Monday, June 20, 2016

Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Title: Is It Just Me?
Author: Miranda Hart
Publisher: Hodder
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir
Publication: October 1, 2012

My Rating: 3/5

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.

First of all, I must say that I love Miranda Hart's TV show, I seriously need more episodes, so I was very excited to read this! This woman can make me laugh non-stop.

I think the reason it took me so long to read it was because I just went back to it whenever I needed a good laugh, and it did make me have a great time.

In this book, we get to see Miranda talking about everyday struggles that nobody really talks about, but should. She engages in a conversation with her 18-year-old self and explains how hard it is to get over certain situations, such as talking about music and hobbies, having a great fulfilling career, anything that has to do with exercise, diets and health, being in a relationship and ridiculous beauty standards. It's pretty much a manual about how to deal with life. Or a "Miran-ual", as she likes to call it.

She also encourages you to do crazy things while reading this book in public, and see how others react to it.

I think we have a lot to learn from Miranda, who insists that the 30's are the new 20's, and also from her younger self, who makes us see how obsessed we are with technology and we are not enjoying life. And everything is always explained with comedy and life stories.

And being honest, we all may have a little of Miranda in us.

I quite enjoyed reading this, although I don't know if I would recommend this to people who don't know Miranda? I don't know, I just kept listening to her voice in my head while reading this book, so that made it more fun for me.

I also liked that there were some illustrations in this, I always love that in a book :)

Do you know Miranda? What do you think of her show?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 


  1. Replies
    1. I usually don't read books like this one, but I enjoyed it :)

  2. I do know Miranda and am aware of her humor and comedian ways, but I don't actually watch her show or anything. I just never got hooked! But I do know my best friend is a fan of hers and I remember that a few years ago she was even reading this book and said it was pretty enjoyable. So I'm glad you could enjoy this one as well and found it to be a good laugh!

    1. I didn't know about her before I found her TV show while looking for something to watch :P and I loved it!

  3. I'd seen a few bits of Miranda (that sounds quite dirty and I think she would approve of that), that is to say, her comedy skits, but never her show. I still really enjoyed this book, though! Just like you, I took my time with it and went back to it whenever I needed a laugh. I think I read a chapter or two every night before bed, so I could fall asleep with a smile on my face.

    1. Hahahaha yes, she'd definitely approve of that!
      It was a lovely read, I really liked it and it made me laugh so much :)

  4. I've not watched Miranda's show, but did love her in Call The Midwife. Really glad she's returning in this upcoming season because her character was missed in the last series. :)

    1. I saw she was part of that series, but haven't watched it yet! :(

  5. I've not watched her show but have heard of Miranda. Any book with humor I think it's worth giving it a try!
    Escaping Through Ink

    1. Yes! I don't usually read this kind of books, but Miranda is just hilarious :)


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