Book Review | More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys

Hi everyone! Happy Mothers Day! I hope everyone is able to celebrate Mother’s Day today at least in some type of form even through all of the craziness. I bought my mom some goodies from Ulta a few weeks ago online, so at least I was able to get her something. She loves basically all Kylie Cosmetics products, so I was able to get her lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, and a super cute blush!

Today, I wanted to share a book review with you guys, but I picked this specific book for this day because I thought it fit best with the whole Mother’s Day theme. I actually read Alicia Keys new book! I will admit, I mainly picked this one up for the star filled audiobook cast, which included Jay-Z, Oprah, Swizz Beats, and even more. But, after reading it, it really just showed me how much of a positive spirit Alicia is. Let’s get into the review!

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More Myself: A JourneyMore Myself: A Journey

Alicia Keys with Michelle Burford

Pages: 272

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir, Feminism, Leadership

Publication Date: March 31, 2020

As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.

Since her rise to fame, Alicia’s public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it?

More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia’s journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path―from her girlhood in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem, to the process of self-discovery she’s still navigating.

In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth―about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.

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  • Star-Studded Audiobook – What an amazing cast of people to not only be able to be included in the book, but the audiobook as well! To hear Oprah, Jay-Z, Swizz Beats, I mean just Alicia alone was amazing! It definitely kept me interested since non-fiction is not always one of my strong suits.
  • Alicia is such an incredible powerhouse – I never realized how incredible Alicia really is, and just how much she gives back into the world. Going through her journey and being able to read about her positive and mindful spirit definitely was something I enjoyed.
  • Mind, body, and spirit advice – Yes, this is a nonfiction book. But I feel like even though you’re reading about Alicia’s story, you’re still taking away some information from the book and can apply it to your life. There’s a lot of meditation advice in here and just positive thinking that everyone, not only women, should apply to their everyday life.
  • Uplifting during a difficult time – I read this during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I think I definitely needed to read this. At a time like this, it’s nice to read about a positive story, one that isn’t so negative and so many up and downs, it’s a pretty solid positive read and I enjoyed that as I’m sure you can tell.
  • Music within the audiobook – I loved the fact that Alicia would play music and sing in between chapters, also when talking about a specific song in depth she would sing it. Ugh, what an amazing voice she has.
  • Not too long, Perfect length – This book was 272 pages long and I thought that was the PERFECT length. I don’t really care for nonfiction that’s 400+ pages, I like smaller books, I’m not going to lie here. It went by nicely, and I think if it was any longer I might not have gotten through it, maybe not even picked it up.

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  • Wanted more music details/backstories – I would have liked more details and backstories about the SONGS. The albums were described very well, don’t get me wrong. But I would have loved to have seen the songs and their stories go more into depth because Alicia does write her own music, and has some pretty powerful songs on some pretty power filled albums.
  • Wanted more depth going into 9/11 – She seemed to have a pretty big part of the healing New York needed after 9/11. I’ve heard stories, but New York is my home and I’ve known for a long time that Alicia was big into helping New York heal. I would have loved to hear her reactions to it and about her performance. She’s a New Yorker, and me being one myself I wanted to hear more about that.
  • Too Political for my tastes – I didn’t care for the tone the book was taking towards the end with the political talking. I understand, shit I would love to talk about Obama too. But about the whole Trump and Hillary thing… I don’t know. It just got too political for my personal tastes. That’s all.

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                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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If you’re an Alicia Keys fan, absolutely. You should read this immediately, and definitely the audiobook. If you know about her but aren’t necessarily a fan and don’t have any issues with her, I would also recommend this to you. If you don’t like Alicia Keys, and I don’t really know why you wouldn’t, then probably don’t pick this up, but definitely look at the decisions you’re making in life because Alicia is not a bad person or someone you should hate what-so-ever 🤣.

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Top Ten Tuesday #39 – Favorite Books I Read in 2019

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Oh and, Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Favorite Books I Read in 2019 (in no specific order)


(1) The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners

(2) Finale (Caraval #3) – Stephanie Garber

Finale (Caraval, #3)

(3) Renegades (Renegades #1) – Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

(4) Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always

(5) Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

(6) Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson

Undead Girl Gang

(7) Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) – Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)

(8) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

(9) Romanov – Nadine Brandes

Romanov

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Book Review | Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

YES! Another Christina Lauren book I ended up loving. The first one I read was The Unhoneymooners, and now this?? I now have every other book of theirs on hold at the library and I cannot wait to dive more into their writing style and just ugh! Okay, let’s get into the review now. Just had to let you all know how in love I am with their writing style.


Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Pages: 309

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

  • Friends to Lovers trope – One of my favorite trope’s of all time was in this book and ugh, YES! They were such good friends, you kind of were at some moments like ‘ehh, should they be friends? or should they be more?’ But eventually you get over that and gain pure joy over the fact that they should be more than friends.
  • Josh – Josh is awesome! It’s been a long time since I’ve truly been in love with a male romantic character in a book and Josh was just so.. :)! Haha.
  • Winnie – Winnie! Yes, she is a dog, but ugh I loved her too! I love when authors are able to show how likeable a character is through animals. It’s a FACT dogs can tell between good people and bad people, they can tell! They know who they like and who they don’t right off the bat. Winnie was in LOVE with Josh and it was adorable reading how she followed Josh around, cuddled with Josh, just super cute stuff there.
  • The writing – Just like The Unhoneymooners, the writing was phenomenal in this book. I am really starting to love the duo that is Christina Lauren and very excited to continue reading books from this amazing partnership.
  • Great relationship – To make this book a great read, like every romance book, you have to have a good relationship. And this relationship wasn’t good, it was freaking amazing! A lot of chemistry, a lot of connection, a lot of love and was just awesome.
  • Love triangle trope – Sadly, this book has my least favorite trope, which unfortunately is one of the most common ones. I hate love triangles, and of course this had it. It was a cliche love triangle where you know the other person just shouldn’t belong and the couple you’re cheering for now has this major obstacle in it’s way and you’re just like…UGH! NO! It’s so frustrating!
  • Hazel’s short moment of stupidity – Hazel is a really smart girl, she’s a teacher, trivia winner, and just is really quick to think. But all of a sudden, during that love triangle, she wants to slow down and start doing stupid stuff. *face palm*

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

100% yes! This was a great read and I am just so excited to read more from the lovely writing duo that is Christina Lauren.


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