I picked this book up because the cover caught my eye, and I bought it a few days later because I had seen a few people talking about it. Kind of likeI picked this book up because the cover caught my eye, and I bought it a few days later because I had seen a few people talking about it. Kind of like when you buy a car and notice that everyone all of a sudden drives that same car. I'd honestly never heard of Connor Franta before, though I can't say for sure whether or not I've seen any of his videos because it's entirely possible that at some point in time, I have.
I will say that this book was surprising and inspiring. I didn't know what to expect because, like I said, I hadn't heard of Connor and I don't think I had seen a description for the book. I just picked it up and started reading it. What I like most about it is that it's designed with the creative mindset that Connor consistently talks about throughout the book. It's full of really beautiful pictures, along with some cute personal ones, and is overall really aesthetically pleasing. This aids to the inspiring feeling; you can tell he put work and thought into the book in every aspect, both its content and its physical presence.
As for the content, I think it was overall entertaining and, at times, really hit home on some good points and observations. He definitely seems like the type of person you'd want to have a conversation with, and I could immediately understand why he has gained such popularity on YouTube. His writing isn't, by any means, masterful or unbelievably poetic, but he's honest and raw in his approach to the various topics he touches on, and that is enough to pull you in and keep you interested. He is tackling subjects that are very well worn at this point, and not necessarily coming to new conclusions about them, but he's continuing the discussion on them where it needs to be continued and shedding light on them in the ways that they should be illuminated.
I'd definitely recommend this book to people. It will get you thinking about your own life and passions and force you to confront what really drives and motivates you–or, what's holding you back....more
As most people have pointed out, the information in this isn't exactly new, but that doesn't mean it's any less interesting or thought provoking. ThouAs most people have pointed out, the information in this isn't exactly new, but that doesn't mean it's any less interesting or thought provoking. Though Amelia Freer doesn't delve too deep into the explanations behind her recommendations for a healthier life, I think she does a good enough job presenting the information in a way that's easy to digest and that encourages the readers.
I've read some reviews that claim Freer comes off as stuck up or elitist, but I don't get that vibe so much. She seems like she knows what she's talking about. Yes, there are times where she takes on a very adamant and unrelenting tone towards certain things, but I think if you've studied nutrition for years, you probably have the right to do that. Though I'm not sure I'll dive into her methods completely, there are some good things to take away from this book, and it's good to keep a lot of her suggestions and guidelines in mind as you work toward being healthier....more
Who hasn't heard about this book at this point? I worked in a bookstore a few years ago and it was insanely popular then. When I was out reading it thWho hasn't heard about this book at this point? I worked in a bookstore a few years ago and it was insanely popular then. When I was out reading it the other day, I happened to be sitting next to a person who also was reading it; he told me that when he was standing in line to purchase it earlier that day, a lady in line with him also was buying it. It's undeniable that this book is everywhere.
I finally have learned for myself that it's for good reason. The writing is extremely intelligent; Gillian Flynn does an amazing job of utilizing the unreliable narrator in her portrayal of Nick. The alternating perspectives already make the book interesting enough and add a layer of depth to the mystery that otherwise would be lacking. It provides us with Amy's diary entries, which are so easily concrete and unquestionable, and Nick's unfolding present story, which leaves us with questions and uncertainties about his involvement and his character. I absolutely loved the way she forced the reader to begin to question Nick, and then themselves for believing everything as it's given to them, and to not be able to trust the only source of information they had.
The book also touches on some genuinely human experiences, which I think is what makes it overall more than just your standard mystery (then again, I haven't read enough of them to truly say that with any sort of authority). Not only do you have this enthralling mystery of what happened to Amy, but you're invested in Nick and Amy's marital struggles, their individual demons and conflicts, and the way that this situation has an impact on their development and growth. It's easy to relate to and empathize with, and despite both characters having very obvious flaws, you can't help but want to understand them and even feel sympathy for them.
As for the ending, I can understand why people didn't like it. I'm a pretty forgiving person when it comes to entertainment (I guess to a fault, sometimes), and I think in terms of the characters Flynn has created, it's an ending that's much more based in reality and that makes sense. There definitely are other ways she could have gone about it (it would have been interesting to see Nick actually evolve and work his way out of the situation he ends up in), but clearly that wasn't the ending Flynn imagined. Instead, she opted for something less climactic, but more realistic....more
Though there's nothing obviously deep or flowery in Junot Diaz's writing, there is something that grips you and keeps you reading. And it packs a puncThough there's nothing obviously deep or flowery in Junot Diaz's writing, there is something that grips you and keeps you reading. And it packs a punch in it that leaves you thinking long after you finish the stories. I read it so quickly because I couldn't put it down. I love that it could all exist in the same world with the same characters (and many of the stories in this collection do share characters), but that each story is distinct from the others in what it's trying to accomplish and tell. Overall, beautifully written prose that deserves the recognition it's received....more
Yes, I really did make it through 23 years of my life without ever having to read The Great Gatsby. And then I decided entirely on my own—alright, theYes, I really did make it through 23 years of my life without ever having to read The Great Gatsby. And then I decided entirely on my own—alright, there was some jeering from one of my professors who was in disbelief that I hadn't read it yet—that, as a writer myself, I needed to read what is considered by many as the great American novel.
It's a beautiful book. Fitzgerald uses dialogue well (which is surprising as most of us are taught to steer away from too much of it, yet here most of the book is comprised of it), and the moments where he veers away from that narrative are just really well crafted. He has the perfect balance of exposition and description, and it never gets too flowery or over-the-top. There are paragraphs where I had to just sit, jaw dropped, and appreciate the way he manipulated the words and formed his sentences. The characters are deep and flawed, though he lets the reader realize that on their own rather than having it forced on them. Overall, I can understand why this book continues to be taught and why it is so important that everyone read it....more