TV Presenter, model and YouTuber, Jim Chapman has opened up to share his view on the world, in his new book 147 Things. After capturing the hearts of millions through his YouTube channel, and branching into the worlds of television and fashion, Jim Chapman is now stepping into the world of books.
Jim became so popular on YouTube for his honest, humorous take on life, and he has managed to replicate this in the book 147 Things. Fans and newbies to Jim alike will find something to relate to, likely several things, throughout the book, and at a time when it’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed by the world, 147 Things is the perfect way to cool down and take the world in slightly smaller pieces.
In some ways, the book is autobiographical, containing many facts and anecdotes about Jim’s life, while also containing Jim’s tips for navigating the universe, and his hand picked favourite facts about the world we find ourselves in.
The book gives an array of fascinating facts, and a look into Jim’s life and perspective, and is a great introduction for new fans, but would also be enjoyable to long term fans of Jim.
My personal favourite of the 147 Things was Thing 73: Zombies actually do exist, they’re just really tiny. You all know how I feel about zombies, so it was nice to see them get a mention, and without spoiling it, I was fascinated by the science behind this particular fact.
There are 146 other exciting things to discover, from Jim’s book 147 Things, and the book was clearly a project that Jim was passionate about, as so much research has gone into each page.
There are many who will roll their eyes at the idea of YouTubers writing and releasing books, but 147 Things is, in my opinion, proof that maybe those in doubt (or perhaps envy, if some writers are honest with themselves…) should look again. The benefits of Youtubers writing and releasing books has been discussed multiple times, it encourages reading in younger demographics, it helps to boost profits in the publishing industry and it is another step to breaking down the absurd gate keeping in the writing industry. 147 Things is a playful and thoughtful exploration of the journey we all take, and the questions we all have, and will not only encourage fans of Jim to engage with reading, but will also give a new perspective on the age old “YouTubers doing books” debate. Many YouTube fans enjoy YouTube, and watching vloggers, because in a world that gets scarier every day, they are able to find a small window of escape, and Jim has succeeded in taking what makes his channel so popular, and sending it out to the world as a book.
Feel free to pick up your own copy now, or check out the audiobook, which features an exclusive Q&A with Jim himself.
If you enjoy the book, you’ll also love Jim’s YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out here too.
This book was sent to me for review purposes, but all opinions are my own
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