Whoot! Finished my very first book of the year! Well, it did contain mostly pictures BUT it was a book and it was a good book so I’m happy :D
Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
Rating: 4.0 – 5.0
Danny Gregory is just a regular guy living in New York with his wife Patti and their 10 month old baby. A tragic accident turns their lives upside down and Danny is forced to look at his life in a completely different way. Needing an outlet to deal with the challenges and this new perspective, he turns to drawing.
Everyday Matters isn’t about the details of the everyday struggles that happen when your life is turned upside, rather it’s what goes on in your head when your faced with those struggles. How do you cope? What are you feeling? What are you considering? It’s like the author hands you a sketchbook and says “Wanna see what I did after the accident?” And those moments aren’t very often brilliant–they’re messy, mundane, and seemingly insignificant. But therein lies the beauty. The accident forced Gregory to be more deliberate in living life, to pay attention to his surroundings, to pause, to muse, to consider, capture what he saw with pen and paper. What he discovered was that life does go on and everyday has something about it to enjoy, something that matters!
As much as I enjoyed the book, I didn’t give it a five-star rating because it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be and I would have enjoyed a little more writing. However, it was a book about drawing so I think the art was what it needed to be and I enjoyed the pictures as well!
There were a couple of word-bombs dropped, just so you know. There’s no explicit content but it is adult life stuff so I’d still have to rate it closer to a PG-13 than just PG…(I’m trying to think what I’d do if I had kiddos…)…yeah, closer to a PG-13.
It’s a quick read, quite inspiring for the writer or artist. It makes you want to take out pen and paper and get words and/or sketches out for yourself! Definitely a good first-book-of-the-year :D
Happy reading y’all!
This book counts towards the following challenges:
- TBR 2015
- Authors A to Z — G for Gregory
- Full House — You love the Cover (the cover is what caught my attention!)
- Monthly Key Word — EVER (this might be a stretch but the rules did allow for variations of the word sooooo EVER turned into EVERyday!)
- New to You — This is the first book I’ve read by this author
- Nonfiction Reading Challenge
- Outdo Yourself
- POPSUGAR Reading Challenge — A memoir