Self-Help

by Miranda Sings
Review by KM

I realized that, while we are giving away a copy of Miranda Sing’s Self-Help, we have yet to review it. What an oversight! Many of you will recognize Miranda Sings from her Youtube channel, but if you don’t, check her out here.

Summary

In this decidedly unhelpful, candid, hilarious “how-to” guide, YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude.

Over six million social media fans can’t be wrong: Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube. As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (“Magic is Lying”), and much, much more! Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages, and if you don’t like it…well, as Miranda would say…“Haters, back off!”

Musings

This isn’t a standard book — there is no plot line to follow. It reminds me a lot like the Amelia’s Notebook books that were always checked out from the library in elementary school — but meant for young adults.

The entire book is supposed to look like a scrap book, with taped items and scribbly handwriting. The grammar and spelling are awful, but intentional, and made it a bit hard for me to read. The disclaimer says to buy two books, since there are suggestions to color or cut out pages of the original copy (and you always want a perfect one, right?)

Miranda offers awesome advice on dancing moves, how to apply make up, and even wedding vows (which were a lot more fun than the ones I said at my wedding). It had me cracking up throughout and only took a little while to read.

All in all, fans of her videos will get a kick out of this book. It’s fun and something to enjoy flipping through when you’re not craving a serious read.

The Think Happy Club: Friendship

by Anne Saucer and Grace Snoke

Reviewed by SA

This month, we’re doing something a little different. We’re doing to have two self published Saturdays! Why? Because I thought the 31st was a Saturday. Nope, it’s a Friday, so the last Saturday this month is today. All this to say I’m reviewing TWO self published books! One today, and one next SScreen Shot 2015-07-25 at 7.18.11 AMaturday.

Just like this book, my review will be short and sweet. Another book we’re not used to reviewing on Readcommendations, but I enjoyed it so much I feel like I need to share it with you. It’s a small, cute, illustrated advice book on the value of friendship and the methods of keeping a friend close and valued.

It’s one of those books you may get a friend as a gift, to remind them how much you love them; or a book you may hang on to yourself, to reming you of how you can show your friend they mean so much to you. Honestly, when I read it, I instantly thought of it as a book for adults, while it was only after that I saw it as something children would love too.

It’s incredibly sweet, with such advice as “Listen: don’t just hear the words, but their meaning and emotion” or even “Share the Same Melody”, things that seem obvious, but as human beings, we frequently tend to forget to do. It’s so very nice to have a little handy guide to put us back on track. Reading it filled me with the “warm fuzzies” and made me want to hug my besties closer. Truth is, we’re losing touch these days, relying too heavily on our social media without knowing how to act outside of it. This handy guide will guide you right back on track.

I loved the illustrations. They were, just like the book, incredibly sweet. The style reminds me a lot of the Japanese chibi (“cute” cartoons) though gently painted like a water color. They’re not in your face, they’re just bringing the advice to life, one smile at a time. It’s what gives this little gem its charm: they connect with you. They looked ready to hop out of the page and hug me.

Friendship is the first of these little guides in the series, the Think Happy Club, and I would love to read more.  I wonder which one they’ll think of next! It’s great for kids and adults alike, and does exactly what it sets out to do –  it’s “filled with inspiration images focused on improving or changing things in our lives” and promoting healthy relationships. We all need a little of that in our lives.

Check it out on Amazon and the Think Happy Club website.