Monday, May 1, 2017

Adult-ish by Cristina Vanko | Review & Giveaway

Adult-ish: Record Your Highs and Lows on the Road to the Real World by Cristina Vanko
Published: April 4, 2017
Pulisher: TarcherPerigee
Pages: 208
Received: from publisher for honest review

My first real job.
The first plant I kept alive more than a year.
The first relationship I kept alive more than three months.
In this hand-lettered and illustrated guided journal, you will have a place to record the firsts of becoming an adult. A new twist on baby books, "My Book of Grown-Up Firsts" is a charming and cheeky celebration of what it means to finally be a grown-up (sort of).
From the first time you visited home without bringing dirty laundry to the first time you truly felt comfortable in your own skin, the small victories and meaningful milestones in this quirky, charming, and insightful journal make it a great gift and appealing journal for anyone starting out on the path of adulthood.

Look at me! I'm totally nailing the keeping a plant alive scene now. One of the prompts in this fun journal is "Draw a picture of the first houseplant you kept alive." It's taken me years of trying to finally keep plants alive... who knew that finding the right window works. I forget to water these often and they are still thriving! I'm rocking this adult thing. 

Please note: I also have a 10 month old daughter that I've been able to keep alive and she is thriving just fine too. So maybe I'm killing this part of my adult life!

The reason I love this book so much is that it's like a bullet journal, but set up with the prompts already. It has some really cute doodles, thoughts and is inspiring. You can go from something silly like "Keep track of all the times you've said I'm never drinking again here" to serious ideas like "What was the first meaningful life lesson you learned as an adult?". 

I like the idea that this book can work for recent graduates who are just finding their place in the world and for those of us who have been in the grown up world a while longer (you don't have to feel completely grown up though). It's a nice way to either look forward or look back. You don't have to complete the book in order, jump around and fill in the pages that you are drawn to each day. There are NO RULES! I have a feeling I will have a lot of fun filling this journal with all sorts of fun memories. It's like creating a written mixed tape of memories!

Some added bonuses are that you can colour in the doodles! The hand lettering and doodles are probably what draws me to this book time and again. And there are also some wonderful quotes included such as "Uncertainty is so, so underrated." -John Green

I'd really recommend buying this for a graduation gift, for a friend who loves journaling or if you've been meaning to get into bullet journaling like myself. Or as an added bonus: you could enter the giveaway below to win a copy! (CAN/US only)

About the author:
Cristina Vanko is a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator who loves creating lettering by hand. A 2011 graduate from Indiana University's Graphic Design program, she has been featured in Boing Boing, Design Taxi, Laughing Squid, Mashable, The Daily Mail, and elsewhere. -source

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