Book Review: The Measure of my Powers

Breakfast in Oliver 3And just like that, summer has come to an end. As always, it feels like the sunshine has come and gone too quickly. I had a great summer, but it was so busy. It was unseasonably hot in Vancouver, and I found myself longing for cooler temperatures and more down time.

One of the best parts of summer for me are those quiet moments where you can read a book, enjoy a leisurely coffee and relax. Although there were only a few of those this summer, they were my favourite. I only read one book. I had grand plans to read the stack of books on my desk, but I’m glad I picked this one. It was so good that I read it in two glorious mornings. The Measure of my Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis.

Breakfast in Oliver 25Breakfast in Oliver 4Breakfast in Oliver 29At the beginning of the summer, I went on a blogger trip to Oliver, also known as BC wine country. I woke up earlier than the other girls each morning and sat out on this beautiful patio with Jackie’s book, a cup of coffee and fresh croissants. HEAVEN!

The book is a memoir about Love, Loss, and Paris. It’s filled with stories about Jackie’s life, punctuated with recipes and photos of delicious food and travel. This is woven so seamlessly throughout the book, that I found myself turning the pages to read just one more chapter. Her words were honest and intimate, describing her travels, experience with food, a break up, losing herself, and ultimately finding her true self.
Breakfast shots 1Breakfast in Oliver 24Breakfast in Oliver 2Once the girls woke up and joined me on the patio, we set up this beautiful breakfast and chatted about the day ahead.ย There was one particular part of Jackie’s story that really stood out to me. I read it to my friend Cindy when she joined me for coffee.

‘There are moments in life that we may regret. We think of them as mistakes, still feeling the pangs, before we gently remind ourselves that the circumstances, actions, words spoken and the choices we make are mere stones that pave the road we explore, perfect in its own way. And the more of the road we see, the less we tend to regret.’

While summer felt a bit chaotic, it was filled with more highs than lows. Sometimes it’s hard to see the good moments when you’re so busy. Looking back over the last few weeks, I’m remembering how important it is to take proper breaks from our schedules, even if its just an early morning to read. That pile of books is still on my desk, and this Fall I will be making more time for quiet moments. Turn off my phone, tune out the world, and get lost in the story.
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The Measure of my Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis, available at Indigo
As Sweet as Ice Cream Cup – Indigo
Breakfast provided by Oliver Eats

  • That book sounds great!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • It’s worth checking out if you see it in a book store. Hope you’re having a great start to Fall

  • That breakfast spread looks amazing! And the book sounds really good too. I’ve recently begun a few books and I love sitting down for a meal and just reading. It’s the best!


    • Thank you Emily! You gotta love a blogger media trip for a good food set up for photos ๐Ÿ™‚
      It was delicious, and sitting out here reading was definitely a trip highlight. I’ve been on a reading kick ever since I posted this – cozy reading time is the best ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope you’re having a great start to Fall!

  • I am always looking for good new books to read! Ill have to try this book!

    • It’s a really honest, and beautiful read. Very thought provoking.
      Hope you’re having a great start to Fall

  • I have such a large pile I’ve been meaning to get through for years now. Time management and I have really not seen eye to eye and this has been something (not reading) which I’ve really been hard on myself with.

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    • Ah I’ve actually read 2 more books since posting this, and now I can’t remember why I didn’t make time for it before!!
      Honestly, It’s been so relaxing and enjoyable. Just reading light fun reads – Crazy Rich Asians and When Life Gives you LuLuLemons. Both so good!! Don’t be hard on yourself, just start a book before bed. Cozy reading is the best ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lyndi xo

  • Sarah M


    Amazing !


  • Sounds like a powerful book
    Thanks for sharing your review

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Rach

    First of all this spread looks amazing! Inspires me to want to read a book with this kind of set up! And this book sounds incredible! I need to check it out!

    • Thanks so much Rach! I’ve been on such a reading kick since posting this. All very light reading; Crazy Rich Asians, When Life Gives you LuluLemons – both fantastic! Cozy reading is the best.
      Hope you’re having a great start to Fall xo

  • Love your breakfast setup, it all looks so yummy! Sounds like such a good book too!

    I hope that you are having a nice start to your week so far! It’s a little colder here after a warm weekend but the rain is welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thank you Mica! I’m kinda loving this rainy weather. It was so nice to unpack my boots and coats ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope you’re having a great start to Fall too!

  • Yummy everything looks so good

    • Thanks Laura! Hope you’re having a lovely start to Fall xo

  • This books sounds like a bit of me! Thank you for sharing, Chloe x

    • Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Chloe! xo

  • Okay first of all, this breakfast setup looks SO dreamy and idyllic for a warm summer’s morning! Secondly, ”the more of the road we see, the less we tend to regret” <<< absolutely love this!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks lovely! This was such a beautiful day, and the food on this trip was ahh-mazing.
      The book is beautifully written. Very honest and raw. Worth flipping through if you ever see it in stores.
      L xo

  • Wow what a gorgeous set up and the book sounds great! I also love waking up early in the mornings. Have a great weekend.

    Gemma x

    • Thank you Gemma! AH yes, quiet early mornings are the best.
      Hope you’re having a good week so far

  • Sounds like a really good book to read. I’d love to check this out. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica |

    • I think you’d enjoy it. It’s written with a lot of honesty, and is really thought provoking.
      Hope you’re having a good start to September Jess! xo

  • You and me both. Such a busy summer!! And yes, it was too darn hot – the cooler weather has honestly been such a relief and is way more enjoyable. Plus that book sounds fabulous, can’t wait to check it out. I’ve been meaning to pick up more books lately. It’s the perfect time of year to get cozy and read!! xo