Book Review: Note to Self, C Franta

Work in Prog Connor FrantaNote to Self

Connor Franta: note to self

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.

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 flicked through the book, and skim read the poetry and the one I particularly liked was an old friend on page 247 which I’ve included a scan above.

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. Joyce Pak
    April 20, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 20, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      glad it's your cup of tea!

  2. SofiaaDot
    April 20, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Love that poem!! So intense hahaxx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 21, 2017 / 7:26 am

      very deep lol

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 21, 2017 / 7:26 am

      it really is a great book!

  3. Lindsey Simon
    April 21, 2017 / 2:09 am

    What a pretty poem!Love, Lindsey

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 21, 2017 / 7:26 am


    • Asha Hirsi
      April 21, 2017 / 7:27 am

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

  4. Rach DiMare
    April 21, 2017 / 12:45 pm

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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 21, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      The pictures inside are so pretty!

  5. Audrey Lin
    April 22, 2017 / 3:20 am

    I don't subscribe to Connor Franta, but I know of him, and I have stalked his Instagram before 😛 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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 22, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      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!

  6. Cinthy Kwok
    April 22, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 22, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      I would think amazon would sell it x

  7. awhite
    April 25, 2017 / 12:37 pm

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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 25, 2017 / 5:54 pm

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

  8. Atsuna Matsui
    April 26, 2017 / 12:35 am

    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.. :)BLOG | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAM

    • Asha Hirsi
      May 2, 2017 / 6:17 pm

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

    • Asha Hirsi
      April 30, 2017 / 10:48 am

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

  9. Quinn Vaccarino
    May 1, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I love this – I need to read more! Sounds like a great beach read

    • Asha Hirsi
      May 2, 2017 / 5:04 am

      Definitely is x

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