Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

Thoughts:

I had heard so many wonderful things about Hyperbole and a Half. It has been on my radar for so long. I felt like getting myself a copy recently. When it arrived, my first thought was ‘It’s so HEAVY!’  It’s such good quality, colourful and a real beauty of a book. In my opinion, it should be experienced in ‘real’ format to truly appreciate it. The memoir inside is witty and at points moving.

Hyperbole and a Half, comes from Allie Brosh’s blog. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Allie’s blog. I didn’t think I’d ever seen anything about it. However, I knew when I came across ‘ALL THE THINGS!’ it was familar to me! I’d definitely seen that meme around the internet. Her illustrations are wonderful. There’s something about Hyperbole and a Half that completely captured my attention and kept it throughout. It barely took me long to read at all and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

It follows Allie as she recalls some moments of her life. These include her relationship with her two dogs- Simple Dog and Helper Dog. It also follows her experience of depression. There’s moments that seem completely ridiculous but that’s the charm of Hyperbole and a Half. Even though it touches on her struggle with depression it’s not deeply sad. That wouldn’t fit with the nature of the memoir.

I loved reading the funny anecdotes from Allie’s life. She has such a self deprecating nature and the stories she tells certainly do fit the ‘hyperbole’ title. I think there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone in this story. Allie really is a wonderful storyteller.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful book. So unique, funny and warm.

Top Ten Graphic Novels I’ve Read And Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about the visuals. Graphic novels that we’ve read, enjoyed or want to read. I have split the list two ways and have picked my top 5 I’ve read so far and the top 5, I want to read.

5 I’ve Read

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

This is an incredible memoir of the author’s struggle with eating disorders.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

This book is a fantastic read with a deaf child at the heart of it.

Drama- Raina Telegemeier

Drama

I can’t believe that this book was banned! It’s great fun.

Saga

Saga, Vol. 1

It may be a bit much for some readers in some places but I loved it!

Through The Woods

Through the Woods

I loved this creepy read.

5 to read…

Anya’s Ghost- Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost

I’m intrigued by this book. I’ve heard great things.

This One Summer- Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

 

This One Summer

Again, I have heard wonderful things about this book.

Smile- Raina Telgemeier

Smile

I liked Drama by the same author, so I’m intrigued to read more.

Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I’ve seen good reviews of this one.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book intrigues me. I’ve picked it up a few times but never purchased a copy.

What graphic novels do you recommend? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by.