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Thursday, 20 April 2017

april read: note to self, connor franta

So, I impulsively picked this book out because I went into Waterstone’s five minutes before it was closing and it caught my eye as I was passing the celebrity books section. I literally flicked through it for a couple seconds to get a gist of it and it seemed cute and so that’s how I came about purchasing the book.

Connor Franta: note to self

I’m the type of person that can easily spend hours clicking on my YouTube recommendations of random things but never subscribe to anyone or consistently watch their videos. However, I vaguely recognised the author’s name as being a well-known youtuber which I was cautious about because books by youtubers tend to be a bit pretentious (or just plain boring) especially if it’s not written by them. But I’m a sucker for a cute book cover and the contents page looked deep and honest, and then when I had a flick through, I was so feeling the photography and poems inside.

I’ve not finished the book but my favourite chapter so far is It will always be okay on page ninety nine. Short and bitter sweet but it also left me feeling weirdly assured. It felt like something I’d wrote except my ass has never been to the Grammys but the feelings that the short essay recalled were feelings I was very familiar with.

The pictures inside were so simple but striking. It easily flows in with the poems and short essays, making it easy to quickly flick through. A variety of photographs were included, taken at different seasons, countries, locations, angles etc. I’m guessing they were all taken by Connor himself since he mentions taking certain ones.

And lastly, the poems.

I lowkey went through the book, and read all the poetry and the one I particularly liked was

lingering shadows
9:31 p.m.

for the longest time there was a shadow
lingering over us like a cloud above a city
we avoided it like an illness, fleeing to
the mountains in search of the sun
but there was only rain
and we could only run
so far
C. Franta, Note to Self, page 75, Keywords Press, Jan 2017

This book was probably my best book store impulse purchase. I like to buy books that I can easily reread and this book ticks that box. Anyway, that’s my first book review done. I’m not sure if it’s a review because I didn’t give it a rating but I would definitely recommend it to you guys.

I actually ordered another book online today which I’m super excited to read so look out for another book review soon!


  1. That book looks so pretty and seems like is so full of pretty words too! I'll definitely be on the lookout for the book next time I'm at a bookstore, thanks for sharing :)

    Characters & Carry-ons

  2. Love that poem!! So intense haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  3. This book looks good and that poem is great!


  4. What a pretty poem!

    Love, Lindsey

  5. Great post! Never heard about this book but sounds great!


    1. i think it only came out this week so it's fairly new xx

  6. Sounds like a great book! I could tell I love the pictures already!


  7. I don't subscribe to Connor Franta, but I know of him, and I have stalked his Instagram before :P v aesthetic ;) I don't buy books because I don't reread books, but I may buy the occasional coffee table book/magazine (aka pretty book/magazine that I would have fun flipping through at odd moments in the day) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. haha I've stalked his Insta too ;) .. it's cute. For magazines, I really enjoy flicking through those interior/architecture magazines. Oh and I'm a huge fan of WomanKind!

  8. Perhaps do you know any online shopping site that sell this book? I'd love to read it but I think the bookstores here won't have it.

    xx, Cinthy Kwok

  9. That poem is so thought-provoking! I love impulse buys that end up working out really well. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. Impulse buys are very risky for me because I'm so bad with returns :( but this was so worth it!

  10. I'd love to see more pages from the book hehe and I'm glad you actually enjoyed the book. I've never heard of this YouTuber nor have I heard of this book before so I'll have to look into this.. :)


    1. You definitely need to check it out, Atsuna! Love your blog btw xx

  11. I'm so glad you enjoyed your book!
    xo | Cindy Elena

    1. i'm really glad that you're really glad that i'm really glad that i enjoyed my book

  12. I love this - I need to read more! Sounds like a great beach read xx



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