Since this is a poetry book, I don’t think there’s any need for me to say that my usual reviewing method won’t quite work- there are no characters, there is no plot- these are just thoughts spilled on paper. They’re something I enjoy reading, but something that might not quite be others’ cup of tea. Let’s get into the review!
There are a couple of points that I want to touch. I’ll start by tackling the aesthetic- I have to say this book did not disappoint when it comes down to the aesthetic. I completely loved the cover, the fonts used, the pictures (they were downright amazing)- everything fit together and just kind of made the experience that more enjoyable for me.
Note to Self, from my perspective, tackled some immensely important matters- from that pressing question of where the hell is everyone hurrying to until almost obsessively trying to find the explanation behind the paradox that fuels social media- you’ll realize it’s not all that social-friendly, after all- this book is a discourse on problems everyone needs to made aware of.
They might not be viewed as problems of extreme importance when we compare them with, say, global warming, discrimination or hate crimes. However, it’s often true that many times, we can’t do much to help those causes (although, it’s really important to deal with those as much as we can, this example was just used for the sake of an analogy)- and sometimes, we might need to focus more on ourselves. I’ve started wholeheartedly recommending this book to a lot of my friends- I feel like anyone can benefit from reading it. It taught me many things, and really got me thinking. If you’re looking for some food for thought, pick up Note to Self. You won’t regret it.
An aspect that I feel needs to be discussed (mostly because it’s really important to me, and it’s crucial when it comes to my reading experience) is the writing. As you might know, I can’t really read (and enjoy) books that aren’t written nicely. That being said, I loved the writing in Note to Self– it certainly added up to how much the book appealed to me. As a person who was already familiar with Connor’s videos (and, in fact, enjoys them very much), I loved how, as I was reading the book, I could almost hear Connor saying those words. It’s quite obvious that he put a lot of work into it, and one thing I specifically loved is that the book kept true to his natural charm.
My rating for Note to Self will have to be a solid 4.5/5. Really, really enjoyable, but it had that one thing I can’t put my finger on that made the reading experience the tiniest bit under my expectations. It was, however, a brilliant read- so definitely check it out as soon as you can!
Thanks for reading! Have you read Note to Self or Connor’s other book, A Work In Progress? If so, what are your thoughts? How did you like the aesthetic/writing? Let’s chat in the comments below!
I’ll see you on the next one!