Thursday, 11 February 2021

Let's talk This Is Me: A Memoir by Mrs Hinch

 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

The first time I heard the name "Mrs Hinch" was back in November 2019, when my best friend showed me the new books she'd just bought. "OMG, you've not heard of Mrs Hinch?! She's like huge on Instagram!" was her response to my dumbfounded look at these books she'd just produced. "Oh yeah, I've seen her name floating around" I lied while quickly looking her up on my phone. "She's revolutionised cleaning, Kel" were my bff's final words on the matter as we headed out. Intrigued, I started following her and quickly got swept up in the "hinching" madness (get it, swept up… 😉).  

Now, I wouldn't go as far as to say she's revolutionised cleaning, but she has introduced us to products that make it a doddle and has opened a new avenue to bond with people over – we all have to do the cleaning, but who’d have thought we’d be chatting Minkys and Zoflora scents like they’re the latest fashion trends! And as far as influencers go, I think she’s a pretty good inspiration, even more so since reading her memoir, This Is Me.

Ironically, me and the bff both bought each other this for Christmas and decided we’d do a read-a-long together in January… Yeh, that didn’t work out quite as planned as I finished it in a day! This is just such a lovely, easy read.

The writing style isn’t as polished as that of professional writers, but she’s not trained in creative writing, nor is she studied English so it wouldn’t be. And, her voice really shines through in every word which more than makes up for it. You can just picture this being one of her Instagram stories. It adds that personalisation and familiarity that you end up getting drawn in like you’re chatting with a friend.

Watching influencers display this perfect life everyday makes it hard to imagine they are anything other than blissfully happy. Soph (Mrs Hinch) talks openly about her struggles with anxiety and body confidence and it breaks down that barrier and reinforces that feeling of familiarity. Combine that with the collection of personal photographs that have been embedded and that personal touch radiates through.

Whether you’re a “hincher” or not, I’d recommend this book. It’s got a homely feel to it that I think we could all use right now.

And on that note, I'm just gonna go give my sink a quick clean. Until next time, lovelies! 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Let's talk Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

After reading Ghosts back in November, I fell in love with Dolly Alderton's writing! I'd seen a lot of people were reading her first book too, so, since I've been dabbling in non-fiction quite a bit recently, I decided this was next on my list… Everything I Know About Love is a coming of age memoir compiled of tragically hilarious anecdotes about her twenties.

What struck me the most about this book is how relatable the content is. Alderton opens the book reminiscing about her childhood and teenage years, and you instinctively reminisce about your own childhood antics that are now fond memories. It then follows on to her time at university and navigating the void that is your twenties. Alderton talks candidly about the turbulent relationships she had with alcohol, self-esteem and dating - a lot of which makes you instinctively relate to.

The format enhances the content effortlessly. The content isn't heavily edited or air-brushed and it feels as though you are reading a diary rather than a biography.  

My only criticism is the sequence of the anecdotes which I didn't think flowed together at all. It was constantly jumping back and forth between years at university to her mid-twenties creating quite a disorientating reading experience.     

While I wouldn’t say I was completely enthralled in the reading of this book, I was left with an overriding feeling of optimism and content at the end, for which I can appreciate this book. 

Have you read Everything I Know About Love? If so, what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments down below. 

Until next time, lovelies!