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Book Review: “Note to Self” by Connor Franta

Happy Monday everyone!

Yesterday I spent my day outside gardening while enjoying the sunshine, followed by a BBQ with the family! Summer is upon us and I am taking full advantage of it. Before I turned the light out for the night, I finished reading (for the second time and not the last) one of my favorite books, Note to Self by Connor Franta!  After all, Sunday nights are meant for relaxing and what better way to relax than curling up with a good book and your choice of beverage! (Mine being coffee obviously). With warmer weather making an appearance we will soon be able to ditch our sweaters (maybe) and take our books out into the beautiful outdoors and soak up some good old sunshine!

If any of you are big on following YouTubers, chances are you have heard of Connor Franta. Note to Self is Franta’s second journey into the literary world, his first being called A Work In Progress, which was selected by Forbes as a Top 5 Breakthrough Book of 2015 and won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir. Both books are New York Times bestsellers.

Note to self is essentially a diary that includes essays, poems, and original photographs – all being placed perfectly throughout the book. I need to take a moment to say that this is one of the most visually pleasing books that I have held in my hands. I know that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it is hard not to do that when a book looks as good as Note to Self. It feels like I am holding a piece of art every time I pick it up, and I usually keep it out in view just because it is so pretty! There isn’t one part of this book that I dislike- the essays, poems, and photographs all flow together amazingly.

Throughout the book, Connor explores life after coming out as gay, experiencing heartbreak, struggling with depression and learning to live with it. Connor also talks about the importance of finding your true self and also the importance of making genuine connections with people – something that is fairly hard to do when our life revolves around social media. Now, that is not to say social media is a bad thing, it is great! Being able to connect with people around the world is amazing, and that is what Threaded Towns is all about. However, it is so important to put down the phone sometimes and get out into the real world and interact with people.

Connor speaks about finding self-love and acceptance throughout the book, which I think is something that is very important especially in today’s world. We are constantly connected to each other through social media and it is easy to compare ourselves to others. It is very easy to want what someone has, but it is important to be happy with you who are and celebrate your uniqueness!

There are a number of writings throughout the book that have stuck with me; one of those is the essay titled “I was in love.” This essay explores the day his “heart was ripped out, thrown on the ground, jumped on, smooshed, trampled, and smudged in the earth.”  Anyone who has been through heartbreak knows that about sums up the feeling! Connor puts into words an unfiltered exploration of how he is feeling in that exact moment, making this one of the most powerful sections of the entire book.

A second piece that stands out in my mind is a poem titled “Us,” which explores the happiness in the beginning of his relationship –  “rose scents, blanket tents” to the darkness that blanketed him when it ended- “no longer here, my worst fear.”

These are just two of the many entries within the book that I strongly connect, and I feel as though many of you will find a connection with the subjects that he writes about! I really feel that everyone would enjoy reading this, and I definitely recommend picking it up! If I haven’t convinced you, then check out the trailer for Note To Self here, and I’m sure you will be rushing to pick up your copy at your local bookstore!

If you are interested in learning more about the book then visit

Also, check out his YouTube channel and his Instagram!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Until next time,
RJ .


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