Book Review | Me, Elton John

Goodreads Blurb:

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.

My Thoughts:

In all honesty, I don’t read enough autobiographies. Not that one has to read any at all if it isn’t your thing. However, I do find them interesting, and even entertaining, depending on the person the book is about that is. This was one such occasion. Elton John wasn’t really on my radar as a musician until a couple of years ago now, but his music has become something I listen to quite regularly now. So when I saw he had an autobiography coming out I was instantly interested, especially after watching the bio-pic about him – Rocketman.

I ended up both reading the physical copy I have as well as listening to the audiobook. I’d switch between the two rather than read and listen at the same time, so I would like to go back and listen to the whole book at some point too. The audiobook was narrated both by Elton John himself, as well as Taron Egerton, the actor who portrayed him in the film and I think their narration really enhanced my experience with this book. It was so interesting learning more about his life and his thoughts on his own music and music writing process.

This autobiography was highly entertaining while simultaneously being honest, and heartfelt. I found myself chuckling at some things while feeling emotional the next moment. It never felt dry or stodgy to get through, especially as I am a predominant fiction reader and sometimes find it difficult to stick with any non-fiction.

For any Elton John fans, or for anyone who is just curious for more of an insight into such a vibrant human, this is the autobiography for you. I highly recommend the audiobook for this too, if that is something you enjoy.

Book Review: Is It Just Me, Miranda Hart

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Goodreads Blurb:

Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?
Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures – surely it’s plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?
I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences – from school days to life as an office temp – and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life’s rocky path.
Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.

My Thoughts:

I’m not usually one to read autobiographies, so I was a little unsure of whether or not I would enjoy this but from the first line I was hooked and knew the book would be an amazing read. However I could never have known how much, in a literal sense, this novel and also Miranda Hart would change my life: Miranda Hart is my hero.

Absolutely hilarious, with an insight into her life from her younger self, or ‘little Miranda’ as she calls her, gives the writing an entertaining twist. One of the funniest novels I have read in a long while; and when I got to the end I was left wanting more because ‘Is It Just Me?’ isn’t just a story about Miranda’s life and achievements, it is a help and a motivation for women to look at who they are and feel content.

And this is where Miranda is the perfect role model for young girls, because basically she isn’t perfect, well no one is, but to me she is the image of what I hope to be. She is crazy, clumsy and has a habit of getting into embarrassing situations which I can relate to…very much so! But she doesn’t let societies view of perfection get her down, and I love her for that.

So I recommend this to anyone who wants not just a good laugh, but also a read that will lift you and your ability to see good in yourself up. After reading this my mum noticed a change in the way that I talked about myself and the way that I acted around other people. I was more relaxed and didn’t seem to mind whenever I tripped over something, and I have also, and please don’t judge me, but I have started apologising to inanimate objects after tripping over them. I am very sure that they appreciate that though!

Thanks for dropping by and happy reading! Such fun!
Anna x