Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you guys the books I read in May! This month’s post will be a little different from the last few “What I Read” posts that I’ve done, in the sense that they’re books I wouldn’t normally read on a regular basis. These books are by two of my favorite YouTubers (No wait! Come back–don’t run away! I see your mouse hovering over the x–no, don’t n–*
Ha! Just kidding! Still here? Great! Here’s the first:
Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.
To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn’t afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa’s story is a welcome reminder that it’s not where you begin that matters, but where you end up.
I’ve been watching YouTube on a regular basis now for little over a year and Joey Graceffa was one of the first to really stand out for me, and especially now after reading the story of his life, and seeing how we went from nothing to something, is really inspiring. Even if you don’t know who he is or what he does, his story is fascinating and a recommended read. Connor Franta is the second YouTuber who stood out for me, so when he released the story of his life (so far) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! While not as in depth as Joey’s book, Connor’s story gives you snapshots of his life growing up and lets you into his world without letting you too much into his world. Connor is a very talented designer and photographer, and he makes that very evident with not only the design and layout of this book, but the photographs that he has taken and included in it! Another book worth checking out even if you don’t know who he is, because this book is just so goddamn beautiful to look at and to flick through! I read these two books in the space of 48 hours they were that good–no, not 48 hours each–I read the two of them in the space of 48 hours–yes they were that friggin’ good!!!
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation-so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker. Exploring his past with insight and humour, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want. This full-colour collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.