Morning! I am super excited as I this is the first book review post I’ve done for a while, and it seems to be book publishing season again so I have some lovely new releases to share with you over the coming weeks. First up is Art Therapy Mandalas – with beautiful and mesmerising illustrations by Sophie Leblanc.Life is getting pretty hectic around here, so when I was asked to try out this book, I said yes please! I loved a bit of felt tipping as a child, so have embraced the opportunity to zone out and focus on one colourful thing whole heartedly, for a few minutes each day.Much like colouring in your own wallpaper, I favoured the paisley designs, unafraid of my inner hippie, my colour choices did reveal a psychedelic edge. Yep, I really went to town on the brights and clashing tones, but don’t worry there are plans to calm down and use some pastel pencils for my next session.If you are running around and chasing your tail or just looking for a way to fit a bit of creativity into your day. This art book will help you to relax and rediscover the pleasures of being creative – a blessing for days when you wake up thinking about all the things you need to do. I sometimes feel like I have so much to do it’s almost paralysing and I hide from what is expected of me, in turn, getting nothing done at all.Used for centuries across different cultures and religions, a ‘mandala’ is a spiritual symbol, often used as an aid to meditation. Mandalas can therefore be spiritually healing and help to create a peaceful state of mind, a way of focusing attention away from external stress, encouraging a sense of relaxation and increased wellbeing.Montreal based illustrator Sophie has filled the pages with 100 patterns based on Tibetan and Hindu traditions, as well as some original designs. She has worked for lots of publications, including Elle and Marie-‐Claire. Art Therapy: Mandalas – 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation is Illustrated by Sophie Leblanc, published by Jacqui Small and available from the 21st August for £12.99. I am having a lot of calming fun, spending just thirty minutes a day this way, is it something you would try out?