Recently, I have read a few books that are well illustrated, “Steal Like an Artist” is one of them. Thus, I feel, I am developing a likeness for these kind of books as I found them more interactive and solving their purpose with some illustrations is quite fruitful to the conscience. These are also a perfect match for people who hesitate to read. And I think since these illustrated books are short in length, they are quite good for recommendations.
How to be Interesting by Jessica Hagy is another of those illustrated one. The basic idea which the book tries to convey is quite simple. It’s a “self-help” book about exploring yourself, exposing yourself to wild ideas, instead of being cynical why not be carefree like a child and about being open. These are some major themes that the author tries to focus on with some illustrations and her words. The idea of the book is itself is creative. The book was filled with charts and Venn diagrams to get the author’s point across while actual text is quite minimal.
It all started with Ms. Hagy on Forbes.com, where she as a weekly blogger, by creating a How to Be Interesting post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now, with the book, she tries to deeply explore the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message.
Though it won’t take you more than an hour to read, the book’s lack of proper text and a few of the charts doesn’t make much sense, at least to me. With proper administration of text, this book might have been a real attraction.
2 .5 out of 5