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Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  5,712 ratings  ·  576 reviews
A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade—the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called “the Millennial Oprah” by New York Magazine—that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the bestseller Milk & Honey.

True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Hear
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Atria Books
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Nat K

It's amazing how inspiration can come from unexpected places.

I've recently re-started yoga to provide a little "balance" in my life. It's been a joy to discover I could still practice & wasn't completely rusty.

Another joy was throughout a recent Friday evening class, the instructor incorporated reading passages from a book. The words were gentle yet powerful. A piece that was read was about "perspectives", and how we can never truly see the world through another's eyes. But if they are willing
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, self-help, 2018
2.5 Stars
3.5 Stars for Middle Grades / YA

Reading this, I would think this was aimed at age 10-13 year old girls, young enough (perhaps) to still be impressed by these words. Simple thoughts, simple advice that to someone young and struggling would sound profound.

I don’t know anything about the author, but I suspect she has a following of people who like to post feel-good messages around their rooms, their home, their office. And, honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to be remin
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK. Not a single word is wasted. Listening to it was extra enjoyable because it felt like Cleo Wade was speaking right to you. Perfect for when your soul needs soothing. Because every word is important, it's impossible to absorb it in the first read/listen, so I'll be revisiting this one again and again. Highly recommend. ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I was reading a book that was leading me down a rong path so I layed it aside and decided to ignore everything else and read this book and I am glad I did.
Heart Talk is a small square book that gives a lot of food for thought. Its a good book for jourling prompts, to take a deeper look at self but it is done in such a gentle way. At no stage did I feel the need to chuck the book across the room, yes I have done that to the odd self help book. This is a very kind book. Each person who reads this
lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

“You are in charge of how much space a thought takes up in your life.”

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Lara Maynard
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, arc
200 plus pages of repetitive “love yourself” platitudes which could have been reduced to a line of half a dozen “inspirational” greeting cards. Some of this spiritual-ish wisdom-y stuff might have appealed to tweenage me. Grown up me finds it not very deep, not very poetic, not very original, very not for me.

Writing this on the eve of Valentine’s Day, I wish I could show Heart Talk more love, but [insert a platitude about honesty here].

I read an ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada. Thanks.
Nadia Awadi
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recomended for anyone who deals with anxiety and self-hatred. RTC.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Repeat reading all the poems and prose. So beautiful, meaningful, and positive heart talk about self-love and life ❤️❤️
Nikita Garg (thebookelf_)
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perfect day (14.02.21) to read this book
Reinforces why self love and self care is so important, why it’s important for you to be your own cheerleader and give yourself a pep talk every morning.

The positive affirmations makes the reader feel good immediately. We all deserve to be loved and the best place to start is to start with loving yourself. Must read for those who aren’t feeling to good about themselves.

Must read!!!!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
'Heart Talk' is a simple collection of inspirational quotes, aphorisms, reflections and poetry, grouped loosely together under certain themes. I'm not going to pull any punches - I loathed this book. I know this sounds strange for a book that is essentially about positivity and self-love, but I had a lot of problems with it. Firstly, I think I was generally disappointed as the book does not in any way match the hype with which it has been promoted. There is nothing original here nor particularly ...more
Cleo Wade has been heralded as the "Oprah for the millenial generation".

This social media maven puts forth a platform of self love and being a positive influence for others. Heart Talk contains life-affirming poems, personalized annotations by the author along with positive self-speak.

While I find that this book would certainly be well received by younger generations, as someone who has read a lot of personal growth books it seems as if I have heard this all before:
* self-love ~ Iyanla Vanzan
Elena Handtrack
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I got this as a gift and although it's definitely readable, I think I prefer books which are more intentionally written! It is definitely just a taste issue for me since this book is a collection of notes the author wrote to herself in her apartment.

For me, the text seemed to lack the depth I would expect from poetry but it is probably simply because I prefer a different style!

If you have a similar taste, I would recommend buying Lang Leav's poetry instead!
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-dirty, the-poetry
Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕️

A rather repetitive collection of poetry.
After a while the self-love message - for as much as it is important and vital - got repetitive.
I personally also thought that it was a bit preachy and I was not a fan :/

Favourite Poem:
Be kind.
It shakes the world.
Katie J
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply beautiful! I will purchase a hard copy for a keepsake!
Iqra M.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third audiobook this month. I loved everything about it. The author's narration was smooth and comforting. Although listening to the audiobook meant that I had to miss the illustrations and aesthetics, I enjoyed it, still. It made me realise that there are a lot of things that I need to apply in my daily life - gratitude, positivity, self-love and many more. However, it was a tad repetitive therefore I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

It was a great read and I highly recommend listening
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be the start of something to go further, it's direct and clearly articulated. Often self-help books are considered corny, which I typically would agree, Cleo Wade however is aware of this as she describes it being a hard line to walk - but necessary. Although simple, I feel that the simple gestures are the ones I needed a reminder of which this book achieves- especially with poetry. I give it a five, because I can see where this book could go if it went deeper into the harsh ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a really cute book that was given to me by one of my closest friend, Sarah. Thank you ♥️

I’m rating it 3 stars cause It was repetitive,
I don’t recommend reading this book in one go. Take your time with this book. Read a random page once a day.

I’ll definitely be reading this again when I need some motivation or inspiration.

Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite my age and overall general cynicism that being older can sometimes hasten, I liked this book. I liked all that love talk. Sometimes it’s just what you need to hear, whether brand new to the world or a seasoned veteran. Who cares.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
An absolute dribble of a book. Accumulating positive affirmations from Instagram would be more interesting that this book.
Emily O'Brien Miranda
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A quick, uplifting, soul-filling read
Christine Gaza
Dec 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I mean, I read the book in a hot minute, but it sounded like Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, which was really cool when I was like 12. Not impressed.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't really think this is poetry, but I found a lot of the lessons to be inspiring and I'll be adding a few passages to my quote journal. ...more
Never Without a Book
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book that could be read several times and every time you will get something new out of it.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
As is the case with her social media presence, Cleo Wade brings words together to create an oasis for those in need with Heart Talk. If you're familiar with her already, I'm sure what's shared here will be in line with what you're expecting. From my perspective, her main focus here was encouraging readers to understand the change that can come with a change in mindset, the importance of establishing a relationship with self, and how that pours into everything else.

It's a quick, enjoyable read.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cleo Wade created an outstanding collection of self-help poetry that is begging to be read by today's society. This was very impactful and can be related to so many different portions of your life. I urge you to pick up this book and take a better look at all that is good in your life. ...more
Sadie Robinson
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, short, encouraging poems to help you look on the bright side and make you see that you are enough! Cleo is a wise one!
Kelly A
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This book reminded me a lot of The Book of Joy but written in short passages and poems. Life is hard right now and I'm trying to tattoo the ideas of this book onto my heart. I can't wait to reread it over and over until the ideas are ingrained in my soul. I wish I could buy a copy for all my book loving girlfriends. ❤️ ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, ebook
Making diary book into official book.
I have no feeling either, maybe different from the other way of people.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, non-fiction, poetry
Utterly disappointing. Cleo Wade, I really did expect so much better. Also note: I spent Rs. 600 on this disappointment of a coffeetable read that asks nothing more than a few bored skims of the pages until you finally heave a sigh and put it back down.

Let's get the nicer things I have to say about this book out of the way first, shall we? For starters, it has a gorgeous cover, and secondly, it was well... well-intentioned. That's about it. I'm forced to conclude with an admonition that all the
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, poetry
This is a great book. I knocked off a star merely because it’s a little repetitive. I think the book is better read as a “once a day” book to give yourself encouragement. There are a lot of great nuggets in here and this book made me feel I could conquer the world. Thank you, Cleo for this amazing book of encouragement. I got to the gym for the first time in two weeks thanks to this book. 💪🏻
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