Biographies are Boring?

I never thought I’d be someone who adored biographies and autobiographies. I mean, who would want to read about someone real when they could be reading about wizards or faeries or aliens? Who would want to read about someone talking about their own boring life like it was different to the rest of ours? Who’d be interested in writing about how they grew up, got a job, and did all the other mundane things which life entails? Certainly not me.

But then I read an autobiography. By read, I mean forced to by my literature teacher in 11th Grade as a part of an assignment. It was Bill Bryson’s memoir entitled The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and I couldn’t have been more annoyed at having to waste my time reading that nonsense when I could have been rereading The Fault in Our Stars or delving deep into Wattpad to read more Drarry fanfic.

It wasn’t until I reluctantly opened up the autobiography (after trying to find a reasonable summary on Sparknotes. Believe me, I tried), did I realise that I might actually enjoy it. If my laughs at the strange and funny situations Bill found himself in as a kid where anything to go by, I actually really loved it. And that was the beginning of a whole new adventure for me.

I realised that reading biographies and autobiographies were not nearly as boring as the name suggested. I thought that reading about someone I didn’t know, and quite frankly, didn’t care to learn about, would be the most boring experience of my life. In fact, it was the opposite. I found that there wasn’t all that much difference between reading about a person in the real world as compared to reading about a fictional character. They both came with backstories and vibrant lives and things that made me connect with them or even be able to relate to them.

After I realised that I liked reading about so-called real people, I investigated some other biographies and autobiographies to pick up. While YA fiction remains my one true love, this whole new genre I found, thanks to my pushy literature teacher, has provided both some really fascinating and empowering reads. I couldn’t have been more thankful for not just opting to read the Wikipedia page on that book I was made to study.

I’ve now read a number of biographies and autobiographies, but I want to discuss who I picked up recently in depth. Those ones are Note to Self by Connor Franta and Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin. While they’re both vastly different in the topics they discuss and how well they’re both known in general media, I loved reading both of them because they allowed me to do the one thing all great autobiographies and biographies should be able to do — they made me feel as though I knew the author in a more personal way, and it allowed me to not only learn from the experiences they recounted, but think about how I would be left a little different than when I turned the first page.Read More »

Life With a Sprinkle of Glitter – book review

Life With A Sprinke of Glitter

Life With a Sprinkle of Glitter is a gorgeous book, written by Louise Pentland.

Imagine you are in one of those glorious vintage shops where every surface is laden with little treasures. Old cameras, pendants, books and trinket boxes. This book is like that. Each chapter is one of those gem encrusted tins that you can open, peep inside and enjoy. You can either wander the shop methodically and look at each item in order, or you can dance around with wild abandon, opening and closing whatever you like, whenever you like.

Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love, this book contains all of Louise’s little tops and tricks, stories and advice. In this book, Louise will show you how to find joy and enrichment in your life – just by adding a Sprinkle of Glitter.


Life With a Sprinkle of Glitter is a gorgeous book. I mean, just look at that cover! I can assure you that the inside of this book is just a lovely. To be honest, I’m not sure what everyone expects from a review about a non-fiction book. I reviewed Connor Franta’s A Work in Progress, and so this is the second non-fiction book I will have reviewed on here. It’s probably the second non-fiction book I’ve ever read, if I’m being completely honest! Although I think I can safely say that I really enjoy reading non-fiction books, especially ones like this one.

Let me start off by saying just how lovely all the pages in this book are to look at. I enjoyed seeing what pictures were used on each page and I loved how each text-box was perfectly placed with intriguing sub-headings and interesting content. But I’ll move onto content later. For now, I was to discuss how pretty this book is. There are doodles and cut-out pictures and perfectly-themed background pictures. Honestly, this book is stunning to look at. This book is very aesthetically pleasing.

The one thing that I would have liked to have seen in this book is more pictures taken by Louise. I was surprised to flick to the end of the book and find that quite a lot of the pictures were provided by or taken by Louise. I think what I would have liked to have seen, though, was more pictures of her doing some of the things she was mentioning. For example, in the shopping section of this book, I would have loved seeing a picture of Louise at a shopping centre with all of her purchases in bags. Or for the cooking section, I would have liked to have seen a picture of her baking something. Just simple things like that. They didn’t have to be staged photos or anything, I just feel like it would have made this book a bit more Louise-like. However, this book is gorgeous nonetheless, so I shouldn’t complain.

One of my favourite things with this book was all the inspirational and positive messages it contained. This is quite an uplifting book and it made me feel really positive about myself. There are quotes about being who you are and trying your best and how everyone is beautiful in their own unique ways. These little quotes at the end of each little section basically wrapped up her thoughts on the topic being discussed in pretty quote form.

Even though some of the chapters in this book discussed things that I haven’t done yet, such as buying a house or having kids, I still found the information very useful and I soaked it all up. I think that one of the best things about this book is that you can pick it up from any chapter and read it without an order. I read this book from start to finish by chronological page number because I didn’t want to miss anything, but I could have easily jumped from place to place and enjoyed it just as much. My favourite part of this book was by far her dating stories. They’re hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud at each of the weird things that happened and the cringe-worthy moments in the stories and I loved them so much because they were just so Louise.

It’s definitely clear that Louise wrote this book with a lot of love and passion and that so much thought went into this book. I treasured every word and took in everything that Louise wrote because she has a lot of wisdom wrapped in the anecdotes and quotes in this book. I also really liked how the writing sounded exactly like Louise would talk, if you know what I mean. It was like having Louise to my very self at that moment and I could hear her voice in my mind. I really enjoyed that.

So do you have to watch Louise’s SprinkleofGlitter to really like this book? Absolutely not, though I recommend checking her videos out! While I’ve seen a few of Louise’s videos, you don’t have to know her or anything about her in order to get anything from this book. Just by reading this book, you’ll learn lots of things about her life and her bubbly attitude. One of the things I love about her is that she’s so happy and positive, and that definitely shows in the words she wrote. She explained at the beginning of the book that her life hasn’t always been easy and like everyone, she’s had problems in her life, but she chose happiness and she urges everyone to do the same. Her messages are truly inspirational. So whether you already love Louise, you would like to read a positive book, or even if you just want to laugh at her cringe-worthy date stories, I definitely recommend picking up Life With a Sprinkle of Glitter!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

A Work in Progress – book review

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress is a inspiring and colour-filled memoir by Connor Franta.

In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from a small-town boy to a YouTube sensation. Connor shares insight into his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children at home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to pursue his creative passions in his early twenties and setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Exploring his past with insight and humour, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing words of wisdom. His words are a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and pursue your dreams.


Although I’ve never read a memoir before, I absolutely loved reading A Work in Progress. So Connor Franta is a YouTuber and while I haven’t been watching his videos for very long, he’s a really entertaining and inspirational person. This being the first memoir that I’ve ever read, I had no idea what to expect. This book definitely surpassed my expectations though, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I didn’t really know that much about Connor before reading his book. I’d watched a few of his videos, but that was the extent of my knowledge on him. I actually met Connor at Amplify Live a few weeks ago. Amplify was a YouTuber ‘festival’ and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to meet Connor Franta, Troye Sivan, Ricky Dillon, Tyde Levi and so many other amazing people. If you’re interested in seeing that, you can watch my YouTube video here. Oh yeah, and I’ve started making YouTube videos a couple of months ago, so if you haven’t checked out my stuff yet, I’d absolutely love it if you could. Click here to go to my channel, Sarah Dreams.

I found this book really helpful. It contained advice about pretty much everything. The thing that I liked the most about this book was what he said about pursuing your dreams and doing what makes you happy in life. I feel as though that is a really important message and Connor’s words were just so inspiring and eloquent. In that way, this book is aimed at younger people, but I strongly believe everyone would benefit from reading Connor’s uplifting and sincere book.

A Work in Progress is filled with Connor’s personal experiences and it was very interesting to see him reflect on specific moments of his life. Connor really understand what it’s like to be a kid and then a teenager. He understands and clearly conveys the reality of high school and the struggles of independence. He’s completely open and that makes this book exceptionally easy to relate to. This book isn’t perfectly worded, but I liked that about this book because it’s 100% Connor and his relaxed style of writing that is both raw and powerful really appealed to me.

I’ve really taken out a lot from this book and I’m sure a lot of other people will too. This book is touching. I’ll definitely not be forgetting this book and what it’s helped me realise about life, happiness and the road to independence. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re already a fan of Connor. You don’t have to know who Connor is; everything is explained in the beginning and this book flows beautifully. You won’t be disappointed.