Dec 16, 2016

Recent Reads: Buffering by Hannah Hart

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
Publisher:  HarperAudio
Publication Date:  October 18, 2016

Format:  Audiobook/ Audible
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time, she’s stirring up memories and tales from her past.

By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.

Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah’s wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism.

Personal note:

Hello, my darlings! I am incredibly pleased to present BUFFERING: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded!

As a big fan of memoirs, I wanted to try my hand at writing about the events of my life that deserve a little more consideration than can be accomplished in 140-characters or a 6-minute vlog. Now on the cusp of turning 30, I'm ready to expose some parts of my life that I haven't shared before. Before, it was all about privacy, process and time. And now the time has come! I’m ready to put myself out there, for you. 

I'm a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I’ve done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I’ve had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here’s the thing--I've always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too.

And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process.



I sit a a desk for approximately 40 hours per week and in that time there is some down time and even when there isn't I can do most of my work with music or a video on in the background, so I found Hannah on YouTube. I watched and cracked up over My Drunk Kitchen, then started watching her other videos as well - the Carrot Onesies song and dance is still my all time favorite thing on the internet, so much so that when I told my hubby that I was reading "a book by a YouTuber" he replied "carrot onesies?" ... and I laughed and was excited that he listened to me when I told him about that video (thumbs up!)

I was actually watching a Hannah Hart video where she reads a chapter of her book and I said what the heck I should get it, AND she reads the audiobook. I downloaded the book and couldn't step away, I started listening at work, then in the car, then on my couch while knitting, and carried my phone around with me until I had listened to the whole thing. 

I really enjoyed this book, if you couldn't tell, I feel like you will enjoy it more if you have watched Hannah on the internet first though. You get all of those references plus get a story about her life. I had no idea that she had been through so much, and she has obviously came out of it pretty well - there is still a lot going on but she is doing what she needs to. 

Lately, I have loved books like this - stories about people trying to overcome their demons, maybe it is because I feel like I have some, but really it just makes me feel good that people are trying and somewhat succeedingI like hearing Hannah's story and how she has learned to adjust and cope and really liked that she was the one to read it. I was also very giddy to find that the Foreward was done by Jenny Lawson. Love these women and their struggles so much, they are real and I appreciate that.


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