Friday, 3 July 2015

Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter



Hello everyone! Today I'm reviewing Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter, the new book by Louise Pentalnd. There's been a lot of controversy regarding YouTuber book over the last year or so but Louise has always been one of my favourite YouTubers so I knew when I heard she was releasing a book that I wanted to read it. It was released yesterday but as I had preordered it on Amazon it arrived right on time! I came home after my first driving lesson(more on that later) and read it that night, pretty much in one sitting!

This book is set out like a 'guide to happiness'. There are 18 chapters about things in your life that can make you happy: self confidence, crafting, pampering etc. But there are also chapters on things like dealing with bullying. Seeing as Louise's audience is mostly young, teenage girls I think its really important for something like that to be included. This book is very photo heavy which makes it really pretty but also means that its not actually as long as you think. The book is 240 pages long but a lot of the pages don't actually have much writing in them. The section that I enjoyed the most was the crafting section as I really love to get crafty. There were a few tutorials that looked great and I will definitely try them out. There were also some crocheted photos in here! -squeal- And the anti baking section that really made me giggle. Basically Louise admitted that she just can't bake and that writing a section all about cute cupcakes was not her at all. The anti baking section included really delicious sounding treats with no baking required. Things like rice crispy cakes!

There's been a lot of questioning as to whether YouTubers actually write their own books. After reading this I can say I'm fairly confident Louise wrote the whole thing herself. The writing style is exactly that of her blog posts and the vocab is pretty much spot on with how she talks in her videos. That being said, this book did kind of feel like a series of mini blog posts, all stuck together in one book. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing but as someone who reads a lot of blog posts anyway, I kind of felt like I'd paid for a book that I could have read online for free. I still really enjoyed this book and raced through it. Louise says in the book that she wanted it to be the sort of thing that you could read from cover to cover or to just dive in at any point. I definitely agree with this point.

In conclusion. This book was a nice, quick, easy read. I enjoyed reading it but was not blown away by the writing as it seemed similar to the content I read on blogs every day. That being said I still am happy to support Louise with her channel/blog/book and am glad I read it. I gave this one 4/5 stars.

What do you think of YouTuber books? Will you be giving this one a read?

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