- File Size: 4962 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151749334X
- Publisher: Thought Catalog (May 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CUKH3HG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler Kindle Edition
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I bought her book after a few other bloggers did positive reviews on their blogs.
Despite how much I like Stephanie's blog, this is a review of the e-book so I'll stick to that.
The book is made up of improved versions of her old blog posts. I have been wary about books using blog posts but the stories in the book didn't feel like they were posts. Instead, they felt more like short short stories and were very entertaining.
Since I haven't been following her blog for too long, some of the stories were new to me (for example, the one about 3D porn--you HAVE to read that). Those new discoveries were the best stories in the book.
My only gripe about the book is that it is too short. I was able to finished the book within an evening. I understand that $2.99 is the usual price for self-publishing authors but compared to other $2.99's, "A Year Without Makeup" ended too soon.
Still, if you are a fan of Twenty-Something Travel, this is a good chance to support the writer that you like. But the thought that part of the money will go to Thought Catalog (the publisher) gives me a stomachache.
However, if you are looking for a long read about traveling, then Catherine Ryan Howard might be a better choice for the same price.
The length bothered me the most. At only 111 pages, there should have been a lot more book. There really wasn't much meat and potatoes to it. It had very few specific anecdotes that went into such detail that it transported me to a different time and a different continent. And the spelling and grammar errors drove me nuts. I've read unbeta'd fan fictions with better sentence structure.
My advice, wait until this book is available for a penny plus shipping and then get it. It is definitely not worth $13+.
Also, the editing is atrocious. There are missing commas at every turn, incorrect verb tenses, and wrong words altogether.
In the "About This Book" section she states that she is a "revision addict" but this book could use a serious revision. As a professional editor, I've noticed at least one mistake on every page.
Now, what needs work...
The structure. It was choppy and felt disorganized, like a series of blog posts.
Editing. There were enough typos to warrant paying somebody to fix it all.
Overall, it was short and breezy, but lacked substance. I've heard friends that have done less traveling, and to less exotic places, bust out more interesting stories with more striking lessons while sharing beers at a bar. The lifestyle is the perfect pool from which to draw content, and now I'd like to see her develop as a writer with a stronger voice.