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My Life in Plants: Flowers I've Loved, Herbs I've Grown, and Houseplants I've Killed on the Way to Finding Myself

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  135 reviews
From stumpy potted houseplants to intricate and delicate flower arrangements, My Life in Plants is a heartfelt, honest memoir that intertwines the complex nature of houseplants with a journey of self-discovery.

From Katie Vaz, author of Don’t Worry, Eat Cake, the beloved Make Yourself Cozy, and The Escape Manual for Introverts, comes My Life in Plants. Her newest book tells
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Diane S ☔
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nfr-2020
A memoir told through the plants and flowers in her life, from early memories to the present. Snippets of her life are preceded by some cute illustrations. A very unique way if charting life's experiences. One in particular resonated. After breaking up with her college boyfriend, she spends days,taking a book and going down to the river to read. This has been my modus operandi as I try to counter the isolation imposed by Covid. So peaceful. A quick an easy read, but too a thoughtful one.

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Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute and light-hearted audio book. It is less than two hours long and brought a smile to my face several times. The narrator does such a good job that I actually felt like Katie Vas was talking to me.

During the audio, Katie describes her important life events through the thirty-nine different plants/flowers that played a roll in her memory of each event. It was a very creative way to tell a memoir and I think that’s why I liked it so much. I’ve never read or listened to anything
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My Life In Plants is a nostalgic memoir. In each chapter, Katie Vaz picks a flower, herb, or plant and tells a story about what the plant reminds her of. The memories are from childhood to high school and to adulthood.

I found My Life In Plants very interesting and enjoyable.

Taylor Meskimen did a good job narrating, and listening to the audiobook felt like listening to a friend.

Thank you NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Audio for My Life in Plants.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was absolutely adorable. I went in thinking that this would be a sweet little book about plants ( which I love) and what I took away from this was SO MUCH MORE!

I found the author to be so incredibly relatable and the illustrations were perfection.

I literally just added this book and two more by Katie Vaz to my Amazon Wish List. Hoping one day soon I can get them!

Full review to come on Publication Day : September 01, 2020!

Thank you to Netgalley, Andrew McMeels Publishing & Katie Va
thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

this one is for the plant lovers.

in my life in plants, katie vaz gifts us a part of herself by telling us her life but relating every story to a plant. from the time when she was a kid and her mom used aloe vera on her to refresh some burnt wounds, to her wedding day and the flowers in her bouquet.

i thoroughly enjoyed this short memoir. i liked how deeply emotional she could get sharing her s
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
3.5 ⭐️
The narrator was good and personable. I thought she was a perfect fit for this book. I really liked her. This book was filled with memories of family and flowery things. And I thought it was so cute how she pulled her chapters together with flowers. Each one having meaning to go with her experiences. In some ways this was like reading her diary. I enjoyed her thoughts. I started thinking about my family and memories. Because everything we go through teaches us something.

Thank you NETGA
Marium Mostafiz Mou
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The title is misleading. I thought I would get to know more about plants. It’s a memoir and in a chronological way, the writer describes her life events with a little relevance to various plants. So it fell flat to me and some of the chapters Didn't even need any addition to some plants
I received the audiobook from Netgalley. The narrator's voice is so sweet and passionate that it made the read a lil likeable. That's why not rating it two stars
Camille Maio
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye on a bookstore shelf and I was immediately drawn to its charming illustrations and the structure of a memoir written with the framework of plants. Don't expect a gripping story full of twists and turns. In fact, it is quite an ordinary one - the kind most of us lead - that celebrates the little punctuations in a very relatable way. I would happily buy more copies as gifts. ...more
Erika Sarutobi
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This wasn't what I was expecting really. I was hoping it was more plant related due to the "Flowers I've loved, Herbs I've grown and Houseplants I've killed on the way to finding myself" quote (because I was requesting books about plants left and right due to my new addiction) but it is more about the author's life and the many moments that happened involving or around plants. (duh, it's a memoir, girl, what did you think?)

Now because my expectations were more plant info based, I paye
Asheley T.
2.5/5 - I chose to listen to this audiobook because I love books about trees and plants. Plus it has the cutest cover! Based on the title, I expected stories centered around plants and flowers. But this is more like little vignettes about different stand-out moments in the author's life in which plants are present. In most circumstances, the plants and flowers are mentioned casually. The stories are entertaining, but I was really hoping for something more centered in nature, where the plants occ ...more
Gayathiri Rajendran
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Andrew McNeels Publishing for a review copy. The below opinions are my own.

My Life In Plants is a cute illustrated book with stories about plants and the author's life. The author describes the various incidents in her life via thirty nine plants which were a part of that particular event or memory. I felt that was very unique. The illustrations were so pretty.

This was a very heartwarming and enjoyable book.
Jenna | JennaStopReading
This was a cute little story and I really enjoyed the audio! As a plant lover and book lover, this was the perfect happy medium.
Nora Swerbinsky
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a really cute quick read.

All the stories were fleshed out really well, and for being such a short book I really feel like I got a sneak peak into the author's life.

The illustrations were fantastic, they truly brought the story to life

The only reason this isn't getting five stars is because of how short is it, but I have no problems or complaints with this book at all
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
My Life in Plants is a touching mini memoir by Katie Vaz. Katie walks us through some of the most poignant memories of her life that are associated with various flowers, plants or herbs.

Her associations between a plant and a memory or experience are truly relatable; poinsettias at Christmas, peace lilies at a funeral, mums in the fall, roses for high school proms, and summer gardens full of herbs like rosemary and basil, and more.

As a gardener myself, I loved the descriptions of plants and the
*This book was received as an Advanced Reader's copy (Audiobook) from NetGalley.

My Life in Plants. That's a pretty good title, and one I've found highly relatable. It goes on to be more specific in the sub-title with herbs, flowers, and houseplants. So I thought yes, this is for me. And I'm not saying it wasn't, but I will say, that this book isn't quite what I was expecting from the title and description.

Katie Voz tells her life in little vignettes she associates with a type of plant. The tangy
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a really sweet book and was a quick read. The story spins around the author's life with every chapter referenced to a certain plant, which is the best part of it. I loved the way the plants were made a part of each of the events in her life, in highs and lows. happiness and heartbreaks, in new paths and goodbyes. This book felt like a reel playing in my head of the different situations and stages in the life of the author and I very much felt a part of it. It is a truly touching me ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced audio copy in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book but I don’t think I would read again.

I liked the narrator, I think she is the perfect fit for the book, and despite it not being her words, I felt emotion behind the voice.

I liked that the chapters were split by flower, but the book wasn’t quite what I expected by the title - it is more of a memoir of the authors life.

Having read other reviews, I have found that the book h
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slender memoir follows the plants that marked significant passages in author Katie Vaz's life. Some of the passages, in particular about her beloved cat, resonated with me strongly. While the audiobook, narrated by Taylor Meskimen, is lovely, Vaz is actually an illustrator and this memoir is illustrated, which makes me crave visuals. I would note that the pairing of audiobooks with print books is very useful for language learning and those with dyslexia. Please note that the audiobook is a ...more
biblio_mom (Aiza)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was mourning with the loss of Anna, my air plant, the day I picked this up to read. Its just the right moment to realise how much a plant gave me so much memories just like a person or a pet. It may sounds ridiculous, I understand, because I was never attached to a plant before, but thats what happened 😭

Reading this deeply personal memoir somehow motivated me to adopt more plants into my life in hopes to find myself and create memories through the journey of taking care of them.

Its beautiful
Vanessa ❤️
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy, Audio. A super cute, little read with not much depth (but definitely some good nuggets of wisdom, especially taking the time to stop and appreciate the little things in life!) for anyone who is a lover of all things flowers/plants.
Fariha Lubaba
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book: My Life in Plants

Author: Katie Vaz

Genre: Memoir

My rating: 4/5 stars

Author Katie Vaz is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Endicott, New York. She designs her own line of greeting cards, prints and other stationery products. She has authored other books such as 'The Escape Manual for Introverts' and 'Make Yourself Cozy'.

My Life in Plants is author Katie Vaz's very warm, humorous and poignant memoir where she looks back at different stages of her life. The book is full of beaut
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 3.8/5

Recommend: THIS BOOK HAS ILLUSTRATIONS. And it has deliciously creamy pages! If you love plants, cats, and charming stories scattered with beautiful, colorful illustrations. then you will love reading this book. Especially recommended for beginner readers.

My Life In Plants tells the story of Katie Vaz - starting with tales from her childhood and continuing through various events in her life. I picked this book up (in the hypothetical sense since I f
E.J. (hauntedburgerplant)
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, nonfiction
My Life in Plants is a quick and wholly pleasant look at snapshots of the author's life, some things she's learned, and the plants that served as part of her life's backdrop. The illustrations featured beside each chapter added to the experience by matching the warmly introspective tone.

Sometimes it felt like I had written this book, as the stories and musings were so familiar and relatable, especially those related to her cat Spanky. It was comforting to read and reminded me I am not alone. It
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Great short stories about how each plant has touched the author's life. Really enjoyed. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Life in Plants // by Katie Vaz // narrated by Taylor Meskimen

I’m a fan of memoirs, especially serious ones that will teach me something, such as those focused on mental health, working abroad, or the medical field. While I was browsing NetGalley though, I came across this and it sounded really cute. It is short at less than 2 hours and I knew I was about to finish up my other audiobook, so why not? It is delightful! It is like a break from the seriousness and a fresh breath of air. I love my
Cherlynn (cherreading)
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review but ended up reading a hardcover from the library. No regrets.

At first glance, this book seemed to be about the author's experience with various plants. But read on and you'll realise that it's actually a memoir and each plant actually signifies a special memory in her life, which I really enjoyed reading about.


I love how bright and happy they look. Once they are in full bloom, they are gorgeous. But they are a li
My Life in Plants by Katie Vaz is a pleasant, earnest read. Lovely homey artwork frames biographical vignettes from Katie's life, each story at least nominally involving a plant in Katie's life, from houseplants that died from neglect to a flowering tree she planted long ago with her sister, which is still blooming today. It's not exactly a graphic memoir, but more a heavily illustrated one, and instead of being read by the author, it is illustrated by her. There was some relatable emotional con ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an amateur plant mom, once I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it!

The stories in the book were very interesting to listen to! I'm so happy that I got to find this amazing memoir, as each vignette was so interesting to read. I feel like Katie's life was just interesting enough that I really enjoyed the reading experience, and found myself smiling at some of the stories! This book was short and sweet, and was just a very enjoyable experience for me!

My Life in Plants f
Karen Mace
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I listened to the audioversion of this book via Netgalley.

This was a sweet, easy listen as the author shares moments of her life through various plants! It is a fun way of looking back at her life and how certain plants remind her of some events and family members. She had a happy upbringing so there's lots of throwbacks to her parents or grandparents introducing her to different aspects of gardening and how, now she is older, she has learnt to appreciate those little moments more and a slower p
I listed to My Life in Plants this morning while managing chores and tending to my garden. As Katie Vaz talks about types of plants, she shares her memories of the plant and a particular part of her young life. For those of us who have come to enjoy tending to plants or miss green spaces, Vaz's references to the plants as a way to anchor her memories and thoughts make sense.
I found the audiobook of My Life in Plants relaxing and enjoyable. She recounts her own worries, disappointments, mistakes
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I’m an illustrator and author living in Upstate New York with my husband, a dog named Tater, and a cat named KittenFace McMittens. I recently illustrated and authored a book called My Life in Plants, which will be published by Andrews McMeel on September 1, 2020. I’ve also authored and illustrated The Escape Manual for Introverts (Andrews McMeel, 2019), Make Yourself Cozy: A Guide for Practicing S ...more

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