Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me
by Sara Bareilles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Sara Bareilles shot to fame in 2007 with her hit single; Love Song, and her more recent chart-topping hit; Brave, but her journal as a songwriter started long before. In this candid book of essays, Sara pulls back the curtain to expose her songwriting process, revealing all the struggle and joy inherent in creating great work while staying true to yourself.

Showcasing her stripped down and confessional writing style, Sara's entertaining and inspirational book tells the inside stories behind her most popular songs and offers insights into finding balance between making art for herself and commercial music for her listeners.

Kritters Thoughts:  I love a good celebrity memoir or essay collection.  I don't read them that often, but if it is someone I like, I like to read it.  I have a long list and it may take me awhile to get through them maybe some day I will!

I love Sara Bareilles.  I have been a fan for a long time.  Her music is the perfect background chill music whether in a good mood or bad mood - in the bathtub or the car!  This essay collection is from 2015, so missing all the recent success of Waitress, but does include the genesis of it.  I loved how she formatted the book with each chapter focused on a song of hers and how each chapter/essay was self contained.

I found myself while reading the book going to YouTube to listen to the song before I started each chapter to get a feel of what the chapter may be like.  I loved how she started in her childhood and it wasn't completely chronological but very close and so interesting.  Now I am not one of those fans who thinks they know everything about her, but I thought through her music I knew a lot, but that was scratching the surface.  I loved that she really opened up in this book and showed the positive and the negatives that she has faced while creating a music career.

I sure hope years from now she follows this up with a sequel that brings up from the Waitress days and beyond.  I read the ebook of this one because that is what was easily available, but I always recommend listening to audio books of celebrity memoirs, especially if they read them themselves!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 4 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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