This month I read… drum roll please… 4 books! April was probably one of my worst reading months of the year. Something needs to change- I need change my priorities and put reading and writing first. But anyhow, the books I did read were some great books, so here goes:
1. How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh: 5/5 Stars
Wow. I was blown away by this book. The biggest lesson I learned from this book was that there are no shortcuts to success- you have to let go of pride and FOMO, and you have to just get the work done. Maybe this was already one of your values- have no fear! This book was so full of real advice, it is definitely one I will be returning to at different stages of my life, and whenever I feel lost or unmotivated. The motivation factor alone that you receive from this reading experience is enough for me to beg you to buy it.
I should probably mention that I was already a fan of Lilly Singh before I read the book. When a heard she was writing a book, an ADVICE book, I was already sold. I watch her vlogs and receive so much motivation and inspiration from her work ethic, and I am so glad she delivered her message in the way she did.
I should note that if you are not familiar with her work, you may find her humor… different, or hit-or-miss. She also includes lots of stories about the production of her projects and about Hollywood business in general that some may find completely unrelatable. But honestly, those are my only criticisms.
In conclusion, this is a book I will definitely be rereading and returning to through my life and also recommending to people in need of motivation. 5 stars!
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 5/5 Stars
Wow again. This book blew my mind. I related with the characters so deeply- especially with Charlie as I am a wallflower that tends to only observe life while others are actually living it.
At some points, this book did seem to be trying too hard to be deep. (“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Who says stuff like that?!). But overall, the plot, the characters, what we learn about Charlie in the end, it all worked so beautifully well. Maybe the personal impact the book had on me skewed my rating of the quality of the book. But then again, isn’t it the impact the book makes on you that is the true test of quality?
I don’t know, but I do know that this is a book I still, and will continue to, think about constantly. I wish I could do it more justice in this review, but its message of the true high school experience hit me so deep that I can’t seem to put it into words.
3. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton: 3/5 Stars
For some reason, I randomly got the urge to reread this book. I have no idea why! But I did, and it was on my shelf, so here we are. This is the story of Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who got her arm bit off by a shark when she was fourteen, and then returned to the water to continue her surfing career.
I’d say that the first half of the book is a pretty good memoir. She talks about her life and interests both before and after the attack, and of course goes into detail of both her perspective and of what happened during the attack. I am fascinated by these rare tragedies, don’t ask me why, so I was super interested, and she didn’t disappoint.
The last half of the book, however, seemed like she had run out of stuff to talk about and was just trying to fill up the pages. She just went off topic talking about her parents, Hawaii, and her faith, which are good subjects, but didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the book. Maybe it’s my fault for expecting her to focus on the attack more, but it is what it is. It’s also important to note that this is written by a fifteen-year-old surfer, so don’t be expecting literary genius. All in all, a good story still.
4. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher: 4/5 Stars
I love Carrie Hope Fletcher on a deep level. She is such a kind and creative person, so I was excited she would be writing a “big sister advice book.”
And this was overall, a solid advice book that covers most, if not all, aspects of our lives. I liked that it gave REAL advice- for example, that being kind will get you far in life, and sometimes you have to make sacrifices in a relationship or when working towards a goal. Too many advice books are too radical, and this was not.
My only criticism is that this was not a ground-breaking book. There was lots of cliche advice that we’ve all heard before. It’s great as a book that compiles all the miscellaneous lessons we learn in life, I just wished it introduced something new.
Nonetheless, I would still definitely recommend this book to teenagers and young adults who are trying to figure out how this confusing world works, as Carrie did a wonderful job guiding me along.
That’s all for this month, folks! Be sure to follow me on GoodReads if you want to see my book reviews earlier! https://www.goodreads.com/anniea26