say goodbye to her family, her friends and her lover in order to connect with herself and to push the boundaries and open her heart to her vocation as a writer.
Her chosen place of exile is Sifnos, a remote Greek island in the West Cyclandes and she will remain there long after the last summer tourist boards the last boat home.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book as soon as I got it from the post office. It has my favorite word in it (loneliness) and also a reference to the one and only Gabriel Garcia Marquez, so I just couldn't resist.

Despite its title, I discovered that the book is full of positivity, several funny and touching moments. It made me feel that I'm not the only crazy person on earth who talks to cats and prefers solitude and books rather than extensive human contact.

The stories being described are ordinary. No
John Manuel
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I started out wondering whether I would, as it was far from what I'd expected, but ended up being absorbed and finding that the author's self-analysis was prompting me to do something similar. It's not your usual travelogue, which is why I really began to enjoy it once I'd reached about day 35 and begun to "get it". It's an intelligent, witty off the wall take on the whole idea and I recommend it to anyone with a decent IQ!!
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Daphne's book for a few reasons. First, I loved the scenes of off-season Greece set in the Cycladic islands. One of my favorite places in the world. Secondly, I can relate to her as a woman with goals, fears, ambitions, dreams and lots of emotions. We all need to take a leap of faith within ourselves and the journey in this book is about that to me.
Erika Miller
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book!!!
Lee Devinney
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is I was walking with Sifnos chick the whole way and I didn't want to leave. awesome, wonderful journey!
Fotini Xenakis
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully touching book!
Sara Stetz
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about stripping your life down to find growth, priorities and contentment in every day; and joy too! It was fun to read. A free-lance writer/yoga instructor goes to her family’s summer home on a Greek island to immerse herself in writing and fully become a writer. The author does justice to how our environment, urban vs rural, impacts our persona and interactions with others.

Each day was a chapter in the book. It moved quickly and was largely entertaining. I struggled with the few
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100 Days of Solitude has been a great accompaniment to these long, dark, rainy evenings. Despite of my usual preferences to reading fiction, Daphne's book had me captivated from page one. It describes perks, struggles and adventures of living and writing on a Greek island. At times, I felt like I was writing the book myself, I found so many things/thoughts in common with the writer. But what impressed me the most was the sense of humour of the writer, some events/thoughts kept me amused for hour ...more
Robert Jr.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me say first of all that I am not a big fan of non-fiction books, but that being said this book hooked me right away. To me it reads as a story on which the author sets out on an adventure to discover who she really is. It also made me want to pack up and chuck my life and follow her to the island in the story.
Kayla Krantz
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: daphne-kapsali
Antagonist, City Girl, Writer...those are just some of Daphne's personalities that inhabit her island home with her. In her search to find herself, Daphne goes on a trip to dedicate her life to pursing her passion -writing. She learns a few things along the way that I think are important lessons that everyone needs to realize. This was an amazing read! I would highly recommend!
Khulud Khamis
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this. Funny, philosophical, genuine, honest, and fresh. Well done, Daphne.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
If like me, you love Greece then you'll associate it with sunshine, beaches and a wonderful holiday destination? Have you ever wondered though what it must be like to live on an island in the depths of winter? Daphne Kapsali gives a very personal account of the time she spent living as a local rather than a tourist. It was wonderful to see a beautiful island through her eyes once all the holidaymakers have gone.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Mundane. The first few pages made me think there would be insights and reflections on creativity and solitude, but it did not follow through. It was mostly just "what I did today" and how I am justifying my kickstarter campaign. I did not even finish this book.
Bri Percha
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Admittedly, I did not finish this book. Many people seemed to like it, so maybe I'm missing something. I could not bring myself to finish it. It was incredibly boring. Perhaps I'll give it a try again someday, but likely not with so many page-turners to get to.
Michelle Risa
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this was like a mental vacation. Everytime I picked up my Kindle to read more about her days in solitude, going through each one by one, I knew I'd feel at ease. I don't know much about Sifnos, or any Greek island, or anything about Greece as a whole. Except for, maybe, whatever I saw in Mamma Mia. But when I finished reading this memoir, I immediately did a Google search of Sifnos. Let me just say, the mental images I had of Sifnos while reading and the actual images I found, were perfe ...more
Keith Foskett
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful memoir about one woman's desire to spend 100 days on a Greek island. A delightful mix of thoughts, observations, reflections and humour on everything from picking your own veg to the relative benefits of investing in a dehumidifier.
Whilst the title suggests the author spends this time alone, she more toys with the idea of complete isolation and in the most part, enjoys her solitude but tinkers with bouts of company and socialising with the locals.
Thankfully, there is no summary of a
Rachel Lofthouse
I am always impressed when an author manages to craft their words and turn normal everyday life and experiences into a read that is both interesting and absorbing. The author’s eccentricity is wonderfully humorous and honest, which lights up the book in many places. This book will be picked up by people who dream of a prolonged period of time out from their busy lives; however, anyone interested in reading about life on a small Greek island will also be interested as there are plenty of island c ...more
Maggie White
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about moving from the rat race conformity to the freedom of nature and listening to your own needs. It is not a book about loneliness but more a book of communication and a sense of community with others and the inner world of the self. Of how loneliness can give the space for greater connections with the world around us and the people that inhabit our lives. Beautifully written in short chapters . Yes there are a few typos but somehow these can be forgiven in the message of the p ...more
Maureen Quinnell
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must have come across this book via Kindle and it hung around on my list for a while before I decided to give it a try. I was then pleasantly surprised when I did start reading it and become immersed in the author's life as she adjusted to her solitude. Humorous and insightful it transported me to a lifestyle not many would be brave enough to try but seems to have brought her great rewards. Loved it and I now dream of running away to Greece !
Donna Mulvenna
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I took this book with me on vacation expecting to read it over a month but I finished 100 days of solitude within the first week. It's laugh out loud funny, inspiring, insightful, honest, and just downright entertaining. From collecting cats, performing a headless chicken routine, and poking randomly at chic peas, this book is for anyone who has ever questioned what they are doing with their lives. Five stars and three cheers for Daphne Kapsali.

Julia  Yeates
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was expecting it to do what it says on the tin...

100 days of solitude

Turned out to be 100 days of living alone, but close to a village and with trips to Athens

A little like how I have been living for 400 days, really, except that my trip was to Paris

So, yes, it was OK for at first and then...
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