Hi! So pleased to be FINALLY publishing this review of The Moth Presents: All These Wonders by, ahem, The Moth and edited by Catherine Burns. It was March when I first received this book. March. Needless to say, I’ve had plenty of time to look this book over and form an opinion of it and, I believe, there is no further ado needed.
This book is pretty interesting. It is a collection of forty five true stories told by all different people. It’s like a collage of humanity and that concept intrigued me immediately. Also, I absolutely adored the aesthetically pleasing design of the book itself. So, as for first impressions, this book did pretty well. But hey, let’s get into the gritty details, eh?
~ What I Liked ~
I’m going to get superficial stuff out of the way right from the beginning. THIS BOOK IS SO PRETTY, OH MY GOODNESS. The star-freckled cover and insides was drool-worthy and I loved it.
As for content, the stories themselves were fairly short and easy to digest. Not only that, but they were also super fascinating and I think it does the book justice to say it was just as awe-inspiring on the inside as on the outside. The book set out to compile a collection of raw, emotional stories (based on a live storytelling series from The Moth) and in doing so, nearly perfectly captured the essence of humanity. Full disclosure, I did not read every story in the book. I read most of them though, and of those that I read, I liked them quite a lot.
Look, it’s already kind of my deal to experience humanity in it’s most honest, vulnerable state. I love and crave the realness of that kind of thing. Add a starry aesthetic and you got me.
~ What I Didn’t Like ~
I truly hate this bit. Especially when I liked the book well enough to just not criticize it at all. I am not the kind of person who likes to criticize things I like. But, for the sake of a well-rounded review, I’ll add a few negative points.
For one thing, I didn’t read the entire thing. That may just be due to my weak attention span or busy schedule or general stress and anxiety, but take from it what you will. Just note that if I REALLY like a book, I will make time for it no matter what. So.
Secondly, not every story was great. I loved a lot that I read, cried a good bit, and enjoyed it, but it isn’t a new favorite or a book that I’d feel particularly drawn to to read again. And for that, the rating must go down.
~ Would I recommend it? ~
Do you like crying? Do you adore humanity? Do you like starry night skies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I would indeed recommend it to you.
4 out of 5 stars. I liked it!
FTC disclaimer: Thanks to “Blogging For Books” for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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