Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz
  • Review: Soppy by Philippa Rice
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-buy authors
  • Review: Little Birds by Anais Nin
  • Tag: Versatile Blogger Award (Take 7)
  • Review: No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went to NYC last weekend and went to both The Strand and a little used bookstore in Brooklyn (Unnameable Books) and I somehow only bought one thing!

Blog hopping:

  • Jasper & Spice shared relatable sh*t readers say and I think I most related to #5!!
  • Kristi wrote a great discussion post about whether we’re policing books too hard.

Song of the week:

I forgot how much I loved this album until a few days ago. I was obsessed when this album came out (way back in 2008!).


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ARC Review: The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Source: ARC via Netgalley

Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won’t leave? Katie Vaz has the key to your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Relatives,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.

As an introvert and someone who likes to escape from uncomfortable situations whenever possible, I couldn’t not read this book when I found it on Netgalley. I read it in one sitting over maybe a half hour or so, and it was just as cute as I thought it would be.

I guess that the first thing I want to say is that I don’t think this is necessarily the kind of book that you just sit down and read. I think it would do a lot better as a coffee table book, one that you pick up, flip through a few pages, chuckle to yourself, and put back down. I think that my rating of three stars has a lot to do with the fact that I read all of the scenarios and all of the escapes back to back, which probably made them less entertaining and less helpful.

As you might expect, some of the escapes are reasonable, some are obvious, and some are just funny. The book is clearly meant to be cute, and at that, it definitely succeeds. It has a very lighthearted vibe, which I liked, but it didn’t leave me with any long-lasting positive (or negative) feelings.

#ps19: a book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover


Have you read The Escape Manual for Introverts? Is it on your TBR?
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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • I don’t think I’ve acquired anything this week!

1 thing this week:

  • This has been a weird week (at least in terms of work) but this afternoon I’m headed to a baby shower and tonight I’ll be in NYC, so things are definitely looking up.

Song of the week:

I’ve been thinking a lot about twenty one pilots’ cover of Mad World recently, so here it is. This live version is my favorite.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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