Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for the purpose of reviewing the product, however all opinions, views and thoughts are solely my own.
Before we dive into this review I want to address what most of you are probably thinking. I know, I know, a youtuber book?! I'll be the first to admit that I've always been sceptical about them too... It's tough not knowing if they were even written by the author, sometimes they seem like a fast way to make more money or something else to the same effect.
Which is why i'd like to invite you all to join me in leaving all of your preconceptions here.
"147 Things" as i'm sure you have probably figured out by now is written by Jim Chapman, who, by the way, has a hell of an impressive resume. Jim is a youtuber, blogger, presenter, part time model, ambassador, GQ's best dressed man in Britain circa 2015 and now author! (which, lets be honest, is pretty impressive juggling all of those jobs as well as having a personal life. Especially considering sometimes I don't shower or go out for like...3 days) Mad respect.
Jim is someone who I have admired for a long time for his insane work ethic, great fashion and general wit and personality, which is why I was so delighted when I was given the chance to read his book and review it for my blog.
The best way to explain the concept and content of 147 Things is to use a quote straight from Jim found on the back of the book which reads, "I wanted to write a book about how exceptional, fascinating and bloody strange this thing we call life is".
The topics range from the odds of you existing to the tale Jim regrettably deciding to wax his ballsack (really!).
So in summary: If you're someone who loves learning random facts that you can relay at gatherings, questioning life itself and hilarious anecdotes then this is the book for you.
Scattered throughout the pages are doodles upon doodles by Jim himself. Here you can see a few of the illustrations which I was lucky enough to be sent prints of along with my copy (which I will most definitely be placing around my home, look how adorable they are!). I personally think it adds such a lovely personal touch to the book and love that he drew them himself rather than hiring an artist to do them. The majority are really funny too.
I managed to read the entirety of the book within about 3 hours, it was what i'd call an easy read, but one that really makes you think. I appreciated that there are some hilarious anecdotes within the facts, giving your brain a chance to digest the information better and not get bombarded to the point where it just starts shutting down.
Jims unique personality really shines through the pages, making you giggle into the book. He has always been an open person but his brutal honesty really makes the book special; from sharing stories about why he is estranged from his father to when his step father passed from cancer. These tales can
really pull on the heartstrings especially when you can relate which I feel a lot of readers will be able to (don't worry its not a doom and gloom book!).
I would really recommend this book to pretty much everybody and anybody, it really does cater to a wide audience. I wouldn't personally give it an age limit although if you're a parent looking to buy it for a younger child I would warn that there is swearing and as mentioned earlier an anecdote about his testicles. Apart from that, you're golden.
If audiobooks are more your thing then have no fear as there is a link to one at the end of the post which includes an exclusive Q&A with Jim himself.
In honour of 147 Things, here are 2 lists of 5 things (I would have done 147 but quite frankly i'm too lazy) (sorry) (not sorry).
5 things I did whilst I was reading 147 things; a mini fist bump when my hometown Loughborough was mentioned, skipped a section about exercise because I was eating leftover Papa John's pizza, checked Jim's Instagram to look at his dog when he talked about him, pretended not to read the title of a chapter "The 5 second rule doesn't exist, don't eat off the floor", ended up googling a whole website of phobias after reading Jim's list at the end of a section about the phobia of belly buttons (did you know Allodoxphobia is the fear of opinions?).
5 of my favourite parts of 147 things; learning new facts (did you know a study found out that when given a task to do whilst an unread email is in front of you your IQ drops by 10!), how Jim acknowledges the fact that mental health amongst the younger generation is rampant (in fact it has risen by 70% in the last 25 years), the doodles (the puppy love one shown in the above photo specifically, I want 100 of them), Jims funny (but sweet) anecdotes about his wife and finally how he was unapologetically himself in every way possible.
147 THINGS IS AVALIABLE TO PURCHASE NOW, LINKS BELOW.
Jims Instagram | Jims youtube channel | Audiobook with Exclusive Q&A
And of course click here to purchase the book!
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