A Work in Progress | Book Review

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Hey guys! What’s up? A few days ago, I finished A Work in Progress by Connor Franta and I really enjoyed it. So, here’s my review!


ABOUT

a work in progress


Title:
 A Work in Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Genres: Memoir
Edition: Paperback – 212 pages
Rating: ✩✩✩✩.5
Goodreads goal: 04/30 books

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MY THOUGHTS

Before I start this review, I just want to say that Connor is one of my favorite youtubers and that probably influenced my overall amusement while reading this book. The memoir started out with Connor’s childhood, went through his adolescence and, finally, centers around his thoughts and his life at the moment. This way, I got to know more about his past, as well as his likings and his current lifestyle.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic read, very light and easy to get through. Connor is such an inspiration for me in every way possible (photography, clothing and lifestyle in general). This book just increased the admiration I had for him in a huge scale. His motivational words are so uplifting and carry such a wonderfull message.

volcanoAnother amazing thing about this memoir is the fact that it’s filled with connor’s stunning photographs. Besides turning it into a beautifully crafted novel, they bring life and personality to the book, which is just amazing.

Besides talking about charity, high-school and his sexuality, Connor teaches us that we should stand up for ourselves and embrace our flaws. There may exist a lot of people who will try to label you or get to you and you just need to ignore them and be yourself. This book carries such an important message and that’s why I recommend it to everyone. Even if you’re not his biggest fan, you will end up being after reading this.


FAVORITE QUOTES

“Girls can be athletic. Guys can have feelings. Girls can be smart. Guys can be creative. And vice versa. Gender is specific only to your reproductive organs (and sometimes not even to those), not your interest, likes, dislikes, goals, and ambitions. Guys need feminine energy as much as girls need masculine energy to get by in the world. These are the things they don’t write on the chalkboard with the mathematical proofs.”

“My best friend, Troye, once told me, “If you wanna make cool shit, you gotta make cool shit”, and it’s engraved in my mind.”

12899901_1018264048234215_974011472_n“Raise your hand if you like every single aspect of your appearence. Unless Beyoncé is reading this book, there should be no hands in the air.”

“Trust me, the judgment says more about the labeler than the labeled.”

“People are beautiful. All people, of all shapes and sizes. The fact that we are living, breathing organisms that happen to have opposable thumbs, allowing us to pick up our phones and be on it for the entire damn day, is nothing short of brilliant. What makes us even more magnificent as a species is that we are lucky enough to be uniquely different – and it’s THAT individuality we must each harness and celebrate.”

“I can take the road to success or the road to failure, I thought. Both are just as easy. Or hard, depending on your perspective.”

“Forget about self-image and self-judgment. It’s about self-love, and no one teaches you that at school. No one teaches you that if you accept and love yourself, nothing and no one can touch you. This is the only face and body you’re ever going to get, so be comfortable and happy in it. Own it. Own every aspect of who you are and present it to the world with the utmost pride.”


RELATED RECOMMENDATION

I hope you guys liked it. I don’t have any Related Recommendation for this book, because it’s a memoir. I can tell you to go listen to Troye‘s album asap or go to his channel. (tronnor needed to be in this review, thank you very much). I can leave you Connor’s website/brand – Common Culture – that sells clothing, music and coffee. I can tell you to go binge-watch his videos. Or to go watch this one particular video, whose script is featured in the book. Love you all (:


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Bookish resolutions for 2016

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Hey Guys! How are you? Today I am sharing with you a few of my reading resolutions for 2016. I know I’m a little late, but i just totally forgot to write this post. Anyway, let’s just get on with the goals.


Read 30 Books

Captura de ecrã total 09012016 002044.bmp.jpgI decided to choose a reasonable number for my goodreads challenge. I actually really enjoy this challenge and the fact that I can keep track of everything I read in one single place. Last year i read less than 30 books, but I’m pretty positive that 2016 will be better.

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Read 3 classics

12545875_973203992740221_1943430559_o.jpgI’ve been meaning to get into reading classics for the past years and I don’t know why, but i never really did. So i thought that reading 10% of my challenge of classics would be pretty reasonable. We’ll see if i can do it.

This picture shows portuguese edition of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens


Lower my TBR pile

My tbr pile is currently at 56 books, (55 now because I’ve read one book since I’ve wrote these goals. I wish i could lower it to 30-something books. A lot of these books are classics or adult fiction. I also have some books on my TBR that i don’t really want to read, so I guess I would like to do an unhaul of those. (This is just an idea, nothing is determined)


Expand my reading horizons

12498423_973203876073566_1157071189_n.jpgReading more diversely is something I really want to do this year. I want to get more into the Literary Fiction genre, as well as Middle Grade fiction, Graphic Novels (hence the picture) and Non-fiction (per example Memoirs). I’m also interested in getting more into books centered arount mental illness or lgbt literature.


Don’t feel pressured about reading

This is another explanation why i didn’t exceed on my goddreads challenge. I want to read whatever I want. be able to read books with 5 pages and books with 500. I don’t want to care if I’m 10 books behind or ahead. And of how much time it takes for me to read a book.


Check out the PopSugar Challenge

20e491b890bb19b9_PS15_Love_2016ReadingChallenge_Pin_List.jpgThe PopSugar 2016 reading challenge is awesome. Therefore, at the end of the year, I want to see how many challenges I completed. Check out the challenges here!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Book Review


Hey guys! What’s up? So, on sunday I started and finished Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and i loved it, so i decided to review it.


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Title: Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary | Lgbt
Edition: Paperback – 359 pages
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩
Goodreads goal: 02/30 books

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My Thoughts:

   From the unique writing style to the amazing characters and the beautiful quotes and thoughts, this book was a rollercoaster. And i loved it. Benjamin Alire Sáenz has a way with words that makes this book such a quick read – i mean, i read it in less than 24 hours. The plot is not very complicated, since there’s a lot of introspection and the writing was very simple but still beautiful.

    This books is told from Ari’s point of view. In my oppinion, he was an amazing character and still a dark and closed person, which i really enjoyed. I actually thought he was a very relatable character and I totally understood everything he felt and did. And then we have Dante. I mean, how could I not like him? He’s sincere, funny, intelligent and just so cool.

    I really enjoyed their friendship, and they way that they learned new things with each other. I also liked the fact that there are a lot of differences between Ari and Dante, but they still were best friends. I also loved their families’ appearences, which added a realistic factor to the book. Their parents were all so different, but still so interesting to read about.

    Overall, i really did like this book. The plot and everything descripted in this novel is stuck in my head and I’m now thinking about it all the time. This book was just so powerfull – it really messed up with my emotions. If you haven’t gotten around to reading this yet, you really should. I highly recomend it!

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Hello! – About me

Hello bookworms!
I recently decided to delete all of my posts. Mostly because I didn’t like what I was posting and everything felt rushed and the forced. So, I decided to start fresh. I am posting new and more diverse stuff here and, most importantly, I am posting what i like. So, if you already followed me, then welcome back! Hopefully you like my
new posts more than the ones i did in the past.

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For those of you who don’t know me I am Antonio and I’m a fourteen year old kid with a strong love for books, photography and art. Other passions of mine include music, fashion and hot drinks, so don’t be surprised if you
see a little bit of those in here. I really hope you all enjoy this and also Happy New Year!

Love, Antonio